A powerful gathering on indigenous history and spirituality with Jessica Sault of the Tsheshaht Nation at Esquimalt United, May 26. Jessica honoured us by allowing us to touch and wear her teaching regalia. The animals came alive!
Jessica contrasted ancient longhouse spiritual practices with the humiliation suffered by her people after contact with colonial settlers. The theft of First Nation land, intentional spread of smallpox, abuse of children in residential schools - all these injustices contributed to profound community trauma.
Jessica personified a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation, deepening our understanding and commitment to stand in solidarity with ongoing First Nation struggles.
The workshop was the start of an initiative to develop a reconciliation plan in Esquimalt. Sponsors include: Esquimalt United Church, Kairos Victoria, Aboriginal Neighbours, and the Anglican Diocese of Canada. We were happy to have two Esquimalt Councillors attend the first workshop.
For more information and to register for the two-part drum making workshops, June 15 and 22, visit this event page.