My name is Jennie Alexis and much like many of us, I am a guest on this land.
My ancestors are from Ireland, England and Ukraine.
I'd like to honour the existence of the First Peoples.
I’d like to honour that I work and live on the unceded Indigenous territory of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tseil-Wautauth) in this place now known as Vancouver, BC. I also acknowledge that I also work and live on the unceded Indigenous territory of the Shíshálh (Sechelt) in this place now known as Roberts Creek, BC.
I was born on the traditional territory of the As'in'i'wa'chi Ni'yaw (Rocky Mountain Cree) in the place now known as Grande Prairie, AB.
As a guest, I thank the two-legged, the four-legged, the winged, the finned, the furred, the ones who crawl upon the Earth - all who have called this place home for time immemorial.
I honour this place where I live and give thanks for the juniper, for Otter who teaches me to be playful, for the Salish Sea, for the wisdom of Grandmother Cedar, for Eagle who shows me how to lead with my heart and the Mountains who teach me to honour my ancestors. I honour all beings - sentient, seen, unseen and otherwise - all gifts from the Earth.