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Closing the generation gap

Whistler screening of For the Next 7 Generations scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 21, 6-9 p.m., at the Squamish Lilwat Cultural Centre

Conversation around the lost wisdom of previous generations is making rounds. After decades of institutionalizing the elderly, sociologists have noted the benefits that stem from multi-generational experiences. No better example of this can be found than in the award-winning Sea-to-Sky documentary For the Next 7 Generations, which tells the story of 13 Indigenous grandmothers from various backgrounds who travel the world to share their traditional healing practices.

"I've been working in the Whistler tourism environment for just over 20 years and the issue that I feel is missing today is the ability to be able to learn from our elders, it is a loss that some of our generations are experiencing," said event organizer and certified executive business coach Caterina Alberti. "I've experienced so much diversity in culture working around here. What we learn from the variety of cultures that we're lucky to be exposed to in Whistler is more compassion, and from compassion comes forgiveness and peace."

The Tuesday evening screening, which falls on the International Day of Peace, will be followed by an open drum circle led by local First Nations artisan Xwalacktun (Rick Harry). Special guests include two local grandmothers from the Squamish and Lilwat Nations. Door prizes and sponsor tables will be on site and the evening will end with a meditation and prayer for peace.

Tickets are $20, and all proceeds will go to the Howe Sound Women's Centre and The Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.


Yoga for the masses

Local fundraiser for Africa Yoga Project spreading a message of peace


Yoga has long been a trusted method of bringing mental and physical balance to the individual. It is also a practice being used to promote unity and non-violence for people living in difficult situations in East Africa through the Africa Yoga Project (AYP).

"By inspiring the global yoga community into active service, AYP delivers effective and innovative programs that foster peace, improve physical, emotion and mental well-being, facilitate self-sufficiency and create opportunities to learn and contribute across the communities of East Africa," reads the website.

Local resident and White Gold Yoga instructor Erin Anderson got involved with the project through her yoga instructor, Barron Baptiste. Baptiste has been setting up eight-day teacher training sessions in Nairobi and has received positive feedback from the warring tribal groups who have participated.

"These are warring tribes, these are people who have hated each other for hundreds of years and they're talking about feelings," said Anderson. "What they learned from that training session was that, 'hey, we're kind of the same'."

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