TOGETHER WE
CAN RELIGHT THE
FIRE OF HOPE

Thank you for your support.

Looking for ways you can influence change?

DONATE

Donate to Atlohsa, or other agencies that deliver direct support to Indigenous people affected by the Residential School system in Canada.

VOLUNTEER

Give your time, energy, and talents to Atlohsa or to any other Indigenous organization by volunteering.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Engage in self-directed education related to settler colonialism and how it has affected generations of Indigenous people, families and communities.

ATTEND OUR EVENTS

Attend local events by Atlohsa, or other agencies leading to September 30th, and year round.

Relighting the Fire of Hope is an initiative created to inspire awareness, action and change.

Together we are relighting the fire of hope for all generations, past, present and future.

It is our mission to inspire all people to support the end of racism by taking personal action to help create a culturally safe community where all Indigenous peoples can thrive. But we can't do it alone. Through this campaign, we are inviting people from all nations to join us as we come together in inspired ways to change the future for Indigenous peoples.

Show your support by wearing orange, getting involved, and speaking truth.

Co-created by the community for the community.

Relighting the Fire of Hope is an initiative that has involved the collaboration and support of many community partners and friends.

We are honoured to have these outstanding people and organizations join us in collaboration to inspire awareness and change for a stronger and healthier future. All proceeds support individuals and families impacted by the legacy of residential schools.

ATLOHSA FAMILY HEALING SERVICES TEAM

Our amazing teammates at Atlohsa Family Healing Services are Superheroes! With much of our workforce serving participants on the front line, we are grateful for their good work and assistance in helping us choose the 2022 design and for their support through campaign events.

SHOUTOUT TO INDIGENOUS YOUTH!

This year we shared a callout and encouraged youth to submit a design for our 2022 orange shirt. We received a variety of designs and are grateful for every single submission. Check out a few of the entries we received.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL AND ADVISORS

We are grateful to have the support, wisdom, and leadership from many Elders, Knowledge Keepers, teachers and more who have contributed to our campaign this year and over the years.

INDIGENOUS BUSINESS AND THOSE WHO SUPPORT INDIGENOUS BUSINESS

Your purchase is a donation that can impact the next seven generations.

For over 36 years, Atlohsa has been strengthening community through a variety of programs and services.

Last year, Atlohsa supported over 2,100 participants from nations across Turtle Island, many with complex needs including mental wellness, substance abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, and trauma.

Global events such as the pandemic and the recent unearthing of residential school children, has amplified everyday challenges that affect Indigenous peoples such as generational trauma, systemic racism, socioeconomic challenges, physical and mental health; all a direct and legacy of residential schools and colonization.

When we heal, we do so for the next seven generations.

All proceeds from orange shirts, donations, and merchandise ensures that Indigenous peoples have access to the supports they need to live a balanced life – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

PLUS, a portion of our sales will support the Orange Shirt Society founded by Phyllis Webstad.

Atlohsa programs and services

What are the origins of Orange Shirt Day?

In 1973, six-year-old Phyllis (Jack) Webstad bought a shiny new orange shirt to wear to her new school, with the little money her and her Grandmother had. On her first day of school at St. Joseph's Mission residential school in British Columbia, school officials took away her clothes, including her new orange shirt, as a measure to strip her personal identity and sense of self-worth. Her orange shirt was never returned.

September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day in support of Phyllis’ story and her work to raise awareness. On this day and every day, we honour those who survived the residential schools and to remember those who did not. We acknowledge that Every Child Matters. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussions, to build awareness of the legacy and lasting impacts of residential schools and to inspire action, hope and healing.

These days we are wearing orange shirts everyday – please help us in relighting the fire of hope.


ABOUT ATLOHSA

For over 36 years, Atlohsa Family Healing Services has been dedicated to strengthening community through Indigenous-led programs and services that offer holistic healing and wellness.

A non-profit, charitable organization, Atlohsa has been serving individuals and families across Southwestern Ontario providing low-barrier wraparound services to community members with complex needs, including mental wellness, substance use, homelessness, domestic violence, and trauma. We specialize in providing strengths-based healing and wellness supports utilizing trauma-informed and harm reduction approaches.

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