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Welcoming ceremonies revitalized after decades of non-practice


The Snaw-Naw-As First Nation near Vancouver, British Columbia are busy reclaiming vital parts of their existence.

Two dozen babies and children were recently welcomed into the community with a welcoming ceremony historically practised by their people.

The children will be raised collectively, re-establishing kinship systems that were nearly destroyed by the residential school system. Little ones were introduced with songs, blessings and light.

It’s an exercise in helping families to reconnect with each other and the community that hasn’t been practiced for decades.

The community is also planning a second welcoming ceremony for the survivors of residential schools.

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