Community Commitments and Resources
CLOSE YR EYESSS is located on the traditional territories of many First Nations, including the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Huron-wendat (Wyandot) and The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This land falls within the boundaries of the Toronto Purchase Treaty No. 13, of 1805.
As a member of the Armenian Diaspora, I am committed to the empowerment of the indigenous and diasporic communities of this land as well as to those of my own ancestral lands. As such, at least 10% of all proceeds are donated to various community lead organizations, both across Turtle Island and in Armenia. You can always find the receipts on our Receipts Blog - COMING SOON :)
For more information on some great places across Tkaronto and Armenia to donate to, volunteer with, or just share awareness about, please explore the list below :) *
*Please note: This list is by no means exhaustive.
Nia Center for the Arts - Toronto-based not-for-profit organization that supports, showcases and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the African Diaspora.
Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto - Today, the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto provides a safe and welcoming environment for all Aboriginal women and their children in the Greater Toronto Area. Their programs fall under six broad categories: Housing, Families, Advocacy, Employment, Education, and Youth.
Indian Residential School Survivors Society - The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) provides physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual growth, development, and healing through culturally-based values and guiding principles for Survivors, Families, and Communities
Unist'ot'en Camp Donations / Wet’suwet’en Supporter Toolkit 2020 - Donate at this link - Your contribution ensures that supporters on the land have food and medical supplies, that Unist’ot’en Youth are able to visit their territories, that Wet’suwet’en Elders have the necessary materials on the land to teach traditional hunting, gathering, food processing, language skills, songs, stories and more. Your monetary contributions enable the Unist’ot’en Clan to stop the pipelines that threaten all of us.
The Encampment Support Network - The Encampment Support Network (ESN) is an ad-hoc, volunteer-run network supporting people living in encampments in 6 locations throughout Toronto. This includes ESN Parkdale, ESN Trinity Bellwoods, ESN Scadding Court, ESN Moss Park, ESN LNP and ESN Cherry Beach.
Black Creek Community Farm - An urban agricultural centre that engages, educates, and empowers diverse communities, through sustainable food.
FoodShare Toronto - FoodShare advocates for food justice by supporting community-based food initiatives and through ongoing advocacy and public education.
Kooyrigs - Kooyrigs provides resources to the global Armenian network by launching community projects, implementing educational initiatives and amplifying marginalized voices.
Looys - Delivering aid to the displaced people of Artsakh: Supplying medication, winter clothes, household essentials and fresh, locally sourced food to displaced communities all across Armenia.
Project Mayreeg - This is another project run my the Kooyrigs organization that provides aid to displaced pregnant people of Artsakh by connecting expecting mothers to doctors, providing transportation and companionship to appointments, sponsoring antenatal classes, providing supplements and medication, & more.
Armenia Fund - Helping the people of Armenia and Karabagh through humanitarian and infrastructure development.