How Indigenous ingenuity shaped modern athletics


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Hoop & Pole

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The Mesoamerican ballgame

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Canada is set to host the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in July read more at:


‘There’s always a little light’: Indigenous youth find hope in the face of suicide

Cross Lake community in northern Manitoba declared state of emergency last year after 5 deaths

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Crosslake teens

A Tribe called Red





We are initiating a small project to rebuild the home of an elderly Navajo couple, who lost their home in a fire two years ago on the Navajo reservation in Whitecone, Arizona. 100% of your donation for downloading this track will go to the construction of this home and to finding a way to bring water to their land.

“The Water Song” was composed by Alex Turtle, Diné (Navajo) and Southern Cheyenne, and Chenoa Egawa, Lummi and S’Klallam. It is sung in the Diné language and carries one of our Native teachings about the blessing of the spirit of water through the male and female rains.

Through this song, we remember and honor the spirit and sacredness of water. We lend our voices to stand up for the protection and preservation of clean, pure water in all its forms and states of being. By way of the images shared in the video, we hope to illustrate the power and miracle of water, from the thunderclouds and highest snowy mountain peaks, to the waterfalls, rivers, springs and oceans. May the song be received as medicine for our Mother Earth. May it call our attention, once again, to the brilliant journey and wisdom of water as it travels our world, renewing, revitalizing, and supporting all life so generously along the way. May we all come together to reciprocate that generosity by taking care of our sacred waters each and every day. May our awareness, stewardship and actions ensure clean water for today, and for generations to come.

We acknowledge, with immense gratitude, the teachings shared with us by our elders and our ancestors. Knowledge of the sacredness of water, and many other vitally important teachings about life have been preserved and held in the highest regard to this day in certain places around the world. Most often this wisdom has been kept alive among indigenous peoples, who are continuously striving to maintain the languages, cultures, and ways of life that honor living in balance with ourselves, one another and the natural world.

We give thanks to Whiteshell Haskie of the Diné Nation, for participating in this video and representing the hopes we have for our younger generations. May all the children of our beautiful planet be able to grow up with teachings that strengthen their ability to understand the sacredness of water and the interconnectedness of all life. And may they always remember to live with hope, awareness, gratitude, respect, and great care for all life in each and every moment, fully awake.


The ‘Water Song’ by the Akwesasne Women Singers. The Music Video was produced by Raienkonnis Edwards and the Summer Film Fundamentals Program in Akwesasne Mohawk Nation. Water is precious, we all need to show love for the water.

The Turtle Lodge is sharing this original song for Nibi – the Water. The song was gifted to the Turtle Lodge by Zoongi Gabowi Ozawa Kinew Ikwe (Strong Standing Golden Eagle Woman), Anishnabe Nation, Crane Clan (Ojijak), who received the song in a dream. It is for all to learn and please share widely.

How can we support Aboriginal Youth? Call us Thurs. 5pm at 780-492-2577 ext. 1 win prizes

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The national inquiry into the disproportionately high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has announced its first public hearings will be held in Whitehorse on May, 29. read more at:

The Red Robe Women Drum Society Singers
featuring; Iskwe (chorus), Lakota Jonez, Henny Soprano, SouthWind Woman, Kannibal, Lachelle, OrigiNate, Jessica Bro-z

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#Boyswithbraids campaign takes root in Edmonton’s Indigenous communities

Jayroy Makosis

‘I started growing my hair four years ago when I started straightening my life out’ read more at:



Jayroy Makokis started growing out his hair as a way to reconnect with his culture. (Jayroy Makokis/Facebook)



April 26 (evening) – 28, 2017

Fantasyland Hotel
17700 – 87 Avenue
Edmonton, AB   T5T 4V4
Please see guestroom booking information below.

This will be the second annual gathering, co-hosted by CASS and Alberta Education, that will bring together all the education partners in Alberta. The target audience represents the diverse planning committee and includes system leaders and trustees from the public, separate, Francophone, chart


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