No matter where I’ve lived in super natural British Columbia, it’s been a stone’s throw from the ocean, and within arm’s reach of a totem pole.
I grew up in sunny Victoria, spent most of my career in spectacular Vancouver, started my first business during my time in beautiful Kitimat, and raised my now adult sons in the outdoor recreational capital Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), British Columbia. First Nations, their traditions, trademarks, landmarks, culture and people have not only been a part of my everyday life and community, but have also influenced my wardrobe, art collection and home decor.
Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day. It is a day for all to come together in celebration and gratitude as community residents on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of Indigenous Peoples in your community. Take time to experience and learn more about the teachings, traditions, culture, food, music and history of our Indigenous Peoples.
There are celebrations today and for the rest of the week in every community throughout our province and across Canada. Please join in the celebrations and improve your understanding and appreciation for our Indigenous Peoples in the communities we live, work and play together.
Last year I took an Indigenous Canada certificate course through the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. It was fascinating, enlightening and very educational. I highly recommend it.
It also inspired me to learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. This year, I’m taking a course on equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace … more on that in a future blog.