Indigo donates thousands to Indigenous youth literacy


A Manitoba organization is promoting youth literacy thanks to a grant from Canada’s largest book retailer.

The Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Association received a $25,000 donation from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

The fund was formed after schools were forced to close by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crystal Hardy is a member of Biinjitiwabik Zaaging Anishnabek. Her Spirit name is Zongwe Binesikwe, which means Sounding Thunderbird Woman. She has worked as a nurse practitioner and educator in Northwestern Ontario. She is working towards a PhD in nursing at Queen’s University on decolonizing health care practices. Crystal joined the APTN news team in August 2020 as the video journalist in Thunder Bay.