Oliver, BC – We Will Recover Society
On August 30th, We Will Recover will be raising their newly painted tipi lodge at the Oliver Parks and Recreation Community Center to commence awareness activities, educational presentations, and memorial events that they will be hosting on August 30 & 31st in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day.
International Overdose Awareness Day - Schedule of Events
Aug. 30, 2023
8:00am – 10:30am - Tipi raising, opening prayers and smudge
11:00am – 12:00pm – Refreshments and lunch
12:30pm – 6:00pm – Painting in the park, music
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Peer-led family support healing circle inside the tipi
Aug. 31, 2023
10:00am - Opening prayers and smudge
10:30am – 12:00pm – Refreshments and lunch
12:30pm – 6:00pm – Handprints painted on the tipi, memory photo box distribution, guest speakers, resources and information
7:00pm – Candlelight memorial walk vigil and moment of silence
8:00pm – 9:00pm - Peer-led family support healing circle inside the tipi
Unbroken Together was a big success on both July 21st for Indigenous People's Day, and Canada Day.
Oliver, BC – As part of our "Unbroken Together" initiative, We Will Recover
enlisted the help of hundreds of elementary and high school students, along with a wide array of individuals and families from the Osoyoos Indian Band, and the Oliver and Osoyoos areas to come out and “lend a hand” in painting a 24-foot tipi. The painted tipi will be transferred through Indigenous ceremony when it is rais
Older students help younger students to prepare to place their painted handprint on the tipi canvas.
Unbroken Together brought participants from the Osoyoos Indian Band, Oliver, and Osoyoos area together to participate in this culturally enriching and community building initiative. Each handprint on the tipi was made by people who wish to make a commitment to support recovery & reconciliation.
Over 300 elementary and high school students from the Oliver and Osoyoos area took part in helping to paint the tipi.
Unbroken Together drew participation from individuals and families from the Osoyoos Indian Band.
Elders from the Osoyoos Indian Band helped youngsters to paint their hands orange, while sharing information about the history and experience of Indian Residential Schools.
Opening Ceremony for "Napi's Gift" -
a month-long immersive Indigenous exhibition hoping to build a stronger and healthier community by
raising awareness about Indigenous history, including Canada's shameful history of colonialism and residential schools, as well as the opioid crisis, harm reduction, child welfare, mental health, and discrimination.
Napi's Gift featured daily prayers, smudging, drumming and singing by Blackfoot people.
Napi's Gift helped to capture over 1,000 signatures in support of a federal petition launched by Moms Stop the Harm to call on the Canadian Government
Napi's Gift introduced Victor Lethbridge - an accomplished musician, aboriginal storyteller, motivational speaker who provided free books for kids!
Napi's Gift showcased a diverse variety of customized and hand crafted clothing items, jewelery, Christmas ornaments and other unique items made by p
Napi's Gift was hosted over 30 days at the Park Place Mall in Lethbridge. During this event we achieved each and every one of our services!