June 1st marked the beginning of Indigenous History Month, a month dedicated to honouring the history, heritage and achievements of the Indigenous people of Canada. With the recent news of the 215 Indigenous children buried at the Kamloops Residential School, it is essential that we take this time to reflect, educate, and acknowledge the history of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people of Canada and recognize the strength and resilience of present-day Indigenous communities.
In Celebration of Indigenous People’s Day In Canada, we will be joining forces with Jordan, an indigenous woman, mother, and the owner of Sriracha Revolver, for a good cause. Jordan has put her love, effort, and talent into creating 500 limited edition bottles of Habanero Hot Sauce and donating all proceeds to The Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) and Raven Trust.
The IRSSS provides essential services to residential school survivors, their families, and those affected by intergenerational trauma. Their goal is to expand their support further and increase access to culturally sensitive, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual care.
Raven Trust envisions a country that honours the ancestral laws, rights, and stewardship values within a thriving natural environment. They raise legal defence funds for Indigenous Peoples in Canada to defend their rights and the integrity of their lands and cultures.
Summit will be supporting this awesome initiative by printing all the labels free of charge and donating $2 for every bottle sold. Now you must be wondering, ‘how can I get this?’ No worries, we got you covered! The fundraiser runs from June 16 to June 30. You will be able to purchase these limited edition bottles through Sriracha Revolver’s website and in person at the Coho Café (1370 East Georgia Street 9-3:30 pm daily).
*UPDATE: THIS PRODUCT IS NOW SOLD OUT!
For those who share our commitment to help and learn, we’ve included some organizations to check out:
Indian Residential School Survivors Society:
Orange shirt society
BC ABORIGINAL NETWORK ON DISABILITY SOCIETY
We also encourage you to do your research and always remember to:
- Amplify indigenous voices and creators
- Support Indigenous initiatives and businesses
- Educate yourself on residential schools, Indigenous Canadian history, and the current issues that affect the Indigenous community today.
Now is the time for us to listen and educate ourselves and our youth on the tragic impact residential schools have had on Indigenous children, families, and communities. It will take all of us to support, stand up, and create the systemic changes needed.