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Miss Indian World

Miss Indian World

by Katarina Ziervogel The largest Native American powwow in the world is held annually in Albuquerque, New Mexico known as “Gathering of Nations” where people from several First Nations tribes gathers to celebrate their diverse culture, filled with rich history, culture, and beautiful traditions. One event in particular, is not your regular pageant competition and is known as “Miss Indian World.” Normally, a pageant competition’s focal point is the participants’ exterior appearance. What separates Miss Indian World from all other pageant competitions, is their keen goal of selecting the next Miss Indian World out of all talented participants solely based on their sum of deep understanding and knowledge of her tribe, culture, history and traditions. The remarkable young women from across North America travel to New Mexico as a representatives of their own tribes and communities to compete for the…

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Yellowknife’s Friendship Centre wins Friendship Centres of Excellence

Yellowknife’s Friendship Centre wins Friendship Centres of Excellence

by Katarina Ziervogel There are several Friendship Centres all over Canada, and they are utterly dedicated to demonstrate and bring together a community, relationships and serve their Indigenous people locally. Yellowknife’s Tree of Peace Friendship Centre is one of eleven recipients this year to win a national award of excellence. Should all friendship centres in Canada follow an example such as Yellowknife’s Friendship Centre keep up with its fulfilling service to the local community and Indigenous peoples, they will drastically improve tons of people’s lifestyle and their relationships with others in and out of the community as well. To continue reading more about Yellowknife’s Friendship Centre, click on the link attached below. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yellowknife-tree-of-peace-friendship-centre-award-1.4235852?cmp=rss

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Why Homelessness Makes No Sense

Why Homelessness Makes No Sense

by Katarina Ziervogel Next week, from October 25-27, the National Conference on Ending Homelessness will take place in Winnipeg. Here Katarina Ziervogel writes about the vulnerabilities for homeless people, and why we must work together to end homelessness.   Annually, 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness on a range from mild to severe form. It is one of the biggest issues in Canada today, and the question is why and how important it is to end homelessness.   Living on the street can have a negative impact on an individual’s mental and physical health, regardless of the background they emerged from. Not only are they prone to developing mental illnesses, such as depression but they are prone to physical illnesses such as tuberculosis and nutritional defence. Unfortunately, the worst of all, the exposure to living on the street can lead to the…

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Indigenous Fashion Week

by Katarina Ziervogel   In the beautiful British Columbia, Vancouver, the first of Vancouver’s Indigenous Fashion Week was held for four days between July 26th and July 19th at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Atrium. It celebrated cultural appreciation for Indigenous designers and artists, instead of having their artwork appropriated by others. Indigenous-based design was featured, as done by 32 Indigenous designers. Indigenous models represented the designers’ artwork on the catwalk, which is uncommon in the fashion world and in the media. It is necessary to ensure that Indigenous communities have true representatives of themselves to the public, as it will increase awareness of what’s going on inside Indigenous communities and sensitivity towards their culture, traditions and history. This article from the Globe and Mail highlights how important it is to appreciate Indigenous culture, instead of stealing from it and making it…

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Four Sacred Medicines – Cedar

  by Katarina Ziervogel On this website, there is an e-ceremony and e-smudge available to honour the families and of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous women with four Sacred Medicines (Tobacco, Sage, Cedar, Sweetgrass) to choose from. Four Sacred Medicines comes from one of the First Nations’ tribe Anishinaabe. But the sacred medicines are used widely for all Indigenous people within their prayers, rituals, and healing circles within the community and our people. Many cultures and religions use plant medicines for several reasons. In Anishinaabe and for all Indigenous people, this is best known as smudging. Each of four Sacred Medicine has its own healing for specific areas to a human being or the environment. Cedar is the South of the four Sacred Medicines. Cedar can be used in a different way, such as brewing into tea, cedar bath, or…

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