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New Blood / Intro [Jun. 15th, 2008|12:25 am]
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Name:  Saffron


Winnipeg, MB

Are you aboriginal? 
Yes, but only part.

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

Are you enrolled in these nations? 
No, though I'm trying to convince my grandmother to help me fill out the paperwork.

Do you reside on a reservation?
Only for a week every summer. ; )

Do you participate in traditional/religious activities?
Unfortunately no.

Have you ever been to a PowWow? Have you participated or just watched?
Yes but just watched.

Have you always grown up with your aboriginal heritage, or are you having to reclaim it?
I'm having to reclaim it. My mother can pass and my dad is white, so I was raised Anglo. I've only started exploring that side of the family in the last few years.

Do you speak a First Nations language?
Unfortunately no, but I might study Cree when I get to university.

What is the most important part of being an aboriginal? 
Knowing where you come from. Not so much in that "a piece of me was missing before I found this" way (though I have felt that), but in the strength and pride that comes from knowing the truth about where and what and who you've come from, and what your Elders had to endure to bring you to this point. Finding that pride has opened my eyes to a lot. Finding that strength has helped me change my life for the better these last few years. Finding that respect has strengthened my relationships with my Mother and Grandmother in ways I never imagined before.

Interests, Please:
I'm a computer geek. Programming, web design and development, graphic design, photography .. the usual. I work in television for the local PBS station as a researcher. I teach how to build/maintain/use computers to kids living here in the Core on the weekends (the Dell program was dropped by the inner city schools so someone has to). I run a small web design and hosting shingle and fix computers for extra money. I'm planning to go into Archaeology in a couple of years after getting a Library Sciences diploma to live on while I study. Good TV, Movies, Music, lots of books ... the basics *shrugs*

Nice to meet you all! :)
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interview with activists [Jun. 13th, 2008|04:52 pm]
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[Current Location |Moscow]

Hello! I'm interested about your nation, your language and culture. I belong to the finno-ugric organization in Russia. We are very interested about the way you preserve and develop your identity and culture. I would like to obtain an interview with someone who works in the field of preserving and developing of your identity, culture and the way of life
I am much obliged to you

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A few upcoming events [May. 17th, 2008|11:52 am]
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The 32nd Odawa Pow wow being held in Ottawa,Canada.
May 23,24,25th 2008

National Day Of Action in support of Canada's first nations
May 29th, 2008
Victoria Island 10am to Parliment hill 1pm, Ottawa.
for more info visit www.afn.ca or call 613-241-6789

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Hello Everybody! Fresh Meat. :) [Dec. 20th, 2007|09:07 am]
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[mood |awake]

Kali / 22

Calgary, Alberta

Are you aboriginal?: 
No (some questions edited out due to being n/a)

Do you participate in traditional/religious activities? 
I would love to!

Have you ever been to a PowWow? Have you participated or just watched? 
Yes! Just watched, but it was hard to stay still!

Do you speak a First Nations language?
No. I would like to learn one.

What is the most important part of being an aboriginal? 
For someone who is aboriginal, I think it is important to respect the culture you come from and know how precious -and endangered- it is.

For those not of a First Nation ancestry: What brings you here?
I've always had a deep respect for the beauty and stuggles of First Nations cultures. I grew up being very aware and respectful of nature. My mother used to smudge me with traded sweetgrass every night as a kid, which is a lasting memory for me. I suppose I feel my values align with those of First Nations traditions.

I am also currently engaged in a career path of international community development and health care, with a specific interest in traditional and tribal peoples. I would like to work with human rights for Canadian First Nations and aboriginal people abroad. I think it is important to remember that since I am not an aboriginal person, I need to listen to the needs and wants of those who are.

FOR ALL OF US... Interests, Please: 
Wow, lots of those! I study comparitive religion and herbalism on an ongoing basis. I love learning about traditional medicines. I enjoy keeping busy with volunteer work, both with animals (I am a foster home for rescued greyhounds) and people (with the UN, Amnesty, Calgary Volunteers, etc.). I was bitten by the travel bug in May -  I spent a month in Ecuador, two weeks of which I was volunteering in an aboriginal community in the Amazon (I have some hilarious stories!).  I'll finish my International Community Development certificate in late spring and I'll be continuing on to a nursing degree.  I'm interested and taking part in anti-racism and awareness issues. My passion, by far, is dance. I'm currently pretty involved in the salsa community here in Calgary! 

Well, I think that's enough for now!
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Descendants of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse break away from US [Dec. 20th, 2007|10:51 am]
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I just saw this posted in the anthropologist community this morning. Seeing as it's legal according to the U.S. Consitution, could something similar happen here in Canada or are the laws too different? I'm not as well read as I could be on the subject.

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States, leaders said Wednesday.

"We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us," long-time Indian rights activist Russell Means told a handful of reporters and a delegation from the Bolivian embassy, gathered in a church in a run-down neighborhood of Washington for a news conference.

A delegation of Lakota leaders delivered a message to the State Department on Monday, announcing they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the United States, some of them more than 150 years old.

Rest of article here
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White Buffalo Calf and Black Buffalo Calf [Dec. 20th, 2007|01:28 am]
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While  I know that many in this community are probably in the Native American community as well, I suspect some are not. This entry was posted there  by   (</a></font></b></a>lucv_cate)  

White Buffalo Calf and Black Buffalo Calf

statement from Uqualla
Traditional Spiritual Advisor, Wisdom Keeper,
and former Chief of the Havasupai Nation
Grand Canyon, Arizona
November 01, 2007


While in the desert these past days, I was informed of this powerful spiritual event and was told by Spirit that this information would be coming soon. These two buffalo [in Pennsylvania] are from Creator and they are virgin births.

That this has happened on the East Coast is significant and the meaning will be revealed in time. These two sacred four-leggeds were brought by Spirit for the benefit of all mankind. It is highly significant that one is black, one is white, that one is male, one is female. This is the balance of all things. Neither is more than or less than. All are equal. Woman is not more than man and man is not more than woman.

This is the message to all humanity: to come again to a spiritual path. There is no one belief, no one Way being the only Way. We must each come again to our own Way. The spiritual DNA is in all of us and that needs to be re-awakened.

It is not for one Nation or one People or one place. This is for all mankind, worldwide.

It is also time for the indigenous people to resume their birthright as caretakers of this earth. Because of this, the information needs to be released under the advice and counsel of many spiritual leaders of all mankind from around the world.

These are virgin births to a recognized four-legged which are sacred and respected and known to many people. They have come so that we may understand, again, the responsibility given to each and every one of us to begin to live again in this good way.
The way of the First Nations’ People is being spread worldwide. Many prophets are not listened to in their own countries yet their message is accepted elsewhere. Now, the message of understanding is being passed to all Nations.

This is a message of peace for all mankind; for the world.

This is what I was told.

Now, I have shared the message with you. Hongyuo. It is good.

Statement from Charles Chipps,
Traditional Lakota Spiritual Leader
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
November 13, 2007

In the beginning there was Wakan Tanka, the Great Mystery/Creator, and there was Tatanka, Buffalo. Wakan Tanka is the image of man. Tatanka is the image of the people.
The Spirit, the great one, Tunkasila [Grandfather], has come into these two buffalo that have been born at the Woodland Zoo.

This is Sacred Life. A new beginning and I am very happy about these things.These things are real. We, as individuals, must come to an understanding of what this means to us personally. We must, again, begin to understand “Mitakuye Oyasin”, [All My Relations]. We were created as humans to serve each other by helping the Creator. In helping the Creator, we serve the People.

The People are the Tatanka, the Buffalo. The Tatanka, the Buffalo, are the People.
[n.b.: The Lakota People were originally known as the Tatanka Oyate, The Buffalo People.]

These Tatanka are meant to right the wrongs of today’s society. When the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe was brought and the Spirit that brought that sacred prayer Pipe left the People, she rolled four times and became the White Buffalo. This was a new beginning for the People.

The births of these two buffalo are a new beginning. Every day is a new beginning, a chance to start again. Many sacred things are happening across this country, especially on the East Coast. Many ceremonies need to be conducted: Ceremonies of gratitude, Wopila (thank you) Ceremonies, and the Giveaway. As Wakan Tanka has given us these two buffalo, we must give. These sacrifices are good. Give for the People. Give to the People. Tunkasila will help us in that way.

No other could have brought these two. This is unbelievable; therefore it must be from Tunkasila. So, it must be a miracle. These Spirits are not from this world. They are like the Inyan Oyate, the Stone People, and of the Spirit World. They are of the Wakinyan Oyate, the Thunder People, who bring the lightning, the same lightning that strikes the people and turns them into Heyoka, Sacred Clowns. These two are the lightning.

If you take away a man’s coffee, his caffeine, he gets angry. If you take away his alcohol, he gets angry. Man has learned to rely only on the things made by man. These things were not made by the Creator. It is time to again rely on the things given by the Creator. The animal nations get wiser, stronger as they grow older. Humans get weaker.

What are we doing? Or not doing?

We, the indigenous people, never had trouble with other countries. We did not cross the ocean and conquer other indigenous people. We did not bring a new religion and way of life, demanding all must follow that way. In 2007, there is much trouble. The government seems against the People. There are many illnesses. The food is poison, as is the air, the water. Many are sick and dying. These two have come for this.

The White Buffalo Calf C’anunpa was gifted by Spirit for man to use for the People. It is now time to use that C’anunpa. It is time to pray with the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe. It is time to unlock the White Buffalo Calf Pipe.

The C’anunpa, the sacred prayer pipe, was gifted first to the Lakota People. Now, everyone uses it. There are many sacred items that were gifted to each Nation. Now all those things are used by everyone. Now, we must be genuine when we pray with these things. We must be authentic.

Spirituality is a ceremony in and of itself. This is not a religion; it is a way of life. We must be grateful for the truth, the truth of the Creator, not man’s truth. The sun never sleeps, as in the Sundance. So we must dance the Sundance. Make prayer ties. Use only pure cotton, all natural materials. Black, Red, Yellow, White. These are the colors of man. Blue, Green, these are the colors of Earth.

Yet all are red inside, everyone, everything. We are all red inside. This never changes. Stay young in your heart. If we continue to live in this good way, this will be our living prayer.

Tatanka is a living prayer. These two buffalo are a living prayer. That is all I know. We must look at ourselves. Do not be sad when someone dies. They have returned to the Creator and this is a good thing.

We Native People are like a bundle of sticks. Together, that bundle cannot be broken. But, if we stand alone, one stick, we are easily broken. We must stand together, as one: together as one Nation, one People. If we do this, we cannot be broken.

Continue the sweat lodge. Continue the prayers. Come early to Sundance. It is only 4 days out of 365 days. But tomorrow is a new day. Lower the sweat lodges to 45 inches high. Make the sweat lodges wider, as much as 12 feet across. Dig the pit deeper so you can use more stones. Use a bigger dipper to pour more water. Use a bigger bucket to use more water. Use only pure red willow in the C’anunpa.

We are all human.

Hec’etu yelo, I have spoken this. Waste’ yelo, It is good.

Charles Chipps
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Frobisher [Nov. 17th, 2007|01:40 am]
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I am writing a thesis about first expeditions to Canadian North and first observations of the Inuit. Have you ever read George Best. If yes, I am just curious, what do you think about him and his study, and entirely about Frobisher expedition to Baffin Island. Just your impression, may be something you remember, something that caught your attention.
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For A Change [Oct. 25th, 2007|03:40 am]
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... a more-or-less balanced editorial on the subject...


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Letter to the Editor - Saskatoon Star Phoenix [Oct. 23rd, 2007|08:26 am]
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[mood |enragedenraged]

Sweetheart casino deal only helps chiefs, leaders

    SP columnist Doug Cuthand and FSIN Chief Lawrence Joseph have said the new gaming agreement with the government for Native-run casinos is a good "first step." Obviously they expect future deals to get even sweeter.
    Cuthand is silly when he says the First Nations "assumed the risk...did the work...and put up the cash" to build the casinos. Who wouldn't take the risk when there is no risk to take? They didn't invest any money. It's my tax dollars that are being used. Also, the government has given them the benefit of no competition.
    The profits, according to Cuthand, will be used to help them become full and participating people in society. I think that if a sweetheart casino deal is what is needed to get Indian involvement in the economy, it is sad. No one else needs that.
    Government dependency is something that the chiefs want to keep in place. If their people didn't need handouts, then chiefs would become unimportant.
    Cuthand also wants Indians to participate more in society. I want that too, but aboriginals always have considered integration a dirty word so obviously there's a fine line between participating in society and integration.
    I wonder what would happen if Indian people became participants in like everyone else and some of them "lose their identity". Would they start another class action lawsuit in 40 years nd blame the white man's government for baiting them with casinos to get them to integrate?
    Time will tell if the $155 million more in profits over five years actually helps anyone except for the chiefs and leaders. If history is any indication, I shouldn't hold my breath.

E.S. Zacharias, Saskatoon

So, any thoughts?
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New Here [Sep. 24th, 2007|11:52 am]
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Location: Winnipeg

Are you aboriginal?  Yes

If so, which nation(s) do you belong to? I am Métis. My native heritage is Cree.

Are you enrolled in these nations? I identify myself as being a Métis woman.

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? So far, I've been to Sundance, and plan on participating next year.

Have you always grown up with your aboriginal heritage, or are you having to reclaim it? I grew up knowing I was Métis, but only in the last few years have I been able to reclaim it. I've been lucky enough to meet elders and have been learning the sacred teachings.

Do you speak a First Nations language? Not yet, but I'm learning many Ojibwe words, and I hope to meet an elder who speaks Cree.

What is the most important part of being an aboriginal? To respect all others, and to try to obtain all of the teachings so that we can continue to pass them down. We cannot let our traditions fade away. 

I recently had my naming ceremony, and so I would like to introduce myself to you.

I am Wabiska Mikinaak of the Ma'iingan Clan; I am White Turtle of the Wolf Clan. 

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