Blue and Gold will be in orange this week.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and visiting Edmonton Elks will wear orange jerseys during Friday night’s pre-game warm-up at IG Field to mark Orange Jersey Day.
This is the first time this has been done in the CFL and fans will be able to own a piece of the story as the jerseys will be auctioned online after the game. Profits will go to the charity chosen by each team. The Bombers chose the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Center and the Elks chose Spirit North.
The uniforms were unveiled at a press conference at IG Field on Tuesday as Bombers full-back Mike Miller, left tackle Stanley Bryant, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat and defensive tackle Jake Thomas molded the new look.
Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC), Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Cindy Woodhouse, Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs Organization, President and CEO of the Blue Bombers Wade Miller and Exchange Income Corporation (EIC) President Carmele Peter attended and spoke at the event.
“When the 215 anonymous graves were discovered and the country began to falter and communities re-invigorated the trauma of residential schools and this shameful history, at the time our colleagues in the provincial government were floundering and did not know what to do with them. it would be appropriate to lower the flags and had no idea how they should go forward, ”said Dumas.
“But I got a very important call from Wade in recognition of this day asking, ‘What meaningful steps can be taken to address this story that affects so many of us?’ And here we are today, recognizing the history of residential schools, commemorating the more than 6,500 anonymous graves we have found, and finding a guiding light and a light of healing to move us forward. ”
Since 2017, the Bombers and IEC have invited members of Indigenous communities from across Manitoba to attend games at IG Field. It started with 40, but Friday’s game will see 1,000 members – from across Manitoba, as well as parts of northern Ontario and Nunavut – come to the game. EIC covers the cost of flights, transportation and hotels for all program participants. They also provide members with orange hoodies to wear on match day.
“It’s really impactful to see a child’s face light up because he’s seeing a professional football player for the first time, or he walks into the stadium in awe because he’s never been in. a place like this, where he’s staying in a hotel for the first time, it’s really, really impactful, ”said Peter.
“So when we had the opportunity to partner with AMC and the Bombers to make Friday’s events a reality, we jumped on both feet. ”
The Bombers and the CMA discussed some ideas on how they could work together to raise awareness and decided to wear orange uniforms during the pre-game warm-up. The Bombers contacted CFL jersey maker New Era and they were able to have them designed and manufactured on short notice.
“It’s the right thing to do and we have this ability to do it,” Miller said.
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