Today I invite all of you to take a moment to pray and reflect on the dire situation in Alberta where wildfires persist in several communities. It is during life’s difficult moments, when we are faced with the crisis of entire communities being evacuated, of fellow Canadians fleeing for their lives, that we realize what is truly important – our health and safety, and our ability to love and support one another. Please pray with me.
Kisu’lk (Creator) thank you for today and the good things we have in our lives.
Our hearts are with the people of those communities in Alberta where wildfires continue, in particular Fort McMurray where many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, including members of the Qalipu First Nation, have settled and made their lives. There is a tremendous sense of loss, fear and anxiety there, as homes and communities continue to be victimized by one of the most devastating fires in Canadian history.
We ask you for support and strength for the people, Kisu’lk. Ensure the safety of those on the ground fighting fires and responding to the situation, give comfort to those directly impacted by loss, and also to those whose hearts are heavy with thoughts of those friends and family members impacted by this crisis.
While we struggle to understand such disaster, Kisu’lk, let us remember to have hope and faith. While we cannot undo the destruction that has happened, we can carry the light of hope and rebirth. Remind us that it is during times like these that we are given the opportunity to stand together as one people, giving our support, courage and love to those who need it most.
Kisu’lk bring an end to these fires. Bring rain. Remove the fear and despair that has crept into the hearts and spirits of the people. When it’s over Kisu’lk, bring us together as individuals, communities, organizations and governments to aid in rebuilding homes and communities. Let us all do what we can to help carry the burden so that no one is left behind.
Msit No’kmaq (All my relations)
Chief Brendan Mitchell