The Vancouver Whitecaps host the second edition Twinning of indigenous peoples this weekend at BC Place, and fans of the game will see a special club logo designed by a renowned local Aboriginal artist.
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) weaver and graphic designer Debra Sparrow has created a commemorative logo for the Whitecaps’ National Indigenous History Month celebrations.
He will be prominently featured during the MLS team match against Real Salt Lake on Saturday, June 4 and on social media throughout the month.
Sparrow was born and raised in the Musqueam Indian Band and is deeply involved in the revival of Musqueam weaving. She is self-taught in designing and making Salish jewelry and is the creator of the City coverage public art series and reconciliation process with the Vancouver Mural Festival.
Feedback on social media for the commemorative logo has been overwhelmingly positive, with fans praising Sparrow and the team for the design and even asking for it to become part of the team’s kit.
Very cool! What a great way to recognize the month of celebration! https://t.co/6BgXrtIly7
— Andrew, for peace 🌎🌍🌏☮️ (@drusif1066) May 30, 2022
WOW this is so awesome. Nice job Debra Sparrow
June 4 Indigenous Peoples Match! https://t.co/AxNfhlgAjQ
— 🎙️ Don Andrews 🎙️ (@donsvoice) May 30, 2022
I absolutely adore this! Thanks for making it permanent!! https://t.co/WLVr0j56Og
— Freez (@SamFreez) May 30, 2022
The Whitecaps have announced that they will be giving away Sparrow logo t-shirts on their social media channels over the coming week.
Fans of the Indigenous Peoples match this weekend will be able to enjoy performances from DJ O Show and the Coastal Wolf Pack.
There will be a pre-game jamboree on the field with over 100 Indigenous youth from across the region and a march to the game led by the Vancouver Southsiders and Kwantlen First Nation member Luke Dandurand. Saturday’s Kid Captain will be Isaiah Baker-Sparrow of Hope and health.
Baker-Sparrow is a recognized youth coach who provides mentorship and joy to underprivileged children and youth. He also co-created the orange “Light the Path” shirt design with his grandmother, Debra Sparrow, to raise money for the community initiative.
When: June 4, 2022
Time: 4 p.m.
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Cost: Various; purchase on line