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Niijaansinaanik Child and Family Services to host an Elders Gathering

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NIIJAANSINAANIK CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES HEAD OFFICE (June 30, 2023) – Niijaansinaanik will host an Elders Gathering at Henvey Inlet First Nation Traditional Grounds on July 25 – 27, 2023. All ages, Elders, helpers, child/youth well-being workers, community members, allies, and vendors are invited to register online. The theme is “Gdashminaanaan gnijaansinaanig jijaagwaanan – Feeding our Children’s Spirits”.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Cindy Blackstock – BA, MM, MJ, Ph.D., Executive Director for the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. member of Gitxsan First Nation
Isadore Day – Founder/CEO, Bimaadzwin, member of Serpent River First Nation
Clarence White Sr. – Cultural Coordinator, Abinooji Anishinaabe Family Services, member of Naotkamegwanning First Nation.
Dr. Kathy Absolon – Director, Centre for Indigegogy Professor, Indigenous Field of Study Faculty of Social Work (Kitchener Campus) Wilfrid Laurier University, member of Flying Post First Nation
Hector Copegog, Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin, Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle, member of Chimnissing/Beausoleil First Nation
Theresa Stevens – Executive Director Kitapinoonjiiminaanik Family Services, member of Red Rock First Nation
Estelle Simard – MSW, ABD Educational Leadership Technical Lead, member of Couchiching First Nation
Guest Drum: Good Spirit Drum Group – Moose Deer Point

“Our Indigenous Elders have a unique and wise perspective on the way forward for the seven generations,” says Niijaansinaanik Executive Director Joanne Koehler. “It is crucial to amplify our Elders’ voices when discussing Indigenous child, youth, and family well-being in our communities.”

Niijaansinaanik has been providing Indigenous child, youth, and family services since 2019, and is a culture-based organization responsive to the holistic needs of all children, youth, and families. Niijaansinaanik provides services that reflect values, beliefs, and principles rooted within the Anishinabek culture. While working in the present, we acknowledge history and its impacts on our people in relation to outside influences and strive to build a strong, healthy future for all children, youth, families, and communities.

“We are looking forward to welcoming all to our beautiful community,” says Henvey Inlet First Nation Gimaa (Chief) Wayne McQuabbie. “Our Elders have such a wealth of knowledge from life experiences and history, and it is essential to hear their voices.”

Niijaansinaanik Child and Family Services are members of the Association of Native Child and Family Services Agencies of Ontario (ANCFSAO) and the Association of Children’s Aid Societies of Ontario (OACAS).

*Food Vendors are not accepted at this time. Registration required. Draft Agenda to be posted.

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Shayla Brunet
Communications Coordinator
Niijaansinaanik Child and Family Services
1-855-223-5558 ext. 4001
shayla.brunet@niijcfs.com

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Mikinakoos Children’s Fund launches $15,000 fundraiser for GivingTuesday

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Mikinakoos Children’s Fund aims to raise $15,000 to provide vital winter clothing to 18 First Nations, collaborating with the KO First Nations, Keewaytinook Internet Highschools, and Fort Hope First Nation on GivingTuesday on November 28, 2023. – Photo supplied

THUNDER BAY (November 22, 2023) — Mikinakoos Children’s Fund, an Indigenous children’s charity providing essentials to youth in remote First Nations in Northwestern Ontario, is announcing the launch of a special fundraiser in recognition of GivingTuesday.

In alignment with the global GivingTuesday movement, Mikinakoos Children’s Fund aims to raise $15,000 to provide vital winter clothing to 18 First Nations, collaborating with the KO First Nations, Keewaytinook Internet Highschools, and Fort Hope First Nation. The initiative seeks to purchase over 1,500 coats for children in these regions, ensuring they are equipped to brave the harsh winter months.

“The winter season can be particularly challenging in the remote areas we serve, where many children lack access to proper winter gear,” said Mikinakoos Executive Director Emily Shandruk. “Mikinakoos Children’s Fund believes that every child deserves the warmth of hope during the colder months. With this in mind, we’re launching this crucial campaign to make a positive impact.”

Recent support from TD Canada Trust’s Ready Commitment Funding, a $50,000 grant over two years, is boosting Mikinakoos Children’s Fund’s Warm Clothing initiatives, of which this initiative is a part. With growing requests from various communities and organizations, Mikinakoos’ GivingTuesday funding alone wouldn’t have sufficed. Thanks to the extra support, the charity can now ensure that no child is left without essential resources.

GivingTuesday, which falls on November 28, marks the opening day of the giving season—a global movement encouraging people to come together for a day of generosity and positive change. Mikinakoos invites individuals and organizations alike to join in the effort to make a difference.

Here’s how you can contribute:

Donate: Your contribution, regardless of size, will bring Mikinakoos Children’s Fund closer to its $15,000 goal. Every dollar counts. GivingTuesday falls on November 28; however, this fundraiser will run until December 31.
Spread the Word: Share our campaign on social media, with friends, family, and colleagues. Together, we can make a wider impact.

“The remoteness of the communities we serve presents challenges in shipping and distributing necessities, such as food, sporting equipment, and winter gear, especially with the absence of permanent roads,” said Shandruk. “Climate change has further exacerbated the inconsistency of ice road conditions, making the delivery of essential items even more difficult.”

Please consider contributing to Mikinakoos Children’s Fund’s GivingTuesday campaign through this link or by texting “WARMCOATS” to 807-500-1522. Interviews with spokespeople from Mikinakoos Children’s Fund are available upon request.

About Mikinakoos Children’s Fund

Mikinakoos Children’s Fund is a charity created to address poverty by providing basic amenities, such as food, clothing, and shelter to First Nations children residing in remote communities. Join us on this journey to create positive change and secure the safety and wellbeing First Nations children. Engage with Mikinakoos Children’s Fund on social through #FirstNationKidsFirst.

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Victoria Belton
Senior Consultant
Media Profile
Tel: 416-992-5179

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