On September 30 2019, a special assembly was held at Pemberton Secondary School to acknowledge Orange Shirt Day. The stories shared at that assembly grew out of an experience held the previous Thursday, as Lil'wat elders, Lil'wat leaders, teachers, students, Indigenous Support Workers, and community members, worked out how to craft a meaningful way for … Continue reading What local high school students learned this Orange Shirt Day 2019
Back by Popular Demand, on Sunday, September 30, Stewardship Pemberton (with the support of the Sitka Foundation) hosts a family-friendly field trip to the Upper Lillooet River Valley to celebrate BC Rivers Day. The adventure begins with a guided tour in the Upper Lillooet River valley, touring the Mount Meager landslide, the largest ever recorded … Continue reading Field trip to Mt Meager, September 30 10am – 2pm
In 2016, a blanket ceremony was held at Signal Hill Elementary. I had the privilege of interviewing the school's Vice Principal at the time, Clare Hanbury, and Aboriginal Cultural Support Worker Tanina Williams, after the event, and wrote about it here. Hanbury and Williams then began working on this documentary about the ceremony and the … Continue reading Watch ‘Punpúntwal’ (Finding Each Other) – a new documentary from Signal Hill Elementary
I want to talk about hope. I've been derailed many times in my lifetime - in all the big ways. I can check off the list of major stressors like a resume for survivorship - Divorce Death of loved ones (both parents - one suicide, one cancer) Diagnosis of a life threatening illness - twice … Continue reading Hope
Our friends at Murphy Construction will be capturing the beautiful work in progress of Lil’wat Nation carver Ashley Joseph. Ashely has started working on the wooden doors at the future Ts'zil Learning Centre. We can't wait to watch the process unfold and look forward to sharing it.
The Canada Day Spud Run is ten kilometres long but in my mind I covered several hundred. Our course marshal led us across the highway to the start and already my thoughts began roaming as they took me back to a few early mornings running various trails behind this same woman. As we rounded the corner at … Continue reading Spud Run Rambles
Eventually, ultimately, sooner or later, I can be quite specific. Usually, customarily, more often than not, this seldom occurs when I am speaking. I’m not fast on the draw, on the uptake or on my feet for that matter. Also, if there’s a way to interpret a phrase figuratively, that’s the way my mind will construe it. So, when my … Continue reading Opening Doors
My son heads off to kindergarten in September. Game-changer, friends say. You don’t get as much time as you think, say others. I can’t wait to learn to read, he says. What just happened to the past five years? I think. He will catch the school bus, from our driveway, through Mount Currie, to school. … Continue reading Stucum Wi: Wanosts’a7 Dr. Lorna Williams walks in wisdom, Part 2
On Thursday, April 12, we shared an update, via John Tschopp, of western toads mating, and invited people to share the things that signal spring to them. Here's what spring looks like, through our collective eyes! Baby Stellar Jays - Diane Zaste Hummingbirds come looking for your feeder - Tat7ush Peters The song of the … Continue reading Spring Things
In a contemplative mood after my workout this morning, I ambled along the sidewalk enjoying the rain on my face and the hint of cottonwood sap in the air and then I looked down to discover that I was squashing worms with every step. This was not the first time I’d unwittingly destroyed the already … Continue reading Worms etc.