Project Respect is partnering with Beangka Elliott and the Tsartlip community to initiate a youth led land restoration project that will focus on public spaces in Tsartlip. Together Beangka, Graham and myself will work on invasive species removal, garbage removal, native plant restoration, plant identification, plant propagation and native plant harvesting.
We will also have the opportunity to learn from elders and other knowledge keepers in the community on a regular basis. Our project will host volunteer days twice per month, inviting youth in the community to help with the restoration process. We will also organize gatherings and events to allow other youth to be involved so they too, can become leaders in Project Reclaim. “Harm on our lands is harm on our bodies” and Project Reclaim is an effective way to restore our respectful relationships with the lands we live on.
Together we will partner with Project Respect by creating that crucial connection with respectful relationships, ultimately building communities free from violence. I’m very passionate about creating positive change in my community and I am so eager to collaborate and learn from others. We’ll continue to give weekly updates of our projects and it’s progress, so stay tuned!