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Indigenous Children

Now is a crucial time to infuse culture, support and community for our children and for all children. Especially necessary as Dawe says, who speaks from the Aboriginal and Torre Straight Islander perspective, speaking of the impact of trauma, 

Dawe told Guardian Australia it “made him cry” to see how high the rates of despair were among young Indigenous people. Dawe said. “There needs to be culturally appropriate, empathetic and holistic programs that have been built within the community themselves and driven by the young people and engaged with our elders.

“I believe having culture at the heart of a service gives a young person a feeling of belonging, hope, connection, fulfilment and purpose in their lives.

“We seriously need to act promptly, proactively and collectively as a nation to address this critical problem.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/11/indigenous-children-more-likely-to-fear-lack-of-safety-bullying-and-discrimination

Questions you may want to ask yourself or your organizations, business, service:

  • What or how is my organization supporting vulnerable youth and children?
  • What can my organization do? 
  • How can I give back to a program that supports youth and children?
  • What and how can I be a role model or mentor?
  • How can I support culturally appropriate programs that benefit the community I live in, that I serve, that serves all children?
  • How can I help to support life long relationships, support, lifelines?
  • What and how does this look?

 

Indigenous Youth, Land & Art

I came across this interview which describes first hand how youth from the Thunder Bay area were involved in a residency program through the Thunder Bay Art Gallery involving art and Land Connection. Through expression. Through renewal. Though art making. Through shared moments and experiences. Space to talk, etc. I think what is important is making the space, and giving opportunity to express, with historical contexts,

#Approvals #Gifts #Worth #SelfWorth

Being  courageous is hard enough in a world that sets judgement calls on how you look, what you wear, who your are and possibly sends messages about your value. Remembering that your self worth is your everything.

Remembering our role as teachers and leaders that everyone has a space and needs to be respected for their individuality.

Your Are Sacred ‘Last Jedi’ actress Kelly Marie Tran breaks silence about online harassment

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Fashion, body & story

515427f836c6c9b1c255e375d3e71399--native-indian-native-artBody image and who we are is a question each of us wakes up to each morning.

Am I where I want to be physically.

Do my thighs touch. Did they touch 20 years ago?

What or why does that matter?

After having three sons, I look at my body and think, on most days, what have I done.

I knew I was sinking and running out of time after my third was born and I was so tired, not only from raising them, and being a mom but from not knowing how to (A) separate from my children (B) how to exercise with my children.  (C) work.. work out.. raise children.. how does this balance itself?  Even though I nursed all my kids a super long time it never helped with the weight.  I nursed for less than a year for baby 1. Nursed 2.5 years for baby 2. Then 9 months later had baby 3, who I nursed for 5 years.  Private stories sure, context: I’ve given a lot, and in return, I have become, a different version of myself.

At this point in my life, and I do admit I have a few buckets of stored clothing, that are multiple sizes, I will keep them for now.

I’ve posed in various pictures over the years on the beach, in various bathing suites, and gotten my husband to take the photos. Who knows what he has thought, seeing his wife change shapes, mostly drastically.

Ive found old photos of me.. thinking wow. As we all do I am sure, of ourselves years ago. Though, remembering our beauty where we are now, is critical, for so many that one reasons. This is one reason why I still wear bathing suits and refuse to cover myself up. In fact, instead of flat out black, Ill go for colours. Ill do this for my sons. Ill do this for me. I want them to know they had a mom who was floral and loved vibrant things. I want them know the healthier versions of me but I want them to know me and that I love me for where and who I am now. That this version of me, is still me. That of course I want that former fit version. And Ill get there.

In the meantime I came across the Indigenous Goddess Gang and I think of goddesses all the time, what that means to be fully female and fully 100 percent into my feminine self. I’m glad to see other Indigenous women, unapologetic, and creatively loving themselves. It makes me feel content. It makes me feel love.

What does that look, feel, and sound like.

Yes, I have always taken  lot of care for me.

And, at other times, appeared to be trying and not as much, but life, priorities, spaces, and times.

“I must be a mermaid… I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”

Do check out, this:
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