Good Medicine: First Nations “ninjas” are doing good deeds for homebound community members


​​A message from the Wellness Team, Office of the Chief Medical Officer


Definition of Ninja'd: verb 1) to be the recipient of a surprise care package delivered stealthily.

Have you been ninja'd lately? Ninja-ing was developed as a way to stay connected, have fun, and lift each other up while we're all physical distancing. The Squamish Nation is one community that is practising ninja-ing.

Gift-givers are dressing as ninjas (all in black and masked), then sneaking through neighbourhoods, ringing doorbells, and running away after leaving personalized and meaningful care packages containing a person's favourite drink, snack, gadgets or whatever on doorsteps. In other words, they are keeping a safe physical distance and avoiding gathering with people not in their household while doing good deeds. Some are taking it to the next level by also trying to disguise their walk and mannerisms!

Recently, Squamish First Nation member Josephine Whonnock was having a tough day at home when she heard a doorbell ring. She answered the door and found that a ninja had come and gone, leaving a package with a note that read “to a caring family that we love." She said her mood instantly changed and she felt loved.

“I was so happy that someone cared enough to ninja me," she said. “This simple act of kindness made me smile and warmed my heart."

Knowing the happiness she received from the good deed, Josephine then became the ninja to pay it forward. She and others created six care packages to lift the spirits of other people who may need it.

Do you want to help cheer up others during this trying time? (Who knows, you might get ninja'd back!) If so, why not try ninja-ing someone in your area? Spread the love while having some fun, and get the ninja ball rolling!

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