Mom Chat

We write a sales pitch to our best friends.

According to the statistics across the nation, Indigenous children make up the highest percentages of a growing demographic across Canada. In some cities, this means it is our children who are fastest growing demographic.  What that means is what sources or resources, or entry points are there to help not only our children but ourselves, move forward into a pathway of light, innovation and prosperity. While we know about the negatives, we strive to have a peaceful place. That home. That energy of love and light. Community and belonging.  This is not some far off thought. This is truth.

Yesterday when I sat with a group of moms, the themes that came up were,

-We want the best for our children

-We feel language programming in our Indigenous Language or an Indigenous Language would serve our children in a deep healing and supportive way, though it is not happening. What would and could make that happen? We do know models that work.

.-What and how to create safety and mentor positive relationships?

-Safety knowledge is different for us when we leave our homes to the cities, and the friendships we also build are very unique, to other moms,

-We know that education starts and stays with us as knowledge keepers of our culture and communities, which becomes very difficult in a city and with new relationships to make with classroom teachers, principals etc.

-We know that our communities may thrive and our kids may thrive off better back home in our communities, though we are in the cities for work, for school, for health.

-We do feel we lack connectedness to resources.

-We feel compelled to show leadership to our children in our many amazing fields of knowledge bases. We are teaching our children many amazing things thanks to help as well from the mentors around us who are acting too like family to our families.

-We carry within us strengths.

-We’d like to be able to build upon those strengths in places where we can be mentored.

There are many more stories here. When I sat with the women, I shared my own stories as well. Like constellations of some distant star, we mapped out our stories in a short visit.  There certainly was time for more.

Writing a compelling sales pitch is about spending time with those stories that sit close to your heart. It is about exposing your vulnerable truth. That is by the way your gift. It is then finding your tribe. 

The one thing I learned a long time ago: deep sharing and sharing about our lives is not ego driven, or egotistical. Deep sharing or even sharing in general is a way we identify ourselves. When we can talk about vulnerable issues without even thinking they are vulnerable we are moving past ego. We are shifting a mindset that has been blocking us, our relationships, even our own view. We are moving into a mindset that serves to help, to build, and to ignite.

The answers really do lay within us.

We only turn to books and research to verify what we already know. Books are amazing things that we should all be writing too.

Carrying a gift is really something we need to honour. We know that because our Elders tell us that. Understanding what our true north is and believing in that, is something all of us wake up to do each day. We also know what is within us, and what makes us feel inspired.

What you love to do may not be expressed on paper. Finding what you love to do is about aligning your heart to your mind. This is your sales pitch. That story there which you dream about and know about because it feels like your voice is parallel to the other voices who also speak, or express that same vibe.

Some of us have to remember those “omg yes” experiences to remember that is your passion. Your kindred moment.

That is your sales pitch.  That place that warms your heart.

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All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward Presented by investigative journalist and bestselling author Tanya Talaga

2018 CBC Massey Lectures venue and ticket information

All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward
Presented by investigative journalist and bestselling author Tanya Talaga.

Thunder Bay, Tuesday, October 16 at 7 p.m.
Lecture One

Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, 1 Paul Shaffer Drive
Presented in partnership with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Tickets: Through the generosity of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) this will be a free event, a community celebration with Indigenous and civic leaders of the first of the 2018 CBC Massey Lectures. No tickets are necessary – everyone is invited.
For more information, check the following websites:
Nishnawbe Aski Nation: nan.on.ca/massey
Thunder Bay Community Auditorium: tickets.tbca.com

Entrepreneurship & Tribes

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You want to make a difference. You are not sure how. One way is through developing your own business because here is where you can develop your tribe and elevate your vibe.

There are many examples of entrepreneurs who did one thing and one thing only: they followed their heart.

Depending on your circumstances, or story, entrepreneurship may be the exact thing you need. When I ventured down the journey myself, I felt consultant was the correct name for my line of work given the length of years I spent in education it seemed right. After all some of my competitors may have a higher education but 0 time spent in a job. That is 100% true. Some people with a PhD which I think could be one of my main competitors, have went from high school, to university to the Masters and straight up to the PhD. Some within the same institution! Some with some job experience. Chosing what works for you, because maybe you have lived experiences, and if you were to do an inventory of all that you have to offer, is those direct experiences, which means that is your unique skill set, which technically you can also become a consultant or specialist in.  Here is an example of a young entrepreneur who did not want to see her own grandmother without services and seen a gap, so built a business on it. Cleary her tribe is around providing that care for her grandmother and other Elders in the same situation. Her tribe, a helping one.  We all have that fire within us.

This family owned business states:

An exceptional team, including sister Avery, who heads operations, is vital too. “We hire for heart and soul,” says Hamilton, explaining that before each hire she asks, Would I want this person caring for my loved one? “You have to truly care. It’s not a job, it’s a calling. If you focus on that, clients feel it.”

That family members bring personal knowledge, experience and passion is also meaningful. “If I just wanted to make money, I could have chosen a hundred other industries,” says Hamilton, whose seen many jump into the field only to leave soon thereafter, unable to deal with the challenges. “You need to be in this because you’re passionate about exceptional care and about people being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,” she adds. “It isn’t an easy industry, but it’s very fulfilling – if you’re in it for the right reasons.

Caring for Elders

Call out for Sponsors

Hosting a conference from the beginning to the end is work in itself.

Ideally it would be amazing to have seats provided for Elders who would like to participate from a program in the city, or a youth group.  Everyone can benefit from engaging in a conference for learning purposes and to connect.

Please consider this call out for support and if your organization would like to participate or can support please be in touch besuperiorlearning@gmail.com

See the attachment, & thank you,

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