Canada has had a long and terrible history with indigenous peoples.
Let’s state that from the start. If we can’t look at things as they are, we can never hope to make them better.
And we need to make them better. Continue reading Blowing out Canada’s birthday candles Recognizing mistakes and victories for our future
Dominion Day was my favourite holiday as a child. My parents would load the family into the station wagon and we would drive off to watch the fireworks. That we were celebrating the founding of our nation didn’t factor into my jubilation. My joy was rooted in school being over for another year. That we were celebrating the founding of a nation that relied on a strategy of cultural genocide certainly didn’t cross my min Continue reading Celebrate Canada Day with perspective Remember our history when celebrating our nation
A traditional Métis story used to teach values of honesty and sharing is being shared once again for Truth and Reconciliation during Medicine Stories/Maskihkîy Âcimowin.
The installation, which runs May 27 to June 21, features a 12-foot steel tree based on The Giving Tree story. The tree, placed in the 118 Avenue and 92 Street grassy space, will be used for Truth and Reconciliation through storytelling, songs, and art. Continue reading Healing stories of Truth and Reconciliation Local installation prompts us to share and listen
Did you know that Amiskwaskahikan is the Nehiyaw (Cree) word for Edmonton? Or that what we think of as the Cree language is actually a continuum of eleven dialects that differ across the country? It’s important to remember our country was inhabited for far longer than 150 years by people who spoke languages that were neither French nor English. Continue reading Learn Cree with free language programs Preserving indigenous languages is crucial
After a month on the job, the only complaint Elder Wilson Bearhead has is that he’s not as busy as he’d like. As Edmonton Public Library’s (EPL’s) first elder in residence, Bearhead is available twice a week for anyone who wants to learn about indigenous culture or to receive spiritual support. Continue reading Elder in residence available at the library Learn indigenous culture and find spiritual support
I have a lot of blessings to smile about when I think about being nehiyaw, a Cree person.
Smiling is an act of gratitude and connection, and there are so many blessings I am grateful for as a nehiyawiskwew (Cree woman). The act of introduction in nehiyawewin (Cree language) is a reminder of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual response that evokes a smile (pahpiwânâkosiwin).
Continue reading Remembering our past helps us learn and plan Sharing our connections with gratitude and a smile