So many of us in our modern culture have lost connection to tradition, to community, to place, to land, to nature. There was a time not so long ago when all peoples of the earth relied upon plant medicines for nourishment and wellness. A time when respect for the intelligence and wisdom of our Mother Earth, Gaia, was inherent in all peoples. A time when we all knew that we were nothing without our Mother, and that the land where we lived was WHO we were.
We were the plants and the animals that fed us and became the tissues of our bodies; we were the air, the oxygen exhaled by the green beings of the earth, binding to the cells of our blood and turning it a deep red; we were the wild waters that flow through the lands, cleansing and hydrating us and becoming the fluids within each and every cell in our bodies.
We were the unified spirit alive in the earth, permeating all animate and non animate ~ the animals, the plants, the sea, the rocks, the sky. There was no separation between us and the land that we relied upon, it made up our entire being. We WERE the land, and living in harmony and respect with it was the only option, knowing that with out it we would perish not just physically but spiritually as well.
Respect for, and connection to this intelligence and wisdom of our mother the Earth is what we seek to offer our students at Fireweed. Through working with the medicine plants through the seasons ~ cycling through the first buds of spring to the ripening of summer to the fallen leaves in autumn to the quiet dormancy of winter ~ our mission is to help facilitate a deeper connection between plants and people. It is only through connection to the natural world and the land that the true source of healing can be found.
There was a time not so long ago when a vibrant community of Coast Salish Peoples thrived in harmony and profound connection to the land that provided for them. Through thousands of years of relationship and interconnection, this land was THEM. Much of this knowledge of how to live on the land in a respectful and meaningful way has been lost. Knowledge of the wild medicines and foods, the patterns of nature, the spirit of the land and the plants and the animals, and the meaningful traditions built around them have been lost through the cultural genocide that has taken place throughout Canadian history.
At Fireweed we respectfully acknowledge the WSANEC as the original people of the Saanich Peninsula, and that we are living on lands which are unceded. We strive for respectful relationships with all the peoples of this region as we search for collective healing and reconciliation, and honour this beautiful land together.
As a way to bring meaning to these words, and healing in the ways that we can, we are offering a Indigenous Youth Scholarship ($2300 value) to our Herbal Apprenticeship Program. This scholarship is open to all members of the Coast Salish peoples, aged 18-35, with preference given to members of our local WSANEC nations ~ Tsartlip, Tseycum, Tsawout, Malahat and Pauquachin, and those members currently residing on these reserve lands.
Please follow the link below to apply for the scholarship:
INDIGENOUS YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION (check back soon ~ this application will be available on October 8 2018)