First Nation Collaboration
Harmony has always tried to include indigenous people from Canada and other countries in our programs and provide other support whenever possible.
In the past, Harmony worked with our dear friend, Chief Jack Swamp from Tree of Peace Society and the Haudesaunee People. Many of our international collaborations involved local indigenous groups; for example, in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and we our partners at GRUPEDSAC.
In 2020, Harmony partnered with RAVEN to create The Harmony Environmental Essay Prize for Young Scholars, providing scholarships for students whose winning essays described their work with communities on indigenous culture, social justice, and environmental rights.
First Nations Friendship & Education Partnership Program (2021)
In 2021, the Kamloops Indian Residential School raised its ugly history with the discovery of 215 unmarked graves, followed by the Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan and 182 at St Eugene’s Mission residential school, near the city of Cranbrook, B.C. We decided no more wringing of hands or ringing of bells.
First Nations students have been long deprived of equal education opportunities. All children deserve the best possible start to life with opportunities to become fully participating members of society and future leaders. The quality of education directly affects standard of living, health, happiness and community involvement. Work is underway to contribute to the development of an Education Fund for First Nations Youth.