TIICH means “alive” in the Tla-o-qui-aht language
and stands for the Tla-o-qui-aht Initiative for Interconnected Community Health
We are an informal group of Tla-o-qui-aht members that have been gathering to take action on issues that are important to us. We understand the interconnected nature of all life and wish to re-integrate cultural practices that reflect these teachings.
We have been challenging each other to learn more about our local food sources, sharing recipes and harvesting responsibly. We have been actively learning our language and enjoying the philosophies and teachings encoded within it. We have been taking trips in the chupitz and gaining a deeper respect for the journey. And we have been educating ourselves about the industries and personal choices that further threaten the balance of living beings in our home.
Many of these issues are complicated but we have found that by coming together we can encourage and inspire each other to align our daily lives with what we understand to be a healthy relationship with our territory. We are open to all like-minded Tla-o-qui-aht people and one need only express interest to be invited to one of our friendly potluck-sharing circles.