We live on a land on which the First Peoples have lived for millennia: people of the Anishinaabe, Ininew, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. We live on a land where storytellers lived and still live – where people understood and still understand that stories are our teachers and our medicines. Some of the stories that have been told by the First Peoples on this land hold profound loss and trauma; other stories hold struggles and triumphs, hope and love. And then there are the stories filled with jokes.
Once told, these stories enter the air and the water and the ground on which we walk. And so, these stories are in all of us who live here. If we open up our senses and our hearts we can receive them. If we listen, we can hear the invitation from the First People’s ancestors, an invitation to all of us to tell our authentic stories. In so doing, we can create a multi-coloured shawl that we can wrap around us as we travel together on the long hard road towards reconciliation.
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