October 18th, 2017
The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network, formerly the Ottawa Adoptee Committee, formed a national coalition of Indigenous people (Métis, First Nation and Inuit) which provides leadership, support and advocacy for those affected by Indigenous Child Removal Systems in Canada, regardless of where they reside.
We are excited to announce that we are currently planning our 3rd National Network Gathering with tentative dates set for October 2017. Our 2017 gathering builds on two previous gatherings (2014 and 2015) that provided culturally holistic programming for survivors of the Sixties Scoop. Our current work continues to focus on the immediate needs of survivors by providing culturally relevant teachings, emotional support therapy and networking opportunities to address their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing in a safe and learning environment.
In order to ensure a successful Gathering, we are in need of your organizations support. Here is how you can help.
We are currently organizing a Halloween Karaoke Fundraiser on October 27th, 2016. Funds raised will help us pay for lodgings, sponsorships for survivors, activities/workshops as well as pay for food. We hope to sponsor 50 adoptees because many suffer from socio-economic and health disparities that act as a barrier in accessing the only healing program that is lead and offered to survivors of the Sixties Scoop by Sixties Scoop survivors. The funds we raise will enable them to take part in something without having to worry about financial hardships.
The fundraiser includes a silent auction table with items donated from the community and organizations. If your organization is interested in our work and can provide items such as hand crafted Indigenous jewellery, gift baskets, gift certificates, art, music cd’s, popular books, novelty items, crafts and homemade items it would be very much appreciated. If you are unable to provide an item and wish to make a financial contribution that would help us out to.
As the only national voice for those affected by Indigenous Child Removal Systems in Canada, our work on the Sixties Scoop remains in the public domain and is becoming the national narrative that requires support and opportunities for those most affected. We hope you can help us by joining us on our journey as we seek to help others heal from this national tragedy.
We would like to thank you for your consideration. Please let us know if you can help us out. If you have any items to donate, we would gladly stop by to pick them up. To make a financial contribution, please make the cheque payable to: Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare.
If you wish to know more about our work or have questions regarding the gathering or the upcoming fundraiser, please feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (613) 407-7057.
In the spirit of caring and sharing,
Colleen Hele-Cardinal, Director
The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network