• Namwayut, We Are All One

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    You know there are no words even beyond memorable for this person that I love so much. It was my paternal grandmother, her name was, Thunder Bird Lady. She used to say to me and my other cousins of course, “I am nothing my precious one.” There will be long silence and I wonder what “what are you talking about” Continue reading “Namwayut, We Are All One”

  • Moving Down That Path

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    I think the story that I’m going to talk about today is a story that led me down my path of reconciliation. I was invited up to VIU (Vancouver Island University) to listen to reconciliation stories, and during that event I heard three people talk about their experiences with residential schools. That really changed, changed me, changed the way I thought about things. Continue reading “Moving Down That Path”

  • Helper

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    My family moved to the Cowichan territory when I was about thirteen. And that kind of bubbled up as soon as I read the Contact No Contact, and the Cowichan, of course, territory and lands. My middle school was mixed with quite a diverse cultures. There was the south Asians, First Nations and then all us white settlers. And I could feel a conflict as soon as I got into that school. Continue reading “Helper”

  • Authentic Contact

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    And truly try to fully integrate and recognize indigenous people as who they are, the founders of this nation and possessors of values and ideas that would truly do a lot to make Canada the great nation we try for it to be. But again I think ultimately it comes down to if real progress is to be made, if real reconciliation is to be made, it takes real authentic contact between peoples instead of thinking of each other as different or being separate. I think a lot of the barriers, a lot of the problems, a lot of the issues would fall apart if people just sat down and got to know each other in a more meaningful way. Continue reading “Authentic Contact”