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Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services hosts Nest to Wings Ceremony in the Wawadiťła

lək̓ʷəŋən Territory

On May 23rd, Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services hosted its annual Nest to Wings ceremony in the Wawadiťła (The Mungo Martin House) located on lək̓ʷəŋən Territory.

Originally envisioned by Sabrina Williams, the Nest to Wings Ceremony honours and upholds young people who are transitioning into the next stage of their life at 19 years of age and provides a reminder to these young people that they are not alone, and that they have a community of support systems which they can continue to reach into, and that they are loved.

Witnessed by family members, community members, and other organizations, several young people receiving service through the Agency were blanketed and gifted in honour of the new journey that lays ahead of them. Their workers addressed them individually, recognizing and celebrating their incredible accomplishments and speaking into the future goals they have set for themselves. It was inspiring to witness the number of young people who had completed high school and already moved into their post-secondary studies! At least two young women had moved to Victoria from other parts of the province – on their own – to allow them to attend their post-secondary studies! We hold our hands up to each of these young people for all that they have done and for all that they will continue to do. You walk with the strength and resiliency of your ancestors in your spirits.

The Our Children Our Way Society holds its hands up to Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services for their good work. Ceremonies such as Nest to Wings are a critical reminder to young people transitioning out of care, particularly urban Indigenous young people who are living great distances away from their ancestral territories, that they will continue to have the necessary supports they need as they navigate their early adult years.