“Reclamation and creation of spaces. Working to teach the first foods practices my family carries has been an effort to help heal the communities of my rivershed. Relearning Maqlaqsyalanks, my indigenous language, and helping to teach it amongst our tribal youth and elders has been a process of healing our wounded spirits. The creation of recreational spaces in my ancestral lands and waters, and access for my communities has been an enactment of self-determination for my peoples.”
“Promoting sovereign relationships between native nations is a decolonial method to escape the western understandings of sovereignty that the colonial government structure has indoctrinated Indigenous people into.”
“I know the healing power that the land has and I know we have the capacity to give back to the places that have been so desecrated. Experiencing the red rock in the southwest, the river systems of Alaska, the deep forests of the Northwest, the varying mountain systems across this continent, and the oceans that surround us is a relationship that we must protect.”
“I heal by living my life with positive energy and treating myself and everyone else with love, kindness, and laughter. I walk with positive energy and a smile with every step while giving my attention to whatever is in front of me. “
"I live my life in a way that I believe is honoring my Ancestor’s prayers and sacrifices. I know that my ancestors are always with me and they help me through life. I understand they prayed for me long before I was born and they made great sacrifices so that I can truly live today. This is a source of strength and purpose for me, which helps me "
“While there are several things that I do to take care of myself and well-being (playing the Creator’s game, eating well, spending time with those close to me) the most effective way I’ve found to heal is through conversations with others that focus on forgiving (whether it was a small accident or a big incident letting go of the negative emotion to seek empathy), understanding (getting to know a deeper meaning and impact) and growth (strategizing on how to make a positive impact).”