Down from the mountain...

From May 29th to June 1st, our friends at Thinking Rock Community Arts in Sault Ste. Marie gathered together under the YSI banner for the first convening of our Algoma nest. They came together to answer the question: What would it look like to build a community of support for young people in Algoma? 

Pictures and stories from the event will be coming shortly. For now, we wanted to share the beautiful reflections from Chris Lee, our network coordinator. 


Rainbow warriors catching and weaving dreams together
Into a path made by walking
Guided by the young ones who are looking ahead

The scent of tobacco, sweetgrass, sage and cedar lingers
Conjuring memories of sweet berries and glacial waters
Heartbeat rhythm and soaring songs 
Moving us
From tight fists to open hands 
Skeptical minds to open hearts

And from the edges, we were called into circle
To practice being in right relations
To witness and be witnessed 
Our vulnerability and spirit injuries
Our gifts and healing paths
The fire within

And now...

Our vows call us forth 
To tend to the spirit that has awakened
Ribbons released, medicine pouches filled
Rainbow warriors catching and weaving dreams together
Into a path made by walking 
Guided by the young ones who are looking ahead

Chi - Miigwech