ḿanesut [mah-nes-oot] noun, Haislakala, the language of the Haisla First Nation 1. a Haislakala word meaning brother.
Minay was created during a time in our lives when friendship meant everything to us. The relationships we fostered grounded us deep within our roots and cultivated an unfaltering ferocity in knowing who we are and where we come from as Haisla peoples.
To us, Minay represented a brotherhood, a lifeline, the last line of defense from anything that held us down.
Much like our transformation of the word ḿanesut into "minay,” we too transformed our conception of what Minay meant to us.
The term Minay has evolved to encompass a much larger meaning of kinship.
For us now, it represents togetherness. Solidarity. It represents not only brotherhood, but sisterhoods, and most importantly, a conception of family that is expansive, relentless and resilient.