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Pink Avenue Gives Back
COVID has illuminated the deep inequities in the society we live in, especially for women.
"Although the Pandemic has turned my industry upside down, it was so apparent that now is the time to do as much as one can to support those who have absolutely no means to do so. My life's work has been about women, so I chose a women's shelter to support. Through your much appreciated support during this pandemic, I am able to give back through canadahelps.org. Thank you so much!"
Wow - 2020 sure has been a difficult one, eh? As we reflect on the challenges faced this year I wanted to take a second to express our sincere appreciation to you for your unwavering support as a monthly donor.
While the holidays will look and feel a lot different, your continuous contribution goes a long way to support Indigenous women and children fleeing violence, who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Thank you for your ongoing support. From the whole Anduhyaun team, we wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and a bright 2021!
Anduhyaun Shelter is a Violence against Women (VAW) Emergency Shelter servicing Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal women with or without children fleeing violence. Anduhyaun Inc. strives to support Indigenous women and children in their efforts to maintain their cultural identity, self-esteem, economic, physical and spiritual well-being.
During the 1960’s there was a big push in the movement of understanding the abuses that women face, and it was clear that more support for women was needed. In 1968 the Ministry of Indian Affairs and the YWCA opened a hostel in Toronto to support Indigenous women, who were among the least recognized in society and facing multiple levels of abuse and oppression. A group of Indigenous women proposed that this hostel should also be managed by Indigenous women and this proposal became a reality. In 1973 a not-for-profit, charitable agency was created, known as Anduhyaun Incorporated, and the hostel became a place of support.
As Anduhyaun Inc. evolved, a supportive housing facility was seen as a necessary option to further support Indigenous women on their healing paths. Nekenaan Second Stage Housing opened its doors in 1995, as a stepping stone in supporting women and children.
Today the hostel is known as Anduhyaun Shelter and is Canada’s oldest emergency shelter for Indigenous women, where there is support and advocacy for women and children recovering from the traumas of violence. Anduhyaun Inc is a women run organization with Indigenous women and their allies as management, staff, and community partners. Working with the guidance from Anduhyaun’s Board of Directors, the goal is to continue fulfilling the agency’s mandate.