By TRT Staff with notes from NLL.com
On January 21, the National Lacrosse League invited the public to help in raising awareness about Indigenous residential and boarding schools, coining the implementation of the schools as a part of “isolating Indigenous children from the influence of their culture in order to assimilate them.”
The featured Every Child Matters warm-up shirt was designed by Dave Sowden, a Halifax Thunderbirds employee of Indigenous descent. Now, the authentic shirts worn by players from each NLL team have been placed in the online auction.
“Now more than ever, players with Indigenous roots are leading the discussion and raising awareness of Indigenous lifestyles and issues. Each team has autographed two of these shirts available for auction,” reads the release posted to the NLL website.
As part of the NLL Unites initiative for the Every Child Matters movement, the NLL will donate directly to the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund and the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.
The auction features 17 items including two Every Child Matters heads and meshes, two Every Child Matters Lacrosse Dreamcatchers, and 13 shirts from various NLL teams. The online biding auction will close in three days on January 29, 2022.