We have been back in Montreal for a few days now, and are reflecting on the amazing experiences we had in Chisasibi on the S-LP practicum.
During our last week in Chisasibi we learned the word, Waaskimaashtaau. This is the name that was selected for the local newsmagazine. Waaskimaashtau means “a very bright light from the sun, a star, moon, fire etc.” Lucy Salt is the woman who chose this title. She wrote:
“… it reminds me of the welcome sight of a nice warm fire (especially in the miichiwaahp or an open fire outdoors), the light from the moon and stars at night, or the light that you see when you come to the point of your life where everything falls into place and you can see the direction of your journey through life and your goals more clearly.”
This is a beautiful analogy of our experiences in Chisasibi.
Each day in Chisasibi was entirely unique and special. We were reminded of this by the varied skies that we saw. We witnessed the beauty of nature from the light of the early sunrises, the lingering sunsets on the horizon, and the late night northern lights.
And each day,
We learned about Cree culture and language.
We learned about the S-LP profession.
We faced challenges and learned about our strengths.
We learned about each other and about working as a team.
And we had a lot of fun along the way!
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who was a part of this project, both in Montreal and in Chisasibi. A big thank you also goes to the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy Retention Program, which helped make this project possible.
We are truly thankful for the opportunity to visit such a wonderful community, and to do so alongside a team of amazing S-LPs and S-LPs to be!
This practicum has really inspired us to keep learning and growing. We’re all looking forward to beginning our final year of speech and language pathology in the fall. And as we do so, our S-LP adventures will be guided by “the light that you see when you come to the point of your life where everything falls into place and you can see the direction of your journey through life and your goals more clearly.”
Thanks for reading and for being a part of our journey!
-The ChissasSLPs (Anna, Ben, Cleo and Huong)