Welcome to a very special issue of Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin: Virtual Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration!
Each week, we have brought a newsletter for you and your family to stay connected with, because Connection is Indigenous!
This month has been a real challenge for many people, witnessing the on-going injustice of police brutality toward marginalized people of colour. It has created space for reflection and addressing systemic racism that is apparent across the globe. It is more important than ever to be informed, uphold accountability, and amplify the voices of those often unheard. People all over the world are taking a stand and asking for change; with challenges come growth and with growth, there is hope.
It’s important to be proud of your connection to your culture, and respect the differences that exist between people. This month, we reflect on Indigenous history and celebrate our collective resiliency. First Nations Access Coordinators (FNACs) have connected with local elders and knowledge keepers to bring you videos that may inspire you to continue learning and practicing different aspects of culture and wellness.
We hope you find something to connect with and that you do things this week that make you feel balanced in your mind, body, spirit, and soul.
The FNACs wish you well in your studies and personally. Please feel free to call on any of us by email or phone to let us know if you are having any issues or concerns with your distance learning. We are here to provide you support in any we can. Work hard and don’t forget to take time to enjoy the outdoors! Continue to physically distance and stay safe.
Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!
Jillian Stephens, Terrace firstname.lastname@example.org
Veronica Waechter, Terrace email@example.com
Sharon Oskey, Prince Rupert firstname.lastname@example.org
Kellie Nyce, Hazelton email@example.com
Katie Humphrey, Smithers firstname.lastname@example.org
Yakking with Ye'e
Check out one of our language spotlights with Sim'oogit Gil Seen Ron Nyce speaking the Nisga'a language.
First Nations Access Coordinator, Sharon Oskey, had a physically distant visit with Sim’oogit Gil Seen Ron Nyce, and he left a nice message for the students. T'ooyaḵsiym n̓isim Ron and Sharon, we are thankful for the thoughts and words!
Practice your language at home and with loved ones! Below are some of the phrases that Sim’oogit Gil Seen spoke in his video.
T'ooyaḵsiym n̓isim Thank You All
Aama Hiihlukw Good Morning
Luu’aamhl Goodiy’ I am Happy
Ji siix-mukws n̓iin Listen very carefully
Sk’an Algax̱ To Say Hurtful Things About Others
Si’aamhl Wilin Be Steadfast, Continue to do your Great Work
Kwhlix̱oosa’anskw To have and show Respect
Sim’oogit Laxha Chief of the Sky
Dolly's Language Lessons
Dolly Alfred from the Wet'suwet'en Nation shares her language in our next language spotlight!
Yink’atdanee ho..ndiyh’ habadzeen Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!
T'ooyaḵsiy̓ n̓iin Dolly for sharing these special words with us! We challenge you to practice these words at home. Find more of her language lessons here.
You can find more Nisga'a, Wet'suwet'en, and many more languages to practice at firstvoices.com.
Seasoned with Love: Ts'iits' Recipes
Learn how to make baking powder biscuits with First Nations Access Coordinator, Kellie Nyce.
Kellie Nyce and her grandson Ryder West bake up some yummy biscuit bread. T'ooyaḵsiy̓ n̓iin to Doreen Angus for sharing the recipe. Try it at home.
Activities for the Soul
Virtual Braid Circle with Emily Bryant
T'ooyaḵsiy̓ n̓iin to Emily Bryant for sharing her techniques and knowledge of both braiding and the sacredness of hair. Take your time with these teachings and practice on your own hair.
Harvest and process arnica flowers like Katie Humphrey, First Nations Access Coordinator.
Katie Humphrey has been out and about these past couple of weeks picking the medicinal plant arnica cordifolia or simply arnica.
Arnica is used topically for a wide range of conditions, including bruising, sprains, muscle aches, wound healing and more. T'ooyaḵsiy̓ n̓iin Katie for sharing your knowledge and Lori Knorr, Educational Advisor, for helping Katie produce this video.
We are planning an Arnica Salve Workshop in August. Stay tuned!
How to Make a Healing Salve
The skin is one of the ways through which the body can receive the healing action of plants. Here are the materials and equipment you will need:
- 1 Cup of Oil (organic coconut, almond, grapeseed, or olive)
- Equal part wilted or dried herbs
- 1-2 oz (1/4 cup) beeswax (this measurement will be adjusted to suit how solid you like your salve)
- Cheesecloth for straining
- 1 tbsp Vitamin E (optional)
- 50ml jars to store salve in (preferably dark glass)
- 10-30 drops Essential Oils (optional)
- Double Boiler or Crock pot (never use aluminum)
- Large measuring cup for pouring hot salve; small one for beeswax
- Measuring spoon
- Strainer or large funnel
- Sharp knife to cut beeswax
- Cutting Board
- Toothpicks or skewer to mix in essential oil
- Wooden stirring spoon
- After collecting the flowers in a paper bag, allow them to wilt overnight. This will take out some of the moisture that can cause the salve to go rancid.
- The next day, before the flowers have turned into bits of fluff, put them into a glass jar, leaving 5 cm from the top of the jar to allow for expansion. Do not tightly pack.
- Pour the organic olive oil over the flowers. The oil can cover the flowers by 5 cms but they tend to float.
- Ideally the infusion should sit in a warm place for the course of a moon cycle (full moon to full moon) but it is not always possible to get that timing. Allow to infuse for at least two weeks.
- Stir the infusion every day. If mold begins to form stain immediately. I use a chopstick to poke the flowers around as I like to avoid the use of metal with my infusions. (If using the crock pot method, heat on low for a few hours. No boiling!)
Learn the next steps in August in our salve making workshop.