Category Archives: Aboriginal Peoples

In the Words of an Elder: Maureen Kennedy Speaks…

I used to have a belief that some races were superior to me and for years never even knew I had this belief. So pitiful, as I was not taught the truth. Now I know that I learned this because … Continue reading

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Our Home and Native Braves

I originally posted this in November 2013, but for personal reasons in light of the recent release of the Truth & Reconciliation Report regarding Canada’s Indigenous peoples, it feels especially appreciable this year and so I wanted to share it again. I’ve also included some minor … Continue reading

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I Was Hacked, & By Friendly Fire Too

Unfortunately I was hacked and a post was put up on my page without my involvement today.  Although I am in support of the knowledge contained in the report that was posted, I will not support the tactics used to … Continue reading

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The REDress Project

My red dress, hanging under the Weeping Willow tree The REDress project, created by Métis artist Jaime Black, highlights the issue of the missing & murdered Indigenous women in Canada. October 4th is a day to honor the lives of over 4,000 … Continue reading

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Bad Medicine

There was a time I needed to feel safe. So, I would just be the Italian, Eurasion or Greek. It was better to be whatever I wasn’t because anything was better than pain. I didn’t have my grandmother’s arms to … Continue reading

Posted in Aboriginal Peoples, Alcoholism, First Nations, Indigenous, Indigenous Peoples, Life, Metis, Native Americans, Pain, Poetry | Tagged , , , | 35 Comments

Pathetic and Dense; You HAVE To Be an Indian

There comes those moments when you sit back and assess why you do what you do.  I’ve done this recently in response to the reactions on my posts and comments about Indigenous Peoples based issues. I originally started writing to … Continue reading

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Washington Redskins Racism Cuts Far Deeper than Wanted For the Team Fans

It’s all so simple really, what’s at the bottom of the fight over changing the name of the Washington Redskin’s football team.  The real deal point that hits home the hardest about the debate is the word racist.  Not racism; … Continue reading

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Educate, Not Dominate

(Warning:  usage of full racial epithets in this opinion piece, because I don’t believe one is more important or blatant than the rest in this point of view).   Our truths are largely based on what side of a fence … Continue reading

Posted in Aboriginal Peoples, Discrimination, Education, Humanity, Indigenous, Indigenous Peoples, Life, Racism | Tagged , , , , , , , | 29 Comments

Cherokee Nation Triples in One Week, & Don’t Call Me a Redskin

We should be impressed with how many people are well versed in Native American culture and history. It’s been amazing and enlightening to see all kinds of average citizens report and comment so expertly on First Nations and Aboriginal issues lately. Of course, this post isn’t really about how much is known about Native Americans as much as how deplorably inadequate our education about the cultures still are.

The story that has caused all this questionable commentary was the news that the U.S. Patent office revoked the name trademark for football team, the Washington Redskins. Continue reading

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Our Home and Native Braves

As Remembrance Day approaches, I am reminded of how profoundly I was moved by the Remembrance Day assembly at my son’s school last year. I found it particularly poignant for two reasons.

What I found initially striking was that the ceremony was presided over by all women, something I’d never seen before. Continue reading

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