Have you noticed new I AM AFFECTED posters in Hamilton bus tops, libraries and recreational centres across the city?
During the month of September, these posters have appeared in 73 highly visible bus stops across the City Of Hamilton. The posters are part of a campaign intended to educate citizens on the effects of the Canadian Indian Residential School System.
The Our Voice. Our Truth posters were first unveiled earlier this summer in a moving launch at Hamilton City Hall. Nine unique posters and banners have been created.
Lyndon George, the Clinic’s Aboriginal Justice Coordinator, who heads up the YÉN: TENE initiative came up with the idea of the posters.
“The campaign was developed to initiate conversation and provoke thought on the Canadian Indian Residential School system and the intergenerational trauma caused by that system,” states George.
The campaign’s second phase called I AM COMMITTED will be rolled out at a media event later this month. Some of the individuals featured in the posters will be at this event and will share their stories. Details will follow.
George acknowledges help from community partners like the Professional Aboriginal Advocacy Networking Group (PAANG), the YÉN: TENE Advisory Committee and the City of Hamilton. Legal Aid Ontario provided funding for the posters.
YÉN:TENE works to improve access to justice for Aboriginal people in Hamilton and surrounding communities. In 2013 the Clinic embarked on a collaborative journey with Aboriginal agencies and networks to build relationships of respect and trust. The initiative has been named YÉN:TENE, a Mohawk phrase meaning “You and I will go there together.”