We are more than one together

Steve Arnett shares his thoughts about the signing of the renewed Community Accord in Ladysmith.

Editor:

Editor’s Note: Steve Arnett sent us his thoughts of the recent signing of the renewed Community Accord between the Town of Ladysmith and the Stz’uminus First Nation.

The Signing

 

Sun brightly shining

Over stillness of a crowd

Gathered on Maritime Society docks

As the drum beats

HUY CH Q’U

Great Creator

Together we are more than one

 

Blue water at peace

While gentle breeze blows

Pennants and flags aflutter

As the drum beats

HUY CH Q’U

Great Creator

Together we are more than one

 

Words of Bell ring out

At Reception Centre front

Expressing appreciation to all for coming

Invited guests of LMS and dignitaries too

As the drum beats

HUY CH Q’U

Great Creator

Together we are more than one

 

Buffy offers prayer

Pearl’s song carried on wind

Gifted from Elder George Harris

She says in Hul’q’umi’num’

As the drum beats

HUY CH Q’U

Great Creator

Together we are more than one

 

Blessing the event

Ceremony of Celebration

Signing an MOU witness our pledge

To transcend the past

As the drum beats

HUY CH Q’U

Great Creator

Together we are more than one

 

Welcoming words dignified by

Chief John and his Council

Two sharing a space of beauty

On Traditional Territory of the Stz’uminus Peoples

As the drum beats

HUY CH Q’U

Great Creator

Together we are more than one

 

Mayor Rob acknowledges

A new understanding a way of being

No more separate from each other

As the drum beats

HUY CH Q’U

Great Creator

Together we are more than one

 

Proud Nation and Grateful Town

A harbour community

Joining their collective efforts

For the good of all

As the drum beats

HUY CH Q’U

Great Creator

Together we are more than one

 

Announcing to the world

We are neighbours and friends

Ladysmith and Stz’uminus Peoples

Partners in building a future

As the drum beats

HUY CH Q’U

Great Creator

Together we are more than one

 

With flourish of pen

And handshake thereafter

It is done and has begun

As the drum beats louder

HUY CH Q’U

Great Creator

Together we are more than one

 

Signed in ink

Sealed in spirit

Bound by commitment

Towards a brighter life for all

As the drum beats louder

HUY CH Q’U

Great Creator

Together we are more than one

 

To our children for their

children

We pray in unison

Paddling in the same direction

As the drum beats louder still

HUY CH Q’U

Great Creator

Together we are more than one

We are more than one together

Steve Arnett

Ladysmith