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.
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.