Welcome to the another issue of Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin!
Welcome to the twelfth issue of Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin. Each month, we will focus on an Indigenous language in our region. This July, we are focusing on the Witsuwit’en language and using Witsuwit’en words throughout.
Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin means "it's good for you to stay home" in Nisga'a. In the Witsuwit’en language we say TSIYÏH’ YIKH OH’ DÏZIWLHTSIY: Stay home everybody!
With British Columbia moving into phase three slowly and safely, we are happy to see that the North has been able to stay physically safe from any further cases. We are happy that you are all safe at home and doing your part to protect yourselves and your loved ones, especially your Tsets yu (Grandfather), Cha’/Tso’ (your Grandmother), bah (your father) and Ne’ (your mother), during this COVID-19 pandemic. With your safety bubble having the ability to increase by a few more people, hopefully you can see you Tsets yu, Cha'/Tso', and other loved ones!
We hope you enjoyed National Indigenous History Month with our newsletters that have great Indigenous based items to enjoy such as movies, books, language, and activities! We go through each item and ensure that it has the Indige-love you need during this time. We certainly think of all of you while we curate these items. We acknowledge the power you hold as Indigenous people and allies. Stand tall and know that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you.
We hope you find something to connect with and that you do things this month that make you feel balanced in your mind, body, spirit, and soul. Now, let us continue to celebrate each other, all Indigenous people, and make every month Indigenous history month!
Enjoy, Take care, and Stay Safe!
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Arnica Salve Making Workshop with Katie Humphrey
August 20 | Online
Join us for another virtual workshop series!
Smithers FNAC Katie Humphrey facilitates this series where we will learn the teachings of arnica harvesting, preparing, and how to make salve!
Arnica kits will be made available. You must register to participate and space is limited.
Contact your local FNAC to sign up!
What Would Cha’/Tso’ Do
Check out one of our language spotlights with Dolly Alfred from the Witsuwit’en Nation! T'ooyaḵsiy̓ n̓iin Dolly for sharing Witsuwit'en Wednesday on Facebook as well! We challenge you to practice these words at home. Find more of her language lessons here.
Cha’/Tso’ is happy to see that you can come a little bit closer to her now. She would say Dzïn honzu Good day and to 'Asliyez sendeh Sit for a while (but at a distance!). Cha’/Tso’ has been picking berries lately. Check out some of these words you can use and practice during berry season!
Kots (nidïzisge) I've been walking around picking berries
Ma', yin tatilk'in' ïn'alh Yes, you may eat strawberries.
Nik ’ac’indinïnle There’s a garden up there.
Nit'ay siggï ha'wenïnzin? Do you want dried berries?
Tabï nk'ësiy' I really love you
Sne kal yëgh witsanye Thank you for coming.
So' ghundlï. Take care of yourself.
You can find more Nisga'a, Wet'suwet'en, and many more languages to practice at firstvoices.com.
Are you jelly?
Learn how to make fireweed jelly! This recipe is shared by Katie and is derived from a friend, Deanna Holee. Deanna first noticed the recipe published in the Nome Centennial Cookbook.
FREE podcast! Coffee with my Ma is an Indigenous podcast created by Kaniehtiio Horn. This podcast invites you to sit down at the kitchen table with her and her ma, Kahn-Tineta Horn.
Grab a cup and listen to the stories being shared of bravery, adventure, and laughter! The voices here are true and Horn hopes to inspire you to voice your truth too.
Photo courtesy of CBC Unreserved.