December 1, 2023
I hope this message finds you well and filled with joy as we approach the holiday season. As the year comes to a close, it is a time for reflection, gratitude, and spreading kindness. May your days be merry and bright, and may this festive season bring you an abundance of love, peace, and happiness!
I want to take this moment to express my sincere appreciation for the opportunity to serve as your chief. It has been an incredible privilege and honour to work alongside you in building a stronger and more vibrant Saik’uz. Your support and trust have been the driving force behind our accomplishments, and I am truly thankful for the chance to make a positive impact for our people. As we celebrate this holiday season, I am reminded of the many ways in which our community has come together, and I am filled with immense gratitude for each and every one of you. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this journey, and I look forward to continuing our work together in the coming year.
With that being said, I offer my heartfelt understanding of the challenges and sorrows that our members have faced throughout the year. I feel it is important to acknowledge the difficulties we have all experienced, both as individuals and as a whole. I extend my deepest sympathies to everyone who has lost loved ones and to those who are searching for missing family members. I recognize that their absence leaves a void that cannot be filled. Please know that I and the rest of the community are here with you in solidarity, offering our support and compassion. You are not alone. I encourage anyone who is struggling to find peace in this time to reach out to friends, family, or support services, and I extend an invitation to attend our Blue Christmas service on December 15th. And if you know of someone in need, let them know that you care and extend a helping hand.
I wish you all a wonderful, safe, and healing holiday season, as well as a pleasant new year. May 2024 bring you good fortune and fulfillment and be all that you wish it to be!
Chief, Saik'uz First Nation