Happy Native American Heritage Month!

The name Chicago has roots in the indigenous language of the Algonquin tribe meaning “striped skunk” or “onion”. The origins of our beloved city name reflects the important role that indigenous tribes had in the creation of the place The Theraplay Institute (TTI) and The Theraplay Clinic now call home. We acknowledge that the acquisition of the land where TTI and the greater Chicagoland area was a forceful and violent removal of the indigenous populations that were here before us and the genocide of these people is at the foundation of our nation’s history. TTI is located on the land of the Peoria, Bodwéwami (Potawatomi), Myaamia, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Kaskaskia, and Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) nations and we recognize them and honor them as the first stewards of this land. We will not hesitate to acknowledge the injustices against the indigenous tribes that lived peacefully and prosperously on this land for generations before us. We will continue to acknowledge this history and moving forward as an organization, we will do our part to give back to these communities and continue to share their stories.

Moving towards the Thanksgiving season, we will be mindful of the history of this holiday and recognize the harmful effects it has had on indigenous communities. We will instead focus on the core values of the celebration including gratitude, kindness, and fostering a sense of community.

In the spirit of the holiday season, The Theraplay Institute and The Theraplay Clinic are celebrating Giving Tuesday on November 29, 2022. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to support Camp Theraplay, a special summer camp for children of the Chicagoland area to experience Theraplay in a safe and welcoming environment. Help us celebrate the spirit of giving by donating to Camp Theraplay so that we can continue to uplift our community’s youth. Learn more and donate

Thank you, and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday!



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