In too many isolated First Nations and Inuit communities, the young people need and desire incentive
and purpose to finish high school and then to go on to further their education.
In a study done by the University of Saskatchewan, it was stated that on average 72% of the boys and
66% of the girls in isolated communities, never finish high school.
With these alarming statistics before us, we decided that we (TNA) must do something to help. We
recognized that we may not have the entire solution but to do nothing is completely out of the question.
In the town of Attawapiskat, on the western shore of James Bay we have established a pilot project
in their high school. A computer lab, comprised of six new lap top computers is in place. They are
loaded with on line certified courses for the trades (electrician, plumbers, carpenters etc.) plus
community college and university degree programs.
In the past, the students needed to leave their communities and fly south to get additional education
and training but now they can stay in their own communities and complete their studies.
Our desire is to set up computer labs and learning hubs in as many remote communities as possible,
allowing these young people the same opportunities as any other student in Canada.
Too often our First Nations and Inuit communities have been our visible but ignored people’s. They
have been shuffled and sequenced to the back burners of our Canadian priorities, leaving generation
after generation of young people without hope and purpose.
Together we can make a difference in the life of one person after another, after another. Our desire is to see, within this next generation, the tide of lack, discouragement and hopelessness
Will you help us help them?
Your commitment of just $50 a month for the next 12 months, will help us purchase one quality laptop
computer and establish it in a northern community.
In Nunavut, there is a very modern and efficient hospital in the capital city of Iqaluit, providing excellent state-of-the-art care.
Each year about 400 expectant moms are flown in to Iqaluit to have their babies. They are given wonderful care while their in the hospital but are then returned to their communities, often with very little to properly care for their newborn.
Our desire is to send each mom home with a “Baby Pac” full of new cloths and supplies that will see the baby through its first critical year of life.
To view a short Youtube clip, please click on link below.
True North Aid Project: Baby Pacs
Here’s where you can help! Each “Baby Pac” costs $214. Would you help by sponsoring a Pac or a portion of it?
Full Pac $214.
Quarter $ 53.50
Please go to our secure donate site and help a new born baby with what we would all like to see our child have, a great start and a fighting chance.
Director of True North Aid, George Woodward, says two skids or more than 450 kg of donations, are heading to Attawapiskat. The items were donated by southern Ontario residents. (True North Aid Facebook)
Residents in the remote northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat will soon be getting a shipment of school supplies, warm winter clothing and hand-crafted baby items.
The items were all donated through collection drives held by several non-profit agencies in southern Ontario.
The project was spearheaded by the Canadian, non-profit, humanitarian group, True North Aid.
The group sends help and supplies into isolated, fly-in northern communities in Canada.
Director George Woodward says about two skids worth of donations — totalling more than 450 kilograms — will be flown into Attawapiskat early next week.
He says he understands this shipment won’t solve the long-term problems in the community.
"In the middle of all of that there’s a whole group of people that are really in need and really desperate," Woodward said.
“So we want to try to help them on their day-to-day living and see if there is any way we can help elevate their living conditions and living standards and … help them along the way.”
Woodward says this isn’t the first time True North Aid has sent donations to Attawapiskat. But he says he feels southern Ontario residents were generous this time around because of the hardships reported in the news lately.
The non-profit group Safetynet Clothing Donation program held a drive asking for donations of school supplies for Attawapiskat in northern Ontario. They were able to fill a car with those donations. (Safetynet Clothing Donation program Facebook)
Safetynet Clothing Donation program in Oakville, Ont. collected school supplies for students in Attawapiskat. Founder and executive director Bill Shields says their collection drive was just five days.
“When we did it, we filled up a car and then some with school supplies,” he said.
“We had so many backpacks donated, and these backpacks were filled with schools supplies as well. We put it together quite quickly and didn’t get a chance to do a whole tally, but the community was quite generous with the amount of stuff that what was donated,” says Sheilds.
Woodward says, as Canadians, we need to recognize that there are some very desperate situations in our country.
“Sometimes we often think about how can we help the people in Africa … that’s all well and good,” he said.
“I think we should try and continue to do that. But we also have — what I designate sometimes as — third world conditions right here in our nation. We need to have our eyes wide open and our arms open to try to help those that are within our country as well.”
The Attawapiskat shipment ready to head out the door. It will be handled by two different trucking companies and then onto the airplane to be flown into Attawapiskat.