Letter Writing For Attawapiskat

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Xpace Cultural Centre says
We are hosting a drop-in letter writing session for Attawapiskat on April 30 from 2-5pm. We will provide supplies like paper, stickers, collage material (but feel free to bring anything you'd like to add!) and envelopes, and will mail all letters at the end of the day. If you are unable to attend but would still like to send a letter, the address is below and in the event image (originally posted by Thomas Hare).

***at the beginning of the event (and throughout) we will talk about how to identify ourselves and some tips for writing letters, as well as a general sharing period where we can talk about questions we have***

We will also collect books for OCAD Student Union's book drive for Attawapiskat - bring your new or used (in good condition) books to Xpace and we will deliver them to the SU to be sent to Attawapiskat.

From Jodi McMurray:
Calling All Angels:

Some of you may be aware through the news of the crisis in Attiwapiskat and Cross Lake where the First Nation communities have declared a state of emergency to prevent further suicides among youth in the communities. In a community of 2000, there have been 101 suicide attempts since September. 11 last weekend alone. The youngest is 10 years old. 10! Like many remote indigenous communities they lack proper housing, running water, social services and employment. Youth are running out of hope.

At a community gathering of youth in Attiwapiskat this week, the youth began to look at what is available to them, what they need to begin healing and to create hopeful futures and they identified many beautiful and important things like a library, sports and recreation, and pow wows. But what really touched (pulled!) my heart was their request for prayers and messages of support.

I remember very dark days in my life. I am sure you remember yours. I also remember the people who helped me believe I could be strong for one more day, or believe I was worthy of being alive. Words have the power to heal and change lives. So I am sharing my words of love and support for these youth and I hope you will too.

May we all remember our humanKINDNESS.

If you would like to join me in sending love notes to these youth, the addresses are below.

Cross Lake Nation: Youth in Cross Lake, Cross Lake Band Office, P.O. Box 10, Cross Lake, MAN ROB OJO

Attawapiskat: Youth in Attawapiskat,
P.O. Box 248
Attawapiskat ON
P0L 1A0
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