The summer months at EFry were exciting as we started off the season with our Annual General Meeting with Elder John Chief Moon Sr. providing ceremony. EFry provided an oral report of our services and supports back to the community.
Throughout the Spring we completed the development of the Sohksipaitapiisin Indigenous Justice Program and Community Case Management Table graciously funded by Family and Community Support Services to assist Indigenous peoples who are involved in the justice system. The Case Management Table has been linked up with Calgary’s Indigenous Court which formerly opened on September 4, 2019. On September 24, 2019, a formal naming ceremony was conducted by Elder Clarence Wolf Leg Sr.
In collaboration with Miskanawah, August celebrated a week long language cultural camp in the Kananaskis with families and singles supporting the teachings from both the Cree language from Miskanawah and Blackfoot language from EFry’s language instructor Monica Chief Moon.
Several funding initiatives occurred in the summer months including our connection to the Shaw Charity Classic Birdies for Kids where the EFry Board of Directors worked towards bringing awareness and donations into the organization through their individual and collective efforts including wine and trivia nights. In addition, we conducted an online auction to finalize the efforts of this initative. We exceeded our goal with these efforts.
Benevity of Calgary selected EFry as one of 6 organizations for the Rock the Causebah charity event in June, this support assisted us with sponsored donations and further awareness of our organization.
As we close the summer, we do so in recognition of the National Orange Shirt Day on September 30, 2019. This day honours those that attended Indian Residential Schools and builds awareness around this important history throughout Canada.