- AUDIO: Gookum Wabano turns 110 (in Cree)
- Visit the new CBC Aboriginal website
- CBC Cree radio show: Eyou Dipajimoon
Friday, January 31, 2014
About 200 people spanning five generations of the Wabano family gathered at the Moosonee arena on Tuesday to sing a Cree version of Happy Birthday to Marguerite Kioke Wabano, known as GookumWabano.
Granddaughter Joyce Spence Wabano says her 110 year old Gookum always attributed her longevity to her capacity to forgive.
"No use carrying things around. Learn to forgive, and it'll help you to live a long life." said Wabano.
Marguerite Wabano was among the residential school survivors invited into the House of Commons for Prime Minister Stephen Harper's formal apology in 2008.
Joyce Spence Wabano said at 110 years old, her Gookum remains sharp and still lives in her own apartment.
"My grandmother loves visitors, and her wild traditional food, and she drinks her medicines like Labrador Tea, and teas from different trees, that's what helps her to stay healthy. She loves to laugh and joke around with her grandchildren, one of her stronger traits. And I thank the Lord for my Granny, my Gookum."
At her birthday party, Joyce said "She received money, because she likes it and what do you give a 110 year old woman who has mostly everything?"
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Sunday, January 26, 2014
According to the Algonquin Anishinaabeg tradition and view of the world, the universe was created in four orders.
The first order of Creation involved the emergence of the four sacred elements: fire, rock, water, and wind. It is during the first order of Creation that the entire universe, including the sun, the earth, and the moon were created and where what is now called the “Canadian Shield” first emerged from the great sea.
The second order of Creation involved the creation of trees, plants, vegetables, and fruits. This order brought to the earth all the members of the Tree Nation such as the maple, birch, and butternut.
It also brought medicines found in the hemlock tree, the strawberry as well as other berries, and cat tails for example.
The third order of Creation brought to the Earth the four legged, the winged, and the swimmers such as the bear, the owl and eagle, and the salmon and pike.
It is these animal beings that taught humans the knowledge about medicines and how to use them in a good way.
According to Algonquin Anishinaabeg tradition it is
said that these three orders of Creation thrived and lived together for a very long time before the fourth order was brought into existence.
The fourth order of Creation occurred where humans were lowered to Turtle Island.
Our stories tell us that although humans are born with the wonderful gift and ability to dream and imagine we are also the most pitiful. Humans are pitiful in that we are the most dependent on the other three orders of Creation.
While the plants and animals lived here on Turtle Island for a very long time without us, and thus can continue to live without us, humans cannot live without them, as it is these other three orders of Creation that provide us with the protection and subsistence we need.
In addition, we are also pitiful in that our ability to dream and imagine is also our biggest burden and responsibility.
This ability left unchecked and un-moderated through a moral code – that is a moral code that is broad and ensures the wellness of all other beings of Creation – puts our very own existence at risk.
It is in this way that our ability to create through dream and
imagination is indeed a paradox. Respecting this paradox, is a fundamental Algonquin Anishinaabeg teaching.
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Friday, January 24, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Our audience weighs in on controversy around shirt that Tenelle Starr wore to school
CBC News Posted: Jan 20, 2014 11:59 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 21, 2014 11:07 AM ET
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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Saskatchewan school officials backtrack after banning ‘Got Land? Thank an Indian’ hoodie
Balcarres, Sask., Grade 8 student Tenelle Starr and member of the nearby Star Blanket First Nation was told not to wear a sweatshirt in school that has the words "Got Land? Thank an Indian" on it, although officials have since relented
Saskatchewan school officials are backtracking on a decision to ban a First Nations student from wearing an Aboriginal land rights hoodie to school.
Tenelle Starr, 13, told CBC News that teachers asked her not to wear the sweatshirt to school because other students were uncomfortable with its message. The hoodie read “Got land?” on the front and “Thank an Indian” on the back.
“They told me to remove my sweater because it was offending other people,” the eighth grader at Balcarres Community School, which is about 90 km outside of Regina, told CBC.
“[The school board] communicated further with local First Nations representatives and felt that the slogan on the shirt clearly was meant to provide the community with a message,” Ben Grebinski, director of education for the Prairie Valley School Division said after the decision was repealed. “It was not intended to be offensive.”
CBC NewsThe sweater had the words “Got land?” on the front and “Ask an Indian” on the back
One teacher reportedly told Starr that people saw the message as “racist” and she was asked to wear the hoodie inside out instead.
Mr. Grebinski said that parents and other community members heard about the story and called the school to complain about the sweater.
“It was done to be respectful of those individuals that felt the slogan on the shirt may have been offensive. It was a way of maintaining harmony within a community.”
FacebookA Facebook image of Starr wearing the disputed sweater
But Starr felt differently about the situation.
“We were taught Indians were on this land first, so why are people offended?” Starr told CBC.
Starr is a member of the Star Blanket Cree reserve, located just outside Balcarres, Sask. The Star Blanket Cree Nation is one of the bands covered by Treaty 4, one of 11 numbered treaties signed between Canadian Aboriginals and the monarchy.
Treaty 4 represents land that covers most of southern Saskatchewan, as well as parts of west Manitoba and southeast Alberta. The treaty, which was signed on Sept. 15, 1874, allowed Europeans to settle on historically Aboriginal land.
After Tuesday’s consultation between school officials and First Nation community leaders, the school changed their mind and said that the hoodie’s message was acceptable.
“I wear it proudly around the school,” Starr said.
Sheldon Poitras, a council member for Star Blanket First Nation and a spokesperson for Ms. Starr’s family, said that he is pleased with the outcome of the incident.
“There were just some communication issues that needed to be taken care of about [Ms. Starr's] goal for awareness for the treaties,” he said. “Once we all got on the same page, everything was fine.”
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