Colonialization and deep systemic racial biases have put Indigenous children in Canada at a severe disadvantage. This context has created intergenerational trauma and barriers to accessing appropriate healthcare, education, and traditional languages. Take a positive step toward reconciliation by supporting Indigenous-led initiatives that benefit children from coast to coast to coast.
Providing access to culturally sensitive mental health support is a priority for many Indigenous communities. It is critical for the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of children. Support a child to enhance their emotional and interpersonal skills with a mental wellness app combined with local programs grounded in Indigenous knowledge.
Partner with Indigenous-led health and social services to provide a baby bundle to parents who are expecting or caring for an infant. Each kit includes diapers, wipes, lotion, clothing, a digital thermometer, warm blanket, and plush toy.
By reading books from Indigenous authors and illustrators, Indigenous children can embrace their heritage and find acceptance, particularly in remote communities where resources may be limited. You can give a child the gift of books that represent them, their stories, and their communities.
The increasing number of climate emergencies, like extreme weather, flooding, and forest fires, regularly force entire Indigenous communities in northern Canada to be evacuated. Provide an emergency backpack that contains a hygiene kit, ID bracelet, flashlight, toy, notebook and pen, along with emergency training to keep a child safe.
The Healing Through the Arts program provides kits with creative supplies, such as paints, pencils, charcoal and sewing materials, along with emotional and cultural support to assist Indigenous children in strengthening mental resilience and interpersonal abilities while celebrating and revitalizing their cultural identity.
There are approximately 70 Indigenous languages currently spoken in Canada — it is projected that only three will still be spoken in 30 years. Alongside local Indigenous partners, support the creation of audio/video resources and books to revitalize Indigenous languages and help a child reclaim the connection to their spirituality, culture, and identity.