Walrus Talks National Tour: St John's.
Alex Noel - from Corner Brook - speaks about "resistance".
"Rita Joe was a Mi'kmaq woman from Cape Breton and used her writing to teach others about her culture and people. Years after her death, her words are still fighting. A newly commissioned show at Ottawa's National Arts Centre has taken one of Joe's poems and re-imagined it as a visual experience. Her most poignant piece of work, I Lost My Talk, published in 1978, recounts her years at a residential school in Halifax. Rita Joe would publish seven books in total. She was awarded the Order of Canada, appointed to the Queen's Privy Council and has been called the Mi'kmaq poet laureate. Her poem I Lost My Talk was also included in Canada's final Truth and Reconciliation Report, addressing the legacy of the residential school system. She is called the Gentle Warrior."
"The chief of the largest First Nations community east of Montreal is leading an initiative aimed at gaining official language status for Mi'kmaq in the province of Nova Scotia. Eskasoni Chief Leroy Denny said in an interview he has already discussed the idea with Premier Stephen McNeil and members of his cabinet during a meeting the province's chiefs had with them prior to Christmas and they seemed receptive to the concept. Denny said he expects to have a meeting this month with Education Minister Zach Churchill. As part of the process, Denny said they intend to review legislation that is in place in other parts of Canada."
"A wigwam at Mount Stewart Consolidated School has become a popular and central place for students to learn, talk and reflect. ...Junior Peter-Paul, of Abegweit First Nation, showed and helped students build the wigwam earlier this fall as part of a Canada 150 project and it's been a central piece to the school grounds ever since. ... The area has become a sort of outdoor classroom at times, but it mostly serves as a spot for students to talk and relax."
"WABANAAGIG, Land of the Rising Sun, goes beyond words to encapsulate the strong emotions of the Wabanaki, a people who have emerged from centuries of oppression, occupation of their lands, and obliteration of their languages. Each week the important stories about the past, and the present of this proud people from Eastern Canada are told."
"A Newfoundland artist has landed on the world stage, thanks to some photographs in the archives of the Smithsonian Institute in New York City. Jordan Bennett is Mi'kmaq, originally from Stephenville Crossing on Newfoundland's west coast, and is multi-disciplinary visual artist. Bennett was asked to be part of an exhibition at the Smithsonian and the National Museum of the American Indian, and for part of his research delved into the archives."