What We at Paper Hearts Are Doing Today:
1. Members of our team have registered for "Indigenous Canada" a course offered by the University of Alberta.
From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.
Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships.
The fur trade and other exchange relationships
Land claims and environmental impacts
Legal systems and rights
Political conflicts and alliances
Indigenous political activism
Contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions
2. We have made a donation to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.
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. This fact is most evident in the Corrections Canada Services-the numbers of First Nations people incarcerated, Child and Family Services child apprehensions, the high number of people on social assistance, unemployment and underemployed, lower levels of education, the lowest number within an ethnic minority of “determinants of health”, the list of impacts is extremely high while the services available to effectively assist impacts of Residential Schools remain quite low.