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Hello [Jan. 4th, 2011|12:16 am]
Canadian Natives
creeboy

I am a cree from Alberta and I am a freelance writer.  I have written for the Windspeaker, First Perspective, and the First Nations Drum.  I found this site in search for places online where first nations people come together to discuss things.  It is actually very limited.  Anyway, i'm not sure what to include in my post so I will put a little poem and a link to my website.  My website doesn't sell anything, it is very simple with some news stories and forums to talk about protests and activism and native issues.  Thanks.

www.nativenews.webs.com 

Culture

 do the trees fall or die,
do the birds call or cry?

we no longer speak the language,
we no longer feel the anguish
 
we're supposed to be off-red
the color of soil,
we get so black inside
the color of oil.

there is a law
there is culture,
but there are claws and vultures.

 one day we will die as a people
or we will die as people
 
our culture,
is locked in a museum.


 


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(no subject) [Jul. 26th, 2010|05:41 pm]
Canadian Natives

tomkoz
Name: tom

Age: 25

Location: ottawa

Are you aboriginal? no. i'm of varied northern and eastern european heritage.

If so, which nation(s) do you belong to?

Are you enrolled in these nations? (And no, we will not pick on you if you say no to this question)

Do you reside on a reservation?
don't know if i have never even seen one. sometimes on highways i may have driven through, but to be honest i'm not sure i know what that even really means, "reservation"

Do you participate in traditional/religious activities?
i make the food my grandma used to make, but nothing more than that. i don't really believe in religion. i suppose, though, that i follow more or less all the traditions of this country i was born in.

Have you ever been to a PowWow? Have you participated or just watched?
never

Have you always grown up with your aboriginal heritage, or are you having to reclaim it?

Do you speak a First Nations language?
i started taking an inuktitut class in school, but within a few weeks it was cancelled for lack of enrollment..
What is the most important part of being an aboriginal?

For those not of a First Nation ancestry: What brings you here?
i feel that my country makes no sense. europeans shouldn't have come here and taken the land in the first place, but it's a few hundred years later, and what now? i also feel tremendous guilt for what the government of canada did to aboriginal people, and the aboriginal peoples, over the years, and are probably doing now i just don't even know about it. i'm just here to hear some new perspectives on what it's like to be aboriginal in canada, and where to go from here. oh, i also wrote a paper in school about the state of the haida language, which is a pretty strong language as far as canadian indigenous languages go, but it is still a steep uphill battle to even let it survive, which led me to believe that most of the dozens of canadian languages are going to have a really hard time surviving even just the next generation (with of course a few exceptions, like cree, inuktitut, & ojibwe). basically, i'm here for an alternative to the cbc news, even if this community doesn't seem very active

FOR ALL OF US... Interests, Please:
cooking, languages, seeing & learning new things, sleeping in, trying to slowly make myself slightly better
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Shayla Oulette for Miss Teen Canada-World [Jul. 11th, 2010|09:39 pm]
Canadian Natives

silverstars230
Shayla has a Cree heritage and has relatives from the Muscowpetung Indian Reserve in Saskatchewan, and she also has Metis heritage with relatives from the Batoche area.
Shayla is my  little cousin who is currently competing in Toronto for the title of Miss Teen Canada-World. The thing is, for the first part of the competition each contestant must gain enough online votes in order to be guaranteed a spot in the top 20. It would be VERY much appreciated if you could vote for her. It takes mere minutes to do so!
Follow the link here and the instructions below!!!
www.missteencanadaworld.com/this_year/contestant_detail/227

EVERY VOTE HELPS! Tell your friends! Thank you :)
Voting for Miss Teen Canada opens today and goes until July 17th. Any votes help and it would be VERY much appreciated. A few things to note about voting.
1. Once you go to Shayla's page you will be asked to "become a VIP" fill out the information and if you feel uncomfortabletable giving your cell number, do not worry, as it is unnecessary.
2. You will be sent a confirmation email that will likely show up in your junk mail. Click the link and follow it back to the miss teen site, then proceed to vote for Shayla with your email.
Then that is it! It takes literally about 5 minutes!
Help Shayla win Miss Teen!
Thank you VERY Much
xoxo, ♥

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Introduction [Mar. 22nd, 2009|12:30 am]
Canadian Natives

evewithanapple
[Current Location |Canada]
[mood |anxiousanxious]
[music |On My Own- Les Miserables (Frances Rufelle)]

Name: Laura

Age: 17

Location: GTA, Ontario

Are you aboriginal?:No

If so, which nation(s) do you belong to? n/a

Are you enrolled in these nations? n/a

Do you reside on a reservation? No, though I have visited one- there's one right down the road for us, and that's where my dad buys his cigarettes,

Do you participate in traditional/religious activities?
Haven't really figured that aspect of my life out yet.

Have you ever been to a PowWow? Have you participated or just watched? Yep! About two years ago. I was a viewer, not a participant.

Have you always grown up with your aboriginal heritage, or are you having to reclaim it? n/a

Do you speak a First Nations language?
Unfortunately no, though I'm thinking about studying some at university.

What is the most important part of being an aboriginal?
I don't think I'm qualified to answer.

For those not of a First Nation ancestry: What brings you here? In ninth grade, I did a project on First Nations land claims, and I've been studying the surrounding issues separately ever since. Through this, I've developed an interest in Native culture and the issues facing First Nations groups. _nativeamerican has a link to this community in their profile, and I thought that, seeing as how I'm Canadian, this was the best place for me to expand my understanding of how best to be an ally. Basically I'm going to sit quietly, listen, and learn.

FOR ALL OF US... Interests, Please: History, reading, writing, theatre, social justice, cultural anthropology.
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introductions and hellos. [Nov. 27th, 2008|12:39 am]
Canadian Natives
blacktshirt
Upon joining, please post this survey so we can get to know you...

To introduce yourself to the community,
please use this quick survey:

Name:
Karlene Harvey

Age: 23

Location:
Vancouver

Are you aboriginal? yes

If so, which nation(s) do you belong to?
Chilcotin, okanagan, carrier

Are you enrolled in these nations? (And no, we will not pick on you if you say no to this question)
yes

Do you reside on a reservation?
no

Do you participate in traditional/religious activities?
i'm an atheist trying to figure out spirituality.

Have you ever been to a PowWow? Have you participated or just watched?
yes, i've never participated though...

Have you always grown up with your aboriginal heritage, or are you having to reclaim it?
i've grown up with it, but i'm trying to reclaim the history (both family, nation-based history and just general knowledge).

Do you speak a First Nations language?
sadly no, but i'm finally getting my mom and grandma to teach me.

What is the most important part of being an aboriginal?
responsibility to give back as much as we can and take action towards defending our rights.

FOR ALL OF US... Interests, Please:
drawing, playing bass and guitar, comics, music, reading, writing...

I currently work at Redwire Magazine (www.redwiremag.com) as Arts Director. And while I'm not trying to spam this community i am really interested in doing outreach to find Native youth (under the age of 29) to submit to our publication. I really want to give opportunities to writers and artists and i feel that there's nothing more encouraging than becoming connected with Native youth communities and having your work published. I guess if people feel okay about this I might post a call-out for the next issue (it's about Food Sovereignty)? Let me know what you think about this.

artsdirector@redwiremag.com

Thank you!
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To introduce myself to the community survey: [Sep. 18th, 2008|11:47 pm]
Canadian Natives

mikmaqlady27

Name: Martine

Age: 27

Location: Halifax Nova Scotia

Are you aboriginal? Yes

If so, which nation(s) do you belong to? Mik'maq

Are you enrolled in these nations? (And no, we will not pick on you if you say no to this question) I am not sure what is meant here if I am status or not? I am from the Mik'maw nation and status

Do you reside on a reservation? No but I grow up on one in Newfoundland

Do you participate in traditional/religious activities? No but do when I have the chance which is rare

Have you ever been to a PowWow? Have you participated or just watched? Yes I have seen the first Powwow at home when I was a teenager and I go when I am home.

Have you always grown up with your aboriginal heritage, or are you having to reclaim it? My reserve got status as a native reserve in 1984 just as I was in the school system so as the community starting reclaiming it's heritage I was able to learn and grow with it. But there so much I still need to learn

Do you speak a First Nations language? No

What is the most important part of being an aboriginal? The connection of everything that everything is connected. That there no center focus on self but the community.

For those not of a First Nation ancestry: What brings you here?

FOR ALL OF US... Interests, Please:

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Hello [Sep. 10th, 2008|11:10 am]
Canadian Natives

riotact
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[music |Rilo Kiley - Silver Lining]

Name: Anna
Age: 19
Location: Vancouver, BC.
Are you aboriginal? Yes.
If so, which nation(s) do you belong to? Cree/Saulteaux
Are you enrolled in these nations? Only Saulteaux.
Do you reside on a reservation? No.
Do you participate in traditional/religious activities? Yes.
Have you ever been to a PowWow? Have you participated or just watched? Yes, I have to many of them actually. I use to dance when I was younger and I've been wanting to start again.
Have you always grown up with your aboriginal heritage, or are you having to reclaim it? Yes, I have. I grew up on my reservation for a couple of year when I was younger and after we moved my mother still kept us in touch with our roots. 
Do you speak a First Nations language? I can count to five! Other than that, no. :/
What is the most important part of being an aboriginal? Knowing where you come from,  how past generations have struggled to get us here. Being proud of your ancestry and accepting it.
For those not of a First Nation ancestry: What brings you here?
FOR ALL OF US... Interests, Please: I love reading, writing and taking pictures. Music is my life and I listen to all kinds of it. I'm a movie buff and a tv addict. I'm going to start learn how to bead and make regalia, for myself and my family.
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AIM [Aug. 28th, 2008|02:50 am]
Canadian Natives

ballistikgirl
[music |Hellacopters - Another Turn]

Alright, I'm looking for some guidance here, from a Canadian Native viewpoint.

I've researched the American Indian Movement, but it's hard to find good, unbiased material on them. I've heard from a lot of people that they didn't stick to their original values and just turned into a violent radical group.

I'd like your opinions on the matter. What do you think of AIM? Do you think they help, hurt, or don't do much at all for our struggle?

cross-posted.
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Hello! [Aug. 17th, 2008|02:52 pm]
Canadian Natives

nick_nack
[mood |chipperchipper]
[music |Love Games - Lady GaGa]

Name:  Nick Rou [Shortened.]

Age:  13

Location:  Dauphin, MB

Are you aboriginal?  No.

If so, which nation(s) do you belong to? Cree on my mom's side. I'm Metis.

Are you enrolled in these nations?  I'm not old enough yet.

Do you reside on a reservation? No.

Do you participate in traditional/religious activities? Yes.

Have you ever been to a PowWow? Have you participated or just watched? Yes, I've danced in them as well.

Have you always grown up with your aboriginal heritage, or are you having to reclaim it? When I was younger I didn't know much about it, but yes, I've grown up with it.

Do you speak a First Nations language? No, sadly.

What is the most important part of being an aboriginal?  Being able to really participate in your culture and knowing who you are is something important to me. We have such a rich history, and I really enjoy learning about it, although I am young. I've always loved listening to stories, so it's no suprise I love hearing the legends of our people. There's deffinatly a sense of belonging. I've always had friends that are native as well, so I'm just so glad we have common ground.

Interests, Please: My interests are wide spread, and odd. Some of the ones I usually don't tell people about are: Anime, Doll collecting, and video gaming. Yup, I'm dork, not that that's a bad thing. I love the computer and just chatting with my online buds, whether they be from Ireland, or right here in Canada. I also do archery as my sport of choice, recurve to be exact. Those are just the ones worth mentioning. I've got plenty more.
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