Survivors of Indian boarding schools and their descendants will receive elder care packages from the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Pictured: Indian boarding school survivors who attended the 2nd Annual Boarding School Healing Conference: Honoring Native Survivance in Tulalip, Washington, in November 2019.(Photo: National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition)

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We Love You! elder care packages can be requested beginning August 10, 2020

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National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) will be sending 1,000 care packages to Native elders who are boarding school survivors or their direct descendants. The We Love You! elder care packages, which are being carefully arranged by volunteers from the Tulalip community in Washington state, are filled with items that were created or produced by Indigenous artists, healers, entrepreneurs, companies, and friends from across Turtle Island.

Every survivor of an Indian boarding school or a direct descendant over 60 years old is eligible to receive a care package. Family members are also encouraged to request a care package for a relative if they satisfy the requirements. The We Love You! elder care packages can be requested, beginning on August 10, 2020, through the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition website.

National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition "I Love You" graphic.
National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition "I Love You" graphic.(Image: National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition)

“Our elders carry irreplaceable wisdom, ancestral teachings and traditional languages from their homelands, and we are thankful for all their presence and patience among us,” said Christine Diindiisi McCleave (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe), CEO of National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. “Right now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, all of us are working hard to stay safe and healthy, including isolating from many of our loved ones to protect one another. We want to show our elders how important they are to us and we hope these care packages bring both joy and healing for them.”

Part of National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition’s mission is to build a better understanding of the scope, scale and impacts of Indian Boarding Schools across the country. As part of this mission the organization is looking forward to getting to know survivors better and hearing their stories. The Elder Care Package Request Form provides opportunities for survivors and descendants to share something about their experiences related to boarding schools.

In George McCauley’s (Omaha) experience, boarding school shaped his understanding of love, giving and receiving. “In my boarding school days, one of the lessons I learned was not to expect anything from anybody. If I needed or wanted something, I convinced myself that I can get it myself,” said McCauley. “This package of love represents something that many boarding school survivors are not used to – an expression of love for no other reason than you are thought of and you deserve this.”

He encourages other survivors and descendants to embrace the healing power that can be found in the We Love You! elder care package. “Accept this well-deserved gift of recognition from National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition and their partners in this effort. Let it symbolize the many gifts we didn’t receive when we were children. May you feel the love and healing to your spirit.”

Those interested in sponsoring one or more packages, or partnering with National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, can do so on their sponsorship page. National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition also encourages interested parties to share this information widely to ensure the opportunity is presented to the maximum number of elders, survivors and descendants. 

About National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

The mission of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) is to lead in the pursuit of understanding and addressing the ongoing trauma created by the United States Indian boarding school policy. The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, incorporated in June 2012 under the laws of the Navajo Nation.

https://boardingschoolhealing.org/

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