We are stronger together and we’ve proven it yet again at Nétsamaát Winter Wellness Challenge on January 17, 2017. Nétsamaát means “We are all one.”
Around 300 people attended the evening hosted at the Songhees Wellness Centre to celebrate wellness and togetherness in a community gathering. The First Nations Health Authority was a major funder of the evening event that brought together four First Nations, and Aboriginal family members living in urban areas.
The Esquimalt Singers and Dancers and the Beecher Bay Youth Drum Group performed at the event. As well as two of the Lekwungen dancers sang a welcome song to open the event.
All attendees participated in the Movement Moment focusing on stretching and light exercise before a healthy diabetic-friendly meal was served. Youth movement and sport activities were also set up throughout the night.
Everyone in attendance was given a T-Shirt with a logo designed by Songhees Nation Artist Butch Dick, the First Nations Health Authority pledge and the logos from all our sponsors.
We also had a Wellness Wall for people to write their healthy choices on as well as other wellness booths showcasing tradition medicines, teas and healthy drink options.
We had a variety of speakers at the event spanning from Elders, youth and Phil Mack a National-level athlete from Toquaht Nation.
Thank you to everyone who came to the event and all the partners and sponsors of the event. The Nétsamaát Winter Wellness Challenge was a partnership with First Nations Health Authority, Songhees Nation, Esquimalt Nation, Beecher Bay First Nation, Pacheedaht First Nation, M’akola Housing Society, M’akola Development Services, Sooke Family Resource Society, Hultian Family and Community Services, Thunder Rugby, Fortis BC, Team Sales, Red Barn Market, Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence and Popeye’s Supplements.