Friday, December 6, 2013

Mi’kmaq assembly starts boosting membership with Corner Brook meeting

Fighting the controversial enrolment process
Good article on the MFNAN meeting this past week.

"The Mi'kmaq First Nation Assembly of Newfoundland is hoping to boost its membership and got a good start on that during an information session held in Corner Brook Thursday night.

"The assembly has been organized to fight the controversial enrolment process into the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band in light of the concern thousands of people will be denied membership in the band...


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Call of the Spirit: Stories of Success in Indigenous-Led Education

Encouraging trends in educational achievement among Aboriginal youth
"In this new Tyee Solutions Society Series, reporter Katie Hyslop looks at some inspiring models for doing things differently; what society's failure to help our Aboriginal youth learn is costing the rest of us; and how the federal and provincial governments might better spend Aboriginal education dollars."


Journeying back: a research project

Understanding, reclamation and recovery
Dr. Maura Hanrahan writes a very personal account of reclaming heritage and family history in this paper written at Memorial University. Below is a short excerpt. (Click the link above for the entire article.) Wela'lin for this great testimonial!
"Like that of other people of Newfoundland Mi'kmaq descent, my Indigenous  ancestry was stigmatized and largely hidden by my family through my childhood.   Through my research with Indigenous elders, beginning with the Inuit-Metis of  Southern Labrador, I began to realize that stigmatization and the use of denial as a  coping strategy was a common experience in Indigenous Canada.  Here, I go  beyond locating myself in the text to begin what Robert Nash calls a scholarly  personal narrative (2004) rooted in my experience as a person of Mi'kmaq descent  in modern day Newfoundland."