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National Aboriginal Day :: 2015

National Aboriginal Day :: 2015

Here are some of success stories we have received.

Wanda Nikal from Moricetown shares her story.
“I am a proud Wetsuweten woman from one of the five Wetsuweten Nation where I’ve lived my entire life and growing up on reserve with such a large family was the life experience that I needed. I have made it my life’s goal to revive it. I have taken University courses to help bring back Culture and traditions and what I’ve learned through my grandma, mom and aunties will always be in my heart. I am so proud to be from a nation that takes care of their people and as well as other nations. Being a strong proud Wetsuweten woman means I am keeping my ancestors beliefs alive and implementing them into my everyday life! Awit’za”
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Margaret Nelsn from Terrace shares her story
“Proud to be aboriginal because as a nisgaa I’m taught that all living things should be respected! We were taught not to waste anything. Long ago our elders were always respected because they lived longer and were able to help you with their knowledge. This is a difficult time for our culture because of all the high tech around butt we still manage to keep some of our traditions alive
Our languages and cultures are unique and many of our gatherings come alive because of our involvement! Listening was an important skill to have! Speakers were eloquent and passed on their knowledge in feast halls! The feast was a powerful process! It taught you all you needed to know but you had to listen and understand!
I’m proud that some of our education facilities are introducing these cultures to our future citizens!
Proud to be who I am!”
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Amanda Dennis from Terrace shares her story
“I would like to acknowledge the Klabona Keepers for standing up to the mining industries to protect the Sacred Headwaters from development. It takes dedication, strength, and courage to do what they did. Now, that area is protected. Why is it when people stand up for clean water and lands, they’re labelled as outlaws, troublemakers, etc., when really they’re doing our future generations a favor. Not, just the people from up north but wherever the three major river flows.”
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Josie Brown from Prince Rupert shares her story
“My name is Josephine Brown and I am Nisga’a/Wets’ewet’en Nation. i have been with my Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Dance group for as long as I remember and my daughter also joined the group with me. OUR CULTURE Means the world to us and we just love to visit our home when we are able to. OUR cultural food is like heaven when we can eat it. IN FACT when I was pregnant with my daughter Elizebeth all I ate was salmon, herring eggs and grease and These are my baby’s favorite foods and i am so glad she is not picky. We will forever cherish and continue learning about our culture.”
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April Sebastian from Hagwilget Village, BC shares her story
“My name is April Sebastian and I am a proud Mikmaq/Ojibwe woman! I am married to a handsome Gitxsan/Wetsuweten man and we have three beautiful children. I never feel more alive than when I am drumming, dancing and singing with my family. My heart soars with pride seeing my children in their beautiful regalia learning how to dance and sing with us, we are teaching them how to celebrate life and to honor our ancestors! I am very grateful for the opportunity to share this part of our culture with the community and my spirit fills with joy as I see the happiness and wonderment on peoples faces! We are all connected: one heart, one voice, one people and the strong united beat of the drum always reminds me of this! All my relations.”
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Chris Wilson from Haisla shares her story
“My grandparents and parents taught us how to harvest and process our traditional foods and work ethics.
My parents were there for anyone that wanted to learn how to harvest and process our foods.
My parents helped found the Haisla Rediscovery society and donated much of their time and fuel to make sure the kids had fun and learned in the Kitlope ecosystem.
Many kids and adults, from all over the world, call them Mother and Father.”
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Jacquie Bowes from Houston shares her story
“I refer myself as an reborn Wet’suwet’en child. Through out my life stages of growing up, I was concealed in shame carrying the burden of embarrassment of recognizing myself as first nations of Canada. My late father conducted a high chief name, and embraced it with not only the love, and respect it deserved but also contributed a his knowledge and great history. But deep down in my heart I was mortified with humiliation, so I took the transformation of welcoming the western living. I debated within myself, argued to the fact that I am red on the outside but white on the inside. I was branded as the “Red Apple”. As much as I exerted that fact that I remained red. My father passed and made his journey to walk with god. I sustained a ball and chain of emptiness. I was a lost spirit walking the earth. But now adopted by my culture and now traditional healed. I Now, walk with my ancestors”
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Darlene Seymour from Terrace shares her story
“I am from Kitselas First Nation. My most memorable moments in life were going to Endadoon (Old Kitselas) every Summer with my family and meeting my Aunties and cousins there for the summer to work on fish. We would take the train there, and it only cost us kids 25 cents each. We would help with the fish, cleaning, packing, smoking and canning. We would also help packing water, washing clothes by hand, picking berries and fruit for eating and preserving. I remember playing all kinds of games with all of my many many cousins and watching my Uncles and my Dad mend and hang fishing nets. When my Mom and Aunties were taking a break from everything we would go for walks around the territory and go visit neighbours (Gunner Edlund) and help him harvest his garden of strawberries, raspberries, potatoes and carrots. It was a great time! My Idol is my MOM :)”
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