Chief’s Letter No. 9

Originally published in the June 5, 2020 edition of Pikwakanagan Tibadjumowin.

Dear Members of Pikwakanagan First Nation,

This week, I have personally been reflecting on the balance of need and greed and the teaching that we are to take what we need; give in order to receive; recognize that we are equal parts of all that is; be thankful for everything that we get. Creation is abundant and provides us with the resources we need to live a good life (bimaadzwin).

It is important to remind everyone that the pandemic is still a threat. We should still be prioritizing our needs and only travelling for essential items. Frequent trips for non-essential items increases yours and the community’s risk of exposure.

You will also see a notice in this week’s newsletter that Chief and Council are recognizing the month of June as Pride month, which is a small step which connects us to worldwide Pride celebrations. Pride originates in the Stonewall riots in New York City, which began in the early hours of June 28, 1969. As the current events unfold in the USA, it is important to reflect on the history of protests, riots and uprisings that have confronted racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and other injustices.

Pride in Pikwakanagan will have to be celebrated at a social distance, like the rest of our current events. We encourage members to post their celebrations using the hashtag #PikwakanaganPride. Weekly, we will feature some of these posts on our community Facebook page.

All of my weekly letters have now been uploaded to the website. There is now a link on the home page. While these letters began for communication about COVID, they can continue for other topics.

In gratitude and good health, Wendy Jocko, Chief

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