“We just try. We help a lot of people in a lot of quiet ways as best we can.”
Hiy Hiy! (a Cree thank-you)
Words from our October Burger of the Month Guest Chef in Red Deer Corky Larsen Jonasson when speaking about her cause of choice, the Red Feather Women. Corky is a proud Cree/Danish Métis Elder, and a published author, committed to living a life of traditional teachings and ceremony and sharing those teachings with others.
“Corky’s Buffalo Burger” included bison, smoked cheddar cheese, arugula, beefsteak tomato, onion, truffle aioli and an olive tapenade on a house-made Bannock bun with a skewered grape tomato! $2 of every burger sold went directly to Red Feather Women, Red Deer Alberta
Red Feather Women grew from the experiences of a group of women, indigenous and nonindigenous, working together, making connections during the ‘Walking With Our Sisters’ installation in June 2015 in Red Deer. Immersed in ceremony, the “vamps” – the pretty beaded and decorated tops of the unfinished moccasins, represented the unfinished lives of close to 2000 missing and murdered women, LGBTQ individuals and children that did not make it home from the residential schools.
After working side by side for nearly a year, Corky notes “us women bonded and had greater understanding of each other. Together we guided Red Deer peeps through some pretty intense monthly community conversations. We also understood that after the Walking With Our Sisters ceremony left Red Deer for Comox, BC, the issues did not. It resulted in a strong desire for the group to make a difference, act on social/justice issues and continue the work of raising awareness.”
Thanks to your support of our beloved Burger of the Month Program Corky helped us hand over $1254 to Red Feather Women today!
Thanks to the amazing support we see from our guest’s month after month, we have had the opportunity to give back over $115,000 to local charities over the past 69 months!