Be the Change Initiative

With each monthly collection release I donate 10% of sales revenues to an organization or cause I believe in. I have done this since North Star Silver's inception and it has been a truly amazing way to build community with the wonderful people who give my jewelry a home. I'm forever grateful that together we can work to make the world a better place and be the change we want to see.

Here are some of the organizations we've supported:

Humewood House

Since 1912, Humewood House has helped Toronto’s most vulnerable single parents and their children make their way in the world. In addition to helping young women give birth to healthy babies and transition into motherhood, Humewood House helps them plan and build goals for their future. We offer pre and post-natal residential services, transitional housing, life skills, childcare, a high school program and counselling all delivered by our highly qualified and dedicated staff in a safe and caring environment.

www.humewoodhouse.com

Wiindo Debwe Mosewin

About: We are a non-profit grassroots organization that is completely youth and community led. We go where we are needed and we do what is needed. Our goal: Keep the dialogue going! Love flows up! We are here to listen, to share, to educate, to patrol, to stand for the Eight (the addition of Forgiveness) Sacred Teachings and spread the love throughout the community. Our goal is to continue expanding in numbers and services to be able to help in all areas in time.

www.debwetbay.group

The Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning

Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning is a community-led educational experience established in Denendeh and delivered across the land. We deliver Indigenous centred arts, culture, language and educational programming in an innovative land-based environment. We support diverse needs and inclusive participation.

www.dechinta.ca

Safe BAE (Before Anyone Else)

SafeBAE is a survivor-founded, student-led national organization whose mission is to end sexual assault among middle and high school students. As the only national peer-to-peer organization of our kind, we help promote culture change by giving teens the tools to become activists and shift school culture through raising awareness about dating violence, sexual harassment and assault, affirmative consent, safe bystander intervention, survivor care, and their rights under Title IX.

https://safebae.org

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is an Inuit-led organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of Inuit. They lead a national climate change strategy based on the pillar that “climate action in Inuit Nunangat must be based on an Inuit vision of our resilience in the face of our rapidly changing environment”.

https://www.itk.ca

Ancient Forest Alliance 

The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) is a non-profit organization working to protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests and to ensure sustainable, second-growth forestry jobs. Learn more about their important work, sign one of their many petitions to protect old growth forest, or donate directly to their cause at:

https://www.ancientforestalliance.org

Upcoming for December: Ontario Native Women's Association and Legacy of Hope Foundation

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is a not for profit organization to empower and support all Indigenous women and their families in the province of Ontario through research, advocacy, policy development and programs that focus on local, regional and provincial activities.

 https://www.onwa.ca

Legacy of Hope Foundation is a national Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) charitable organization with the mandate to educate and create awareness and understanding about the Residential School System, including the intergenerational impacts. These include removal of generations of Indigenous children from their families, as well as the Sixties Scoop, and the post-traumatic stress disorders that many Indigenous Peoples continue to experience. The LHF works to eliminate racism, foster empathy and understanding and to inspire positive action to improve the situation of Indigenous Peoples today. The LHF supports the ongoing healing process of Residential School Survivors, and their families and seeks their input on projects that honour them.

https://legacyofhope.ca