My 2021 adventure of 30 days without pants can be seen here.
This is my eighth year participating in June Dresses. In addition to running my own campaign as normal, I am excited to announce that I have volunteered to work as the Social Media Designer for all official June Dresses' platforms, and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this team of incredible women!
The current political and global climate of the world is so heavy. With COVID-19 still causing significant financial and emotional strain, it has been hard to steer a steady course and maintain a positive outlook. But in the last week, my heart has felt so much heavier. I’ve spent the last week in anguish over the mass grave of 215 bodies discovered on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in BC.
I want to use this platform I have created for June Dresses to raise awareness for my chosen cause (one I will explain shortly) and raise awareness of the current global climate and the things that are currently and have always been so important.
Who is responsible for Indigenous Reconciliation?
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report was put out in 2015, with 94 calls to action. The calls to action, in particular, awoke in many individuals, organizations, and governments a realization that they had not just a role to play but a moral responsibility to make amends for the past. This being said, it has been 5 years with not much movement or action.
The TRC definition of reconciliation is as follows: “. . . Reconciliation is about establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in this country. For that to happen, there has to be an awareness of the past, an acknowledgment of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes, and action to change behaviour.” 
- About working towards solidarity as a society and country
- The responsibility of every Canadian
- Acknowledging the past and ensuring that history never repeats
- Learning about Indigenous history
- Recognizing the inter-generational impacts of colonization, attempts at assimilation, and cultural genocide
- Recognizing the critical roles Indigenous Peoples have held in the creation of Canada, their contributions to world wars to protect Canada.
- Taking responsibility as a person, a parent, an employee, an employer to:
- Never utter, accept, or ignore a racist comment
- Never utter, accept, or ignore a statement that includes a stereotype about Indigenous Peoples.
- Respect for:
- Recognition and support of the deep connections Indigenous Peoples have to the land.
- Healing for all Canadians
- Good people doing good things
- Never giving up despite setbacks
- An opportunity to move forward
- A commitment to taking a role and assuming responsibility in working towards a better future for every Canadian
Reconciliation is not:
- A single gesture, action, or statement
- About the loss of rights for non-Indigenous Canadians
- Someone else’s responsibility
This year, I have chosen to fundraise for 2 organizations:
1. The Native Counselling Services of Alberta, with funds from my page going towards the Residential School Health Support Program, which strives to:
- Provide information to schools, colleges, and organizations about the impacts of Indian Residential Schools
- Provide support within the educational system regarding Indian Residential Schools as its taught in the Alberta Curriculum
- Networking and relationship-building to provide seamless and appropriate supports to clients
2.The Indigenous Women's Fund of Canada, which strives to meet its mandate:
- To advance education by providing publicly available scholarships, bursaries, and other forms of financial assistance to Indigenous women and youth.
- To advance education by providing workshops and seminars to Indigenous women, such as financial literacy training.
- To advance education by conducting research on Indigenous women's equality and human rights and distributing the results of that research to the public.
- To relieve poverty by providing financial assistance to Indigenous women and youth for litigation that deals with upholding equality rights, gender rights, and Aboriginal rights that have been secured by law.
- To do all such things as are incidental or ancillary to the attainment of the above purposes.
They are a newly created national charity run by volunteers and staff of the Native Women's Association of Canada who also volunteer their time after hours.
By raising money for 2 different programs, I hope to give people the resources to help in the way they chose is best.