There’s been an awful lot in the news lately about the struggles many of our Canadian First Nations communities are dealing with. As someone who works with Aboriginal communities, has family members who live/have lived on reserve, and well – who has a heart – I’ve been trying to find specific ways to help effect some positive change in the communities. The issues are large ones: clean water, suicide prevention, lack of adequate housing and are definitely overwhelming when viewed all at once.
But there are ways that individual people can make a difference.
What can the average person do to help?
Author Sherry D Ramsay has been helping to spread the word which is how I heard about this (although I’m sure there are others, as the internet is a powerful connection tool), as apparently one of the requests from the youth of Attawapiskat is to have a library. And that, my friends, is a very achievable, specific goal that we can all help them accomplish just by doing our own small part.
What to send:
Books. For all ages and interests. And I would also suggest maybe a few journals/notebooks so that those young people have a place to record their own stories, and the acknowledgement from those of us outside their communities that we think their voices need to be heard, and that their stories matter. That THEY matter.
Where to send books:
Youth in Attawapiskat
P.O. Box 248
Attawapiskat, Ontario, P0L 1A0