Welcome to the first issue of Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin 'it's good for you to stay at home' (Nisga'a language).
Connection is Indigenous. This is a newsletter dedicated to staying connected in these unprecedented times. While we may not be able to stay connected physically, we can adjust for now by connecting VIRTUALLY.
We want to keep supporting you as you adjust to life in isolation. We also want to express how happy we are that you are safe at home and that new, innovative changes are happening for you. We want to be a part of that by offering you options for stay-at-home learning, entertainment, updates, and more!
If you have something great to share that you have come across or tried, please feel free to share those with us and you might be included in our next newsletter.
Enjoy, take care, and stay safe.
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What would Ji'its do?
Our newsletter name was inspired by a Facebook post asking, in these unprecedented times, “What Would Ji’its Do?”
Ji’its would tell you Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin, it’s good for you to stay at home. Ji’its would send you a box of grease, fresh baked t’sal, cold potatoes, and berry jam, leave it on your doorstep, with a little note that says: Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin.
Ji’its would give you call on the VHF or phone and ask what you’re doing. Then she would end the call with: Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin.
In these dire times, please listen to Ji’its. The Ji’its that you have with you today, the words that you can hear from the ones gone, or 'adopt' a Ji’its.
Pictured: Faith Wing (left) and Sandra Wesley (right) in December 2019 showing students how to weave cedar.