Our children need to feel the love associated with the holiday season
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2022
ANISHINAABE AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, MB — For the second holiday season in a row, the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is proud to announce the return of its heartwarming Orange Santa campaign. Until December 22, 2022, Orange Santa will be making holiday wishes come true for thousands of children in nine of our southern First Nations.
“The timing of these visits could not be better, with so many heavy issues impacting our citizens and Nations over the last few weeks,” said SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels. “Now is the time to shift our focus to the love and happiness many associate with Christmas, and to share the warmth of the season with our youngest citizens. The smiles are infectious when Orange Santa stops by, and I cannot wait to experience the joy first-hand.”
This year, Orange Santa has scheduled stops in Dauphin River, Lake St. Martin, Pinaymootang, Berens River, and Little Grand Rapids First Nations. He also made deliveries of gifts for children in Dakota Plains, Long Plain, Swan Lake, Canupawakpa Dakota.
“Orange Santa proved to be one of the highlights of the entire year in 2021,” added Grand Chief Daniels. “This year, we are helping him travel to all new locations, to spread joy and love to even more children and their families. I cannot understate how vital it is to spread the message that every child matters and deserves to feel special at Christmas.”
Along with the support of SCO, Orange Santa will be giving out presents to the children he visits. SCO thanks the Dhillon Automotive Group and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs for supporting this special initiative.
Keep up with Orange Santa’s travels and see the uplifting photos by following SCO’s social media pages until the campaign concludes on December 22!
The Southern Chiefs’ Organization represents 34 First Nations and more than 83,000 citizens in what is now called southern Manitoba. SCO is an independent political organization that protects, preserves, promotes, and enhances First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.
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