The AR/AO Committee have provided the resources outlined below, for your review and information:
Resources for Indigenous Youth
Grief, sadness, anger, rage – these are all valid things to be feeling. If you are in need of support, please reach out. Below are some resources:
Indian Residential School Survivors Society Crisis Line
This 24-hour crisis line is for survivors of residential schools and their families. Call 1-866-925-4419 if you are experiencing pain or distress as a result of the recent announcement.
Our HelpLine is open Sunday-Friday. Our hours are:
- Phone: 6 PM – 9 PM, at 1-800-268-9688
- Text: 4 PM – 9:30PM, at 647-694-4275
- Chat: 4 PM-9:30 PM, at youthline.ca
Looking for ways to directly support 2SLGBTQ+ Indigenous youth? Check out some of these organizations and collectives.
Indian Residential School Survivor Society
Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) is a British Columbia-based organization with a twenty-year history of providing services to survivors of residential schools. IRSSS provides essential services to Residential School Survivors, their families, and those dealing with Intergenerational traumas. One of their goals is to continually expand their support to partner organizations and maximize access to culturally sensitive, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual care. Support them by donating here.
Native Youth Sexual Health Network
Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) is an organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada.
O:se Kenhionhata:tie Land Back Camp
For hundreds of years First Chonnonton, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Huron nations gathered in what is now Victoria Park, Kitchener to meet under great peace and diplomacy to talk, trade, hunt and feast together. Today, the city charges them large amounts of money to gather in their traditional places. Check out their demands, as they continue to occupy “public” space on their own lands, and contribute to their GoFundMe here.
Niizh Manidook Hide Tanning Camp
Niizh Manidook Hide Tanning Camp (NMHC) is a Two Spirit hide tanning collective creating safer space for Two Spirit/2SLGBTQQIAA+ (two spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, androgynous+) youth and Two Spirit community members. Based in the Southern Georgian Bay, NMHC aims to restore and preserve the art of traditional hide tanning in the shared Lake Huron, Erie and Ontario watershed territories. Donations are welcome in the form of e-transfer, cash or cheque. Please email them at email@example.com to discuss donation details.