Truth and Reconciliation Shawl by Julie Paige

Truth and Reconciliation Shawl

September 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
400 - 800 yards (366 - 732 m)
small and large
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This pattern is available for C$5.00 CAD buy it now

Update: my lys, Yarn it! In Cobourg, On partnered with me on this journey. They dyed over 70 skeins of yarn in three weeks due to the demand of our kits! We donated over $1500 to the Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre in Peterborough, ON today! Small local businesses can do big things for their communities!!

When I decided to take this idea National I had no idea I would get so much support! Already $400 is raised and will be donated to First Nations Child and Family Services!

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!

I embarked on designing this shawl to memorialize the children found in the massive number of graves unearthed here in Canada at residential schools. As of today, the number is over 6000. I started this shawl with guidance from an Indigenous community member.

As Canadians, we all need to recognize the importance of the Truth and Reconciliation Document, which provides a list of calls to action for non-Indigenous people that we need to embrace and enact wherever, whenever, and however, we can.

Orange is the colour we use to raise awareness for Indigenous Peoples of Canada, so my shawl is orange (but, of course, you can knit yours in any colour). The feather was suggested to me by my Indigenous friend as a universally recognized symbol of the eagle, which symbolizes respect, honour, and love.

All proceeds for this pattern are donated to Indigenous Peoples Service First Nation Child and Family Caring society (every three months)

Note: There are two sizes for this shawl-one skein or two skein

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