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The History of National Indigenous Peoples Day

The History of National Indigenous Peoples Day

Photo Courtesy of Government of Canada By Katarina Ziervogel National Indigenous Peoples Day is coming up this Thursday on June 21st. Not many people know about the history of the day that is dedicated to Indigenous Peoples. The celebration brings the whole community across Canada together, educates non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, and spreads awareness of how important it is to respect and be aware of Indigenous Peoples’ history, culture, and language. It all started in 1982. The former National Indian Brotherhood at that time (now known as the Assembly of First Nations) called for a day utterly dedicated to Indigenous peoples. Hence it named “National Aboriginal Solidarity Day”. But the day dedicated to the celebration of Indigenous Peoples and their own culture was not made official until June 21 in 1996. It was marked as an official day, “National Aboriginal…

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Saving a Dying Language

Saving a Dying Language

(Image Courtesy of Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press) By Katarina Ziervogel SAVING A DYING LANGUAGE First Nations languages are the essence of and share a great part in many cultures. Language keeps hundreds of years of First Nations’ culture alive and well through the spoken and written words that have a different interpretation than in the English language. Woefully, many of the First Nations languages were forgotten or erased in the process of European colonization during the 15th century. Today, there are very few languages that remain alive in Indigenous communities. In Nunavut and the Northwest Territories around where the Inuit communities are (Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk, and Ulukhaktok), their language, Inuinnaqtun, is often spoken by the elders, but not the younger generation due to a grim result of the residential schools. Alas, the communication between the younger generations and older generations is not…

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Moose Hide Campaign

by Katarina Ziervogel Indigenous women and girls are 12 times more likely to be murdered or missing than any other women in Canada. At this moment, there are a great deal of campaigns and non-profit organizations across North America to raise awareness, and to be against any form of violence towards Indigenous women and girls. Moose Hide Campaign is one of these campaigns. It is a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys who stand up for a great prevention against any violence towards Indigenous women and girls. You might ask what is the significant meaning behind the title of “Moose Hide” of an important campaign? It sprouted inspiration to an Indigenous man named Paul Lacerte who was having a father/daughter bonding time with his daughter, Raven who were hunting moose for cultural purposes. They happened to be…

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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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