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ReconciliACTION Resources:

Actions You Can Take to Help the Indigenous Community for National Indigenous History Month and Beyond

Grieve but also CELEBRATE our audacity and amazing culture! Hold space in your heart for all of what you’re feeling and processing yourself. Hold space for what we are going through. And help us to celebrate our beautiful culture. We are still here due to our incredible resilience and connection to Spirit and Nature. Join us in our celebration, not just in grief.

Contribute to the Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society. They were already in need of a new building for their gathering place, and now their community is reeling from the finding of the mass unmarked grave of 215 of their children in the grounds of the infamous Kamloops Residential School.

Make a contribution to a local Indigenous organization like Anduhyaun (Toronto’s only Indigenous women’s shelter and healing lodge, both of which helped me) or Minwaashin Lodge (I’ve worked with these women in Ottawa).

Take the Indigenous Canada virtual course offered by University of Alberta (Canada) or Coursera (U.S.). Free or if you want you can donate or pay for the certificate.

Amplify Indigenous businesses – June is National Indigenous History Month here in Canada. You’d be surprised how impactful a simple share over social media with your personal recommendation, or a referral to a friend can be.

When purchasing spiritual supplies or gifts for loved ones, stop buying from non-Indigenous new age stores (most of the sage you get from there is unethically harvested anyway). Seek out Indigenous sources, like Hummingbird Spirits (run by Nenookaasi, featured singer on my latest single) or Tribal Spirit (where I send everyone for drums/drumming supplies).

DIRECTORIES FULL OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S BUSINESSES AND BRANDS:

#BetheDrum Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs Directory, by Native Women’s Association of Canada. 

#ShopIndigenous Women’s Market on Facebook, also by Michele Young-Crook. By invitation only. You may need to friend request me to be added – if you do, drop me a fb message letting me know who you are. I screen my requests.

Indigenous LIFT Collective Directory of Indigenous Women’s Businesses

Indigimall, founded by a friend of mine, Michele Young-Crook.

JUNE 19-20, 2021 – BUY FROM THE FOLLOWING INDIGENOUS BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S HEALING!

On June 19-20, 2021, a portion of sales from all of the following Indigenous women’s businesses will go to Clan Mothers Healing Village, who helps Indigenous women survivors of multi-generational trauma, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking.

*Note: If you are seeing this after June 20, 2021, please contribute directly to Clan Mothers Healing Village, and continue supporting and amplifying the Indigenous women’s businesses below:

@yukonsoapscompany
@westcoast.wildflowers
@totemdesignhouse
@sisters_sage
@scarlettdesigns
@satyaorganic
@mswcreations
@luna_and_owl
@lofttan
@lodgesoycandles
@indigimall
@aylelum

GCHI MIIGWECH! MANY THANKS! Whatever you can do to help Indigenous people thrive is much appreciated.

                         

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