ʔuk̓ʷštʔot ʔajumɩš

(we are all beautiful)

A multimedia health and wellness campaign for women in our Sister Nations!

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This project builds on the initiative of Shelby and RaeDene who have been using social media to keep themselves from feeling down during lockdown. They kept many of our community members entertained while sharing their makeup tips and style by live streaming while they got ready, RaeDene is a recent graduate of JCI and before going to school, was a youth facilitator with taxumajehjeh facilitating the Blanket Exercise. Shelby and Koosen worked in community radio together where Shelby learned interviewing and storytelling techniques. Both were eager to learn more of their language and help jehjeh media increase the sounds of ?ay?juθəm in our community. We are excited to welcome Dorothy as our Project Administrator and thrilled to add her skills to the team.

This project is funded by The Canadian Roots Exchange CRE:ation Grant, a multi-level funding program that supports strengths-based, community-focused and youth-led projects taking place in communities across Canada. 

“I wish they would stop judging aboriginal people. They say things like, “Your parents are a bunch of druggies and alcoholics.” or “I’m surprised you girls aren’t pregnant yet.” We’ve been told they are surprised we made it this far.  They expect me to be uneducated. We all just want the same respect and rights as others. ~ Indigenous high school student in Powell River , 2018” 

This quote is from taxumajehjeh’s localized version of The Blanket Exercise script. This type of emotional abuse comes from both outside and inside our own village. Our communities are filled with lateral violence. We want to connect with people on activities of daily life and focus on positive habits and healthy wellbeing. This team believes that women in our community need to lift each other up and hear more encouraging and uplifting messages. We want to build self confidence and self worth in our community.