SEND THE GIFT OF ART!
Bring a child or youth a personalized gift of joy and friendship!
WITH OVER 25,000 FRIENDSHIP BOXES DISTRIBUTED, THE CHILDREN & YOUTH THANK YOU!
Individuals, schools and community groups across Canada have adopted our Friendship gifts project as an act of reconciliation that helps the students who receive them to celebrate the joy of education.
Our many years of experience in partnering with schools in 90 remote communities has taught us the invaluable power and importance of art to bring healing, to provide an outlet for positive self-expression and to strengthen cultural learning. This is why our flagship "gift box" program now focusses exclusively on the gift of ART! As always, you have the option to personalize that gift by sending us your own artistic creation, which we will include with your gift.
Furthermore, our commitment to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations means we also want to make every effort to improve our carbon footprint. This is why we no longer ask donors to pack physical gifts (these can now be purchased through our online store), nor do we send the kits in repurposed shoeboxes anymore. Instead, we send art kits in cinch bags that students can use to carry items to school. This generates less waste in the communities, as they do not have recycling facilities, and also maximizes the efficiency of our logistics and transportation.
For us, Friendship ART gifts represent an opportunity to maintain our engagement with the many communities we have served. Beginning in October 2023 onward, we will select one community to receive your art gifts. We collect Friendship ART gifts during the fall campaign from October 15th to December 25th.
Online purchases are eligible for a tax receipt, which will be sent to you in February (in Canada).
Special message from Gisele Corinthios of
CBC's Gisele's Mashup Adventures, and formerly
Gisele's Big Backyard on TVO Kids!
Special episode of The Gisele Mashup dedicated to
the ILFP Friendship Art Campaign!
Former child soldier, international recording artist
and reconciliation activist Emmanuel Jal on the power of Art to change a life
In 2023 the Campaign will serve students in the following communities: Rapid Lake (QC), Natuashish (Labrador), Sandy Lake (ON), Horse Lake (AB) and Kinngait (NU). See the poster and flyer (below) for instructions on packing a personalized kit or go directly to our Store.
(8.5 x 11 PDF fillable)
(8.5 x 11 PDF fillable)
SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC, DESPITE THE INABILITY TO TRAVEL TO THE COMMUNITIES, WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE SERVED MORE CHILDREN AND YOUTH THAN EVER BEFORE!
Below: Children in Sachigo Lake First Nation, Ontario, taking home their art kits.