When they buried the childrenWhat they didn’t knowThey were lovingly embraced by the land. Held and cradled in a mother’s heart.The trees wept for them, with the wind.They sang mourning songs their mothers didn’t know to sing.Bending branches to touch the earth around them.The Creator cried for them, the tears falling like rain. Mother Earth held them until they could be found.Now our voices sing the mourning songs. With the trees. The wind. Light sacred fire - ensure they are never forgotten, as we sing justice. - Abigail Echo Hawk
Rising Hearts is hosting our first virtual September 30th 5k Remembrance Run for #OrangeShirtDay and #EveryChildMatters – remembering and honoring the thousands of Indigenous children stolen from their families and homelands, forced into Boarding and Residential Schools, and the survivors, and descendants. To date, over 6,509 Indigenous children have been unearthed from Boarding and Residential school properties. This injustice, rooted in colonialism and intersects with missing and murdered Indigenous relatives, and the need to conquer, led to policies of genocide, forced removal, diseases, theft of lands and bodies, as well as the quote and policy that started the boarding schools – “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.” This was a policy to colonize and force Indigenous peoples to become civilized, strip them of their culture, their language, their traditions, and their Indigenous names – having to choose a Christian name. This run is to honor and remember this history that doesn’t get the visibility it needs, to shine light on the injustice that continues to take place, to build community and allyship, and to call for justice, accountability, healing, and to bring all relatives back to their communities by searching all boarding and residential school properties.
What significance does the color orange and September 30th have?Phyllis Webstad (Orange Shirt Society) was 6 years old when she was about to start at the residential school she was attending - all excited for school, her grandmother bought her a brand new, pretty orange shirt to wear to school. Once Phyllis arrived at the residential school, her clothing was stripped from her and her hair was cut. The color orange reminds Phyllis of her experiences at the residential school and in her own words on what it reminded her of, "how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying and no one cared.” September 30th is the day that Indigenous children were stolen from their families and forced into the schools at the start of the school year. This day and color, commemorates the legacy and trauma of the boarding and residential schools.
We have a big goal – to give back in a big way!
Join us in this virtual run to help us raise funds to give back to the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, support Agnes Woodward’s t-shirt campaign, and a donation to the Indian Residential School Survivors Fund in Canada as we fight for justice, accountability, bringing our relatives home, and healing.
Words from Agnes Woodward, Nehiyaw Iskwew, (Plains Cree): “The Earth Belongs To The Children And The Unborn. Words by my father Lester Howse - Residential school survivor. Healing the past, is our hope for our future. We achieve this by acknowledging the stories of the survivors, by honoring their truths. The promise of a People is held in the children.”
Run-bike-walk in solidarity! Wear ORANGE on September 30th – October 3rd . Uplift this injustice, demand accountability, fight for healing, and support the heart work.
-Join a team or create a team-Purchase stickers (artwork by Agnes Woodward and by Rising Hearts)-Sponsor a relative/donate an entry-Options to just donate- Grab your Orange Shirt by support Agnes Woodwardhttps://www.bonfire.com/store/reecreeations/
Let's continue to build community. Let's show up in whatever way we can. Let's support those survivors, their families, the advocates, and work towards ending inter-generational trauma so our never generations can THRIVE.
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No More Stolen Sisters
Justice for MMIWG
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No More Stolen Relatives - Running for Justice
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The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
“The time for healing, is now.” Their mission is to lead in the pursuit of understanding and addressing the ongoing trauma created by the U.S. Indian Boarding School policy. The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) was incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit in June 2012 under the laws of the Navajo Nation. They are the only U.S. based non-profit focused on this work. NABS was created to develop and implement a national strategy that increases public awareness and cultivates healing for the profound trauma experienced by individuals, families, communities, American Indian and Alaska Native Nations resulting from the U.S. adoption and implementation of the Boarding School Policy of 1869.
NABS supports the Federal Indian Boarding School investigation and calls for a Congressional Truth Commission – READ HERE
The Indian Residential School Survivors Fund
The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) is a provincial organization with a twenty-year history of providing services to Indian Residential School Survivors. IRSSS provides essential services to Residential School Survivors, their families, and those dealing with Intergenerational traumas. These impacts affect every family and every community across B.C. and Canada.
September 30th – What is it?September 30th is Orange Shirt day – Every Child Matters.
The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation. A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected. Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on.
The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
To learn more, visit www.orangeshirtday.org
TRIGGER WARNING: We are the first peoples of these lands that were stolen from us. We are continuously ignored, mistreated and devalued. When we talk about the history of this country and continent, that begins with Indigenous history. Our families were murdered, raped, molested, enslaved, sterilized, abused, experimented on, stolen from our families, forced to never speak our languages, forced to pick a Christian name, their hair was cut, forced to fulfill “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” beliefs of these colonial systems, and discarded. Our families were forced into these Boarding/Residential schools - ripped from their families, and the 5,296 Indigenous children just found, are from mass burial graves found across the lands and plenty more properties to be searched - were meant to erase us through cultural genocide in a different way. Families never having closure. Families unable to have their children be buried ceremonially and traditionally with their communities. Stories from Boarding/Residential school survivors are heartbreaking - experiencing so much and many tried to escape the horrors that happened on those grounds. Families would often move their tipi / home near to where the schools were. This has contributed to the intergenerational trauma we experience today. We have to also not just call this colonization and genocide, but has to be connected to the doctrine of discovery and religion – as many of these schools were led by Churches. Those working for the church and these schools, many are still alive today that we must call for accountability and justice. So far, their identity is being protected.
WE ARE WORTHY!We are the first caretakers of these lands that were stolen from us. We’ve been forgotten and still forgotten from most of the conversations, even today. It’s slowly getting better but being an advocate myself, we still feel like an after thought. Our injustice and pain doesn’t get included in the topics of injustice and pain. We exist. Our pain is real. And it has to stop. We deserve to THRIVE - not survive. More will be found. Speak up! We are fighting for accountability and healing. We need mental health support services. Hoping some good comes out of the Federal Indian Boarding School Truth Initiative too. This intersects with MMIR! Prayers up, tobacco down for our relatives - for our communities.
SOME FACTS for CONTEXT:- Over 376 schools in the U.S.- Over 100 residential schools in Canada- To this day, over 5,296 children have been unearthed- Recently, 9 children, were brought home to the Rosebud Indian Reservation from the Carlisle Indian Boarding School. This effort was led by youth and community the last few years, to bring their relative’s home.- These schools existed in Canada, U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Hawaii, Australia, and more countries and communities.
• 1-866-925-4419 for CAN Residential Boarding School Crisis Hotline• 306-522-7494 (Treaty 4 territory)
GET INVOLVED, LEARN, AND TAKE ACTION:Webinars to Watch:Healing Through Indigenous Mindfulness and NeurodecolonizationIndian Boarding School Cemeteries and Missing ChildrenBeyond Historical Trauma: Indigenous Traditions Lead the Pathway to Resilience and Healing#TruthAndHealing: The Movement and the Commission
Canada: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report
Call to Action:Support Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation in the U.S.
NABS has ways for you to support:Join the Coalition, Sign petitions, Make a donation, Sign up for e-news.Take Specific Action: For Churches, For Survivors and Descendants, For Teachers, and For Community Allies.
PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO:Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo (And Alberta) by Connie Walker on CBC OriginalCanada’s Darkest Secret: Residential Schools by Behind the Bastards on Google PodcastsAmerican Indian Boarding Schools, Hashtag History, Episode 43
BOOKS TO READ:As Long as the River Flows by Larry LoyleWhen I was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-FentonDaughter of Suqua by Diane Johnston HammMy Name is Not Easy by Debbie Dalh EdwardsonBury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownMy name is Seepeetza by Shirley SterlingNo Parole Today by Laura TohePipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School by Adam Fortunate EagleSweetgrass Basket by Marlene CarvellBroken Circle by Theodore FontaineIndian Horse by Richard WagameseOrange Shirt Day by Phyllis WebstadSeven Fallen Feathers by Tanya TalagaI am not a number by Jenny Kay DupuisThe Land is our Storybook by Julie-Anne Andre & Mindy Willett
WATCH:Vice TV “Indigenous Peoples in Canadian Residential Schools
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