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Jun 08
NVSD Indigenous Education Team Donates $1,200 to the Harvest Project
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By Lisa Dalla Vecchia, NVSD Communications

May 2020. Brad Baker, District Principal of Indigenous Education and Safe Schools, and members of the North Vancouver School District Indigenous Education team, recently donated $1,200 from the sale of branded face masks to the Harvest Project.

The, Harvest Project, a community-based urban relief organization, serves the North Shore, ‘extending a hand up’ to those in need. As Brad shared, “We [Indigenous Education team] are a team of 17, and we know how important the Harvest Project is for families in our community”.

Over 200 masks, bearing the Indigenous Education logo, were sold to staff at the North Vancouver School District. For every mask sold, $6.00, or 40% of the sale, was donated to the Harvest Project.

The Indigenous Education team asked the Harvest Project to use the funds in a way that would best serve the needs of families throughout the North Shore. “We all attended schools in the North Vancouver School District, have strong relationships with the North Shore and recognize how we are all one community. As we say in our language, ‘we are all in this together’ and grateful to contribute in this way”, explained Brad.

Before making the formal presentation, and in keeping with Indigenous practices, Brad asked the team’s matriarchs, “the life givers who provide breath for all of us,” to share a traditional song. The song chosen told the story of the matriarchs of the past, who having owned their own canoe, would travel and rescue those who lived in what is now known as Gastown, and bring them home to what is now the area of Lonsdale Quay and the Mosquito Creek Marina.


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