Niagara Chapter - Native Women Inc.
Update: May 7, 2020
BOOZHOO DEAR COMMUNITY MEMBERS AS WE CONTINUE TO SERVE YOU!
On Behalf of the Board of Directors, the employees, and myself, we hope you know how important you are to us as we serve you, our valued participants and community members, during this trying time. Together, the Board and staff continue to make every effort to ensure everyone’s safety and security is looked after. We know how difficult it is at this time to not be able to gather together and want to assure you that this will pass and we will soon be able to venture out once more and see each other. Until then, we must visit via phone, virtually through a computer or tablet, or occasionally through a “porch visit.” We can do this.
There are many helpers in our community, each providing various roles according their gifts. We want to acknowledge each and everyone of you. You know who you are. Additionally, we wish to thank all those whom have participated in our Sundays at noon Flame of Love events. This weekly event was picked up by Ontario Native Women’s Association and it has brought much comfort to so many across and beyond our region to know that we have been continuing with this event for some seven (7) weeks now. MiiGwetch.
Today, Thursday May 7, many Pipe Carriers have been asked to raise their pipes in prayer and thanksgiving. Across Turtle Island we can all join in. We know some pipes were raised in Niagara and nearby. Then on Sunday, Mother’s Day, we will participate together for one last time in our Flame of Love event as we join with many Elders from across Turtle Island who will now light their Sacred Fires. Join us if you can for these two events. See the notice here.
We also wish to thank our community members whom have stepped up to tidy up the Garrison Road property, feed our Grandfather Cedars and ensure our Teaching/Healing Garden is getting as good a start as possible. MiiGwetch.
As some of you know, we have been attending many virtual meetings, case conferences, and teleconferences with community members, other agency workers and our TEAM. If you haven’t already, you too may also be able to attend virtually on your own cell phone, tablet or computer so we encourage you to examine your devices to see if you can navigate for this. We have been able to assist with some communications for individuals or families so if you require tutorials or assistance, reach out to us and let us know. We can have someone work to ensure you can do this.
Our services continue under the enacted “Work From Home Plan” (which is part of our Work Continuity Policy). You can leave a message on the office phone, (905) 871-8770 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Both are being monitored. Your Board of Directors has stepped up to help out since the beginning and has ensured assistance on the USA side through working with NACS and our resident Board Members.
As valued community members, we request that you listen to Public Health and follow instructions during this time. If you need anything at all, let us know. We are also working with FENFC, assisting with support for the FOOD Pantry (as well as NACS in Buffalo) so if you require food drop off, feel free to contact them at 905-871-8931 and let them know we sent you. Alternatively, let us know if you are residing stateside as we have provisions to assist there as well.
MiiGwetch ~ Wendy Sturgeon, Executive Director
SUNDAYS – Our hearts are with family and those whom have lost loved ones and those suffering – some in hospital, some in long term care, some at home. Let’s gather together, separately but together at noon every Sunday, and light your small fire (a candle) and join us for up to an hour. Sing, drum, rattle and give thanks and pray. There will be fire on the land on the east coast as well.
April 4, 2020 – ONWA Celebrates the life and contributions of Elder Elize Hartley. Elize was a long-time Grandmother for the Southern Region of Ontario Native Women’s Association and she will be sorely missed. Our condolences go out to her many family members, the Métis Women’s Circle, and her many friends.