True North Aid is pleased to share an exciting update on A Good Night’s Sleep Campaign. This month, CTV National News and Indigenous Circle Reporter Donna Sound covered the incredible impact that the gift of a good night’s sleep is having on northern and remote Indigenous communities. Read the article and watch the feature here.
Congratulations are in order for Moon Time Sisters chapters in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, as they successfully completed their fall drives this past month. In total, Moon Time Sisters collected more than 357,000 products which will be making their way to 29 northern and remote Indigenous communities across the country.
The Ballantyne Project, which aims to educate Canadians about the historic injustices and current conditions of Indigenous peoples living in remote reserves, has launched its #WeSeeYou boxes campaign! This campaign aims to encourage Canadian families across the country to collect supplies and toys for youth living in remote communities. If you are interested in getting involved in the campaign, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
True North Aid was happy to support the Mountain Metis Nation Association’s Youth Connections program in Grande Cache, Alberta with their Self-Defence and Boxing Program. This program supports underprivileged and at-risk youth in the community and teaches them critical skills including how to box. True North Aid was able to purchase equipment to allow the program to run and become a permanent stable in the community.
This past month, True North Aid visited Whitesand First Nation to chronicle the first delivery of new bed sets to the community through A Good Night’s Sleep Campaign. True North Aid Operations Manager Emily Everett wrote a blog post covering the journey here.
Over 750 backpacks filled with school supplies arrived in St. Theresa Point and Mathias Colomb First Nations in Manitoba and Cole Bay, Saskatchewan this past month. A huge thank you to Start Right Supplies in Saskatoon, and donors like YOU for supporting another backpack initiative!
This past spring, TNA helped to supply seeds and farming supplies for Eabametoong First Nation’s farm, which is run by their own Rudy Waboose. At the end of the successful growing season, Rudy recruited volunteers, students, and staff from the school to help with the abundant harvest! We’re thankful for Rudy’s updates and to see the youth at the school helping and learning from Rudy to learn about the crops. This is self-determination in action!
Congratulations to the 7 recipients and mentees of True North Aid’s Indigenous Youth Opportunities Program:
From Central Manitoba: Alyssia Sutherland from Peguis First Nation. Russell Grisdale from Brokenhead Ojibwa Nation. Destin Swampy-Sinclair & Kathlyn Swampy-Starr from Sagkeeng First Nation, & Taylor Gray from the Metis Nation.
From Southern Alberta and Treaty 7: Dakota Rollingmud & Tricia Young from Stoney Nakoda Nation.