Chén̓chenstway upholding one another, lifting each other up
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A time for Chén̓chenstway 
Hi Friends,

As Squamish Nation Elder Latash Maurice Nahanee recently wrote quoting English poet Percy B. Shelley in Ode to the West Wind: "When you fall on the thorns of life you bleed".  Latash continued by saying: "like so many others around the world the Squamish people survived the ice-age, the great flood and epidemics. We did this through Chen Chen Stway supporting each other and lifting each other up. Let's get through this pandemic together. Let's show our support for each other by self-isolating. We shall get through this and enjoy the spring together." 
Chén̓chenstway is a Skwxwu7mesh Snichim (Squamish language) verb that translates as “upholding one another, lifting each other up". Chén̓chenstway seems especially needed now as we grieve the heartwrenching tragedy and loss with the families and communities in Nova Scotia. 
Take good care,
Photo credit: Barbara McCandless, St’át’imc Nation territory - Lillooet, B.C. 
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