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Indigenous History Month: Every Child Matters
June is Indigenous History Month. This year, as we grieve the loss of 215 children whose remains were discovered near the Kamloops Indian Residential School, and share our deepest condolences with the children’s families and communities, and the relations of all residential school survivors, we can also deepen our understanding of the impacts of residential schools on Indigenous communities as described in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) reports.
The Definition of Indigenous Homelessness in Canada describes the link from residential schools to the exclusion of Indigenous people from housing today. This recent article by Dr. Marcia Anderson outlines the connections between residential schools and racism in our current health care systems, pointing to the critical relationship between housing and health. The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health has traced the legacy of residential schools within the current child welfare crisis and ongoing removal of Indigenous children from their homes and communities across Canada: a significant inflow to youth homelessness. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation offers many more teaching resources and provides the 24/7 Residential School Survivor Support Line: 1-866-925-4419.
End Homelessness Winnipeg is an Indigenous organization committed to the TRC Calls to Action and a vision for a world where every child has a safe place to call home.
Hot Weather Resources
This past weekend, partners in the Extreme Weather Response Committee facilitated by End Homelessness Winnipeg were kept busy adapting to unseasonably extreme heat. While the extreme heat event has passed, temperatures continue to be higher than normal this week. Current COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed by the province until June 12, allowing the City of Winnipeg to open many spray pads and provide other cooling options. Still, it can be a challenge to know where to cool off. Download, print and share this Spring Resource Guide listing shelters, safe spaces, drop-ins and outreach services, as well as places with toilets and bagged meals/water. Resources and updates are also posted on End Homelessness Winnipeg’s Facebook and Twitter. Keep cool and stay safe!
Hiring: Youth Communications Specialist-Canada Summer Jobs
End Homelessness Winnipeg is hiring a youth Communications Specialist through the Canada Summer Jobs program. This is a term position for 9 weeks, 30 hours per week, with a proposed start date of Monday, July 5, 2021. Application deadline is Thursday, June 10. For details, please click here.
Ekosani, Miigwetch, Maarsii, Thank you!