As an uninvited Hong Konger-Chinese-Canadian settler in Lkwungen Territories, I continue to grapple with the conflicting history of this land I am occupying, a place where I live and where I provide community care. But with a heavy heart, I am regularly reminded that the insidious, deadly force of white supremacy still thrives in the dark corners of society today.
Hence, I am doing my part, albeit small, to continue to contribute to the greater movement of reconciliation of BIPOC peoples using the tools and gifts I am able to offer.
THURSDAYS, 10am – 2pm in June (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th),
25% of Community Acupuncture revenues will be donated to the
Indian Residential School Survivors Society:
Support our community practice, receive essential self-care and sending a reminder as non-indigenous settlers on this land, we have an obligation to contribute to the ongoing reconciliation process and supporting the access to culturally-relevant resources for First Nations mental-emotional-spiritual healing.
If you cannot join us for a restorative acu-nap,
PLEASE donate directly through their website, HERE
IRSSS provides essential services to Residential School Survivors, their families, and those dealing with Intergenerational traumas. These impacts affect every family and every community across B.C. and Canada. This fact is most evident in the Corrections Canada Services-the numbers of First Nations people incarcerated, Child and Family Services child apprehensions, the high number of people on social assistance, unemployment and underemployed, lower levels of education, the lowest number within an ethnic minority of “determinants of health”, the list of impacts is extremely high while the services available to effectively assist impacts of Residential Schools remain quite low.
One of our Society’s goals is to continually expand our support to partner organizations and maximize access to culturally sensitive, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual care.
In memory of the 215 precious souls who were violently denied a full life and the right to carry on their cultural traditions as well as the countless others who have been lost in the ongoing genocide on this blood-stained nation we call “Canada”, may you be put to peace.
From my ancestors of Liberation Acupuncture to the respective ancestors of these unceded territories,
Thank you, all my relations.
Please contact The Indian Residential School Survivors Society toll-free 1 (800) 721-0066 or 24hr Crisis Line 1 (866) 925-4419 if you require further emotional support or assistance. The photo above was taken by Trevor Isaac "I took this photo when St. Michaels Indian Residential School was being demolished here in Alert Bay in 2015. The graffiti painted of the native boy appeared on every door around the building during the Idle No More movement. The artist remains anonymous."