Like many, I was horrified to hear that the remains of 215 children were found on the grounds of the former Tk'emlups Residential School. Stories like this are a part of Canada that people are often aware of but I do not believe gets talked about enough. I felt like I wanted to do something to help raise awareness, but wasn't sure what I could do.
After thinking about it the last few days, I have decided I am going to crochet a baby hat every day in June with the intent of donating them to local Health Units. I have also made a donation to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society which is a BC based organization that provides support and resources to Residential School Survivors. I hope that this can inspire my friends and family to also take action. This action doesn't have to be monetary, and could include researching the traditional territory upon which you live (https://native-land.ca/ is a great resource for this), researching what happened at the residential schools or anything else that you think you can do.
I hope that this fundraiser can be a step towards making a small difference, and help to create a more positive future in Canada.
I currently reside on the Traditional Territories of the Coast Salish, Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. I am grateful to be welcomed here and to be able to live in this beautiful place that I love so much. This drives me to learn more about the History of the Peoples who cared for this land for generations and do my part to create a more positive future. I also vow to respect the land and appreciate it not only for it's beauty but because it has cared for me my entire life.