Well, I've decided to join the trend and make a birthday fundraiser. I'll keep this open for one week after my birthday. If you are reading this, I hope that you will consider donating to this cause, either now or in the future.
I selected The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund as the recipient for my fundraiser for many reasons. I remain an avid Tragically Hip fan and I envision a better future for Canada; one where the Indigenous people are afforded every opportunity they rightly deserve. One where the racial divide that exists between settlers and Indigenous peoples becomes narrower and narrower. The mission of the Downie & Wenjack Fund: improving the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all Canadians, is critical for this better future.
The importance of this mission has never been more evident than over these last couple weeks. With the discovery of a mass grave of 215 Indigenous children at the former Kamloops residential school and the likely discovery of more, I'm left with many questions and a sense of sadness, unlike any I've felt before, for those who have and continue to suffer because of the systems designed to exterminate them and their cultures.
We cannot fix the past, but we can work to create a better future where children are not taken from their families, where Indigenous peoples and cultures are understood and respected and where every child matters. It is on us as settlers and non-Indigenous people to drive this journey to a better future.