A Vancouver-based world leisure firm obtained honours from the Sts’ailes First Nation in a current identify acknowledgement ceremony.
Representatives from Thunderbird Leisure, Sts’ailes and the neighbouring Sq’ewlets First Nation gathered at Lhawathet Lalem Convention Middle within the Harrison Mills space to acknowledge and rejoice the usage of the thunderbird’s identify. Sts’ailes acknowledged Thunderbird Leisure’s “exemplary stewardship of the identify that’s steeped in Indigenous heritage,” celebrating it as an act of reconciliation.
Sts’ailes Coun. Kelsey Charlie, Sr. was the grasp of ceremonies.
“Within the spirit of reconciliation Sts’ailes wish to acknowledge Thunderbird for reaching out and acknowledging Indigenous peoples and the unceded territories on which they work,” Charlie mentioned. “This celebration will hopefully set a optimistic precedent in working with First Nations’ communities and folks; the occasion was an amazing day.”
The thunderbird is a revered entity in northwest Indigenous lore. It’s mentioned to be an enormous chook answerable for thunder and lightning, sustaining itself by looking whales.
Different audio system included Sq’ewlets Chief Johnny Williams, Sts’ailes Elder Harold Joe and Sts’ailes CAO Willie Charlie. The ceremony included conventional songs, a customary present alternate and performances by the Sasquatch Dance Group.
Thunderbird CEO Jennifer Twiner McCarron expressed her satisfaction in working with the Sts’ailes neighborhood and the honour of the identify acknowledgement.
“We’ll proceed to work exhausting at honouring the Thunderbird identify and heritage, via creating tales that authentically characterize our world with sturdy messages and a tangible enterprise partnership on our productions working collectively,” she said.
Certainly one of Thunderbird Leisure’s extra distinguished works is “Molly of Denali,” a PBS Youngsters present that follows a 10-year-old Indigenous Alaskan lady on her each day adventures along with her associates and her canine, Suki. “Deadman’s Curse,” a actuality present following 4 treasure hunters and reality seekers, together with Seabird Island’s Don Froese and Taylor Starr, additionally falls below the Thunderbird umbrella. “Kim’s Comfort,” “Freeway Via Hell” and “Dr. Savannah: Wild Rose Vet” are Thunderbird tasks as effectively.
Thunderbird strives to rent forged and crew who authentically characterize the reveals they’re creating, partnering with organizations like Film2Future, a non-profit group that helps numerous youngsters from low-income households discover their place within the leisure discipline.
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