Don’t Wanna Go home!

Posted: 5th August 2012 by sill3700 in Uncategorized
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Long train ride ahead, ever tired this morning. Sad to be leaving, but thats okay. This is exactly how I wanted to feel, this way I know I made the most of my 3 weeks in MF. Transitioning back into reality now. Hoping that home is ready to accept me and the person I aspire to be upon my return.I’ve taken some time during these past few weeks to reflect on where I fit in as First Nations person. One thing I’d really like to start is, learning the woman hand drum songs. Seeing the youth in MF passionate about their culture was something so beautiful, and empowering. I find myself singing the bits and pieces that I know, and I’m so excited to get started learning and connecting with those who are willing to share their knowledge with me.
See everyone soon!

Best Day Yet!

Posted: 31st July 2012 by sill3700 in Uncategorized

I met Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux and Ben Powless today. WOW…..I learned so much from the both of them in terms of education, history, and critical thinking. I left feeling EMPOWERED and ready to share my thoughts on topics surround First Nations People. I’ve been thinking a lot about my future, and decided to make some changes in my education plan and career path. Just goes to show the impact of this experience has been.

*** Talking with Cynthia, I think I have a place to stay when I go the visit my Band (Chippewas of Georgina Island). So excited and long over due.

The Gang!

Posted: 31st July 2012 by sill3700 in Uncategorized
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Wiky Pow Wow

Posted: 31st July 2012 by sill3700 in Uncategorized
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High Ridge is leaving for the Wiky Pow Wow this weekend, I’m sad to see them go, but also wanted to share this with everyone incase they may be interested!

For more information:

http://www.wikwemikong.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=149:traditional-pow-wow-weekend&catid=49:front-page-news&Itemid=70

Circles

Posted: 31st July 2012 by sill3700 in Uncategorized
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I’ve been getting tired of circles lately, it seems like we do them everyday… for 2 hours. I’m needing a bit of a rest from them when I get home. As someone who is not exactly an open book, its sometimes hard for me to process and be aware of how other group members are feeling.
However I would like to point out that the group had a truly amazing circle last night, that was filled with emotion and tears. It makes we happy to see how comfortable we all were with each other. A lot of things were brought up relating to our lives before and after the program, which caused me to reflect on how I can be more involved with my roots and creating change within my community.

High Ridge

Posted: 30th July 2012 by sill3700 in Uncategorized
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High Ridge is Moose Cree First Nation’s male drum group. The group started about 5 years ago, by youth in the community. The drum group’s intention was to promote a healthy lifestyle to youth, without the influences of drugs and alcohol. These young men are role models youth in their community, because they have shown strength in their ability to abstain from drugs and alcohol. When I saw the group perform their talent blew me away. They also shared with the Roots group the teaching around the drum and what the drum materials represent.

Life’s good

Posted: 30th July 2012 by sill3700 in Uncategorized
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As I said earlier, this has been an extremely busy trip and especially this week with Gathering Of Our People (GOOP) and Cree Fest going on. The events started on Wednesday with a community breakfast, which I found both delicious and refreshing. I really enjoyed going to the fests and events because it allowed me the opportunity to see the community come together and interact with those I had yet to meet. During the festivities we were able to hear from various speakers such as; Louis Bird, Jimmy Small, Stan Louttit, Jane (Grand Chief of Mushkegowuk council) & Grace Delaney and the last Veteran in Moose Cree First Nation. I love having the opportunity to speak with elders in the community who have so much knowledge and are willing to share with the Roots group. I could go on and on about the stories they shared, some of which involved their residential school experience. However I don’t feel I at this point in time that I would do their stories justice, and would much rather take the time to process all of this once I’m back in Waterloo. I’ve been here 2 weeks and can’t imagine my old life anymore… feeling like I could stay here forever.

For further information about the festivals above, please follow the links below:

http://www.moosecree.com/

http://www.facebook.com/events/416681888349208/

http://mushkegowuk.com/welcome/

Update

Posted: 30th July 2012 by sill3700 in Uncategorized
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I apologize for not updating my blog as frequently as I would have liked. Unfortunately I do not have access to Internet while up here, and when I do it’s a bad connection. This trip has kept me so busy and I’ve tried my best to upload/update whenever possible, but it has become extremely frustrating to have all my notes written in my journal and without any way to share them on my blog…

The program is going amazing! I feel like I’ve learned so much from the elders, organizations, community members, and my fellow group members. To paraphrase what Louis Bird had said to the Canadian Roots group; this experience is about going beyond books, it’s about learning from the stories told by the people who live them. I feel that these few words really express why it is that I’m in Moose Factory; for me to be here doing hands on learning, to create awareness cultural, history, and community.

July, 20th, 2012

Posted: 30th July 2012 by sill3700 in Uncategorized
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Had an amazing day, that I am currently taking a break from to update you about. It felt great to sleep in this morning, absolutely great! Had poutine at the local takeout place, YUM! And then it was off to our placement.We had a much better experience today, the student staff were more approachable today. We had an Olympic day with the kids that involved; water balloons, relays,

Please Note

Posted: 29th July 2012 by sill3700 in Uncategorized
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If I don’t have a chance to upload photo’s (and descriptions) I plan to do so within one week of my return to civilization.