We are starting the Mariam Wesley Memorial Scholarship in the memory of our great aunt who never came home from residential school. Our goal is to raise $25,000 by September 30, 2022.
Mariam Wesley was 10 years old when she was taken from her family to Bishop Horden Hall Indian Residential School. She was 14 years old when she died from Tuberculosis on July 23, 1942, her remains were never returned and our family was told she was buried in Cochrane, no marker or location was given.Our family has always talked about her not coming back from residential school. Since the news of children’s remains discovered in Kamloops residential school in 2021, our family set out to determine where her final resting place. We found her resting place September 2021.
We are starting this Memorial Scholarship, so Indigenous Students across the country can carry on her spirit.
Proceeds of Every Child Matters shirts and sweaters, and all items on our site will be contributed to the scholarship, and we will deliver the scholarship through Indspire. Indspire is a nationally registered charitable organization dedicated to raising funds to deliver programs that provide the tools necessary for Indigenous students. More Information
Indigenous owned and operated, based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Indigenous Face Masks is an initiative to bring face masks to Indigenous children and youth in our Indigenous communities across Canada.
Each Kokum Scarf purchased, we will donate $5.00 CAD to support Ukraine through the Canadian Red Cross. So far, we together we have donated $21,035.00!
Each Indigenous Face Mask that is purchased, we send the same style mask to one of our communities; they are distributed through local Indigenous community programming, local Indigenous elementary schools and high schools in our Indigenous communities.
As of March 23, 2022, we have currently have sent out 46,080 masks to many First Nation reserves, and urban Indigenous community programs since we started in October 13, 2020. With your help, we are providing masks to our Indigenous children and youth, as there are many Indigenous communities still in need of your support.
In 2021, We have donated the proceeds from our Every Child Matters Face Masks, we donated a total of $25,500 to the Orange Shirt Day Society, Indspire, Legacy of Hope Foundation, Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, and the Indian Residential School Survivor Society. We will continue to support communities and looking forward to supporting our Indigenous peoples. We thank you for your kindness.
"I remember running the tap water and knowing that the water was not safe to drink. I remember our family developing lesions on our bodies from the lack of safe clean water. The year was 2005, today we still see our First Nations across the country without Clean Safe Drinking Water."
Tyson Wesley, Owner