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Help with the hummingbird project for National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., we will be making orange flags inspired by a simple and powerful parable: Flight of the Hummingbird
Dress maker working while sewing stitch by-stitch, close-up.
Bowen Islanders will be sewing 94 flags for the 94 calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Thank you so much Circular Bowen. It was so great to host you on Hummingbird Lane for your first pop-up recycling. We collected all the hard stuff, learned so much and I am so thankful that you helped us recycle everything from toothbrushes, to potato chip bags, to garden hoses, to textiles and pillows, and more. 

Thank you so much Bowen Island. You came with your hard-to-recycle stuff and we filled the bins. Be sure to sign up with Circular Bowen on Facebook for more information about future events and for recycling-oriented education in general.

And you were so generous with your donations, which will be used to recycle and fund a second event at 828 Hummingbird Lane on September 30, the first-ever National Day of Truth and Reconciliation (also known as Orange Shirt Day). 

Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., we will be making orange flags inspired by a simple and powerful parable: Flight of the Hummingbird. The story is based on one originating with the Quechan people, but re-written and illustrated by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. As so many of us feel overwhelmed and powerless as the horrors of residential schools mount alongside the bodies found in unmarked graves, the hummingbird urges us to take responsibility, and find a way to make a contribution - however small we may be. Thank you Michael for gifting us the use of your beautiful illustration of Dukdukdiya - the little hummingbird.

Our goal is to see 94 hummingbird flags hung up around Bowen Island, one for each call to action outlined by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. There are some specific ways islanders can help us reach this goal (beyond simply showing up, which will be of critical importance!) If you have silkscreen experience, sewing experience, and/or would be willing to print and cut out each of the calls to action for us - we would love your help! Please contact or

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 30 at 828 Hummingbird Lane.

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