Inner City Pastoral Ministry (ICPM) is gearing up for the distribution of Christmas Gift bags to some of the unhoused Edmontonians. In the next few weeks, there will be a box at our side entry for contributions of any of these items. We are looking for help with the following: Warm hats & gloves/mittens (these do not have to be new with tags, clean and in excellent used condition are also appreciated; darker colours preferable); New Socks; New men’s & women's long underwear; Toiletries (if you travel and collect the shampoo/lotion etc. along the way these would be great); Tooth brushes & toothpaste, etc. If you would prefer to provide Gift cards for Superstore or Walmart (these two stores are accessible by public transit and will stretch the dollar amount), $25 denominations are ideal and can be given directly to Michelle.
There are several organizations across Canada that give a unifying voice to the great diversity of Indigenous people. One of these is the Assembly of First Nations, a national organization representing the more than 900,000 First Nations people living in more than 600 First Nation communities in cities and towns across Canada. Their website includes things such as the Charter of the Assembly of First Nations, the Declaration of First Nations, a list of Provincial/Territiorial Organizations and much, much more. You can familiarize yourself with some of the issues they identify as most pressing. Please visit https://www.afn.ca/