Monday, June 14, 2021

Manicure Monday - Water Decal Feathers Nails

Happy Manicure Monday everyone - I hope you all had a great weekend! I had a nice weekend of rest and relaxation! 

Manicure Monday - Water Decal Feathers Nails
I purchased these products

This month the #CBBxManiMonday group is switching it up a little bit this month and the theme is Allyship - June is both Pride Month and Indigenous History Month. Each week we will be sharing manis based on our allyship with these causes and sharing resources to help draw attention to, informative information or agencies in our areas that are assisting people. 

I'm also taking my allyship one step farther this month, and each week along with my information and mani, I'm going to be donating $100 to a different organization each week. While I think education and information are fantastic, I also want action and support to come through on my end as well. 

The products I used for this week's nails are:
I picked up both of these products from - this was my first time ordering from them and they shipped really quickly!

This week's nails are a representation of the Fallen Feather's - children lost to Canada's residential school system (name borrowed from the book Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga). Recently we heard about 215 children found in an unmarked grave at a Kamloops Residential School as well as very recently again in Manitoba, 104 children were found in a graveyard in a school where not nearly that many were "documented" - but honestly, any child buried away from their home is devastating. I went to to a few different schools and not one came with a graveyard at all. 

I did not even know about the Residential School system until I was in college - we did not learn about this in school and it's tragic, because the last residential school did not close until 1996, which means there were indigenous kids my own age forced to these schools while I was going through elementary school. Since learning about it in a specific corrections course about Indigenous issues in the Justice System, I have been actively learning more about residential schools and finding ways that I can personally help towards reconciliation. (I'm going to share a ton of my most recommended books on/for/by indigenous authors later this month, so keep your eyes open if you are looking for a big list!)

For resources this week, I highly suggest finding books or reading about the atrocities that occurred at the residential schools, and the intergenerational trauma that has occurred as a result of years and years of abuse and family separation. I recommend reading minimally the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the recommendations on how the government and we can work towards making amends for the past. Then, if you have schools/streets/statues honouring the pioneers of the residential school system, I would suggest writing to your government requesting the names be changed in honour of reconciliation. (For me, my High School was Bishop Grandin and I had no idea he was a big part of the residential school system, so I absolutely wrote our school board requesting this be changed immediately!) 

And, I personally donated to The Orange Shirt Day - this organization started the September 30th  Orange Shirt Day and it is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School  Commemoration Project and Reunion to help commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. This organization continues to support residential school survivors as well as bringing awareness to the intergenerational trauma from survivors time in these schools. 

My nails this week were quick and easy - I started with a base coat and two coats of the orange polish as the base layer. Then, I cut the water decal shapes out, soaked them in water and transferred them on to each nail. I finished these nails off with a nail art top coat! 

As always, make sure to check out Cosmetic Proof and Prairie Beauty Love to see their allyship nails too! 

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