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ODEYTO, IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Students speak of their 'good journey'

The following is a poem written by students Ian Brown,
James Crittenden, Ashley George, Emma Greenfield,
Hannah Jacko, Ben Kicknosway and Alexandra Paul to
express how much Odeyto means to them. They read
it at Odeyto's official opening, which also included
traditional drumming and a tree planting ceremony:

Awakening Odeyto!
What is the longest journey you've ever taken?
I want you to take a moment to think about that question.
What the word "journey" means to you personally.
Was it a physical journey?
Was it a long journey through unfamiliar lands, coming
across new faces, them too, journeying through to
a new place. Watching the same sunrise from home
rising in an unfamiliar world. Connecting to land
by physically feeling our feet grounded in earth.
Was it a journey of nourishment of the body... feeding
our spirit with the foods of this territory? Perhaps,
it was a long journey... the body tired from the physical
voyage but warm and ready for new adventure.
Was it an emotional journey?
A test of will and determination? Being faced with
adversity and facing it back with strength and
resilience. Being confronted by feelings of sorrow
and grief but confronting them with courage.
Was it a journey of finding your truth and honouring
that truth no matter how challenging it may be?
Was it a spiritual journey?
Tracing the stories of your ancestors on ancient trails
both seen and unseen. Perhaps in seeking the guidance
of elders and other knowledge holders, you have been
helped along our journey. Was it a journey in connecting
with your spirit so that you could have vision and clarity?
Was it a mental journey?
Was it a journey through time with all of your life
teachers? Perhaps, you use their loving wisdom
to get you through your journey more than they even
know. Was it a journey through your memories...
reflecting on what has been for seven generations
and what will be for the next seven?
Perhaps, your journey has been a simple trip to the
mailbox to see if you've been accepted into the
program you applied for. A new educational
endeavour in an unfamiliar place seems daunting
but upon arrival to this new place... you find an open
door to a community of smiling faces. This place
welcomes you and becomes a home away from home.

Above: Emma Greenfield and Kyle Volney join
fellow students at Odetyo's communal table.
Sharing experiences and meals are an important
part of the experience for students in Odeyto.
The space is also used for a number of ceremonies
held throughout the year which, in many cases,
introduce students to new aspects of their culture.
Top: Students Emma Greenfield, Ashley George
and Charlene Joseph show that not everything
at Odeyto happens inside. They are taking a break
next to the garden outside Odeyto that is used
to grow the medicines involved in Indigenous
healings, including sage, tobacco and sweetgrass.

I ask you these questions so that you may honour
those journeys...those long and sometimes
difficult journeys... those beautiful, eye-opening
journeys... and how they brought you here
today... so that our journeys, our paths, cross.
Each of our journeys, unique... but today
we gather so that our minds can become one.
All of our journeys have come; together to strengthen
this community so that we can
always greet this day, together, in a good way.
Awakening Odeyto!

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