SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
For the first two weeks of July, we wanted to encourage our customers to show support for the survivors of residential schools and their families.
Anyone taking action and showing their support received 25% off their purchase.
Make a donation to a charity that works to support the survivors of the residential school system like the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, or any other organization that works towards reconciliation and decolonization. A more extensive list of organizations you can support has been posted by CTV News, here. If you are non-indigenous, this article by The Discourse is also a useful starting point for more learning.
Wear an orange shirt. Donate to the Orange Shirt Society. (Did you know that Orange Shirt Day on September 30th is now an official statutory holiday?)
Write to your MP, MLA, or other elected officials to call on them to take action.
Support services for survivors is available from the Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line 24 hours a day at 1-866-925-4419.
Click here to visit the Truth and Reconciliation website for additional resources and more information.
A percentage of art supply sales between July 2nd and July 17th was also donated to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society. Thanks to all who made a purchase, we were able to donate $2,179.00.
We recognize that this is an extremely serious matter. We thought long and hard about it, questioning the appropriateness of our message and its potential to offend Survivors and their families. We are in no way attempting to co-opt the situation for our marketing and sales promotions. Our business must carry on, we must continue to offer sales and promotions. Doing that without acknowledging the current situation, however, seemed the worse option. We feel that it is important to acknowledge Canada's history of genocide and for there to be an in-depth criminal investigation of these gravesites as well as the entire residential school system. Our intention is to raise awareness as well as funds. If we have caused offense in doing that, we welcome feedback. We are open to learning and willing to change.