Koyah Morgan-Banke from Toquaht Nation
Meet the Artist
2023 Pink Shirt Design Contest Winner
Koyah is an indigenous youth artist from Tofino BC. She is of the Toquaht and Secwepemc First Nation. A grade twelve student, Koyah is a representative for the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Art Installations Advisory Group for her school. She is also scheduled to instruct a children’s art course for Ucluelet youth in January. She specializes in pen & ink artwork and is currently exploring digital design. Some of her other interests include biology, chemistry, fashion and physics. In her future, Koyah hopes to continue to teach and create art in her spare time whilst pursuing her ultimate goal of attaining her bachelor’s of science and entering medical school.
Pink Shirt Design Contest Winner 2023
Koyah Morgan-banke is a 17 year old artist from Toquaht
This piece is inspired by unconditional love and support, designed to encapsulate the feeling of support and your ability to “uplift” those around you. It’s important for all of us to remember that we really do carry the hearts of others in our hands.
Pink Shirt Design Contest Winner 2022
Bayja Morgan-Banke is a 19 yr old Toquaht / Secwépemc (Shuswap) artist born and raised in Tofino British Columbia, now living in Victoria British Columbia.
"To stand up for those weaker than ourselves regardless of consequence is one of the strongest acts of love we can show one another. When we choose to use our strength to protect rather than to harm others we make the world a better place for at least one person. The eagle represents wisdom, strength, and courage. I believe that to achieve a kinder world for our children we need to have the wisdom to think before we act, the strength to defend one another, and the courage to stand up and take action. We lead by example for our youth and showing them love with the definition of unconditional is the most important thing to ensure them the most success raising the next generation."
Pink Shirt Design Contest Winner 2021
Jeremiah Peters is a Coast Salish artist from WSÁNEĆ.
"I chose the thunderbird for its great strength and protection. The thunderbird's wings are wrapped around the Childs's face, from the biggest hearts to the smallest."