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Orange Shirt Day 2020

September 30, 2020

Orange Shirt Day

 

On September 30, Orange Shirt Day is a day when all Canadians come together to honour the thousands of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children who were taken from their homes and forced to attend residential schools in Canada. Together, we acknowledge that this is not just a part of Canada’s history, but an ongoing struggle for all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples who continue to experience the legacies of settler colonialism in Canada. The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation believes in the power of books as a tool for education and reconciliation. Along with our educational partners, we work year-round to ensure all Indigenous and non-Indigenous students have access to Indigenous knowledge, authors, and culture through books.

 

As a part of our commitment to Indigenous communities and cultural reclamation, we provided books from Indigenous authors to students in over 20 northern communities through our Community Response Fund in partnership with Connected North. As part of this program, Connected North is also hosting live classroom events with authors Waub Rice and Michael Kusugak so that students in remote locations are able to learn and engage with these inspiring authors.

 

Today, we encourage all Canadians to engage in meaningful dialogue around the long-lasting legacies of residential schools and the on-going systemic injustices experienced by Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.

 

Below, we have assembled Orange Shirt Day resources to aid in these important conversations:

Orange Shirt Day resources

Orange Shirt Day Events

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How to Raise a Reader

January 21, 2019

Helping your child learn to read is not only a joyful, connecting experience, but is also incredibly important in inspiring their lifelong love of reading.

When you raise a reader, that love of reading helps develop and strengthen their literacy skills—critical for educational success—beyond reading comprehension, including stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention.

Here at the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, we want to share tips for how to help your child along their reading journey.

Is your child between the ages of 2 to 4?

You may notice that your child’s attention span is getting longer and they are following storylines. Now is a good time to introduce stories that deal with emotions. Here are some more reading tips:

Who doesn’t love reading a book with a rhyme? It is helpful for learning and is such a fun time!

Not only will it help your child with understanding the content of the story, but it also is a great way to build bonds over the books you are reading together.

You never know when a good reading moment will pop up! Keep a book handy for some impromptu reading that will also encourage your child to be an anytime reader.

Getting your child involved in the activity is an important part to building their confidence towards reading.

Here are some great titles to check out that touch on emotional themes.

Be sure to check back at loveofreading.org as we share more reading tips and resources. Thanks to our friends at Indigo Books & Music for providing some of these great ideas!

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Partnering with Yoobi to give school supplies to Canadian classrooms

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has partnered with Yoobi to help give back to high-needs schools. The Foundation believes every child should have the resources they need for educational success and this partnership with Yoobi is another step in achieving that!

In Canada, for every Yoobi item purchased at Indigo, Yoobi will donate a school supply item to a Canadian classroom in need. This is where the Foundation comes in! We partner with Yoobi to identify schools with limited access to fundamental school supplies that would greatly benefit from these additional resources.

As of November 2018, Yoobi and the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation have donated 127,500 school supplies to Canadian classrooms!

One of those schools was Lake Avenue Elementary School in Hamilton, Ontario where the Foundation and Yoobi made an in-person delivery with 20 Yoobi Classroom Packs filled to the brim with school supplies. The students at Lake Avenue were incredibly excited by the arrival of these school supplies and enjoyed an afternoon of drawing, writing and creating with the new supplies.

Together, with Indigo and Yoobi, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation is working to ensure that Canadian children at high-needs elementary schools have the tools they need to learn and be creative.