Matthew Coon Come is Grand Chief, Cree Nation of Eeyou Istch
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/tide-is-turning-on-canadas-relationship-with-indigenous-people/article35530261/ee (James Bay, Quebec read more at:
Indigenous protesters confront Carolyn Bennett at Canada Day picnic
Idle No More and grassroots activists organized a day of action called UNsettling Canada 150
By Lucas Powers, CBC News
The protest Saturday was organized by grassroots activists, Idle No More Toronto and Idle No More Ontario. it was part of a national day of action called UNsettling Canada 150. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
When confronted by the Idle No More Protesters about where the funds are for Indigenous language programs Carolyn Bennett Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development stated:
“We have to deal with the provinces and territories and tell them this is unacceptable,” Bennett replied.
How do you feel about Carolyn Bennett’s response? Call 780-492-2577 ext. 1 Thursdays 5:30 pm to 6 pm Win Prizes!
Tori Cress called the government’s $500-million party a ‘slap in the face’ to Indigenous communities that struggle with basic human needs, like water and shelter. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
- Is Canada 150 a national party or a celebration of colonization? Call 780-492-2577 ext. 1 Thursdays 5:30 pm to 6 pm Win Prizes!
the water is sick…and people need to really fight for that water, to speak for that water, to love that water” (Josephine Mandamin, Mother Earth Water Walk)
The Water Song
Brought forth by Mashkoonce Day, Wasaw Wahzhoo Banaise Dodem (Condor Clan)
Performed by Dorene Day, Waubanewquay, Marten Clan
Produced by Stephen Lang
The story of the Nibi (Water) Song told by Beatrice Menase Kwe Jackson, Migizi Clan.
This song was written by Doreen Day at the request of her grandson. She attended a conference about the water in which the internationally known speaker, Dr. Masaru Emoto said, the very least we should do every day, is to speak to the water:
Water, we love you.
We thank you.
We respect you.
So she did this. Every day on their drive to drop Mashkoonce (Little Elk) to school, they passed a body of water. And every day they said these words to the water as they drove by. They made games by saying it in different voices and then would say it as fast as they could. Then one day Mashkoonce, said, “Nokomis why can’t we say this in our language?” So, Dorene asked her daughter’s language teacher to write it in Ojibwemowin. Dorene had the words taped to the car visor as they learned the words.
One day this grandson Mashkoonce said, “Nokomis why don’t we sing the words, don’t you think the water would like it to be sung?” So she thought about it and came up with the tune. They sang this song to the water every morning on their drive to school.
It is sung like a lullaby and we don’t use shakers or drums.
Doreen and her grandson, Mashkoonce, give permission for everyone to share this song… sing it to the water every day.
Ne-be Gee Zah- gay- e- goo
Gee Me-gwetch -wayn ne- me — goo
Gee Zah Wayn ne- me- goo
Sung for the first time by the newly formed Ulali Project this INM song is dedicated to the founding women of this powerful grassroots movement. It was performed at the UNC Givens Performing Arts Center in Pembroke, NC. Presented by the
4th Annual River People Music & Culture Fest – April 26, 2014
IDLE NO MORE
Written by Cary Morin and Pura Fé
Music by Pura Fé
Performed by the Ulali Project
We walk through the light…
with our brothers and sisters…
we stand and fight.
With a drum, a song, a prayer,
this change of time.
This is the truth reckoning,
the human awakening…
together Brothers and Sisters
Idle No More
The people come by the hundreds…
Sing and Dance the streets of shopping malls…
to the Capitols…corporations and City Halls.
All over this Turtle Island…
our presence will break the silence,
together Brothers and Sisters
Idle No More
Please visit our Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/TapweProduct…
Indigenous Canada Day 2017
Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall watched some Indigenous dancers with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family. (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS