For Indigenous folks…
Sending love to you right now. There are supports especially for Indigenous women, girls, non-binary folks and 2SLGBTQIA+ folks. You are loved and supported. Please reach out:
Counselling for Indigenous women
- BWSS Battered Women’s Support Services
Support for Indigenous women
Call 604-687-1867 or 1-855-687-1868 or text 604-652-1867
- Atira Women’s Resource Society
Support for Indigenous Women
- WAVAW-Rape Crisis Centre
Support for Indigenous Women
Call 604-255-6344 or text at (604)-245-2425
- Vancouver Women’s Health Collective
Counselling services. Indigenous Elder is onsite for support.
- Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
Drop in for support at 302 Columbia St. Vancouver
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society – British Columbia
Toll-Free Line: 1-800-721-0066
- The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line
- National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Toll-free Support Phone Line: 1-844-413-6649
- KUU-US Crisis Line
- Tsow-Tun-Le Lum
- First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line
- Kids Help Phone
As a collective, we aim to improve and address racial equity for Indigenous peoples within our organizations. We’re currently asking our member organizations to complete a questionnaire with the following questions. We invite you to do the same and ask your leadership team the following and come up with your plan moving forward.
This initiative is Indigenous-led, and was inspired by the labour of Black women. Black Liberation and Indigenous Sovereignty are intertwined and the Indigenous members are incredibly grateful to be able to elaborate on their efforts. We ask that you give credit to Feminists Deliver if you will be using our questions.
- Do Indigenous people currently access your organization?
- Orange Shirt Day/Truth & Reconciliation Day is on September 30. How will your organization be recognizing this day? Will Indigenous staff be provided with paid time off to rest and heal from what is likely to be a very traumatizing day? How are you caring for Indigenous staff and clients around this day?
- What services and programs do you currently offer to Indigenous people who access your organization?
- What gaps can you identify in how you provide services to Indigenous people?
- Do you have Indigenous employees? If so, what positions are they in? Do you have any Indigenous employees in leadership roles?
- What policies and practices do you have in your organization that work to recruit, retain, protect, and promote Indigenous staff? Is this a priority of your organization?
- Are there Indigenous people in your Board Membership?
- What policies and practices do you have in your organization that address racism and anti-Indigeneity?
- How has your organization committed to implementing the Calls to Action and the Calls to Justice? How about other relevant reports to your sector? Please be specific which reports you’re referring to by naming them.
- Does your organization have formal or informal relationships with Indigenous organizations or communities?
For settlers, please take action…
- Honour Orange Shirt Day and learn about Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s story.
- Read the Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reports.
- Read the report, Red Women Rising: Indigenous Women Survivors in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside by the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.
- Have a look at the resources put together by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.
- Follow the public programming schedule online by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
- Watch the Spirit Bear and Children Make History film and other resources put together by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.
- Find an Orange Shirt Day event near you.
- Attend XWEÝENE:MSTA:M ?ƏKWƏSQWEL, SEÝEḾ on Thurs, Sept 30 at 12pm PST (ŠXʷƛ̓ƏNƏQ XWTL’E7ÉNK SQUARE) – Co-created by Tsatsu Stalqayu, Mortal Coil and Butterflies in Spirit, Xweýene:msta:m ?əkwəsqwel, seýeḿ (translation: call to witness / listen to respected one) is a performance to honour Orange Shirt Day on Thursday, September 30, 2021, presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery.
- Attend Orange Shirt Day on Thurs, Sept 30 at 9 am PST (Grandview Park (1657 Charles St) – Hosted by Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS), the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre (VAFC), and the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre (VACPC), gather with Elders and their families on Orange Shirt Day. Everyone is invited to join on this important day to help raise awareness about residential schools and their lasting impact on Indigenous peoples. Every Child Matters. Wear your orange shirt in support.
- Commit to One Day’s Pay campaign, an invitation to all Canadians to meaningfully recognize this new federal statutory ‘holiday’ with more than reflection: it is an invitation to citizens, organizations, businesses, and communities to act by giving one day’s pay – or an amount of their choice – to Indigenous-led projects, movements, organizations and nations.
- Watch Feminists Deliver videos and presentations that illustrate the need for decolonization, anti-oppression and intersectional feminism.