We’ve accomplished a lot as a group over the past year and a half and we wanted to showcase our members. We’re really proud of each other and are excited for what’s to come.
Check out our newsletter featuring some of our members by clicking on the link below!
We decided to combine some of the videos we have made together into a larger video! Taking some video clips from our other videos we’ve made, photographs that we’ve taken, and things we’ve written about girls group, we made this. We think it best represents us and what we think our group stand for.
Thank you for watching!
Walking with Wisdom appears in this week’s addition of the Whistler Question! Check it in the link below out:
Last week, Walking with Wisdom threw a Community Dinner at the Ullus Hall in Mount Currie for friends and family of the girls. The purpose of this dinner was to bring the community around Walking with Wisdom participants together to learn about, and celebrate, the girls’ achievements throughout the last year. Those who attended learned about the trips to Victoria and Whistler that the girls have been on, as well as learned about their photography, video, and writing accomplishments through their videos and blog.
In all, 50 members of the community came out to show their support for the girls and learn about the activities they have been doing! The girls helped plan the menu for the dinner, set up the hall, cooked and served all their relatives and friends! It was a great night with laughter, prizes, and both young and old enjoying each others’ company and supporting Walking with Wisdom.
Last weekend, Walking with Wisdom had the opportunity to return to Victoria, BC for an action-packed weekend of workshops and exploration. After a long day of driving from Pemberton, taking the ferry (which we love!) and settling into our hotel in Victoria, we got to meet the team and board at VIDEA, and talk to them about our group, including some of what have learned and why we like it!
Then, we were surprised when Ashley Dennehy, an Aboriginal Ambassador from the University of Calgary, who came to Whistler in the summer with us, came to our hotel room and stayed with us for the weekend! We really like Ashley and think she’s super cool! The next day, we were off to Camosun college, where the Aboriginal students on campus were celebrating with a traditional cook-pit fire, where they served smoked salmon and root vegetables. After getting a chance to join in on the food and festivities, we were given a tour of the campus by an Aboriginal Ambassador from Camosun. She showed us the Indigenous Education Program, told us about resources for Aboriginal students on campus, and showed us what some of the students were up to. We also got to tour faculties that some of us are interested in pursuing –such as Fine Arts and Marine Biology. After this, we were able to take a Compassionate Communication workshop with Sage Armitage from VIDEA, who taught us about communicating effectively and positively with each other and other people.
On our final full day in Victoria, we headed off to Saanich for a survival skills workshop with a friendly lady called Daniella, from an organization called Thriving Roots. On her beautiful property, we learned wilderness survival, including how to make friction fire, forage and harvest edible plants and medicine, and make nettle rope. We also played some leadership and teambuilding games, which encouraged us to depend on each other and also our own instincts and awareness. After making tea and nettle bracelets together, we ended the day by building a friction fire from scratch together as a team. This meant we had to cooperatively rubs sticks (which takes quite a bit of coordination and effort!) in order to produce a small coal, that we then gently blew into a flame of cedar trimmings. We had a lot of fun and laughs during this session!
Our favourite parts of the weekend were:
-Getting to be in nature
-Talking to Sage about communicating effectively
-Visiting downtown Victoria! -Connecting with each other
-Meeting new people and seeing new places
Some things we learned are:
-Some of the things that are most important to us
-What college program we want to go to
-How to not be so shy
-How to harvest Oregon grape, and liquorice fern, which can make you feel better when you are sick
-How to make fire
-How to best communicate with other people
Thanks for following and stay tuned until next time!
Last week, we worked on editing some of the videos and photos we’ve taken into small videos.
Photographer and videographer Courtenay Louie came to visit from Ahousaht Nation on Vancouver Island. She told us the importance of videos as a way to spread knowledge and awareness and showed us a video she made of her time in Zambia, which has almost 19,000 views on Youtube: http://youtu.be/SmuyVII5QFw.
She showed us how to use video-editing software to edit and combine photos and videos. Together we made some videos about Walking with Wisdom, and these are the links to our results from this session!
Chasity and Skyla’s video:
Elvyra and Diquan’s video:
Last week, we worked on putting together posters for advertising our girls group to other girls in the community. We wanted to show community members, fellow students, and other Aboriginal girls some of the activities we have been up to and invite other girls who are old enough to join our group.
We take a lot of photos when we meet…. A lot….! All of the girls love grabbing a camera, experimenting with different settings, and taking photos of the surroundings, each other, and of course….selfies!
Using some of the many photos we’ve taken, we crafted printed versions into drafts of posters to experiment with content and design for what we felt best represented the values, activities, and spirit of our group. We brainstormed some words and phrases that spoke to us.
Incorporating different parts of the designs we came up with, a final poster was put together! We plan to put it up at our school and community next week!
Our Trip to Whistler by Kashmir and Chasity:
The first thing we did was meet the cabin and get used to it. The cabin was three stories high and had a hot tub. There were three bathrooms and four bedrooms downstairs with five beds. There was one master bedroom on the highest level with a queen mattress. We went in the hot tub quite often.
Before we went out Ashley presented for us. She presented to us about how to speak in public properly. She talked about how you have to stand with confidence and you have to speak with knowledge. She talked to us about her time in her hometown and how she was bullied for having lighter skin. She also told us about her experience of getting into college and getting kicked out and all that jazz, but how she is now successful.
The next thing we did was go to bounce. Sophia and Kashmir went into the other side for the last half of the time there while everyone else decided they wanted to stay in the side that we started in. The other side had a super bounce, the super bounce is just another trampoline but it is way bouncier then the rest. The first side we were in had two sections. In one section there was three trampolines lined up and they even had diagonal trampolines leaning against the walls.
Next, we did a treasure hunt in the Whistler Village. We had to ask people for help and take photos and videos.
On the second to last day we went to the Culture Centre and had a tour. Afterwards, we went to the gift shop and bought gifts for ourselves and others.
On the last day we went on the gondola. It was really fun and high up. We also walked a suspension bridge. It was really wobbly at the ends and felt quite sturdy at the middle. We bought some things in the gift shop.
We bought Tashayna a cute little dream catcher at the gift shop at the top of the gondola. We bought a cool looking bag for Meg at the gift shop at the Culture Centre. We presented these gifts to them in Squamish. They we both so surprised and they were not expecting it. Before heading home we ended up going to the dollar tree and buying food there for the ride home.
All the girls that went were Kashmir, Chasity, Tanisha, Skyla, Sophia, and Diquan. Obviously Tashayna and Meg were there. Ashley was also there for a couple days. We all miss Ashley and wish for her to return to us for more fun and presenting. We all had fun and wish to go back some day, wink wink.
Our Victoria Trip by Jenine and Skyla:
Our Victoria trip was fun. We stayed at the University of Victoria, also called UVIC . We stayed in three dorms at the university, and we all got our own rooms. There were twelve of us who went: Skyla Leo, Jenine Pierre, Sophia Peters, Mellanie James, Chasity O’Donaghy, Kashmir Moorhouse, Tish Peters, Tashayna Peters, Meaghan Hume, Courtney Louie and Shandy Dan.
We went to a town with the T’Souke nation people and also had lunch by the water . We learned from them that they used solar panels for their power. We also went to Aboriginal Awareness week and had a morning session of prayer , made pomp pomps with an elder, and then we had a info session with previous VIDEA interns who went to Zambia . We also went to the First Peoples house and got a tour, and learned about the University, and that there’s also a mini university for kids 14-18 years old, like us. There’s also Aboriginal students that go to UVIC that get great support. Before we left Victoria we gave “Lisa” an elder, and the Chief of T’Souke, traditional baskets from Lusaka, Zambia as thanks-yous for their support. When we got off the ferry, we went to park royal mall and shopped for a bit we went to sirens, and sports check. Then we went home.
Horseback Riding and Lost Lake By Mellanie and Sophia:
One time for girls group, we went horseback riding on a trail ride around a ranch. It was so beautiful! So much green, so much nature. It was pretty awesome I’d have to say. The horses were fat. They walked so slow, and we wish we were able to just canter through the fields. Out on our ride we ran into a bear and the horses were spooked, but not as much as we thought they would be. The horse Sophia was riding wasn’t really a beginning horse, and it was amazing. After horseback riding we went for food. The horseback riding trip was fun, and what we did after the horse back riding trip.
Another trip we went to was to Lost lake in Whistler. It was amazing, there was little baby toads. They were the cutest! One peed on us though, wasn’t pleasant. There was at least 900 toads. They swam in the water, there was so much they were like rock looking if you were standing up. The water at lost lake was clean and it was so deep but had lots of seaweed in it. It felt gross when it touched our feet. There was lots of people at lost lake we were able to get a spot where there was shade and a table. But we didn’t use the table because most of the time we were in the water. After swimming in lost lake we went for KFC and ate in the village park. That day Sophia’s perfume bottle broke on the cement and smelled so strong. The members who were there was Sophia, Chasity, Tish, Kashmir, Meg, Skyla, Elvyra and Tashayna. Since Tashayna was scared of the toads some of us were bugging her with them. It was… fun.
Chief Cam by Tish
I chose Chief Cam, who sings Canadian pow wow and dances.
He is a leader because he does a lot of things, for example: he’s a singer, dancer, horseback racer, leads ceremonies and drumming.
I picked him because he looked interesting to me because he does a lot of things that I also like to do.
Tashayna Peters by Elvyra
I picked Tashayna Rose Starr Peters.
She is a leader because she went to Africa as a Youth Outreach Coordinator, and because she leads a girls group.
I chose her because I know Tashayna, and I am in her girls’ group 🙂
Dr. Lorna Williams by Mellanie
She is the Lil’wat Nation Canada Research Chair, Indigenous Knowledge and Learning.
She is an Associate Professor from the University of Victoria.
She is the Director of Aboriginal Education.
She is an educator with many years of experience in Aboriginal Education Indigenous Language Revialization, Program, Curriculum Development, Teacher Development, effects of colonization on learning, and Indigenous ways of knowing.
Because she has achieved a pHD and is now a leader in Indigenous Education, she is a leader and that is why I chose her.
Chief Harry O’Donaghey by Chasity
Chief Harry O’Donaghey lives in D’Arcy, BC. He likes to hunt moose , has two dogs and works in fisheries. I picked him because he is my papa and I love him.
Ovide Allard by Kashmir
I chose Ovide Allard because he founded Yale B.C. Most of my family history is in Yale so I decided that he will be my role model. He is my role model because if he did not found Yale I probably wouldn’t exist or I wouldn’t live here at least. The house that my (insert amount of greats) grandma lived in is now a museum. I have visited it before and I have also been in the church in the backyard. I don’t remember any names from the museum but I do remember some things from the cemetery in Yale. I have family under the maiden name of Jackson in the cemetery, says my grandma.