YOUR THANK YOU CARD
MAARSII, WE WANT TO CELEBRATE YOU.
Please accept this virtual card as a token of our thanks and deep appreciation for you. 'Li paapyii di boloo', the painting featured on our card, was done by our Founder, Larissa Crawford, with you in mind and heart.
FROM OUR FOUNDER
'LI PAAPYII DI BOLOO'
"Birch trees look like they're several trees, when in actuality they're one tree with several trunks. Many parts of one being.
Your sharing of your gifts, resources, energy, and time has added another trunk to the tree that is the community of Future Ancestors Services. We appreciate you beyond measure, and we will continue to make every effort to celebrate you.
I created this art thinking of you with my daughter, Zyra. We talked about your impression on us, and what it means to be part of many communities. She says maarsii, too.
Maarsii poor li prayzaan. Maarsii poor toon taan. Kwaayesh pishkaapahta.
P.S. I have been taught to honour the language and teachings of the original caregivers of the land I occupy, and to acknowledge their impression on me. I lived on Ojibway traditional territory for several years, and in 2018 I participated in the Manitoulin Island Historical Institute summer sessions at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation. There, I gained a deeper appreciation for teachings and traditional uses of the birch tree. The stories shared in this institute are not mine to share, but I can share a beautiful video capturing a story of the birch tree by Muskrat Jim. This experience inspired me to learn more about my ancestors' cultural views and uses of the birch tree, a journey I continue to this day."