FINAL HOPE PROJECTS FOR 2019
True North Aid is completing 2019 with 4 projects of hope to support the communities of Webequie First Nation (North Western Ontario), Sandy Bay First Nation and LaLoche in Saskatchewan and God’s Lake in Manitoba. Help us provide each of these communities with supplies by donating towards their shipments!
HOCKEY EQUIPMENT FOR WEBEQUIE
Webequie First Nation is remote community located 350 km north of Thunder Bay. It is home to 800 on reserve members and there is no arena in Webequie. During winter months children play hockey in – 40 temperatures and most of the time they get frost bites. Children in Webequie enjoy playing hockey and some dream of becoming professional hockey players one day.
Webequie members and volunteers are currently fundraising to take children to Lil Bands Hockey Tournament in Dryden ON on February 2020. Children will get to experience the competitive level of hockey and most of the children have never played on artificial ice and inside the arena.
Some children don’t have hockey equipment and some only have skates, most of them have out grown their equipment and their parents can’t afford to buy hockey equipment because the equipment are expensive and high cost of living in Webequie.
HELP TRUE NORTH AID SEND 5 PALLETS OF HOCKEY EQUIPMENT TO WEBEQUIE FIRST NATION DONATE HERE
KEEPING SANDY BAY WARM
Please support Sandy Bay with the shipment of winter clothing for youth in their community. Mitts, gloves, toques, scarves, boots, ski pants, socks and jackets will be shipped to Sandy Bay First Nation – please help us fundraise $2500 to cover transportation costs.
Sandy Bay is 70 km North East of Pelican Narrows which is at the end of the road. The population is approximately 1400 with close to 500 being children or youth. We have approximately 160 males and 150 females from ages 0-14 and 75 males and 60 females from age 15-19. The majority of the community are Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation the rest are Metis. Sandy Bay is a Cree Speaking Community where the houses sometimes have 3 or 4 families living in crowded conditions. Most of the population is on Social Assistance either from Federal or Provincial funding. Our school houses the only opportunity for after school programs and activities for youth as there is no arena, arcade, youth center or recreation facility available. Since our community is at the end of the road and is 190 km from the nearest shopping center it is hard for families to provide the necessities for their children. Many people do not have vehicles and have to spend their money to hire people to take them shopping. This is expensive and takes away from what people could spend on clothing.
HOPE FOR GOD’S LAKE FIRST NATION, MANITOBA
God’s Lake Narrows (Mantou Sakahican Cree Nation) is located 1037 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The community is composed of both Metis and Cree members. There are approximately 1,500 people living on reserve and are a member of the Keewatin Tribal Council. God’s Lake First Nation has recently called a State of Emergency in response to a rash of suicide attempts that left four young people dead in the community.
Every child and people young and old deserve the best necessities in life. The donations of a variety of items including baby, children and adult’s clothing, First Aid kids, games, crafts and arts supplies and more, will help to show God’s Lake that they are supported and thought about.
The distribution of items to God’s Lake First Nation at an event there will help to provide opportunities to encourage and improve mental health and family connections.
SUPPORT FOR LA LOCHE, SASKATCHEWAN
LaLoche is located in northwestern Saskatchewan. It has a population of 2,827 people and is close to the Clearwater River Dene Nation.
True North Aid is sending various items to LaLoche Dene High including clothing for youth, adults and babies, blankets, schools supplies, feminine hygiene products and more. These items will be distributed by Clearwater River Ministries in Laloche. The school currently has 408 students enrolled.
These items are much needed in LaLoche, Saskatchewan as many people there rely on social assistance which only provides for their basic needs. Because of high rates of addictions in the community to drugs, alcohol and gambling, this often results in children’s needs not being met. In addition, La Loche schools require parents to provide school supplies for their children.