If you’ve not heard, the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association is working towards a new office complex and Resiliency Centre to be constructed in Millbrook First Nation.
Please listen (https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-37-mainstreet-ns/clip/15847675-n.s.-native-womens-association-hopes-break-ground-resiliency?fbclid=IwAR0xu_QsnvfDqwK0qCIrdE8lWrx3JduRlftvZn3d4zANzJN_GSKbxM9iqcc) or read (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-native-women-s-association-zabrina-whitman-resilience-centre-1.6056511?fbclid=IwAR1_q_bWsSNcwF68K4iranwOBTmsfTzsoWvlz6foSO9XB25hBg70dG0KRIQ) more about it and its coordinator, Zabrina Whitman.
We’d like to call on anyone in our online community that wishes to exercise their allyship with First Nations to contact your MP, MLA, and Minister of Infrastructure Catherine McKenna, as we have done, and encourage them to support the requests for funding that have gone to both the Federal Department of Infrastructure and our Provincial government. We are attaching a modified letter that we wrote as a template for anyone that would like to make this effort.
Also, reach out to your municipality or town council and ask them to get behind this project. We have contacted the County of Kings, Town of Wolfville, and the NS Federation of Municipalities.
The hard work of healing from centuries of colonialism cannot be done by allies. This work must be done by First Nations Peoples within their own communities and their own cultures. What allies can do is support the creation of an Indigenous space where this healing can happen.
Let’s take this special day to build stronger relationships with our First Nations neighbours.
Find a template here that you can use to send to your MP, MLA, and Minister of Infrastructure