The Nak’azdli welcomed more than 26 new members into the community at the Welcoming Ceremony held at Kwah Hall, May 23.
The four clans: Lhts’umusyoo (Beaver); Lusilyoo (Frog); Kwun Ba Whuten (Caribou); Lohjabou (Bear), gathered around the Community Nest Circle to bring the children into the community, and opened adoption of two babies whose mother’s do not have mother clans.
Birth, the renewal of life is the beginning and the continuation of the cycle of life and is an important part of the sacred cycle experience. Birth gives an understanding of what it means to be a part of that sacred cycle of life.
Celebrating these new lives helps in connecting all pieces of the cycle and joins the community in its responsibility and investment in the lives of its newest members in celebrating their arrival.
Lisa Sam, Community Health Nurse, said the ceremony has been a part of the community since 2001.
“We wanted to make sure that we as a whole community are raising these babies.”