An idea that emerged near the former Kamloops residential school, where the remains of 215 children were found, garnered resounding community support.
Shane Gottfriedson, Joe Quewezance, and Mitch Shuter own a Tim Hortons not far from the site where the remains were found, and in the wake of that discovery, they, along with other restaurant owners and Tim Hortons Indigenous leaders, came up with a way to help. the survivors of those institutions: orange-dusted donuts.
The donuts first went on sale on September 30, which was Orange Shirt Day, and were available for a full week and 100% of the retail price (excluding tax) was donated to the Orange Shirt Society already the Indian Residential School Survivors Society. . In total, $ 1.6 million was raised.
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His Kamloops restaurant sold more than 2,300 donuts on the first day of the campaign, a nationwide record.
“We cannot thank everyone in Canada enough who supported this campaign. It is such an amazing result and we are so proud, “said Gottfriedson, former head of the First Nation for Tk’emlups te Secwepemc and former British Columbia regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations.
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“I also want to thank Tim Hortons and my fellow Tims owners in Canada who supported us in launching this campaign and put their hearts into turning it into an incredible success story.”
Orange Shirt Day has been observed on September 30 since 2013, when Phyllis Webstad told her story of her first day at residential school. She was six years old in 1973, excited to wear her new clothes and go to school for the first time, only to have her shiny new orange shirt ripped off and found out that she didn’t matter.
His organization, the Orange Shirt Society, and the Every Child Matters movement he created continue to raise awareness of the history of residential schools in Canada, as well as honoring survivors and their families and children who never returned home.
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“There are no words to express the gratitude that I and the Orange Shirt Society feel at the news of the success of this incredible fundraiser,” said Webstad.
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society has a history of more than 20 years serving residential school survivors, their families, and those dealing with intergenerational trauma. One of the society’s goals is to continually expand support to partner organizations and maximize access to culturally sensitive emotional, mental, physical and spiritual care.
“We work tirelessly to support residential school survivors and their families through programs and services for youth, 2SLGBTQ +, seniors and families,” said Angela White, executive director of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, at a press release.
“This grant will allow us to ensure that the quality of the programs is improved by providing safe cultural spaces and by developing the capacity to offer additional counselors, therapists and guardians of knowledge.”
The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) is available 24 hours a day to anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience.
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