(by Michael Stewart)
Hi There Members!
We’ve been looking for ways that the CCFA can improve some of its work toward reconciliation and be good neighbours and allies for our Indigenous colleagues.
One way is to take on some of the administrative labour that falls to Indigenous colleagues during a month that is very emotionally difficult for them. Sept 30 is a very challenging and triggering day, and yet the College leaves the events and ceremonies to Eye? Sqa’lewen to organize. It’s important for them to lead the events, of course, but there’s lots we can do to lessen that burden.
My colleague Julian Gunn has reached out to Nancy Potvin, the lead organizer for Orange Shirt Day. She has suggested that this year, volunteers could help out on the day (Thursday, September 28th). Nancy is looking for volunteers to set up, take down, count participants, and serve as support to organizers and Elders. (The event begins at 1pm.)
They are also looking for people to provide baking for the event—for elders and guests. If anyone is able to volunteer, please let Julian know!
It’s important to note that this isn’t a visibility opportunity for the union, but a way to show up for another community. It’s their event, we are just supporting.
Please let Julian know if you are interested!
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