Tag Archives: Cree

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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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

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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

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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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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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