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Travel Solidarity for Decolonizing Pregnancy and Birth

4 Indigenous Midwives are traveling to the Please donate!

Myself and 3 of my amazing indigenous midwife friends Alana, Claire, and Kanahus are working hard on ourselves to bring our traditional birthing practices back to our women. Alana has started a fundrazr page!

From the Fundraiser page: Bringing gentle birth back to indigenous communities one birth/baby/mother at a time. With your support a small group of dedicated indigenous women will be able to further training and experience in traditional birth assistant training. The funds raised will help cover the costs of travel, training, food and lodging while attending workshops and conferences with other birthkeepers. Please donate $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 or whatever amount you can to help reach the goal. For thousands of years native women from hundreds upon hundreds of indigenous tribes have been helping one another through the sacred time of pregnancy and birth. Through training and sitting with elder midwives we can bring back peaceful birth by means of oral history and hands on practice! This is the original way of our people. DONATE HERE 

Some background on me! I will update with the other midwives bios as they send it to me!
My name is Sacheen Seitcham. I am a 37 year old indigenous mama from the West Coast of Vancouver Island, I specialize in Nuu Chah Nulth and Coast Salish birthing practices because this is what i know, what i am passionate about. I am highly intuitive and skilled in connecting with the guiding spirit. This is the fire that lives within me the fire that drives me to learn, to grow, to care about pregnancy. To help women during, labor, birth and after care. To decolonize our pregnancies and birth and rely on our own midwives in our villages.
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Addicted to Acceptance

Addicted to Acceptance


There is nothing more disheartening than seeing how totally and utterly some of our leaders “elected/hereditary/grassroots/people of influence” in our communities, circles, and movements reject, judge, or neglect our people who are hurting and in a really bad spaces. Especially when it comes to addictions, or dysfunctional patterns of behaviour, especially when you see these same people talking about the negative effects that genocide, colonization, forced assimilation, and residential schools has on our people daily, and we are impacted by PTSD on a daily basis.

If that is the true way you feel than you would realize that the effects run deep and they are hard to shake, inter-generational effects are not just shrugged on and off like a coat. Like a sister said when we were talking: “we don’t just decide one day to wake up and head down to skid row and be addicted to alcohol or drugs or sell our bodies.” there are many reasons layers and layers of complex issues that put our peoples in these positions and if your CONSCIOUS of this than you wouldn’t put down or look down on our people who are hurting hard and self medicating. I seen a influential person posting on social media a couple years back that when the people on welfare and reserves start protesting or rallying than it will be a “real” revolution.

I beg to differ, the real revolution will begin when we stop judging and belittling others for coping with trauma and pain as best they can, it will come when we realize the worth of our people and stop joining the white folks in neo colonialism and perpetuating negative stereotypes. Some of our fiercest and most hard warriors have clawed their way up and out of the black hole of genocide, it’s a shame to look down on our lives and the way we lived them because that’s what made us who we are. We have to accept somewhere along the frontlines not everyone is gonna be sober or functional or clean, or whatever ideal you want to fit our hurt people into and include and love them anyways instead of being dismissive and hardened in your spirit and heart. Especially if you have been there before, especially if you know how hard it is to find support, to dig yourself out, to struggle to breath when your drowning in a morass of racism, and daily trauma.

brokenThere is space for us all, there is space for the depressed, the anxiety ridden, the self medicaters, the negative, I believe when we create those safe spaces a true healing will be achieved and if we stop expecting more than our people can give and start accepting what they have to offer our movement will only become stronger and more powerful.

Xhopakelxhit ~ Ancestral Pride

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Decolonizing Birth ~ Indigenous Midwifery

I have started an gofundme campaign to raise money for updating my birth kit! Please donate and support indigenous midwifery

My name is Sacheen Seitcham. I am a 37 year old indigenous mama from the West Coast of Vancouver Island, I specialize in Nuu Chah Nulth birthing practices because this is what i know, what i am passionate about. I am highly intuitive and skilled in connecting with the guiding spirit. This is the fire that lives within me the fire that drives me to learn, to grow, to care about pregnancy. To help women during, labor, birth and after care.

I have been called to midwifery from a very early age, after having been dissatisfied as a very young mother after my first birth no matter how triumphant! I knew i had to learn a different way. I cobbled together best I could meaningful rites of passage for myself and my two babies that followed. Flowing with my instinct and the indigenous knowledge i gathered from various elders, healers, and yes Dr.’s and nurses. I started helping other mothers, friends and family, I quickly became the “one” that everyone went to if they had questions or concerns. I was very honored to be taught by our family Dr. the more medical aspects of birth and with her guidance I delivered my sister two babies.

I have gone on to birth three more children of my own, traditional and ceremonial home births for two and with my last a hospital birth. All three births were sacred and completely as i had planned and envisioned. This is the right of every woman, to birth without boundaries or fear. I now am mother to nine children and one grandchild.

I spent 1 month in Haiti in June / July 2011, at the mother health international birth center gaining hands on training needed and offering my services to the women who were affected by the tsunami. This was invaluable to my experience and changed me profoundly.

When we think of pregnancy and childbirth we all almost invariably think of going to the hospital and for some this option seems wrong and does not fit with who they are, for others maybe they have not realized yet that there is a safe alternative. Birth is natural, normal, and healthy and in most cases does not require hospitalization or intervention. With guidance and love the mother and her birth companions are all cared for and happily experience one of the universes most treasured miracles. Sacred Natural Birth.

I self identify as a midwife, i believe it is the path that was chosen for me by Creator and I educated myself accordingly and practiced for a long time without saying i was midwife before i felt i had gathered enough skills and knowledge to start to own it and take on that responsibility in a clean and dignified manner. When i was ready i was cleansed and blessed by our ancestors with oosmich and prayers and work. After that i felt i had the permission of my ancestors and was blessed.  I am still educating myself and i wont stop learning til the day i die, this is a life long calling for me

Traditional ways are becoming lost to us and some people with the knowledge hoard it to the themselves the other half are giving it away to anyone who asks for it even if they aren’t actually called to being a healer because they don’t want the knowledge gone. I deal in herbs as well but i don’t consider myself a medicine person or a spiritual healer i am a humble and grateful woman who wants to learn, share, and spread knowledge of pregnancy and childbirth and by dint of action am called a midwife.

Xhopakelxhit ~ Ancestral Pride

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Repost from: Burnaby Mountain on FB:

RCMP arrests 24 on Burnaby Mountain; Caretakers call for ongoing solidarity presence, say “This pipeline will not be built”

RCMP have arrested at least 24 Burnaby Mountain caretakers and supporters today, as police moved in to remove a long-standing protest presence against Kinder Morgan’s pipeline survey crews.

Arrests include
– Sut-lut, a Sḵwx̱ú7mesh elder who started the sacred fire onsite
– Kaleb Morrison and Erin Flegg who have been at the site for months
– Adam Gold, a named defendant in Kinder Morgan’s injunction and civil law suit
– A tree sitter who has been camped out on top of Borehole 2 drill site
– Tamo Campos, David Suziki’s grandson who has been supporting the site for weeks.

Fourteen of those arrested have been released on civil contempt charges, the other ten remain in-custody.

Kinder Morgan crews, escorted by RCMP, are currently at the clearing and have begun work. The Burnaby Mountain caretakers are calling for an ongoing presence at the mountain, as well at the RCMP detachment at 6355 Deer Lake Avenue.

“We are sending a clear message that the pipeline will not be built on unceded lands without the consent of Indigenous nations and the approval of all those who love these lands,” the group gathered has declared.

For photos and updates on the situation:

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Chuu and Kleco!

You might have been wondering why we have been reposting many of our works and vids on our facebook page. we are taking a hiatus for some much needed detoxing and self care! also need to work on writing this book and finding a way to publish it. we took the infamous Everyone Calls Themselves an Ally, Until It is Time to Some Real Ally Shit! free zine off our website, and are asking those who want it to click the link! support us feeding our family! we are not making any new medicines right now either until further notice, we will as soon as we can!

THIS WEBSITE AND OUR PAGE will still be here, so read share, hear our truths, our struggles, our quest for help. and than re-examine your motives and help and how that impacts the struggle in a colonial way and how to transition from this world to the real one! as we have been saying for well over 15 years its not just the resource extraction industry its the whole country itself and the modern civilization that depends on resource extraction for daily life and due to this, no one can ever really be free it of until they stop using it!

Chuu and Kleco for all your help and support Gwaiina, Xhopakelxhit, and the deadly Seitcham Boyz!

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Poem: Suicide is Genocide

Suicide is genocide and nothing more,
all these loves I’ve lost,
I lay at Canada’s door.
suicide is genocide and something more,
I tremble and shake when death knocks on my door,
I open it to a river of indigenous blood,
it leaves me shaky and breathless,
my heart sore.
Suicide is genocide and everything more,
when my loves die,
it makes me hate canada more.
Every precious life we lose
every sacred breath not taken,
is colonization’s ugly spore.
Suicide is genocide this I know,
I am covered in the blood of those gone before,
warriors are lost and families broken,
we all tremble to answer the blood at our door.
Suicide is colonized and nothing more,
just another dead native on the floor.
Suicide is murder canada commits,
they hide their sin in feigned innocence.
suicide is genocide this I know,
another dead loved one delivers this blow.
How can we fight, how can we resist,
when canada is killing us with an iron fist,
Suicide is canadas blame,
don’t believe me just ask,
every child man and woman hanged,
all their lives whisper canada shame.
Suicide is genocide and so much more,
I have cried ocean’ of tears on my floor.
Suicide is genocide and nothing new,
if your skin is red watch out,
canada is gunning for you.

Xhopakelxhit ~ Ancestral Pride

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Land is Life vids!

Hey, if you missed the land is life event last december and want to check them out, someone kindly posted vids! Kleco Wendy Navaa Smolash for the uploads! Kleco to all who made this event possible and worked so hard to bring us all together!

There are three different parts:
Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

lets share these and amp up the message! Let the whole of Turtle Island know what is happening here on the west coast of so called “B.C.” These videos are valuable in terms of education on who we are as land defenders, putting a human face on our resistance as the indigenous nations of “B.C.” and they are valuable in showcasing the struggles our individual nations are up against! all of our struggles share the commonality of being  based on resource extraction, our genocide, and settler colonialism!

Xhopakelxhit ~ Ancestral Pride


this text below is taken directly from the event page and youtube description; short bios on the speakers!

Indigenous land defenders from across the interior and north converged in Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories
Indigenous land defenders from across the interior and north converged in Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories for the Tsilhqot’in Mass Dance Ceremony and Bring the NOIIse: A celebration of 10 years of NOII.
This powerful panel that took place the same week, Land Is Life: Indigenous Defenders Speak, is about ongoing frontline struggles by these communities to protect their lands, to assert their nationhood, and to defend their ways of life. These communities have all been asserting and exercising traditional governance, laws, and jurisdiction and have taken up courageous actions to stop mining, oil and/or gas development in their territories.
Organized by No One Is Illegal-Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories, Streams of Justice, Council of Canadians and allies.


* ANCESTRAL PRIDE: Gwaiina and Xhopakelxhit sovereign Ahoushat / Snuneymuxw. NYM og’s, West Coast warriors seeking to create a culture of resistance by: asserting the jurisdiction and authority we have over our lives and lands. We are in resistance to colonization, industrial land death, mining, logging, pipelines and the illegally occupying military force of so called canada. We also are part of a larger network of decolonizing sovereign nations.

* MEL BAZIL: Of both Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en origin, Mel is involved in his peoples’ history, as a learner and passionate cultural resurgent. He is also a part of the grassroots Lhe Lin Liyin. Combining a healer and a warrior concept, the Lhe Lin Liyin are ‘The Guardians”. Lhe Lin Liyin develop concepts to share among receptive neighboring nations and allies who face common and connected threats of unwanted development.

* JACKSON CRICK: Jason is a member of the Tsilhqot’in nation: The Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin) people have spent three decades defending Fish Lake (Teztan Biny), Nabas and the upper Dasiqox (Taseko) watershed from the threat of Taseko’s massive proposed open-pit gold and copper mine.

* FREDA HUSON: spokesperson of the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en. The Unis’tot’en are taking action to protect their lands from Lions Gate Metals at Tacetsohlhen Bin Yintah, and have also built a cabin and resistance camp in the pathways of approximately seven proposed oil and fracked gas pipelines.

* ARTHUR MANUEL: Arthur Manuel is a spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade and Defenders of the Land network. Manuel has been a leading voice of opposition to the Canadian government’s agenda to “extinguish” Aboriginal and Treaty rights and assimilate Indigenous peoples into the Canadian body politic.

* KANAHUS PELKEY: Native Youth Movement Mother and Warrior from the Secwpemc nation. Over the past several decades, Kanahus has been active against – and been arrested – in fighting Sun Peaks Resort, Imperial Metals, 2010 Olympics, and a number of development projects. She has worked with many Indigenous Nations throughout Turtle Island with a clear mission to defend territory and protect clean water, food, and land.

* KHELSILEM RIVERS: Khelsilem is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw community organizer. He has worked for a number of years on decolonization and language reclamation supporting the resurgence of Indigenous peoples around principles of justice, freedom, and liberation.

* TOGHESTIY: Likhts’amisyu hereditary chief, Wet’suwet’en nation. Toghestiy has been living in the Unist’ot’en resistance cabin with his family. Toghestiy’s philosophy is based on the ancient Wet’suwet’en philosophy called “Wiggus”, which requires the highest level of understanding, respect, and humility for absolutely everything. There is no price that will ever compromise his responsibility.

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Its been rough putting all my thinks I been thinking about our trip / speaking tour this past few weeks in a way I am happy with…. So here is an unrelated post

Yesterday on our Ancestral Pride facebook page we posted this VIDEO of two Kakawin (video credit Sam Adams) that came and visited our village of Maaqtusiis, my son Chico who is 10 and his friends seen them and they chased / followed them from beach to beach to beach! I am at home laid up with a sprained toe (long story) and such a huge feeling filled me, a feeling fit to bursting out of me in tears, love, joy, pain, rage, and FIGHT! This, this is what we are protecting, what we are holding close, this is why we do what we do. We love our lands, our ocean, our water, our food, our old growth rainforest, our mountains, our fresh salty air. It is ours, it is the last of the west, and it is the most precious thing to me. Imagining my sons strong legs running, his hair lifting in the winter wind, his breathless unfettered free love in pursuit of this connection to our relative the Kakawin and his compulsion to follow them as long as he could slays me in the most motherly protector way! I imagine how our ancestors as children would feel the same freedom, innocence, and happy freedom to run the beaches and say hello to our relatives in the ocean, air, and on the land. I imagine his great grandchildren, and I am terrified, scared of how and what will be the legacy colonialism, industrial profiteering, and the greed that luxuries foster will leave them. Will they be free to run the beaches too? Will there be a beach? Will there be Kakawin? For these children, it is my duty to be a ancestor who didnt back down, to be an ancestor who fought, and to hold the line so they could exist.

We have a saying in our language “Hishak ish tsawak” We are all one ~ Connected. I am no different from this ocean, her waters are my life blood, I am the tree, the fern, the sand, the salmon, the kakawin. There is nothing to distinguish me from my land and my water I am nothing without it, and everything with it. I am nourished by the bounty and I give back as I am able to sustain our way of life upon these lands and to ensure continuity so our childrens children will inherently have healthy happy dynamic relations with our Halhoolthlee as a whole. Hishak ish tsawak is responsibility, it is work, it is dedication, and it is humbleness, there is no room for ego in our struggle for the land and water because without her, our earth mother we would die, and rapidly the armies of the canadian corporations are skinning our mountains alive, they are drilling giant holes in her living skin and deep into her tissue, and they are sucking her precious life fluids dry, all in the pursuit of energy and money. Colonialism has separated us violently from our selves, it has ripped us from the umbilicus right from the womb of our mother and our culture and we are left, bloodied and wounded, desperately trying to patch up the gaping wound, stuffing everything of ourselves back in so we can live to survive another day.

Rapidly the end of this sick colonial civilization is coming to an end, we can feel relief in knowing that settler colonialism and all it has wrought on the planet will not survive much longer because it is a society based on finite resources, but the real work to be done is to ensure that those of us who are awake and aware are ready and have the tools necessary to survive, and to ensure that our neighbours are preparing as well. Out of what seems to be such a dire situation, there is hope, there is spirit, there is earth herself and there is US.

Sometimes we question, why we do what we do, to what purpose do we serve? As far as we can serve the purpose of giving to our village anything we have to offer that is in service of healing and nurturing. SO much has been taken away in such a little time we are scared, overwhelmed, oppressed, depressed, apathetic as a people and we must needs remember the very basics of our lives as Ku us people: WATER – LAND! We must remember to be good neighbours and we must celebrate our progress, at every stage. We have to be loving and forgiving to those we are working with, but we have to be uncompromising in our stance; INDIGENOUS LAWS OF THE LAND! We have a system of governance that has worked for thousands upon thousands of years, that has sustained life, and has sustained water, and land, healthily! This is what we need to survive again, our governance system as Ku us people!

Fish farms, logging, settler society, and the illegally occupying military force called canada in general are harming and destroying what is left of our natural habitat for profit, these so called modern comforts we rely on to live our daily lives are destroying the environment,the waters both fresh and salt, the territories, we are struggling to save. A battle with so many fronts, creating a culture of resistance that is in direct opposition to colonial govts and capitalism, and civilization is KEY. We must unify without losing ourselves, we must work together to carve our sovereign spaces out and hold them strong at all means necessary ! We must kick out fish farms, we must stop the logging, we must stop relying on imported foods, we HAVE to stop buying into kkkanada literally, and be strong in our numbers and our conviction, be firm in our belief that kkkanada is the enemy and is a lie and start working as the people on repairing our relationship to our lands and waters and each others! Fuck colonialism, we refuse to let it win! Fuck their false laws, and their armed henchmen! Power is needed to be directed and given life to the struggle, to resistance

Today I came across a video on someone’s page, this video it is from a settler POV but it includes indigenous narrative and is well worth the watch for the bulk of information it packs in about the dangers of fish farms, great job! and it gives one heart to fight for our right as Ku us to fight to protect our wild salmon and other ocean life… it shows our good friends and fellow salmon warriors Don Staniford, and Elly Edwards in it!

The first one, the two kakawin playing, that is the one that strikes a chord in me so deep it resonates between me and my ancestors and the future! THIS IS WHAT IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR, DYING FOR, CRYING FOR, AND LOVING FOR! A love story, my heart, and my spirit in a 2 minute window into magic, creation, and what it really means to be Ku us!



please leave a comment and let us know if you watched the video and what you thought of it

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Every single time we speak publicly, or put ourselves out there we are always asked by other Indigenous Nations, settlers, and settlers of color: what can we do. We then go on to outline all the ways those who want to be potential allies can help us out in a tangible way, in a targeted way, and in a general way. Everyone takes notes, asks more questions, and seems really earnest. Then inevitably soon after something happens that we need to utilize these tools and reach out to our settler allies, guess what happens?! Not much. More understandably our indigenous friends and relatives who are resisting the forces of industrial occupation cannot usually leave their fight to join ours unless the situation is very dire. Yet settlers also seem to have problems with moving beyond the round dance rhetoric of the protest industry and organizing outside of that box.

This is when the reality of doing something other than agreeing with us, reveals the struggle that settlers face when it comes to actually being an active ally; the word ally evokes images of rallies or marchers and bullhorns and social media call outs complete with said ally in the pic standing next to indigenous whoever with fists raised! It is colonized, pretty, and almost as hard to swallow as not having allies at all.

Ally is a verb it implies action, there are more ways that settler allies or hopefuls can participate and help in the indigenous struggle for liberation from the colonial genocidal regime than marching. Our freedom as humans rely on this relationship but it has to be looked at a different way and our life long learned behaviours have to be shed.

Lets forget for a moment all the new mythology of canada and what it presents as the relationship it has with the indigenous people here on this continent called north america. Strike from your memory the silver screen shaman and the great joining of the rainbow warriors. Forget the lie that this is an awesome country founded expressly for your people and remember that is in fact a country that was born on top of our nations and the birth was a bloody abortion of humanity. Now that we have effectively tried to eradicate the lifetime of untruths we have learned in schools and through media, and society, we can come to a place where we can work together but there is more for settlers to know. A great unlearning is happening at a fast rate right now because of the status of the human race and the plight of the planet. We have come to the end of the era of the power and consumption phase, civilization always collapses and we are here to help it! This ending is bringing many new people to the battle that we are waging against the state, but many of our own people are happy with the colonial status quo and only want to secure their rights as far as they can still shop at star bucks and use power. Many settlers do not even care or can fathom giving up their privilege on this continent. It is our job to leave them behind and be the van guard of a new way of being that is based on how our governance systems worked here for millennia.

There has always been a great many of us who are not OK with being assimilated. Last year we seen many indigenous citizens of canada get upset and staged massive protests (INM) from ocean to ocean to prevent something that happened despite the mass mobilization, in the end the omnibus bill was passed. This exercise however was useful in weeding out those who were only in it for the short term or weren’t invested. It also helped to point out those who are really trying to shed the colonial system from themselves, their families, and their lands and for us to connect with each other. It also was a massive waste of momentum and people power!

So now we are here, the dawn of a new winter and more threats against Mother Earth and our very beings.

A few things to remember: Indigenous activists are not super human mythical indigenous beings who are all knowing and all wise. We have problems, we are easily triggered, can be dysfunctional, some are addicted to sex, drugs, alcohol, and ego. We are the perpetrators of lateral violence as we denounce it. We pay rent, work for the man, go shopping and partake in mainstream culture more then we should. We beat our wives and husbands and ourselves there is much we have suffered in our generation and this cannot be undone. We want change, we aspire to change, and we are the change but we are inherently flawed. There is nothing wrong with that, it is a human condition and we are products of our enforced enslavement and colonization but we have to acknowledge these things in ourselves and you do in us as well so we can really do what has to be done. It does no one any greater disservice then to put them on pedestals and many a good movement has been waylaid because we are all too human and the mutual disappointments have caused things to slow to a trickle.

Once we are in the place where we have left our egos and acknowledged our short comings as indigenous now we can touch on the great failings of the settler nation. Many have read the awesome and plentiful articles on settler colonialism, and have gained some insight and now use terms like: unceded coast salish, (insert whatever Nations name whose land you are occupying with privilege) territories, or maybe you dumpster dive and hate consumerism, maybe you have a rosy idea of what indigenous governance means and that you will be welcomed here with open arms and be part of the rainbow tribe. These are the newest forms of mythology that are coming up and into existence because the settler nation no matter how many indigenous you know, how enlightened, and down to earth you are, in your world view there is no future here on turtle island that you are not here. We need to fix this mythology and live the reality of our task.

Think of how 500 years of genocide, colonization, residential school, forced assimilation, cultural appropriation, and land theft and destruction would affect you. Think of the break down of our houses, our families, and ourselves, and how you would deal with that. PTSD is a reality, suicide affects us all daily, violence against our women, human trafficking of our children, alcoholism, drug abuse, and murder are our daily battles, add to that trying to survive everyday and the state of being on our own homelands, poverty stricken, oppressed, and marginalized people that are considered wards of a colonial crown. Supporting indigenous causes isn’t pretty or something to add to the activism resume, it often means accepting fierce strong humans at face value, saying you are in solidarity with indigenous people and sovereignty means you accept our laws and reject the illegal laws of the military state that is actively occupying our lands. If being disciplined or dealing with warrior justice scares or offends you then you are NOT ready to be an ally or to smash the system.

Fact: you are the children and grandchildren of oppressed people who seen our lands as means to escape their own oppressive imperialistic leaders. They came and they used racism and religion as the catalyst for the wholesale slaughter of the native peoples. There is a responsibility in this knowledge to do something. More then acknowledgement and more then rallies or marches. Real tangible ways to create meaningful relationships to us and to the the land is what the next step in our struggle is.

Fact: there is no free pass, just because you know a native person from somewhere who accepted you or adopted you or gave you a name that does not mean you get a free pass with every single native you meet. this also does not make you one of us, there is a common misconception that many believe to be true. just because you know some songs or are rejecting your heritage does not mean you can somehow become one of us. never going to happen. and a huge FYI: even though someone may have honored you with names, songs, or what have you THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEIR WHOLE NATION ACCEPTS YOU OR HAS TOO! so tuck it in and never introduce yourself as if your part of the tribe, it just makes you look ignorant and is a bad first impression.

Many settlers who are awakening are involved in climate work, or social justice work, or are trying to figure out what decolonization means to you and how you came to be so thoroughly assimilated and made to be part of the machine. This is great you are ready to work! We all have to come to an agreement that awareness saturation point of the masses has happened, we now have to work with who is on board and work hard. If you are living in a city you need to examine how you do this, change is based on leaving behind the ways of life that is destroying our culture. The next steps are to find those in your communities who are able to see a future that is worth working for and doing what is necessary to ensure that those who are working hard on the front lines are being supported. If you are not living in an city then focus can be put on how to actively support resistance in a manner that is helpful and timely. This can translate into many of the suggestions we are putting forward.

Not everyone is a warrior, not everyone wants to be in confrontational situations with the police and governments, or angry people but most of the people who fall into this category are often pigeon holed into being a bull horn blow hard and march organizer. Creating a culture of resistance and support requires us all to know what our strong suits and talents are and to cultivate them so they benefit the cause in a manner that is respectful and meaningful. Creating a culture of resistance is a lifestyle, it is a way of being, and it is an agreement to work together towards a better future for us all. What is your role: are you good at cooking, organizing, preserving, driving, mechanics, drawing, knitting, sewing, gardening, training, writing, healing, building, fishing, hunting, making tools? any of these and more contribute to a cohesive functioning healthy society that reflects the purpose of the cause. In order for us to smash the system, and to crash civilization we have to have a working functioning way of living together in place, humans need security, and comfort. These times we are heading into and are already in are not healthy, this is a scary anxiety producing time in human history and is unprecedented in its enormity. The planet is dying and it is high time we band together physically, and mentally and dig in for the long haul.

Like it or not, and try as you might to refute it, settlers have privilege and more protection when it comes to interactions with the authorities than we do. You also have more benefits and freedom to acquire certain items. Lets put that to good use, this list is by no means complete, or absolute it is a compilation of suggestions from us and other indigenous “activists”. There is variables to every situation, these are merely tools and guidelines to help be more effective in your support of our resistance.

– YOU HAVE MORE LEEWAY IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND WITH POLICE / RCMP / COURTS THEN WE DO.  if we get into altercations with the authorities we have a better chance of going to jail and not getting out then you do. commitment and bravery are key to bringing this into the next level by ramping up your resistance and putting yourself in front of the indigenous. those who want to be on the frontlines should optimize their commitment for maximum benefit to the cause, this requires trust and sacrifice.

– CONFRONT YOUR PEERS AND THE RACISM WITHIN COLONIAL ENGO’S AND ORG’S THAT ARE RENDERING THE INDIGENOUS OF THE LANDS INVISIBLE IN THE STRUGGLE. there are many different groups that are getting funding, asking for monthly stipends from supporters, and basically ignoring the fact that there were people here before these countries existed and they decided to be environmentalists. this is environmental racism, and oppression! many of these organizations seek out tokens for their causes and these are our people who are on elected band council and are heavily invested in their own colonization and keeping canada happy then they are concerned with protecting the lands and waters. this is a dangerous combination! lately we have been noticing that while many indigenous are drawing the line and putting themselves out there with critical analysis of these groups and speaking out against their own people, our settler counter parts are not calling out this behaviour in their peers. you need no permission or validation from anyone to call em like you see em!

– BE PROSPEROUS! we need support those of us in city and out on the land, so it helps no one if you are destitute by choice. prosperity helps the grass roots! we are often always struggling to get to events that we may not even be welcome at because we are out spoken. Often times the case is that those who are chosen because they are happy with the colonial status quo get “rewarded” with paid travel, hotels, and food. lets even the playing ground, we understand that rent and bills are a imperative for surviving in a city, but there is much you can contribute if you are successful, if you are going to live in the system may as well excel at it and help as you are able with the grass roots and those on the land fighting for the future.

– IF YOU ARE NOT WORKING BE OF SERVICE IN WHATEVER CAPACITY YOU CAN TO SUPPORT RADICAL INDIGENOUS PARENTS WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET MUCH LESS GET TO EVENTS! many do not even think of this being an act of resistance but it is. Indigenous families are among the most marginalized and oppressed. We are not super humans and it is difficult to even think of attending events or doing radical stuff when we are so occupied with the daily struggle to just get through the day and put food on the table, attending anything can be daunting and overwhelming under these circumstances.

– COLLECT AIR MILES OR OTHER TRAVEL REWARDS! if you are going to be purchasing in the consumer barracks make those purchases count. Quite often shit goes down far away, and last minute, your airmiles or what have you can sponsor an indigenous person and make a huge difference!

– MOBILIZATION IS KEY! if you have a vehicle or have friends who have a vehicle that they could live without for a week at a time, put it to use for the cause, we cannot even begin to express how important this piece is! MOBILIZATION IS KEY! grass roots land defenders are NOT wealthy, often not supported, and since we work outside of the box so to speak we often miss out on attending important and key events because we do not have transportation. It gets a little tiring always stressing about getting places, if you have families like we do it gets even more stressful, and if you know of or own a van that can be put to good use then do it!

– AUTONOMY, DO NOT CONFUSE AUTONOMY WITH PRIVILEGE! recently we have come to a place in our outreach that has put us in working situations with settler organizers, there has of course been growing pains. an important lesson to learn, and an important distinction to make make between free will and privilege. Settlers actively decolonizing are very sensitive of their privilege and often go through personal discomfort and angst when it comes to ensuring they are not coming off as privileged, uppity, or ignorant when interacting with indigenous. This causes problems because of course we do not want to be dictated to or told what we should be doing by settlers BUT if you are organizing then you need to make decisions and act on them without being guided every step of the way, this causes stress and creates bad relations.

– ACCESS TO OFFICE ADMINISTRATION EQUIP. often times we have things that need to be printed, or distributed, or put into a format for printing and distributing. if you can do this please do. if you have skills that can be of use like graphic design, art, writing and knowledge of obtaining grants then put your skills to use.

– TRANSFER OF WEALTH AND RESOURCES. many people would be surprised at how casually they treat things they have that others are struggling to even think about acquiring. do you have tools, and equipment that you rarely use and could be lent out or donated to those who will use them and be grateful for them? this includes electronics, silk screening presses, hand tools, wood working tools, renovation items. Memberships to big box places, or discounts to hardware stores these can make a difference in getting something built or or organized or not.

– STOP THE TOKENISM. admit that you engage in this behaviour because it is sometimes easier, recognize it and then rectify it. do not ask us to wear our regalia, bring drums, or start dancing. we are not performing monkeys and this kind of tasteless and tactless behaviour is better off dead. let us decide when and where is the appropriate time to be cultural.

-SET UP A NETWORK OF SAFE HOUSES EQUIPPED WITH FOOD FOR A COUPLE DAYS AND BEDDING. this is vital especially along a trail or while traveling, if you map out the routes to the various communities that are engaged in anti industrial work you can pin point which towns and cities require these types of services and start recruiting friends and family who are able to host travelers for one or two nights at a time.

– SET UP A TRANSPORTATION RELAY. many people have a couple hours and vehicle, this is a good way of sharing responsibility when you are helping people travel. it is easy helpful and safe to have a transpo relay that can successfully help groups or families travel long distances without over burdening one driver, or wasting money on public modes of transportation. organization is key for this to work. when you are organizing make this a key part of the travel plans.

– ORGANIZING. if you are organizing make sure you have all you govt ID, you have a valid license, and are willing and able to travel. ensure you do not forget the traditions and culture of those you are traveling with but also of those you are traveling to. remember to ensure all needs are met such as: blankets, first aid, food, transpo, materials, and equipment is available at all stops.

-PROMOTION. if you are helping to put together events and venues ensure that you are not spreading yourself thin by delegating and most importantly set up a system of on foot and in the streets promotion and social media! if people are going to be taking the time to leave their homes and families to attend your event then ensure that it is well attended and worth the time they are absent from their home community.

– MOST IMPORTANTLY NEVER FORGET AND NEVER GIVE UP! we cannot exit a life of privilege and colonial comforts voluntarily and therefore cannot ever forget or give up and join the mainstream culture, we are by our very heritage and birth born political and into a lifetime of racism, oppression, and hard times. if you commit to this path then ensure you are on board for the long haul. breaks of course are good and needed for mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well being for all of us but never forget we live in a terrorist state bent on destroying our lands and waters and the future of us all for profit.

Like it or not, and try as you might to refute it, settlers have privilege and more protection when it comes to interactions with the authorities than we do. You also have more benefits and freedom to acquire certain items. Lets put that to good use, this list is by no means complete, or absolute it is a compilation of suggestions from us and other indigenous “activists”. There is variables to every situation, these are merely tools and guidelines to help be more effective in your support of our resistance.

Xhopakelxhit ~ Ancestral Pride


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Four years ago some very loving and kind ladies I met online at the WTE Sept babies forum, heard I was having a very hard time with paying rent, buying food, and then celebrating Christmas. They rallied round and we got a food hamper delivery, Christmas presents, and money for presents too. Then my cousin and his wife gave me their Christmas hamper from our nation as well. Wow. My heart was over flowing and how blessed I felt that my kids had presents to open and we had a turkey to cook for baby Jesus, and therein lies a huge reason why we stopped christmas and just said no to the addiction that is cheap consumer goods in the name of a god we don’t believe in and who’s followers tried their very best to commit genocide on us.

The stress, the capitalism, the unsatisfied kids and us when it came present time and no one got what they were wishing for. The fact that Santa was way nicer to kids with rich parents and we are not Christians nor have we ever been. How is it we could celebrate the birth of Jesus, and celebrate a religion that not only harmed us through residential schools and molestation, but also colonized and conquered so many of the indigenous cultures in their own land? Millions died to make Christianity the world power it is today and it felt like the worst kind of hypocrisy to perpetuate this belief system into our children’s psyche any longer, in my spirit I just knew something didn’t ring true and I felt I was disrespecting not only Christians but my ancestors. We have a rich and living culture with our own times of feasting, gifting, and celebrating. So why were we celebrating Christmas? How come it was so important to keep up the status quo and make sure my kids sat on a fat old white guys lap and tell him their wishes? Hope mongers, sad fact is that most ndn kids will not even get close to what they hoped for, or need at Christmas time. It seemed awful to tell them Christmas miracles happened and then year after year they see the lie and fallacy of pretending to be happy. Christmas is a great big facade over the veneer of dominant culture. Why do so many get depressed over the holidays? Why do so many commit suicides over the holidays rather than any other time of the year? This is because society feeds us a commercial lie, a lie that Christmas miracles happen, that all our troubles will be fixed, that instant credit will relieve of us debt for the month so we can purchase unrealistic items that will be swiftly forgotten over the year. Christmas has never solved anyone’s problems and in fact can create such a debt that people pay it off until the next year.

Christmas is for white people and is a lie, you don’t ever see anyone in the commercials and the ads in the malls that look like us. In all the shows and the Christmas specials on TV there is never any mention of our people or what we suffered through. Or for that matter you never see a commercial with a happy “first nations” family looking super rich and buying each other the latest $1000 tablet like assholes. We are the forgotten and hated bastard children of a society that would rather we were not here to make them feel uncomfortable.

Growing up the way I did, I lost faith in santa really early. Living in Buffalo New York with my mother were some of the coldest winters I had experienced in both my life and of course in actual degrees. Getting a broken slinky placed on the TV because we had no tree and watching my mama fake hilarity with drugs to make herself feel better for having nothing left a lingering hatred and sadness that to this day still hurts my little girl heart. I remember spending a Christmas with my dad and other mother. He told me before I went to bed about solstice and while I lay in bed and cried for my sisters and mama it was comforting to think of my ancestors dancing and singing by the firelight on the longest night of the year, celebrating something that was OURS and for us.

Giving it up was easy… for us. Not so much for the children, we still celebrate on the solstice and have food, presents, and family time but I know it is hard on them because we are “different” for the younger ones they are happy to be different and tell their classes we celebrate our own way. For the older ones they get it and love us and celebrate with us, but the middle ones the teens it’s harder for them to accept it. They still feel left out and weird, it’s hard on teens to be seen as different from the norm. They have asked us why, why can’t we be normal or be like other families. Why do we always have to do things in a way that no one else does. There is no easy answer for that and in struggling to find where we fit in this world that is seeking to assimilate us and create a global village of many different and beautiful cultures sometimes I feel lost in our goals as well. It would be way easier to just follow the colonial flow and participate in the death of our culture at the hands of cheap consumerism.

Mostly though crazy childhood aside (thanks genocide, manifest destiny, and colonization) I got tired of making snide comments on Christmas day. I got tired of being the “hater” and realized oh yes, I have free will; I am an autonomous being with a rich culture history and love of indigenous life. I felt shame and anger for participating in a celebration that felt weak to me and I felt bad for putting my feelings into the celebrations of those I loved. The situation was unfair to us all, it’s not my place to tell anyone how to celebrate but I can remove myself from that which carries such a heavy price tag and allow others the joy they feel but I cant bare to mimic any more. Not to say that I didn’t spend my fare share of years desperately trying to keep up with a mainstream ideal of what holidays are and spend a shit ton of money we didn’t have on a day I can now openly and with relief say I hate.

We have family members who are Christians and my husband and I respect their right to believe in what they believe in for any reason, as is there ‘god’ given right. For us though we knew and felt a different way was appropriate to us and our culture. We decided to stop celebrating a religion that was and still is central in the colonization of our people, our strength is in our resolve and we knew that to protect our own sense of history, self, and our indigenous identity we could no longer pretend. Our children deserve better. They deserve to know the reality of consumerism, corporatism, and Christianity, how the last 50 years in Canada is a big white washed lie and that we are not all participants in this scheme.

The children of our people have a right to know our own celebrations, have a right to be proud of whom they are. Reinforcement is needed to create a healthy relationship of our ways, many decry our culture is dying yet do nothing more than pay lip service to the teachings that are begging for us to recognize and revive them. This is so important to me, it is a dream to see our nations reclaiming our indigenous celebrations and celebrating them freely and proudly. It is ok for us not to be like the dominant culture, how freeing to know now is a time when it is not illegal to practice our ways, the Indian agent is not going to come and jail us for singing and dancing; anymore. The shame and the past history that has wounded us all even those yet to be born does not have to impact our spirits so deeply that we do not even remember our own ways. Reclaiming the very real and relevant holidays that our people enjoyed has to be much deeper and more involved then it is.

Today in these times of shopping malls, plastics, mining that impacts indigenous people for the electronics we so desperately need is not our way. Yes we are all complicit in attaching ourselves to these products and rabid consumerism. Christmas and Easter are the biggest scam in colonial history. Sacred ancient customs and reverent ceremonies have been taken and bastardized by corporate culture until it is so twisted today that it would be unrecognizable to the people from a century ago. I aint no angel and I have definitely been and am as GUILTY as the bible says Eve was for the original sin, yes I admit I get sucked into the consumer nightmare. BUT as I grow and evolve I can RESIST, and resist I do. We do not need to feel guilt or different for these acts of resurgence and sovereignty. Giving up Christmas is not a trend or a band wagon, it’s a jump into a whole world of unknown adventures, a lifestyle, living closely to the earth and feeling the pain our mama is enduring for our toys, purses, iPhones, make up, and toilet paper (another pet peeve for another time LOL). Not to mention ‘thanksgiving’ and the reality for indigenous of the new world eating turkey on a day celebrating contact and the beginning of our genocide is like Jewish people giving thanks and celebrating the day Hitler opened Auschwitz.

How can we be self determined if we are not reclaiming every last little bit that was stolen from us, beat from us, and shamed from us. How can we entertain the ideas of governing ourselves if we are not a culture whole and as intact as we can be after contact and colonization has damaged us so? Our elders are dying, literally for us to talk with them, learn from them, record their knowledge in our hearts and minds and share it with those younger than us. I suffer tremendous guilt and shame some times because even though I am busy and have plenty of beautiful brown babies to look after I still feel badly. I don’t visit enough, learn enough, or try harder.

To be a good ancestor in the living flesh means to do all we are able to ensure the continuity of our living history, culture, lands, and celebrations. This means eschewing the ways of the colonizing culture, and working hard at reintroducing ourselves to our own ways, it’s easy in theory to do but even as committed as my husband and I are, it still creeps in. When we feel discouraged I just pray and think of how happy those in the other realm who are watching over us are to know that we did not forget. That all their hard work, and efforts in keeping the sacred bloodlines open and the connection to us was not in vain. The knowledge that died with the genocide and the attempted extinction is still there. It is in running in our veins, it is in our spirits, and it is in our ceremonies. When I sing, when I dance, when I share ceremony my spirit and my ancestors are always reaffirming this is right, this is good, you are making us happy and we are grateful. It breaks my heart wide open and pride and rightness fills me to an agony of joy. I have never felt so emotional and fulfilled celebrating Christmas, Easter, or thankstaking. To feel the touch of those who have gone before is a gift that I treasure and a right that we all have as the true people of these lands. Our ancestors died for this moment. They had faith in us, let us keep the faith and honor them. We are living ancestors and we must against all odds work our asses off to do them justice. The way they worked for us. Every time we breathe we are their breath and they feed us with the gifts of heart pumping, lungs swelling.

Of course on this journey we had many questions and not enough answers, we got heart but we are sadly human and real and we can only learn as we go. In recreating the old realities of our people we asked around and found the affirmations we so longed for. YES! Solstice was special and acknowledged and the people celebrated these days of the sun sitting still on the water. We celebrate Ti’Kwaas, we are still learning and are brand new at this so I can imagine many mistakes in what we do but with the passing of knowledge that we were gifted with and with our own sense of family, fun, and uniqueness we have fumbled our way to a celebration that fits us as a family and is culturally appropriate.

One of the many questions our children asked us was what about Santa, what about a tree, what about food and presents. Can we still decorate? So we made our own stories to ease the transition. Instead of Santa we have the Solstice Sasquatch (many interesting and disturbingly funny pictures ensued) we gave him water, and fish for a snack. Thankfully we didn’t get eaten but there was much screeching and joking in the night, Solstice Sasquatch (who I always picture looking like a happy Chewbacca with a mac jacket on) got some very endearing and interesting letters from the kids and me alike. Instead of a Christmas tree we have the holy Kwakmis Tree, kwakmis is a seafood indigenous to our area and it is the roe of herring, trees are used to catch the eggs so we can eat them and it felt right to place our hopes for a big herring run in that tree and wish to be rich in kwakmis during the season.

Of course we still struggle. There is temptation everywhere around us. Happy people passing out cards, wearing santa hats, and the droningly familiar Christmas songs that remind me of sad lonely holidays, and ghosts of drunken Christmas past, there is the feeling of once again being alone in a different way because we for some reason just can’t conform. We are the boulder that tumbled into the river and created the stream for a new way. Memories of shopping trips and crazy money spending in a fervour that rivals any addiction, the many Christmas parties and get together’s with friends and family. Sexy Mrs. Clause outfits in the name of baby jesus were lost to me forever more. I’m ok with that after all, since when was Christmas for mindless shopping for consumer goods that probably was made by a factory slave, or impoverished child in the indigenous lands of somewhere else. If Christians want to keep the Christ in Christmas then they need to stay out of the malls, and those who aren’t need to stop appropriating a culture, cultural appropriation goes both ways. They take from us and we in turn take from them. When it really comes down to it, part of decolonizing and taking back our warrior spirit is so much more than speaking about it, writing about it, or teaching about it. It is about living and breathing it. Who cares whether my makeup is MAC, or my purse is Chanel, or if my kids only wear racist Gap duds? Not me and certainly not my husband. There have been many times I have felt the all too real urge to say fuck it and get into the Christmas spirit with my friends and family and just do it like Nike; thankfully as the seasons pass this urge has gotten less and less.

There is a responsibility I have a life and love that transcends the frippery and froth of vapid self indulgence and competition that these mainstream holidays bring; and it’s unhealthy. It’s dangerous because in these homogenized holidays there is a feeling that we are losing our humanity our compassion and our strength as a people. For every holiday of our own that we ignore for the holidays of the settler society a baby Solstice Sasquatch dies. JUST KIDDING; but you get my drift. It’s just too chancy to risk losing our own ways just so we can be seen to be fitting into Canadian ideology and the flakiness that makes this country what it is today.

Yes we still feast, and gift but we don’t appropriate someone else’s culture to do so; we shop for very little we buy used, we make things, and we spend quality time together and enjoy the life we carved for ourselves outside of the consumer culture of the dominant society. For some they may say we do it to be different and to get attention, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. We do it because we care. As dorky and menial as it sounds we care about the planet, and the air, and we care what we put into fuelling a society that runs on money and destruction. We care about the lands we live on and we know that life is realer than that.

A large part of our decolonization was giving up on these things, the ways of the colonizer and the mentality of the dominant culture. They came and they killed, they settled, they stole, and then now 500 years later we are told to get over it and that we can’t mourn it. Thousands and thousands and thousands of years of history and culture, since time immemorial we resided on this coast, such a rich long history. Forgive us if we choose not to get over it and as more people are awakening and seeing the way that holidays like thanksgiving and Christmas and Easter perpetuate the new mythology of Canada as a melting pot of cultures even as it strives to forget the way that it sought to exterminate the first peoples of this land, they might realize and take matters into their own hands and lives and walk away from these holidays.

Many think that we reject these things out of anger and that we are haters but the simple truth is these ways harmed our people and participating in the culture of the colonizer, that seeks to make traditions out of hockey, and tim hortons coffee is anathema to me. How could anyone once they realize the truth of the matter and acclimatize themselves to the real history of the way that Canada treated us participate in what is essentially the celebratory patting themselves on the back that they won, they assimilated what they couldn’t exterminate, and the fact we turn our back on our own culture to celebrate the one they made up to pretend at longevity here in our lands is nothing less than a betrayal to our own ancestors.

The life we chose is not an easy path, it is fraught with many dangers and the realist danger we face is of our own people who are comfortable collaborating with the colonizers. We face the scorn and the ridicule of our peers by holding strong and resisting assimilation, many of our people forgot it’s only been a generation or two when we were forced to celebrate or face the wrath of the colonizers. Colonizers through the means of the breakdown of our families; relocation, residential schools, and the church has done its job well; That is no excuse though in these days of awakening to our spirits and our culture, it’s so much more than singing and dancing, it is ceremony and reclaiming our own ways, it is living and breathing it all day, a lifestyle.

There has been a shift in the way we do things our world has been turned upside down and we have accepted the flipped world as our own. This world is as new to the dominant culture as it is to us, we were busy being raped and killed and while we were clinging to replenishing our people and surviving to this day they were busy with inventing new ways to make life easier and in doing so they have destroyed much of the new world. Part of waking up is remembering our obligations to every ancestor we have, that bled into the land and died so we could be here today. Those who hid our medicine and ceremonies so we could have the privilege of being able to practice them, our obligation is to respect the history that brought us here and to return to our ways of old. There is no reason we have to access and partake in the plastic and fake lives of the jersey shore world, of shopping in the name of baby jesus.

Creator put me here, put us all here in this time and in this life at this time, we made the choice when we were spirits residing in the Milky Way to come down to earth and be here, in that choice and with Creators will we have to realize and recognize our true journey here on this planet. What is the purpose of those of us who are collectively sharing this space? Colonization is all around us, those who choose to live on the avails of colonialism are living in the veneer of the western world. A space designed to enslave our minds and keep us compliant; a space that is used to create a false sense of security, this world is one of white noise to drown out the songs and the voices of our ancestors, and our very spirits. We need to remember our realness, we don’t have to do what they say, live to work, work to live, we can step outside of the colonizers world and create our own sovereign spaces. When our own people laugh, and look down at us, we can be comforted in the fact that we are beginning to find each other, slowly we are gathering and sharing, and those of us who remember and feel in our hearts the wrongness of the corporate government world structures are drawing our lines in the sand, we are declaring war on westernized society, colonialism and we are not afraid for the world to hear our war cry.

If you feel me, give up holidays and start building, villages are waiting for you to help breath life back into them..