Mark National Indigenous History Month by Joining Us for a Special Edition of the Wisdom Weavers Series
On June 10th, the Wisdom Weavers Storytelling & Traditional Teachings series continues with Traditional Teacher Bob Goulais offering a teaching from the Toronto Islands – a location that has long held connection to healing for First Nations.
Bob Goulais is Anishinaabe from Nipissing First Nation. He is second degree member of the Three Fires Midewiwin Society and a committed advocate of Anishinaabe aadziwin – Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Bob is a sought-after speaker, traditional teacher, facilitator, and Master of Ceremonies, providing valuable cultural context and traditional knowledge to diverse audiences across Canada.
Bob’s storytelling presentation is titled “How We Understand Our Creator and the First Creation Energy” and he will tell a story about the Creator, and the fires of Creation. This will include the creation of the universe, the concepts of spirit, energy, matter, Mother Earth, and the lowering of humankind. He will interweave traditional concepts, teachings, and storytelling to highlight the importance of spirit, spirituality, and our connection to Creation.
Print Sale in Support of Anishnawbe Health: Brandon Jacko’s “The Reconnection”
In honour of National Indigenous History Month in June, Ojibwe Artist Brandon Jacko is holding his second annual fundraiser in support of Anishnawbe Health Foundation. In 2021, Brandon raised over $12,500. This year he will be donating all proceeds from sales of his prints of the painting "The Reconnection."
The Reconnection shows a sacred dream state where the spirit is speaking with someone they've lost. It is a sacred realm of forgiveness, peace, and the continuity of culture, language, and grandmother energy whose love exists beyond all barriers. Strawberries represent spiritual healing while green energy beams through to provide reconnection between this world and the spirit world. The sacred white hummingbirds are the keepers of the reconnection dream and watch over to protect the space from negativity while orange represents the spirits of the victims of a corrupt and evil system of oppression.
Prints (8.5" x 11") are available for $40 starting June 1, however, e-newsletter subscribers can purchase prints starting May 30th. The print sale ends July 1st and prints will be mailed by the end of July.
If you would like to purchase a print or learn more about Brandon, visit bit.ly/BJackoFundraiser
Anishnawbe Health Hosts Klabona Keepers During World Premiere
Anishnawbe Health staff and board members were honoured to host the Klabona Keepers for lunch at our Gerrard Street location on May 27. The Klabona Keepers are a small group of Elders from Iskut First Nation, in northwest British Columbia, that succeeded in protecting the remote Sacred Headwaters, known as the Klabona from corporate mining activities.
The group was visiting Toronto for the world premiere screening of the documentary "Klabona Keepers" along with the films Co-Director, Tamo Campos. Filmed over 15 years, the film follows the Klabona Keepers through stand-offs and blockades, discussions of the impacts of forced colonization, and why the protection of the land is so important for future generations.
We are also proud to have a been a community partner for two screenings of "Klabona Keepers." Thank you to Human Rights Watch Canada and Patagonia Canada for hosting two amazing evenings. If you would like to watch "Klabona Keepers," you can stream for free from the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
TDSB Students Rollout Indigenous - Inspired Food Truck Fundraiser
A big thank you to the Thistletown Collegiate Institute Chefs and their instructor, Chef Keith, for hosting a pop-up food truck fundraiser in support of Anishnawbe Health earlier this month. For two days, the TDSB students took over Cheese Boutique's food truck and sold Indigenous-inspired dishes that included bison tacos, smoked salmon, elk stew, and strawberry apple crumble.
The fundraiser came to life with grant support from Community Connected Experiential Learning (CCEL). CCEL believes that students are more engaged, more motivated to learn, and more successful when they connect what they are learning to situations they care about in their community. With the grant funding, the class bought the necessary ingredients and paid for the food truck rental. Additionally, the menu was developed in collaboration with a local Indigenous Chef.
Toronto Cycling Community Fundraiser Rides into its Second Year
In honour of both the First Nations children lost and survivors of Canada's Residential School System, a group of Toronto cyclists are once again cycling in the Every Child Matters 215km Ride For Reconciliation as an act of reconciliation while raising funds for the Anishnawbe Health Foundation. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 18 and will start in Toronto and head to Woodland Cultural Centre, the site of the former Mohawk Institute-Canada's oldest residential school in Brantford, Ontario.
The cyclists in the inaugural ride in 2021 raised $24,000 thanks to the generosity of 216 donors. This year the group hopes to continue the dialogue, raise public awareness of the need for Traditional healing practices and support the process of reconciliation.
To support this years Ride for Reconciliation, please click here to learn more or make a donation.
Calling all Sweetgrass Monthly Giving Circle Donors
We appreciate your monthly gift, and in the spirit of reciprocity we invite our monthly donors to participate in the Sweetgrass Reading Circle, an event exclusive to our community of monthly gift givers.
The Sweetgrass Reading Circle is a free, quarterly gathering dedicated to discussing the thematic elements of books by Indigenous authors to foster learning and understanding of Indigenous resilience, cultures, and ultimately, truth and reconciliation.
Our next Circle meets June 29 from 12-1 p.m. and our book pick this quarter is Five Little Indians by Michelle Good. Monthly donors can register HERE
Interested in this event but not a monthly donor? Become a member of the Sweetgrass Circle HERE or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Make an Impact with the Gift of Cryptocurrency
We are pleased to announce that you can now make a donation to Anishnawbe Health Foundation with cryptocurrency. We have partnered with CanadaHelps to provide a trusted, easy and secure way to donate ether and bitcoin using CanadaHelps’s secure wallet. Similar to non-crypto donations, you’ll receive a charitable tax receipt and email confirming your donation is complete typically within one hour. Additionally, for every donation, a carbon credit will be purchased to ensure your cryptocurrency donation is carbon neutral.
To learn more or to make a gift in cryptocurrency, click here