In 2023, the Spirit of the Children Society initiated the installation of this Every Child Matters crosswalk.
The crosswalk features the 2023 Every Child Matters winning t-shirt design by Charliss Santos, a grade 10 student from Ponoka, Alberta.
"The design showcases an Indigenous child encompassed in two hands and surrounded by people, a heart, and an eagle. The child's silhouette represents all the Indigenous children who suffered or were impacted by the Indian Residential schools. The people surrounding the child represent the strong communities of the Indigenous people and the way they support each other. The heart represents healing and forgiveness, and the eagle symbolizes acceptance, honesty, and freedom. " - Orange Shirt Day Society
The project was funded by the Orange Shirt Society, the Spirit of the Children Society and the City of New Westminster.
The crosswalk was installed on September 22, 2023 to help honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, both take place on September 30.
Learn more about Orange Shirt Day here.
800 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 5V2