Indwell’s Commitment to Indigenous Peoples

Indwell is committed to being a part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and to act on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.  We humbly enter into this space to listen, learn and seek justice with Indigenous peoples.  We will do this by working in friendship and partnership with organizations who represent Indigenous people.

Together, we will seek to provide homes and cultural supports for Indigenous people who live in Indwell communities. While Indwell seeks to identify and remove barriers to housing for all people, we are acutely aware that urban Indigenous people in Canada are eight times more likely to experience homelessness than non-Indigenous people.  As a Christian charity that develops and operates high-quality supportive affordable housing, Indwell has a special opportunity and responsibility to respond to the urgent need for housing for urban Indigenous people.

Indwell recognizes that Indigenous homelessness is complex and can be traced back to historical trauma, oppression, racism and discrimination.  We acknowledge that Indigenous homelessness is not simply a lack of habitation but encompasses worldviews that include individuals, families and communities isolated from their relationships to land, water, place, family, kin, each other, animals, cultural, languages and identities (Aboriginal Standing Committee on Housing and Homelessness, 2012). We will continue to work with organizations that represent Indigenous peoples to provide housing and supports that recognize their history, culture, and sense of home.

Resources

Recipe: Wild Rice Casserole
Ingredients 1 1/4 cups of uncooked wild rice 2 teaspoons of salt 1/2 teaspoon of thyme leaves 1 medium onion, sliced 3 cups of water 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine Method Heat oven to 350ºF. In a 2-quart casserole, combine all ingredients. Bake covered at 350ºF for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until rice ... Read more
Run Woman Run
Single mother Beck has been running from reality. Her “breakfast of champions” is a 5 cream, 5 sugar coffee, and donuts. Something has to give and it does when Beck finds herself in a diabetic coma and visited by a ghostly ancestor, the legendary Indigenous marathon runner Tom Longboat, who becomes her wise-cracking new life coach. Told ... Read more
Birth of a Family
In this deeply moving feature-length documentary, three sisters and a brother meet for the first time. Removed from their young Dene mother during the infamous Sixties Scoop, they were separated as infants and adopted into families across North America. Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie, and Ben were only four of the 20,000 Indigenous Canadian children taken ... Read more
Gage Park Diner
Gage Park Diner is an Indigenous family-owned restaurant in Hamilton. You can go for your typical breakfast and lunch food items (including a great vegetarian selection), as well as the occasional Indigenous inspired menu options.
Recipe: Three Sisters Soup
This First Nation’s dish (often attributed to the Iroquois), combines the “Three Sisters”: corn, beans, and squash; which are traditionally grown together in a combined gardening method. Ingredients 2 c lyed corn 2 c fresh green beans (trimmed and snapped) 2 c peeled and cubed butternut squash 1 1/2 c diced peeled potatoes 5c water ... Read more
10 ways you can honour Truth and Reconciliation Day this year
1. Wear an orange shirt on September 30 to honour survivors of residential schools and those who never returned home. Listen to the story behind Orange Shirt Day from Phyllis (Jack) Webstad The Woodland Cultural Centre has some excellent Orange Shirt Day 2021 resources. 2. Reconciliation: A Starting Point / Indigenous People App Download the app ... Read more

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