From Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House: Dear neighbors, we invite you all to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope this September and join our commemoration event for Orange Shirt Day – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. #everychildmatters?

?Thursday, Sept 29th, 2022
?4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
?Parking lot of Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, 2131 Renfrew St. Vancouver

This is a family-friendly community event that offers space to raise awareness and encourages everyone to educate themselves and do what they can to participate in the journey towards reconciliation and decolonization.

Some of the Indigenous knowledge keepers we are blessed to have at the event so far include ?Norm Leech, ?Jaylene Tyme, ?Elder Kung Jaadee (Roberta Kennedy) and ?the Carnegie lexwst’í:lem Drum Group.

Jaylene Tyme is a proud Two-Spirit, sober Indigenous Trans woman and leader within the LGBTQ2S+ and recovery community. A Sixties Scoop surviver-Jaylene was raised by settlers, but her Indigenous family roots are in Treaty 4 – Zagime Anishinabek First Nation, Kawacatoose First Nation and Métis Nation, Green Lake Saskatchewan. She holds the title of Elder Princess 27 of the Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society, Empress 35 of Vancouver BC  and is presently a Canadian representative on the International Court Council.  She believes that it is important to celebrate the power of community by contributing to the energy of our world with passion, integrity and positivity. Together with each other, we have the opportunity to inspire and educate. Our identities, beautifully diverse and wonderfully unique.

Kung Jaadee (Roberta Kennedy) is a professional storyteller, educator and published author belonging to the X̱aayda (Haida),  xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations. Her Haida name, Kung Jaadee, means ‘Moon Woman’ and was presented to her at her great uncle’s memorial feast by her cousin Crystal Robinson. Over the past 28 years, Kung Jaadee has performed traditional Haida legends, while also sharing vivid personal stories about her clan’s survival of the smallpox epidemic, and  the history and culture of her people. She has performed at hundreds of festivals, schools and Aboriginal celebrations across Canada… Learn more>>

Carnegie lexwst’í:lem Drum Group – By way of the Carnegie Centre Cultural Sharing Program, members of the DTES community have come together to form – The lexwst’í:lem Drum Group. We are honored to share the Halq’eméylem word lexwst’í:lem for “Always singing” – As we live and learn on the traditional territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil- Waututh). Our diverse drum group of both Indigenous and Non Indigenous cultures – performs and shares songs from various Indigenous Nations across Canada. We are proud to keep learning the language, music and song while sharing and keeping Indigenous Culture strong Gila’kasla – Haw’aa – T’ooyaksim’ N’iisim’ – Thank you.

This event is also a part of the ?Neighbourhood Food Week?, “a celebration of food in the community” initiated by the Vancouver Urban Food Forest Foundation. Join us on Sept 29th to grab some food inspired by Indigenous recipes and learn more about traditional foods and Indigenous food sovereignty.

All funds raised at our crafts and jewelry tables will go to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.

?Counsellor onsite to offer emotional support. ?Smudging and medicines will be available.

?SAVE THE DATE? We hope to see you on Sept 29th!

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