The Enough for All strategy received a traditional Blackfoot name, iih-kanii-tai-staiiwa: iih kanii tai staiiwa (ee-skunit-des-si). It means everything is there.
In 2023, Vibrant Communities Calgary began the process of further understanding ceremony. Elder Clement Leather, Elder Wanda First Rider and the Enough for All Indigenous Advisory Committee guided us through this learning, which led to the momentous and significant experience of a naming ceremony in August 2023.
A name, in the Blackfoot tradition, serves a variety of purposes. It provides an identity and a deeper meaning to the work behind the community-owned strategy. It invites more Indigenous people to engage with Enough for All and feel a connection to the work. It is also another step on the path of Reconciliation for both VCC and all those that align with the strategy. Listening, seeking to understand and sharing what we have learned is our responsibility, and we are honoured and committed to speaking about the name in the oral tradition of Indigenous communities. The video below has reflections of the naming ceremony and highlights of celebrations and round dance that followed.
Commitments on the path to reconciliation
A previous learning with Elder Roy Bear Chief explained that on the path to reconciliation, there are commitments we all must make. He used the Blackfoot words nisto (me), kisto (you), and kistoonon (us) to explain that some of the work happens individually and some of it collectively - like horses pulling a wagon. His teachings guided the VCC team to develop individual commitments and shared commitments as we work to co-create a future without poverty with Indigenous peoples.