Stories of
Interbeing

Planting a magical forest in our minds

Reflections on seeding regenerative culture between two rainforests—the Pacific Coastal rainforest of the North, and the Amazon jungle of the South—with healer Flavio Santi.

“Knowing we are a part of this work seems to be awakening a unique power in each of us, and together we are uniting to form a hermandad —a Spanish word for sisterhood and brotherhood, and (I like to say) kinship. Together we use this word to describe the community we are intentionally creating together, uniting people across different cultures, genders, ages, spiritual traditions and many unique backgrounds.”

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Ch'ich'iyúy Elxwíkn | Twin Sisters: "And on the mountain crest the chief's daughters can be seen wrapped in the suns, the snows, the stars of all seasons, for they have stood in this high place for thousands of years, and will stand for thousands of years to come, guarding the peace of the Pacific Coast and the quiet of the Capilano Canyon." Chief Joe Capilano—named Sa7plek in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language—told his people's story of these twin peaks to his longtime friend E. Pauline Johnson—named Takehionwake in Kanienʼkéha, the "[language] of the Flint Place." Her father was a Mohawk hereditary chief, and her mother was an English settler. Sa7plek's story is recorded in a book of Johnson's writings, published in 1911 as "Legends of Vancouver" (www.legendsofvancouver.net/two-sisters-vancouver-bc). Taken from a helicopter, this photo by Christine Maassen shows the mountain peaks colonially known as "The Lions of Vancouver."

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MET with success

Jennifer Long charts her passion for teaching, from Chilliwack all the way to Antarctica.

Jennifer Long has been an explorer since childhood. “It’s just around the next corner,” her father Robert would always promise, during hikes and paddling excursions. By the time Jennifer was fifteen, the ‘next corner’ was 500 kilometres away, on a father-daughter cycling trip from Jasper to Calgary. Thanks to Robert’s mentorship, Jennifer understood early in life that ‘it’ was the journey itself.

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How to save a life

First-hand accounts from five storytellers whose lives are deeply touched by the fentanyl overdose crisis.

“Viola Mellish is no stranger to addiction, but vowed never to use drugs again after having life-saving surgery a number of years ago. Still, she has felt helpless in the face of the overdose crisis after witnessing a man dying in Pigeon Park. Now she has a naloxone kit for the backpack she totes on her wheelchair. Viola hopes her story will inspire people to follow her lead in helping others and themselves.”

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