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From February 26th to March 2nd 2018 the first annual Preparing Our Home gathering took place on the beautiful lands of the Osoyoos Indian Band. We had an absolutely exceptional gathering with youth and community resilience leaders from Coast to Coast sharing their lessons and experiences with emergency management and disaster resilience.

Collage by Mattew McCorrister

This was a truly amazing week of learning, openness, and togetherness; a ‘life changing’ experience, as a participant from the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council put it. A participant from Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq said that “I was very blessed to come to your conference and I felt such a connection with everyone and the lands”.

As part of the conference we did media and communications training given its importance for emergency management and empowerment.

Here are some photos from the event and one of the ‘assignments’ where the participants were asked to share the atmosphere of the week.

Photo Credit – Tyler Zabotel, Bonaparte Indian Band, BC

Photo Credit – Sheena Sinclair, Stanley Mission, Northern Saskachewan

Matthew McCorrister, Peguis First Nation, Manitoba

Photo Credit – Dario Antoine, Firefighter, Bonaparte Indian Band, BC

Remember our ancestors and all their teachings

Remember our ancestors and all their teachings Photo Credit – Darlene Munro, Siksika Nation, Alberta

” Sometimes it takes a willingness to step back and let others walk ahead to explore (first), but in that willingness ignites confidence and courage to appreciate the adventure of others; in that you can find happiness knowing that in time you will all have a shared experience.” Amber Hawes

Photo credit – Casey Gabriel