The Kelowna Chiefs have partnered with the Westbank First Nation on an exciting project to include an alternate jersey that will be designed by a syilx/Okanagan artist, and will be worn on special occasions.
The alternate jersey will be worn in the upcoming 2022/23 season. The logo should demonstrate what “Chief means to you”. This does not have to be an updated version of the current logo, but a personal description of the symbolic or historical meaning of the word “Chief”.
In a Castanet story, team president Jason Tansem says the idea came out of meetings the club had with WFN officials earlier this season around the name of the team in light of the current societal climate.
“We wanted to do our part to make sure they are still are OK (with the name), and they are,”said Tansem.
Those discussions were similar to ones when the then Chase Chiefs first relocated to Kelowna 11 years ago.
“Naturally, we kept the name because everybody was in favour of us keeping it then,” said Tansem. “Through these discussions, we came up with the idea of the third jersey and having one of their members participate and put together a third jersey logo for us.”
Artists are asked to provide a full colour logo in either .jpeg, .png, .ai, .eps or vector format. They are also required to include with their submission, a letter stating that the logo will be the property of the Kelowna Chiefs Junior Hockey Club without trademark and they will have unlimited full publishing/usage rights.
The Chiefs are a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club, who were established in 2010. The Chiefs Junior Hockey Club is committed to ensuring players are recognized by teams at higher levels for their strong play and dedication to skill development, leadership and competitiveness.
Selection and Compensation Process:
The top three designs will be chosen by the Kelowna Chiefs Hockey Club and will be shared across social media channels to be voted on by syilx members and hockey fans. The winning artist will receive $1,500 and a commemorative jersey featuring their design.
The jersey design contest closes on June 15, 2022. Click the link for submission information https://www.wfn.ca/jerseydesign.htm