Truth and Reconciliation

The ToyBox project was founded on land based in Treaty One Territory, the traditional lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. We recognize that all lands on which we gather, from coast to coast to coast, are Indigenous lands. We also recognize that Winnipeg’s water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation and that our hydro power is received from Tataskweyak Cree Nation. We offer condolences to families affected by residential schools and hope that ToyBox can bring us together to support the needs of all children and families.

ToyBox Manitoba is committed to embracing Indigenous Ways of Knowing within the project, in direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action. Our team is made stronger through collaboration with Indigenous community members from Berens River, Cross Lake, Grand Rapids, Norway House, Sioux Valley, and Split Lake who work to improve the accessibility of literacy, numeracy, and wellness resources for underrepresented communities. Team members received ToyBox t-shirts in orange, in commemoration of every child displaced as well as lost, and in recognition of the intergenerational impacts of Canada’s residential school system. (Calls 10.ii, 10.iii, 12

ToyBox community members met at Frontier School Division in Winnipeg on August 20, 2021.