Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Aboriginal Arts & Stories Competition

Tell your story - Show your talent
"Create a writing or art piece that explores a moment or theme in Aboriginal history or culture. This year's deadline is March 31, 2014, and is open to Canadians of Aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Inuit and M├ętis) between the ages of 14 - 29. (New this year: our competition is open to emerging writers and artists between the ages of 11-13!)"

A 200-400 word Artist's or Author's Statement that explains how your piece reflects or interprets the moment or theme you selected must accompany your entry into the Aboriginal Arts & Stories competition.

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Prospective members in limbo

Interview on CBC Central Morning
"Thousands of people are still waiting for reviews of the applications for membership to the Qalipu Mi'kmaq band. We hear from their lawyer."

I wonder how this dispute about who "qualifies" to be Mi'kmaw reflects on the notion of aboriginal identity. And what does this mean for band members of other FN groups who move away from their traditional lands - are they to be denied? Too bad there is not room for everyone who has roots to reclaim their heritage and be proud representatives of the L'nuq to the world.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

In Flanders Fields

Maqamikek Flanders (posted by Dameion Osmond)
Na Maqamikek Flanders nikutikl wasuekl ta'n elisultiek
Miawe'k na klujjiewe'l pememkitekl.
Sisipji'jk telintu'tijik wijey na'tel musikiskituk
Je tlia' wa'qij nutuj ta'n te'sikl pe'skewe'l.
Ninen nepu'tiek mu piam sa'qe'l mimajultiekip aq
mekite'mekip te's piley na'kwek kisapniaq.
Kesalua'tiekip aq wijey mesnmekip
katu nike' eliusultiek na maqamikek flanders.
Kilew pe'l nike' wsua'tuinen ntipuninal aq
wnaqnmuinen ta'n mu pekwanmuekl.
Wla mtawekn amuj kilew koqwa'tuoq
aq nespnmoq aq mu lekepp.
Mita ta'n ninen nepu'tiek ma kisi atlasmultiwek
je tlia' wasuekl nikwek na maqamikek flanders.

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