Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Survival a testament to unimaginable strength

There is no quick fix

An important perspective on the many issues facing First Nations communities.

"Friday, June 21, was National Aboriginal Day, a day to honour our First Nations citizens. But too often instead of honour, they get disrespect. [...] That First Nations people have survived at all is testament to an unimaginable strength. First Nations are getting their act together, mostly due to their own initiative, but there is no quick fix.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Honouring Mi'kmaq heritage with handmade a canoe

A traditional art — building birchbark canoes
"A seventh-generation Mi'kmaq man from Nova Scotia's Kejimkujik region is honouring the heritage and culture of his people by practising a traditional art — building birchbark canoes. Todd Labrador, whose great-grandfather was a master canoe maker, taught himself how to build the craft after his own father passed away."


Monday, June 24, 2013

Kisiku'k Wklusuwaqnmuow

Murdena Marshall speaks

"I like the Mi'kmaq language, I love it dearly, it's my first love. I like my Mi'kmaq thought influenced by my language, without my language I wouldn't have a Mi'kmaq thought. ... I'll never break my teachings. This is who I am and this is how I'll die. I can never escape my Mi'kmaq thoughts, it can never be taken away from me and it could never be squashed in my self-conscience. So those things are very important to me. To me the word Mi'kmaq is just a word, but all that it encompasses that word is dear to me".