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SUMMER 2017




 

JULY AND AUGUST

July 1st, Canada Day 150 arose mixed emotions for many of us as we sat with gratitude for all the privileges this land has offered us intertwined with the knowledge and awareness that we have what we have from broken promises, stolen land, and the blood of many First Nations people. The unfortunate impact of this history lives on today. We ring in 150 with an acknowledgement of our privileges, intention and commitment to learning and honoring the resilience of these people and their continued healing.

As we acknowledge this land's cultural genocide, we would also like to remember the 34th anniversary of what came to be known as Black July of 1983 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. We will forever remember and mourn the loss of our Tamil people every day that preceded and followed the war. Let's acknowledge our personal and communal trauma and our resistance and capacity to heal.

Our summer months were focused on self-care and personal development. Though we did not release our psycho-educational videos for these months we continued to provide one on one peer support in person and online. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are looking for support as you walk through your healing journey. You are not alone.
On July 8, ANBU partnered with the folks at YPAM for their Markham Mental Health Awareness Walk. "The focus of this walk is to build awareness and help break the stigma revolving around mental health. Together let's break barriers, to seek help just like how we would if we had a physical ailment."
Our team members, Shajini Jeganmohan and Cheyanne Ratnam met with LEADS in Sri Lanka to deliver the artwork we completed for the children in care on our one year anniversary event "The Root of ANBU". Stay tuned to hear more updates!
On July 30th, we had our 'Bring an Aunty!' event. Check out some pictures from the event below!

We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to everyone that attended our event! It was so beautiful to see so many Tamil faces from across generations. ANBU will continue to host events for you so that you can continue to engage in meaningful dialogue surrounding trauma and violence with yourself and within your families and communities. In solidarity, we will rise! HUGE SHOUTOUT to our team members, Jessica Thyriar, Subani John Selvarajah and Kavina Sundaralingam for manifesting this event, delivering an amazing presentation and creating community resources on Intimate Partner Violence in both Tamil and English! Sidrah Ahmad, thank you for being an amazing support system throughout the planning and delivery of this event. And last but not least, THANK YOU to all of our community partners and sponsors Madura from Advaita Movement, delicious food from Fusion by T, massages from Canadian Massage Training, Nallur Clinic for their Ayurvedic expertise and all the amazing make up artists that made this event possible!

GIVE AWAY CHALLENGE!

 

We still have lots of LUSH products left from our event and want to give them out to YOU! All you need to do is send us a 500 word letter to us, telling us why ANBU (Abuse Never Becomes Us) is important to you and/or our community.

MASSAGE TRAINING GIVEAWAY

ANBU is incredibly grateful for all the partnerships we have created.
Canadian Massage Training is giving away a chance for one womxn to receive massage training with the essential equipments needed to start up your own business. Everything you need to empower and sustain yourself!

All you need to do is send us an email, letting us know
why you deserve this opportunity and why ANBU is important to you and/or the community.

We look forward to hearing from YOU!

If you are not ready to chat, you can now TEXT us 289 801 ANBU (2628)
Please note that we are not a crisis service.

If you're in crisis, contact resources HERE

ANBU UK
Update!

MEET THE UK TEAM!
It is a pleasure to announce that ANBU UK team is up and running!
Following two successful information evenings ANBU UK have appointed core and volunteer members.
Core members are: Ahrabi Rajkumar, Anjana Sivaharon, Arathi Ranjath, Ashviny Arulgnanaseelan, Catherine Gnanapragasam, Gayathri Nagarajan, Jason Gireson, Judhika Ravindran, Jumani Yogarajah, Nimshad Eguine, Pratheba Nanthakumar, Priya Pransveswaran, Ragavi Rajakulasingham, Ratna Yoganandan, Vijitha Vijayakumar and Vanajah Srinivasan (UK Lead).
To get things started, an informal team building event was held for members to get to know one another a little bit better. As everybody knows, team building exercises are designed to get you out of your comfort zone and that is exactly what we did! Activities included finding three random but true facts about each other as well as a lip sync battle! Re-enacting a Tamil or English song whilst lip syncing. Let’s just say that the judges couldn’t decide who was the best (considering they were all so great!) and declared all as joint winners, we then finished the day with a necessary visit to Nandos!
 
In addition to the team building, ANBU UK conducted its first training session in July which included an overview of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and child sexual exploitation (CSE) delivered by Dr. K. Puvanendran, paediatrician and designated doctor for safeguarding, and Yvonne Anarfi, nurse specialist in CSE and child safeguarding. This was followed by an afternoon session led by Meera Bahu, cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, which explored impacts of CSA in the context of adult survivors. As will all great discussions, time inevitably ran out, however more training sessions are in the process of being planned. Slowly but surely the vision is coming alive in the UK – keep watching this space!
Vanajah was interviewed by Nila from IBC Tamil TV channel where she discussed plans for ANBU in the UK and parenting in relation to safeguarding children. Check it out here (in two parts):
Its not too late to get involved with the UK movement, please email vanajahs@anbu.ca
In August, ANBU UK took an exciting first step into the Tamil community by participating in an outreach session held in Lewisham Sivan Temple, South East London. The event was hosted by Jothi Helpline, part of the Ahilan Foundation and it's main aim was to raise awareness on mental health in the community. 
 
We were in great company, with speakers discussing the impact and signs of stress and depression, benefits of counselling, more specifically on mental illness and why cultural stigma should not prevent people seeking support. Additionally, there were talks around prescriptive medication and mindfulness coaching with Lotus Today, discussing the importance of outlook in maintaining a healthy mind.
 
ANBU UK is proud to work in partnership with other groups also passionate about informing and empowering our community, it takes great courage to address mental illness as we stand in solidarity #spreadANBU
 
Our fabulous speakers (below) Judhika and Arathi!
Upcoming UK outreach: We have some great plans for the coming months including possible collaborations with London Universities and the Medical Institute of Tamils, look out for updates on ANBU UK social media:
Facebook: Abuse Never Become Us - UK
Instagram: @anbu.uk 
 
Next training session is being planned for Saturday September 2nd
If you would like to attend please email
 vanajahs@anbu.ca
If you are a survivor or the loved one of someone that has been impacted by childhood sexual abuse and want support, give us a shout! If you want to share your story, send us a message and we would love to amplify your voice. Anonymous entries of all sorts are welcomed too.
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