Idle No More-inspired charity still has impact in Allan Gardens
Allan Gardens Food & Clothing Share offers hot meals and clothing for those in need
Five years after Idle No More first made headlines, the effects of the movement are still being felt across Canada.
The Allan Gardens Food & Clothing Share is one of the local initiatives sparked by Idle No More. Originally founded by a small group of Indigenous people in 2013, it has blossomed into a weekly meeting where hot meals and clothing are made available for those in need.
"It's just getting started," she told CBC Toronto. "Many of the youth that are coming up are educated and they know the history and they want to make changes."
'There's a need for it'
Today, the food and clothing share has also drawn large support from those outside of the Indigenous community and has since been taken over by other volunteers in the Allan Gardens community.
"I think there's a need for it," Bal said of the share. "If the need wasn't there, they wouldn't be here."
"It's not just, 'I'm out on the street freezing.' It's 'We're all out here. Let's keep each other warm, let's keep each other safe. Let's take care of each other,'" Lutz said. "At the heart of it, that's what we want to promote here, that building of community."
'We help each other'
It has achieved its goal with Raylah Moonias, a regular who often visits for a hot meal. Moonias says the share feels like home and a community.
"More and more people, allies are coming on board. Non-Indigenous people to support and make change," Kneve said. "So Idle No More is still alive and the good work is still going on."
With files from Talia Ricci