The First week of May is designated as Mental Health Week by the Canadian Mental Health Association . It’s an annual national event that encourages people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect, and engage with others on all issues relating to Mental Health. We know that participatory music making and dancing is a wonderful way to support our mental and social health, especially for children and adolescents. Baobab has recently adopted the Youth Services Bureau as one of several charities that we support through our performances to raise awareness and funds for youth well-being. Last week we played at the YSB Youth Recognition Awards dinner, bringing music and dance to the evening as well as involving some youth in our pieces.
Last night we performed at a local house concert to raise funds for the Attawapiskat youth suicide crisis. Organized by teacher and Baobab parent Lynn Rainboth, the evening featured several youth singing, playing, rapping and drumming. Algonquin Elder Annie Smith St. Georges and Metis Robert St George opened the evening with smudging and prayer, and later joined in our playing of Bell Forest. The weather permitted us to have the outside which was magical. A video of the performances along with messages of hope and collected donations is being sent to Attawapiskat. Thanks to Lynn for organizing!