Op-ed: Our relationship with water needs to change
Ni' 'a' mut | At Home
Dr. Shannon Waters is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physician,
Environmental Connector, Watershed Advocate, and Weaver of words.
Hul'qumi'num Home Territory
Ni' 'a' mut | At Home. This is the place. These are the relationships that have nourished Hul’qumi’num peoples for generations upon generations. The first men fell from the sky here. The first women walked from T’Sou-ke here. Their union brought forth enduring relationships amongst Hul’qumi’num peoples. Healthy, resilient relationships between the peoples who are the land, the water, the plants and the animals continue to be created to this day.
‘Een ‘thu/I am Shannon Waters. I am a daughter, sister, auntie, wife and mother. I bring my gifts to the collective medicine that heals us. I continue the walk of my Hul’qumi’num ancestors, tracing the path of water as it connects the peoples.
I raise my hands in gratitude to the land, the water, the plants and the animals. I live this practice at the place I steward with my family, at Hwtl’upnets/Maple Bay, British Columbia, which nourishes us emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. My intent is that, after all this place has given, I will be able to give something back.