First – ever funding campaign finishes on a high note: J4IW and Caring Society team up to support First Nations children and families

left to right: Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society — Victoria Boucher, Elder and member of J4IW Governing Circle — Sylvia Smith, Director, J4IW.

It began with hope and commitment in January 2016, and in that same spirit it was completed two years later:  J4IW’s first-ever funding partnership term came to a close this month, with the handover of a cheque for 10,000 dollars to the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

“We fundraised hard for this” said J4IW Director Sylvia Smith, “and we could have not done it without the amazing kick-start that the British Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF) gave us – they were the first to offer their members workshops on J4IW and set an amazing template for how J4IW can educate and fundraise at the same time.” Other noteworthy contributors were students and staff from Luther College at the University of Regina as well as the grade 4 and 5 students and their families from Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School from Gatineau Quebec. Many thanks to Education and Human Rights Conference organizers across the country who invited us to have a display table where POH/J4IW jewelry could be gestured!

Elder Victoria Boucher (pictured above) supplied the perfect ending to J4IW’s first fundraising campaign by providing the words to express our gratitude to the Caring Society for the magnificent work they do: “thank you for loving our children.”

J4IW’s next fundraising partner will be announced in the next few weeks; we look forward to offering our solidarity as we work towards another positive and productive relationship!