I love First Peoples campaign coming to Red Deer

By Sheldon Spackman
November 4, 2017 - 9:00am

A national campaign aiming to break the cycle of poverty in the lives of First Nations children is coming to Red Deer November 10.

Through education and the motivation to stay in school, the I love First Peoples campaign will see Youth Ambassadors Jase Nelson and Tennille Day Chief live on location at the Parkland Mall that day to collect shoeboxes as part of the initiative.

Among other things, the shoeboxes can be filled with items such as finger paint, modelling clay, colouring book, ball cap, gloves, socks, sunglasses, flashlight, tambourine, harmonica, flute, small hand drum, sketch pad, gel pens, sharpies or a journal.

Red Deer and Central Alberta Chapter Coordinator Crystal Day Chief says their desire is to see Native communities flourish and First Nations people honoured and their culture restored.

“It is our hope that Canadians will embrace the gift box and backpack initiative and that it will lead to more ways to serve native communities,” says Day Chief. “We believe that dialogue leads to understanding, understanding to appreciation and appreciation to mutual support. In this perspective, our next step will be to provide a mechanism whereby Native and non-Native children can begin to converse, so the next generation will be well ahead of us and free of the barriers that hinder conversation today.”

Click here for more information on the I love First Peoples campaign.

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