Category Archives: Voice

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?

 

Using Instagram

See this Forbes article which features Celinne Da Costa is an international life design and story coach story on how she used Instagram to grow her business.

Da Costa writes:

I started to take my Instagram account seriously in the beginning of 2016, after I realized that people were making money from it. I developed a content strategy and began carefully curating my content, trading in the selfies and oversimplified emoji captions for highly visual and professional images that involved travel, lifestyle, and design, as well as captions that focused on storytelling. Visual cohesion and a compelling tone of voice are extremely important when it comes to creating a successful Instagram account.
I built my personal brand by positioning myself as a marketing and brand strategist, photographer, and graphic designer. As my Instagram grew, I began to get inquiries via email and Direct Message from companies who found me through the platform or my blog and were interested in my work. Clients also found me through my use of hashtags, geotags, user recommendations, the Explore page, comments on similar user’s pages, and interaction with their content.

 

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,

Indigenous Knowledge Conference Keynote, Andrea Landry

Thunder Bay is so fortunate to have a local Anishinaabe scholar as the keynote of this fall’s Indigenous Knowledge Conference.

Andrea was more recently featured in a Canadian Parenting Magazine where she talked about “How I’m raising my daughter to be 100 percent, unapologetically Indigenous” where she shares her values and knowledge as she speaks about, Indigenous kinship practices (IKP) in Today’s Parent, and stories of her experience as a mother and her reflections and priorities in parenting.

In this article you can read further about her journey as a mother and her lineages. What strikes me the most about her story is the stories we all carry, about our lives, and our roles in passing tradition to our families, and in building Indigenous stories into mainstream magazines. She has accomplished in so many ways though I wanted to share this article, see more here,

It’s vital that we teach children that an Indigenous way of life isn’t seen as an alternative lifestyle but a priority.