Indigenous

Read blog posts from the Canadian Red Cross about our work with Indigenous people and communities.

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How Danielle honours those who never came home from residential schools: Setting the children free

A piece of digital artwork featuring a black and white archival photo of Tk'emlups Residential School with 215 colourful butterflies superimposed on top of the image, representing each child suspected

Learn how Danielle Robinson uses her art to help her and those around her navigate their feelings through the current events impacting Indigenous Peoples in Canada this last year. The Canadian Red Cross Society is honoured that Indigenous people such as Danielle Robinson choose to avail their expertise to our humanitarian objectives.

A piece of digital artwork featuring a black and white archival photo of Tk'emlups Residential School with 215 colourful butterflies superimposed on top of the image, representing each child suspected

Indigenous Swimming and Water Safety program expands in Alberta

A young woman, named Kailee, smiling in her Red Cross lifeguard sweater

The pandemic provided opportunities for program instructors to innovate and expand delivery of water safety and injury prevention courses in Indigenous communities, says Kailee Berezowski, a program coordinator for the Canadian Red Cross Indigenous Swimming and Water Safety program in Alberta.

A young woman, named Kailee, smiling in her Red Cross lifeguard sweater

Resources for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

A silhouette of a an Indigenous dancer with arms wide, in a field

For the Canadian Red Cross, acknowledging the new national holiday is more than a commitment to reconciliation, it is an opportunity for all of us to deepen our understanding of the events and experiences that contribute towards disparities in the lives of Indigenous Peoples and deepen our understanding of Indigenous cultural strength.

A silhouette of a an Indigenous dancer with arms wide, in a field

Differences forge friendly calls friendship

Sasha Sadlemyer: woman with shoulder length brown hair and glasses, smiling

Brought together by the Canadian Red Cross Friendly Calls program, Erma Crouse and Sasha Sadlemyer have forged a strong bond over their six months of weekly phone calls.
The differences between the pair are striking, making their shared connection even more special.
 

Sasha Sadlemyer: woman with shoulder length brown hair and glasses, smiling

Native Friendship Centre of Montreal: New relationships and opportunities for collaboration in urban communities

Drumsticks laying on a large drum sitting on the floor.

Thanks to funding from Indigenous Services Canada, via First Nations and Inuit Health Branch and in collaboration with the First Nations Health Managers Association, the Canadian Red Cross launched a Help Desk to support Indigenous community leaders prepare for and respond to COVID-19. Here is how the Help Desk made it possible to help one of these leaders.

Drumsticks laying on a large drum sitting on the floor.

Keeping “DUDES” connected during the pandemic

Four people in black leather jackets standing with backs to camera

“The primary goal of our work is to increase social connectedness,” explains Frank Cohn, director of DUDES Club, a British Columbia-based non-profit organization that promotes men’s health and wellness, particularly among Indigenous communities.
 

Four people in black leather jackets standing with backs to camera

First Nations Health and Wellness Colouring Book

Cover of Colouring Book depicting a man and woman in a wooded area

The First Nations Health and Wellness Colouring Book is bursting with life and love. It is a gathering of Manitoba First Nation artists invited to react to and create with the themes of health and wellness. In partnership with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, the Canadian Red Cross produced the colouring book as part of a continuing conversation with First Nation communities to support health and wellness.

Cover of Colouring Book depicting a man and woman in a wooded area

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