A DISH WITH ONE SPOON
We, at Crystalline Film Festival, acknowledge and honour the privilege it is to have been born and raised on Turtle Island. We acknowledge that the land we call home today is, traditionally, the sacred and stolen territory of many Indigenous peoples, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples, and it is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
We acknowledge that the city we call home is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands, and then extended to allied nations to care for it with peace and respect. We appreciate being able to live, work, and follow our dreams in Tkaronto, and aspire to pay it forward by creating opportunities for artists all over the nation.
Additionally, we pledge our continued support to the Indigenous community by donating to a different Indigenous-led organization every month. We encourage you to click here for more information on this month’s featured organization, and to support Indigenous initiatives, as well.
Idle No More started in November 2012, among Treaty People in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta protesting the Canadian government’s dismantling of environmental protection laws, endangering First Nations who live on the land. Born out of face-to-face organizing and popular education, but fluent in social media and new technologies, Idle No More has connected the most remote reserves to each other, to urbanized Indigenous people, and to the non-Indigenous population.
Families of Sisters in Spirit
"FSIS is all-volunteer, grassroots, unfunded group of families of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people and ally-friends."
"imagineNATIVE is the world's largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. The organisation is recognised locally, nationally, and internationally for excellence and innovation in programming and as the global centre for Indigenous media arts. imagineNATIVE (legal entity: The Centre for Aboriginal Media) is a registered charity committed to creating a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples and cultures through the presentation of contemporary Indigenous-made media art including film, video, audio and digital media."
Indigenous Climate Action
"Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) is an Indigenous-led organization guided by a diverse group of Indigenous knowledge keepers, water protectors and land defenders from communities and regions across the country. We believe that Indigenous Peoples’ rights and knowledge systems are critical to developing solutions to the climate crisis and achieving climate justice."
Legacy of Hope
"The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national Indigenous-led, charitable organization founded in 2000 with the goal of educating and raising awareness about the history and many legacies of the Residential School System."
Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto
The Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto (NWRCT) began when a dedicated group of Aboriginal women recognized the need for a gathering place in Toronto where Aboriginal women could share resources, support one another, and practice their traditional ways. In 1985, this vision resulted in the downtown basement office that affectionately became known as “The Pit.”
Today, the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto provides a safe and welcoming environment for all Aboriginal women and their children in the Greater Toronto Area. Our programs fall under six broad categories: Housing, Families, Advocacy, Employment, Education, and Youth. We also host a variety of Cultural Activities for our clients and the general public, including the annual Minaake Awards, Sisters In Spirit Vigil, and Winter Solstice.
Native Youth Sexual Health Network
"The Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) is an organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada."
"The Native Youth Sexual Health Network has been working for over 10 years to support Indigenous youth leadership across Canada and the U.S in addressing issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice. NYSHN supports Indigenous youth responses and community based responses to colonial gender-based violence from addressing the criminalization of HIV, environmental violence on our bodies and lands, decreasing stigma and shame, creating media arts justice, supporting Indigenous peoples in the sex trade, sex industry and street economies and reclaiming sexuality on our own terms"
Tiny House Warriors
"Ten tiny houses will be built and placed strategically along the 518 km Trans Mountain pipeline route to assert Secwepemc Law and jurisdiction and block access to this pipeline."
"The Tiny House Warrior movement is the start of re-establishing village sites and asserting our authority over our unceded Territories. Each tiny house will provide housing to Secwepemc families facing a housing crisis due to deliberate colonial impoverishment. Each home will eventually be installed with off-the-grid solar power."
"UNYA's 2-Spirit Collective provides support, resources, and programming for Indigenous youth, ages 15 to 30, who identify as 2-spirit or LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender non-conforming, along with many other identities), and for those who are questioning their sexual or gender identities."
"The 2-Spirit Collective ensures that you have non-judgmental, supportive spaces to get together and explore your identities and what that mean to you. We do this through events, ceremony, workshops, and collaborations with other programs, both at UNYA and with other organizations in the community."
2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations
"To create a place where Two Spirited people and Aboriginal people living with HIV/AIDS can grow and learn together as a community, fostering a positive self-sufficient image, honouring our past and building a future.
We offer a place to meet, address homophobia and heterosexism, improve the quality of life of Aboriginal persons affected by HIV/AIDS, promote tolerance and diversity, promote healthy relationships and healthy lifestyles and reclaim the sacred role as Two Spirit people."
Arts Build Ontario / Indigenous Creative Spaces
Indigenous creative spaces provide artists, organizations, and communities with space to create and experience Indigenous art and art-making. The aim of the Indigenous Creative Spaces Project is to support communities in developing and realizing their vision to create and sustain existing and future Indigenous creative spaces across the province. The Indigenous Creative Spaces Project is organized in partnership with an Indigenous Advisory Circle, Co-Conveners, and ArtsBuild Ontario.
NATIVE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
This national group is an aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations across Canada, advocating for Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people.
A registered charity that invests in education for Indigenous people.
INUIT TAPIRIIT KANATAMI
This Ottawa-based non-profit represents over 60,000 Inuit, working to advance their rights and interests and improve health and wellbeing across the four Inuit regions in Canada.
Reconciliation Canada aims to engage Canadians in conversations about reconciliation and improve relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through awareness, outreach programs and workshops.
THE ART FOR AID PROJECT
A Métis-owned organization that supports Indigenous art education programs, providing access to supplies and working to connect young people to art and a greater knowledge of their culture.
TRUE NORTH AID
Supports northern Indigenous communities through humanitarian assistance, with a focus on accessible food, housing, water and education.
GORD DOWNIE AND CHANIE WENJACK FUND
Aims to improve the lives on Indigenous people by building awareness, education and connections between all Canadians.
APTN is the World's First National Indigenous Broadcaster. Through documentaries, news, dramas, entertainment specials, children's series, and education programs, APTN offers all Canadians a window into the remarkably diverse lives of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and throughout the world.
ORANGE SHIRT DAY
The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation. A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected. Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on.