Welcoming the Winter Solstice

For thousands of years, First Nation people noted the shift in seasons. To acknowledge the cycles, our people celebrate the longest night (A.K.A. Winter Solstice). It's a time of renewal. A time to reflect on the year that passed and on the year to come. A few facts about Canadian winters: Did you know that Winnipeg... Continue Reading →


I pay taxes too

There is a common misconception in Canada that indigenous people don’t have to pay taxes. The truth is that fewer than half of all indigenous people qualify for a tax exemptions and even less can actually use them. It is seriously annoying when people exclaim "You're so lucky, you don't pay taxes!" Nope, sorry, but... Continue Reading →

Canada 150 ???

Since the announcement of Canada 150, I have had a really bad taste in the back of my mouth. Montreal is celebrating it's 375 year this year. The Canadian flag as we know was adopted on February 15, 1965. That's much less than 150 years ago. Celebrating Canada 150 is celebrating the legacy of colonialism. As a... Continue Reading →

Pocahontas – Myths vs. Facts

Do you know the real story of Pocahontas? It's definitely not the version you learned from Disney. The real story of Pocahontas is much more disturbing than you've been led to believe. Earlier this year, Donald Trump uses Pocahontas as his insult of choice for Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Calling woman with native roots Pocahontas is racist,... Continue Reading →

Empathy – A lost art?

"Why should I help anyone but myself?" This is a question that I hear more and more. I am starting to think that we have become so self-involved that we have lost the ability to empathise. We have politicians and voters alike asking this question and this is dangerous. Shouldn't people who lead a country as... Continue Reading →

Racism Multi-Cultural Individual Face

Being Métis I have experienced both privileges of my white side and faced racism due to my indigenous side, which is kind of a unique place to be. I prefer to see myself and all mixed raced people as the result of a love that highlights how interconnected we truly are. Racism doesn't always come... Continue Reading →

Racial Discrimination

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. I am Métis. In my case, I am a mix of Abenaki, Huron, Micmac, French and Irish. I am the result of a love that highlights how interconnected we truly are. I'm a nice melting pot of proud cultures.For the most part, mixed people have... Continue Reading →

Native American History – Lacking in School

My kids still haven't learned and probably won't learn (in school) about residential school, deportation, genocide or about Native American throughout the century up to present time. My kids did learn that the country was discovered by Columbus, which is completely false. After all, how can you discover a place when someone already lives there?... Continue Reading →

A Better World

As part of my Métis cultural background, I was thought to always look back 7 generations and look out for 7 generation in the future. I think most culture has this wish to make the world better for the next generation. Unfortunately, capitalism only looks at how much profit one can make in the immediate... Continue Reading →

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