Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Reserve Judgement" - IDEAS podcast

Struggling in Old Massett
A moving podcast that helps give context for the damage done by colonial contact and the IRS system. It highlights the difficulties faced by those trying to support and transform communities.

"Katharina and Glenn Patterson decided to get a university degree and then return to their aboriginal community. It was 1998 and they wanted to help. But when they spoke out about violence and tried to take sexual abusers to court, Katharina and Glenn were met with hostility and even rage.  IDEAS chronicled their story in Reserve Judgement -- that was in 2000. Producer Mary O'Connell recently caught up with Katharina and Glenn to discover how that experience changed their lives."


Robert Munsch books to be translated for Mi'kmaq students

Bring a feeling of being at home into the classroom
"A team of Mi'kmaq educators in Cape Breton have translated seven Robert Munsch books into Mi'kmaq to distribute to First Nations students in the province. The seven translated books are Love You Forever, Thomas' Snowsuit, I'm so Embarrassed, Andrew's Loose Truth, A Promise is a Promise, Mud Puddle and I Have to Go. Janice Ciavaglia is a literacy consultant for Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey, the organization that runs Mi'kmaq schools and has jurisdiction in Mi'kmaq educational matters. She said they wanted to bring a feeling of being at home into the classroom."