As the world explodes around us in a frenzy of beautiful colours and vibrant greens, we begin to feel the pull of spring. The new life and activity can sometimes feel too bright and too cheerful. In fact, spring can be overwhelming and heavy when we are locked in the pain of the past and facing the continued loss of life and community.
Several days ago, the bodies of 215 children were found in Tk’emlúps on the grounds of an old residential school. The community outcry by Indigenous folx still rings in my ears. In the time when we were connected, we would have filled the space with ceremony and celebrations of life, but in those times, this could not even have been imagined.
In our Métis communities we have many ways to bring honour to those that journey on. In my family it is custom to come together. We share stories and laughter, leaning into our relationships with one another to celebrate our lives and theirs. We also mourn, filling the silence with tears and loss, lamenting a future where we must walk different roads. In all of these ways, our ceremonies hold us. They provide us the space and the comfort of knowing what has come before and what will come next.
These are not my children, and this is not my community and yet they are, and it is. These are my relatives and while I cannot be with them, the absence of ceremony feels wrong.
And I am reminded that the land is ceremony.
Today I will walk and listen, walk and watch.
The birds will bring me their songs, the ground will fill my heart with new life and I will remember.
Please find your own way to join me in respect for these 215 souls who walked a such short and difficult path.
This is part of a series of mindfulness prompts that are based in Métis teachings. Each weekly post has an image specifically designed to fit the lock-screen on your phone. The idea is that you can make mindfulness easy, effective and beautiful all at the same time. Placing each new image on your lock screen serves to keep it in the front of your mind while the week allows you enough time to lean into the learning.