A Founder’s Place to Heal

When PowHERhouse launched in October 2013, I hadn’t yet reconnected with or confirmed my Indigenous heritage. I had no idea I was building a space of healing, transformation, growth, and readiness-generation for myself or other self-identified changemakers. And yet, as I reflect back on the past 8 years with foundational roots dating back to 2000, I can now connect the dots that I couldn’t see then.

  • A Founder’s Place to Heal.The world doesn’t need another broken leader; the world needs more healed heroes.” It feels scary to admit that we’re ‘broken’ in any way, shape, or form, and yet I now know this is our number one priority: To help each other and ourselves reconnect to Spirit. In doing so, we’ll experience an expanded translation of our existence as we come to fully trust the foundational truth of interconnectedness.
  • Hands at My Back. I lovingly acknowledge the support I have received as I’ve committed to the journey of what it means to me to be an Indigenous woman, leader, media visionary, and changemaker preparing for the 22nd century. I’ve learned to have a dream so big it may not happen in this lifetime. Thanks, Jacqueline Novogratz.
  • Leading Beyond Belief. I’ve learned to be braver, walking with more questions than answers, and to be okay with that. Leading in this way is the only way forward and upward from here; where faith is exercised to expand towards all that is possible in a constantly continuous exploration of our human potential and the purpose of our existence in the first place.
  • Remembering the Past to Guide the Future. I was recently advised by the Chief of the Splatsin Nation, my home nation, Kukpi7 (Chief) Wayne Christian, to read the Sir Laurier Memorial of 1910. A part of our history so important yet here I sit at 52 reading it for the first time.
    • The Memorial is a historic document presented to Sir Wilfrid Laurier by a delegation of Chiefs (Shuswap, Okanagan, and Couteau Tribes) in the summer of 1910 during a cross-country non-political pre-election campaign tour.
    • It speaks of a pathway forward toward building positive and equal relationships between the Secwepemc people, my ancestors, and Western settlers and initiated communications towards this goal.
  • The Leader Path. I’ve been fascinated by the concept of a path for many years and only now do I understand it was inspired by my ancestors.
  • Deliberate Weaving. Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve felt a heavy sense of responsibility. I oscillate between craving more play and feeling much too serious. My life is a gift: I was adopted out of the foster care system at the age of 4. Many Indigenous children weren’t so lucky. But it’s more than that. I believe my ancestors were looking to teach me the concept of Deliberate Weaving. If I look back at the 1910 Memorial and take guidance from there, I’m a builder of more positive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. If we feel our life’s purpose is so big that we can’t do it alone, perhaps that allows openness to weave?
    • What is the next step forward on the path for our next 100 years guided by the message from 100 years ago?
    • As interconnected co-habitants of this land, we must find empathy and understanding, coming to an agreement on how we want to live together as equal partners for all our relations – past, present, and future – two-legged and four-legged, from the sea, the sky, and the Earth.

Truly grateful for this journey and where the next 8 years will take us.

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About Charlene SanJenko

Charlene SanJenko, Founder + CEO of PowHERhouse Impact Media Group, has worked intimately with thousands of women over the past 20+ years to understand what they need to fully integrate excellence and fulfillment in all areas of their lives. www.powherhouse.com