Being A Non-Indigenous Ally

Over the last decade, people have started to understand the deep seated racism towards Indigenous peoples. Non-Indigenous people are starting to become more aware of the human rights violations throughout Turtle Island, a recent catalyst for non-Indigenous wanting to learn about Indigenous cultures was the uncovering of children who attended the Residential School in Kamloops. …

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back to school supplies drive

Helping Youth Put Their Best Foot Forward this School Year

Like the Backstreet boys, schools back. For many children this means an exciting time of reconnecting with friends, and shopping for trendy clothes and the coolest school supplies. There is however another side to this exciting time that is often overlooked.  Having school supplies affects a student’s social and emotional well-being thus impacting their overall educational experience. A child coming to school …

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Coyote Kids Camp

Indigenous Identity Explored in Coyote Kids Cultural Camp

Coyote Kids Cultural Camp celebrates Indigenous culture through land-based teachings for youth. Kids have the opportunity to do arts and crafts along with field trips, stories, Guest Speakers, Elders and Knowledge Keepers. Children get to do cultural practices; it is also important that they will have the chance to listen to guest speakers and Elders as a way to learn more about their roots they may have and make sure that the legacy and culture of Indigenous persons does not disappear.

Bent Arrow official statement on Kamloops Residential School

Template letter to call on your Members of Parliament to act on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

(Insert date here)  Hon. (insert local MP) (Address) (city and province) (postal code) (Find your MPs contact information and insert it here)  Dear Hon. (MPs name),   My name is (insert name here) and I am a constituent in your district at (insert postal code). I am writing this letter with a great deal of grief and concern. The news of the 215 children’s bodies that were recovered at …

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Activities to don in EDmonton

Wellness: An Open-Air Balancing Act

With cold winter temperatures retreating and paving the way for sunshine-filled spring to take over Edmonton, the urge to drop everything, go outside and enjoy some fresh air is a strong one. Usually, this requires little to no thought and is barely a topic of concern. However, since our surroundings have been occupied by the uninvited guest that is COVID-19, even the smallest of activities are now anxiety provoking and stress inducing.

Iskwew House Young Mothers Bent Arrow

Celebrating Indigenous Culture With Young Mothers at Iskwew House

Iskwew means woman in Cree. The Iskwew program desires to bring into our group home the traditional and cultural aspects of parenting. Each Mother’s Day we celebrate our young mothers at the Iskwew parenting group home. Mother’s Day is a time for us to honor and appreciate these women. This Mother’s Day we focus on two important cultural pieces that remind our mothers of who they are, and where they come from.

Kikosewin family resource network

Kikosewin: The Act of Being with Family (in a Virtual World) 

Overcoming Covid-19 and Creating Community   The word family conjures up many different images and feelings. To some it is a term that connects lineage, and to others, it denotes people who have come into their lives. No matter which definition you choose; family always implies people who are the most important to you. These people give you space to belong, feel safe and …

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