Inspiration! Roundup: Who will you help, incredible Native women, pay attention, and let's buy a dog!

Inspiration! Roundup for this week includes the artwork of Nima Chaichi, Ontario's anti-sexual assault ad campaign, and 8 Native women you should pay attention to
This Week's "I want to go to there":
Curling up in some cozy blankets with a furry friend.

Who Will You Help?

This ad from the government of Ontario is ON THE MONEY. It's hard, sometimes, to step outside of the social norm of "minding our own business" or "not getting involved", and this is such a powerful reminder that inaction is just as much a help as action - just to someone else.

8 Native Women You Should Know

Check out this list of 8 incredible Native women whose stories never made it into headlines or history books. From artist Zitkala-sa to the smart-and-snarky Elizabeth (Wanamaker) Peratrovich (Tlingit), who was instrumental in the first anti-discrimination law in Alaska. Direct quote: “I would not have expected that I, who am barely out of savagery, would have to remind gentlemen with five thousand years of recorded civilization behind them, of our Bill of Rights.”

Pay Attention

"Pay attention to what you pay attention to."
-Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Nima Chaichi

Loving the photography of Nima Chaichi!

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ACTION ITEM: Help James Watkins Get an Aid Dog

I don't know about you all, but I get really caught up sometimes on the big, systemic problems in our society. The things that make me wonder if we just need to burn it all to the ground and start over. Aside from a total disdain for society, this viewpoint can also make it feel like there's no point in doing little things to help people, because all these little acts are just bandaids, and we've got an artery that's spurting blood in multiple places.

Well, guess what? When I am thinking that way, I am WRONG. Dead wrong. As dead wrong as the hypothetical person connected to that artery spurting blood in multiple places is going to be. Because helping individuals my not solve systemic problems, but dang if it doesn't save that person, and that matters, too.

So let's all donate to the YouCaring fund for James, a little boy with Downs Syndrome, to get a service dog. And then, I don't know, we could write to our representatives and let them know that maybe service dogs should be covered under provincial healthcare?

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