Congratulations to our very own Melanie Rivers for painting the gorgeous cover for “Sacred and Strong”!

A new report about the health and wellness of First Nations women and girls in BC features the voices of 120 women to create connections beyond the numbers. Called Sacred and Strong

To all First Nations women and girls. All of you. You are beautiful. You are loved. You are resilient. May you be free from pain and suffering. May you be safe. May you love yourself. May you be healthy. May you feel strong. May you find your roots and feel grounded, connected, supported. 
– Melanie Rivers, Tiyaltelwet, Squamish First Nation

Upholding Our Matriarchal Values, the report contains data, stories and teachings about the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and well-being of First Nations women.

Report ​​Aims

Sacred and Strong has four main aims:

  • to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and their families and communities
  • to highlight the strength and resilience of First Nations women and girls and celebrate the many ways they are thriving
  • to be a benchmark for actions and collective progress in addressing the TRC’s calls for action, the NIMMIWG calls for justice and Addressing Racism’s recommendations as well as the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People
  • to be a reference point against which to measure improvements in data collection and First Nations data governance

Read about Sacred and Strong report here >

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