No Baby Left Behind - Indigenous Caregivers Healing & Action Circle is a community-based healing and advocacy initiative that engages low-income Indigenous lone-caregivers in East Vancouver. The initiative provides an opportunity for the caregivers to collectively support each other to heal from the stress of lone-parenting through a pandemic while experiencing the inter-generational trauma of colonialism and the residential school system. The project facilitates collective advocacy to the Province of BC and the City of Vancouver on the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples' Act in BC in relation to Indigenous lone-caregiver and child poverty. The initiative, which runs from February 2022 through to February 2023, is facilitated by Indigenous SMA member Leona Brown with Elder Mia Hunt.
No Baby Left Behind initiative activities are determined by circle participants and may include group ceremonial healing events such as sacred fires at the Indigenous garden area of the UBC Farm, talking circles, letter-writing, meeting with elected provincial and municipal officials and policy stakeholders, and raising awareness among the public through community-based events.