Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have contributed $200,000 to a leadership initiative for native women established by St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have donated $200,000 to a management initiative for native ladies.
The couple gifted the outstanding sum to St. Francis Xavier University’s Coady Institute in Nova Scotia, Canada, for their new effort, the Circle of Abundance, which wants to enhance indigenous women’s voices and leadership.
Ryan – who hails from Vancouver, Canada – and Blake’s donation will assist the institute’s goal of $1 million to support the institute’s International Centre for Women’s Management and the centre’s indigenous programs.
In a statement, the couple said:”We’re so happy to support the incredible work of the Coady Institute’s program with Indigenous Women. We’re blown away by the conversations we’ve had and the work they do and look forward to joining them on this journey.”
The contribution comes as Canada’s National Indigenous History Month comes to a close at the end of June.
Coady Indigenous Program lead and graduate Karri-Lynn Paul added in a separate statement:”These indigenous leaders are inspiring renewed energy on how to move forward with our work. Their insights and grounding of our work in the realities of grassroots indigenous women’s lives is an important piece in our journey. They also talked about how we are enough, and how we need to prioritise programs that are created by indigenous women for indigenous women. This funding offers the opportunity to make that happen.”
This is not the very first time Ryan, 43, and Blake, 32, have actually supported causes that benefit individuals of color, as they just recently donated another $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which is a leading US legal company fighting for racial justice.
In a joint statement on social media, the couple – who have James, 5, Inez, 3, and a 3rd child born in 2019 – composed:
”We’ve never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we’re pulled over in the car.
”We don’t know what it’s like to experience that life day in and day out.
”We can’t imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger.
”We’re ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is.
”We are committed to raising our kids so they never grow up feeding this insane pattern and so they’ll do their best to never inflict pain on another being consciously or unconsciously.
”Last week we contributed $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. We stand in awe of this organization and its leader, Sherrilyn Ifill. And this is just a start. We also pledge to stay educated and vote in every local election.
”We want to know the positions of school board nominees, sheriffs, mayors, councilpersons. We want to know their positions on justice. But mainly, we want to use our privilege and platform to be an ally. And to play a part in easing pain for so many who feel as though this grand experiment is failing them. (sic)”