SHINING LIGHT SERIES - Feathers - Decorative Pillow
In May 2021, the remains of 215 First Nations children were found in an unmarked mass grave at the Kamloops Residential School. For those who are unaware, Residential Schools were created by the Canadian federal government (with aid from the church), to essentially commit cultural genocide. Native children were taken from homes, separated from the cultures and families, so that they could assimilate and be part of Canadian culture. The residential schools were notorious for having horrible living conditions, unsanitary drinking water, and children were verbally, emotionally, physically, and sexually abused. It's reported that some of the children whose remains were found were as young as 3 years old - this hit me especially hard as the news came out on my daughter's third birthday. I can't imagine what those children went through, what their families went through, and my heart breaks at their loss on so many levels.
This design was created in honour of those children, their families, and all of the ones that have yet to be found. It is the third design to be brought into our Shining Light Series and a portion of the proceeds will go to Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT). AHT’s model of health care is based on Indigenous culture and traditions and as a result, AHT is the only facility in Toronto that cares for Indigenous clients with both western and traditional approaches to health care. Anishnawbe Health Toronto is a fully accredited health centre, accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA). AHT's mission is to improve, support, and promote the health, well-being, and healing of Aboriginal people in spirit, mind, emotion, and body within a multi-disciplinary health care model.
For more information on the Anishnawbe Health Toronto organization: https://aht.ca/
Avoid: Fabric softener, detergents with fabric softener, detergents with dye and scents. Pods are not recommended.
Wash: Wash your blanket on the cold-delicate setting.
Dry: Hang to dry or tumble dry in no-heat/air-dry setting.
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