Did you see this story on CBC's Unreserved on May 28? This is a remarkable work of transforming violence into beauty, of "doing good work" or "working in a good way". Thanks to Lisa for sharing this with me. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/indigenous-fashion-the-politics-of-ribbon-skirts-runways-and-resilience-1.6034149/they-sent-body-bags-and-toe-tags-she-made-a-ribbon-dress-1.6043389 They sent body bags and toe tags. She made a ribbon dress Using a sewing … Continue reading “I am a tangible manifestation of my ancestors’ resilience”: The ribbon dress made of body bags, to transform violence into beauty
I discovered something interesting about the nervous system when I went to see a counselor several years ago. Fight or flight aren't the only responses to stress. There is a third: freeze. That made a lot of sense to me. I knew it well. Resmaa Menakem, a Black anti-racism teacher who wrote My Grandmother's Hands, … Continue reading How do we unfreeze? Together.
The Lil̓wat Farm is an amazing food sovereignty project underway in Mount Currie, and it goes into its growing season with a traditional name. In a reminder that gardening has a down-to-earth side, the four hectare Farm has been named Qwal̓ímak Nlep̓cálten, meaning "Mosquito Garden". You can follow their updates at https://www.facebook.com/nlepcalten. The Farm was … Continue reading Lil̓wat Farm gets a traditional name!
For the past two years, supported by funding from the BC Rural Dividend fund that paid for economic development consultants and a local project manager, a group of people met to try and develop a regional approach to economic development. Mostly, they were wondering if it was possible to get on the same page, given … Continue reading What happens if we talk about a healthy economy with everyone at the table?
Jake Ernst says, on his instagram bio, that he's "writing notes that make you think & help you feel." This did both, for me. You may have heard the word "self-regulation" - it basically means having the ability to manage your emotions, so they don't become disruptive outbursts, but can be channeled or metabolized. It's … Continue reading The ability to manage your emotions actually started with your first caregiver
Jackie Andrew shared these words this week- helpful guidance for navigating the news of late. Do take the time to read it. There is so much I appreciate here... the context for understanding how our actions, and words, and posts, might have unintended impacts, despite our best intentions. I also appreciate the way Jackie redirects … Continue reading How can you be an ally?
Should I say something? I have wondered this week. Does The Wellness Almanac have an obligation to speak eloquently to recent revelations arising at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Is that kind of what we're here for? And what? What words will offer care and love? What words will be part of the healing, and … Continue reading Silence is an acceptable response
Students at L'Ecole de la Vallee, led by teacher Maude Cyr, have completed a beautiful project for the community - transforming a concrete wall outside the Pemberton & District Community Centre into a rainbow mural. The wall was chosen intentionally, because of its location beside the youth centre, skate park and Community Centre - as … Continue reading A new rainbow wall in the community declares you are all beautiful and perfect and worthy of love and belonging
https://www.youtube.com/embed/vmA3_dpgTgg Tanina Williams has been learning about traditional plants from her mother, Saopolaz, and as a culture teacher at Signal Hill Elementary, she passes along all kinds of insight, wisdom and cultural understandings to students. As much of her teaching has moved online, we are fortunate enough to be able to drop in on her … Continue reading Dandelion Love
One Pemberton is a online hub providing essential COVID-19 information and resources to the Pemberton Community. The hub acts as a single source of COVID-19 support tools, community resources and useful links to ensure you stay informed and connected. The OnePemberton online hub was funded by Whistler Community Foundation’s 2020 Emergency Fund Grant Program and … Continue reading One Pemberton service hub is now live