Sashes by kwayimin Andy Johnson
These two speaker style sashes have the traditional Coast Salish colours – black, red and white. Black represents the water, the red represents skalmixw – us as First Nations people – and it also represents medicine and healing, and the white represents purity and strength. The sashes will be to honour all the Residential School Survivors. When one wears a sash it is usually for a speaker, so the sashes will be for all the Survivors to be able to speak and share their stories, to be able to heal in a good way. Andy warped up the sashes in all three colours: black representing the dark times faced by the Survivors, and the red and white representing how our shishalh people are now coming to the light and on a healing journey through reconciliation.”
The syiyaya Reconciliation Movement is honoured to be welcomed on the traditional and unceded swiya (homeland) of the shishalh people.
We endeavour to respond to this welcome with deep humility, gratitude and respect.
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