Welcome Home – “Voices of Residential School” the Laichkwiltach Big House

First Nation Working Group has been discussing cultural awareness and understanding about resiliency

The provincially funded Community Action Initiative – Imagine Campbell River will be hosting an event with KDC Health, on Feb. 27 12-4:30 p.m. at the Laichkwiltach Big House, 1400 Weiwaikum St., Campbell River.

Everyone is invited. As part of the Imagine Campbell River project, a First Nation Working Group has been discussing cultural awareness and understanding about “resiliency” in our community and learned that “Aboriginal Resiliency” is very different and unique. The circle consisted of local Elders, leaders, community members and agencies and they have planned an event that will offer the community, especially all the youth of Campbell River, an opportunity to witness a First Nation ceremony in the Kwatsi (Big House).

The afternoon will also include an empathetic journey of Building Bridges Through Understanding the Village with Kathi Camilleri to help participants understand how traditional teachings offer support for having a “resilient” community.  Cultural leader James Quatell says, “Our seeds of resilience are underneath at the roots” and Elder Alberta Billy says “We are still here!” from all the impacts of the Residential School.

This is a healing process in which all Canadians play a part to support and celebrate those who have come home from Residential School, and remember those who did not survive.  It is an opportunity to begin reconciliation and support Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s stop in Campbell River in early March.  For more information, contact Erin at 250-286-0611, email: erin@jhsni.bc.ca.

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