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Residential schools called a form of genocide – The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail: Residential schools called a form of genocide:

The chairman of Canada’s truth and reconciliation commission says removing more than 100,000 aboriginal children from their homes and placing them in residential schools was an act of genocide.

Justice Murray Sinclair says the United Nations defines genocide to include the removal of children based on race, then placing them with another race to indoctrinate them. He says Canada has been careful to ensure its residential school policy was not “caught up” in the UN’s definition…click the link to read more

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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in General


Recommended Read: How to Keep Your Language Alive

How to Keep Your Language Alive: A Commonsense Approach to One-On-One Language Learning (Paperback)
Leanne Hinton

New speakers for endangered languages

Amid worldwide accounts of dying languages, author Leanne Hinton and a group of dedicated language activists are doing something about it: they have created a master-apprentice language program, a one-on-one approach that has been remarkably successful in ensuring new speakers will take the place of those, often elderly, who are fluent in an endangered language.

How to Keep Your Language Alive is a manual for students of all languages, from Yurok to Yiddish, Washoe to Welsh; complete with exercises that can–can and should–be done in the most ordinary of settings, written with great simplicity and directness by a member of the linguistics faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.




Aboriginal Educator Recognized by the U of A – University of Alberta

Aboriginal Educator Recognized by the U of A

Cora WeberPillwax

By Alex Denonville | The Athabasca Advocate

Originally from Calling Lake, Cora Weber-Pillwax has been involved in Aboriginal education for over 40 years.

On Thursday, September 22, the University of Alberta recognized her for the life-long contributions she has made to communities across Alberta. She was one of 38 people to receive an Alumni Recognition Award, given out by the school’s alumni association.

The Cree woman has been a part of the education system since 1968. For years she served as a classroom teacher and administrator at predominantly Aboriginal schools in Grande Prairie, Lac La Biche and in the Northland School Division.

In 1992 she completed her Masters of Education, then went on to finish her PhD, eventually becoming an education policy professor at the university…

READ MORE HERE >>> Aboriginal Educator Recognized by the U of A – University of Alberta.

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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in General


Blind Spot uncovered

“How can you be a father if you haven’t had a father?”

This seemingly innocuous question becomes more intriguing upon reflection and CBC reporter/producer Geoff Leo is hoping a documentary shot in Regina will shine a spotlight on a subject that has been hidden in plain sight for decades.

Blind Spot: What Happened To Canada’s Aboriginal Fathers? not only puts the issue of absent aboriginal fathers under a microscope but also attempts to explain the causes of the crisis, the possible solutions and why the issue has never been addressed nationally…. more:









Check it out HERE >>> Blind Spot uncovered.


BLIND SPOT – What Happened to Canada’s Aboriginal Fathers?

BlindSpot_R1 thumb.jpgJoin us for a free documentary screening of BLIND SPOT: What Happened to Canada’s Aboriginal Fathers?
Blind Spot is a one-hour television documentary filmed in North Central Regina by Geoff Leo of CBC Saskatchewan. The documentary sheds light on the largely unknown and unstudied issue of fatherlessness in Aboriginal communities–the BLIND SPOT. It follows three First Nations men as they face their own personal demons on their quest to become better fathers–even if the odds are against them. 

Thursday, January 12
Albert Scott Community Centre – 1264 Athol Street
Doors Open – 6:00 pm (free chili and bannock)
Screening – 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Followed by a discussion led by Geoff Leo, CBC Saskatchewan and Nick Helliwell, Healing Heart Ministries Men’s Group.
Click here to watch the trailer

2012 Chief Atahm School Language Conference

Chief Atahm School 12th Annual Language Conference

Friday February 24 and Saturday February 25, 2012
The Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre, 1250 Rogers Way, Kamloops, BC

Weytkp, xwexweytep! We welcome everyone to our 12th annual language conference, Predictions of Indigenous Language Regeneration. This year has witnessed many new language initiatives. There is a new energy and urgency to indigenous language revitalization in our communities.

2012 is a special year. When we combine our collective wills and language dreams, a prediction of language regeneration is possible.

This year’s conference workshops and presentations will provide skills and methods to meet the challenge of language teaching. Special guests have been invited to share their language program success. We welcome returning participants and new conference visitors.

Let’s unite in our shared purpose for language survival. We invite participants to create a network of language warriors.

Speak your language. It is beautiful.

Robert Matthew
Chief Atahm School Principal

For more information or to try our New Online Registration link to our website:

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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in General


Aboriginal Student Services Association Annual Round Dance at U of A

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

January 27,2012

Annual Round Dance


Meaning of Aboriginal Hair

Remember ATEP peers when I mentioned the sacredness of Aboriginal hair, well here is a scientific view (not discovery because it implies Aboriginal people didn’t know)
Read on & enjoy: The Truth About Hair and Why Indians Would Keep Their Hair Long — Science of the Spirit —

Hey, maybe Avatar wasn’t so far fetched lol

Take Care,Shannon M Houle

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Posted by on December 8, 2011 in General

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