Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Mi'kmaq Honour Song

"My people let us gather"

Kepmite'tmnej ta'n teli l'nuwulti'kw
Nikma'jtut mawita'nej
Kepmite'tmnej ta'n wettapeksulti'k
Nikma'jtut apoqnmatultinej
Apoqnmatultinej ta'n Kisu'lkw teli ika'luksi'kw
Wla wskitqamu eya eya

I like the first version - easier to hear the words.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

FirstVoices: Mi'kmaw Phrase Books

Mi'kmaw words, songs and stories
FirstVoices is a group of web-based tools and services designed to support Aboriginal people engaged in language archiving, language teaching & culture revitalization. Visit this page to see vocabuary related to the following:

  • Aboriginal Culture
  • Animals, Birds, Plants
  • Around the House
  • Family
  • Food, Drink, Cooking
  • Greetings, Goodbyes, Thanks
  • Health and Wellness
  • Recreational Activities
  • School
  • Shopping
  • Time & Place
  • Travel
  • Weather & Seasons
  • Work

Monday, June 3, 2013

Much ado about being Mi’kmaq |

The federal government has pulled a U-turn

Great article!

"It's ... a new sort of model for aboriginal/First Nations recognition. No longer based on percentages of "blood" (a positive step, say some), now applicants merely have to prove – more flexibly – that they are of "Canadian Indian ancestry".

"From many perspectives this is a sensible approach: there was a curious colonial irony in the notion that Canadian courts ought to have the ability to decide indigenous identity. A sensible approach too given the racism and discrimination which led generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to hide their Aboriginal family connections. [...]  First came the recognition…and then came the catch. The federal government expected around 10,000 people to apply. Thus far, around 10 times that number – about 100,000 – have applied.

"Oops.     Too successful

"Yet, instead of celebrating this as the positive moment it could be, the federal government has pulled a U-turn which threatens to disrupt any positive progress it has made, and questions the integrity of its dedication to open and fair dealing.