Category Archives: First Nations

Orange Shirt Day, A Call to Honour Truth

“I want to get rid of the Indian problem. I do not think as a matter of fact, that the country ought to continuously protect a class of people who are able to stand alone… Our objective is to continue … Continue reading

Posted in Education, First Nations, Indigenous, Indigenous Peoples, Life, Life & Death, Native Americans, Native History, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

MMIW/G… Tears of Sorrow, Frustration & Sometimes Hope

The ongoing frustrations regarding the $53 million MMIW/G national inquiry often result in the  impulse to throw up our hands in defeat. We won’t though, not ever, because we will never forget our lost; all literally coursing in our DNA. That’s the … Continue reading

Posted in First Nations, Indigenous, Indigenous Peoples, Life, Missing & Murdered Women, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Nice Folks 2.0

Originally posted on auntiethis:
Last week we had a conversation about one of those “Nice Folks” problems: the kind you have when Nice Folks say the things that run around in their head out loud – and are surprised when…

Posted in Discrimination, First Nations, Indigenous Peoples, Internet Abuse, Racism, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Nice Folks

Originally posted on auntiethis:
Nice Folks are a problem: usually because their greatest aspiration is to be nice. To be “nice”, they are specialists in “going along to get along” – or is that “getting along to go along”?  They’ll…

Posted in First Nations, Indigenous Peoples, Internet Abuse, Native Americans, Racism, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

What is Orange Shirt Day? A Tribute to Taken Children

It’s not often I re-post a story, but in addition to explaining the background of what September 30th – “Orange Shirt Day” means to me and my family, I wanted to add the story of the person who was behind the … Continue reading

Posted in Aboriginal Peoples, First Nations, healing, Indigenous Peoples, Life | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

When Bunk Is Passed As Progress For All, We All Fail, Site C Dam Failures

I attended a rally yesterday to protest the continuing efforts to raze the land within the Peace River district of British Columbia and Alberta also known as Treaty 8 territory.  The protests are not about ‘hindering progresses’, they are about … Continue reading

Posted in Aboriginals, Business, Controversy, First Nations, Indigenous Peoples, Life, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Half-Breed to Metis – My Return from a ‘Savage’ Wilderness; PART 2

A former story revised, Part 2: Aside from having to dream up a name to match any exotic ancestry I could claim, my real family history was more colourful than that anyway. Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, First Nations, Genealogy, Indigenous Peoples, Life, Native Americans, Non-Fiction, Storytelling, Uncategorized, WPLongform | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments

Half-Breed to Metis – My Return from a ‘Savage’ Wilderness; PART 1

A former story revised, Part 1: My name is Pipisew. I grew up with deep and even unconscious shame about my childhood. I blamed most of it on the fact that I’d been born an “Indian”. I would learn that in fact, my ancestry did indeed have a great deal to do with that, but not for the reasons I’d been taught… Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, First Nations, Genealogy, Indigenous Peoples, Life, Native Americans, Non-Fiction, Self-Esteem, Storytelling, Uncategorized, WPLongform | Tagged , , | 20 Comments

Error re: Half-Breed to Metis – My Return from a Savage Wilderness

  Thanks so much for coming by for this story, but the revision of Half-Breed to Metis was published in error on April 1st.  It is scheduled for publication on April 18th. Please come back then to read it, and … Continue reading

Posted in Aboriginals, Discrimination, First Nations, Indigenous, Indigenous Peoples, Life, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Aboriginal Peoples, First Nations, Indigenous, Indigenous Peoples, Life, Military, Remembrance Day, Storytelling, Veterans | Tagged , , , , , , | 19 Comments