In 2012, one of my first council activities outside my community was a visit to Fort McMurray to attend the Tar Sands Healing Walk. It was one of the most powerful, beautiful and challenging experiences of my life, and I blogged about it here.
I was honoured to receive an invitation from the Keepers of the Athabasca to attend the Tar Sands Healing Walk again in 2013, and received permission from our leadership today to walk in solidarity on behalf of Heiltsuk this July.
There is grassroots and place-based power, and there are local issues that affect our community and territory. But we have brothers and sisters across the coast, the province, the country and this beautiful planet who have their own power too. Together, what we wield has an incredible ability to speak and heal.
I am pleased, proud, and deeply humbled by the opportunity to walk with the spirit of my people behind me to bring messages of healing, strength and collaboration to this important gathering.
As our community has found its voice around energy issues, our guiding value has held us steady: Mnukvs wuaxdi. One heart. I will be bringing my love and the love of my people in July, and I’m honoured to be one messenger on behalf of many.
Walas gaiasixa to the Keepers of the Athabasca for honouring me with an invitation.