Seeding Sovereignty has been on the ground responding to the global pandemic since April and has seen firsthand its incredible and devastating impact on Indigenous communities and all communities of the global majority. Our young people have been wading through the uncertainties the past year has presented, in addition to being on the frontlines of this time as not only youth, but as students, care providers, and in many cases, sources of income for household survival.
We want thrivance and not just survivance for our youths! During COVID-19, we are extending our mutual aid work to include mental health programming. Medicine Wheels will provide mental and physical health avenues for youths and their families heavily hit by COVID-19 to reconnect with the land through skateboarding! During quarantine, your contributions to our new program will enable us to provide skateboards to those who want to shred on Indigenous lands!
Medicine Wheels is partnering with the Turtle Island Skateboard Project to meet the immediate needs of QTBIPOC youth. With schools, community centers and organized sports shuttered, youths need support, empowerment, a creative outlet and a community of peers and mentors. In addition to promoting multiple forms of wellness, skateboarding decreases anxiety and increases skill building in our precious youth, making room for their future goals and dreams to thrive amidst global chaos.
Our goal is to reach QTBIPOC youth in pandemic-impacted communities and connect them to the Indigenous lands they steward and occupy by providing skateboards and gear, creatively building community skate ramps and parks in Seeding Sovereignty's sibling cities - and by creating collectives of supportive peers and mentors - at a distance - doing things they love together. It's no secret our youth are our future. Let's provide them care, inspiration, and joy during these unprecedented times!