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[Jul. 26th, 2010|05:41 pm]
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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?

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