Journal Entry #651
May 22nd, 2012
Back in February as I had left Ontario and was in Kamloops B.C. with no job and no place to call home I ws staying at my sons place where he rented a room with some other students. Their kindness was overwhelming and it is there that I met Jackie.
Jackie hails from Nemaiah Valley in BC. and was in Kamloops going to University.
She is First Nation and it shows in her beauty and personality. She welcomed my youngest son and I with open arms and a huge smile that made my day every time I saw it. As I got to know Jackie a little better she demonstrated an open heart and open mind as she listened to me and talked about her life as well. She is proud of her heritage with an attitude of honouring the past and looking to the future with a hint of defiance running through her blood.
I learned about the area she was born and raised in and could see both the beauty and isolation of it. Jackie is very intelligent which accompanies her beauty and she has a deep desire to make this world a better place for all but especially for those she is close to.
She was studying to be a teacher but as many students do in their first year of schooling awakened to a new course in life. After much discussion not only with me but others she decided to be a guidance counsellor instead and felt a calling to pursue this to help others. I agreed and thought she would excel at this path.
Besides this Jackie is also an artist and expresses herself well in her chosen medium. You can feel the passion in her artwork and a zest for life which is rare in one so young. The discussions I had with her were thought provoking and I was educated on native issues in this area. I found her approach to be not only practical but passionate at the same time as she felt a great desire to stay true to her ancestors and loved ones but to look towards a more united future. This is an approach I truly admired.
She appeared shy about her artwork as many young artists are but she has nothing to be shy about, as her work is amazing both in form and content.
I see Jackie doing great things in the world and making her time her count for all it will be worth. Those that have the pleasure of meeting her will be all the richer for it and those that are part of her life will be truly thankful to spend time with such an amazing human being. I know her parents are proud of the woman she is and will become.
She also told me she is ready to give hip hop a shot, well one step at a time but who knows…