Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society Receives $5,000 Infrastructure Grant
June 2, 2022
The Langley Western Coast Insurance office presented a $5,000 infrastructure grant to the Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society for the placement of a House Post carved by Brandon Gabriel at the opening ceremony of their Aboriginal Head Start Childcare Centre.
The Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society provides support, assistance and referrals to urban aboriginals and their families. The organization also provides programs in areas including social, developmental, recreational, economic, community development, cultural and historical support.
At the blessing ceremony, Langley insurance advisor Hira Jahangir was blanketed, receiving the highest honor bestowed by the Coast Salish People from the Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society.
When the ceremony started, everyone who donated and participated in the Aboriginal Head Start Project was acknowledged. Blankets and cedar were laid for the people being honored to stand on. The carpets are a symbol of respect, says Jahangir, who was asked to stand amongst the honorees on the blankets and cedar and was then wrapped with a ceremonial blanket.
“The purpose was to connect the heart and soul. Then they sang a song to the beat of drums. It was a beautiful experience,” she says.
“I felt so proud to be part of Western Communities Foundation that gave me this opportunity to experience this beautiful event,” adds Jahangir.
Katie Pearson, CEO of the Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society, acknowledged WCF by saying, “It was wonderful to have you be a part of our big day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
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