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First Nations

Taking a stand to better our lives and culture
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on 25 January 2013

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Aboriginals stand out Reserve History Buffy Sainte-Marie Dreamcatcher Charitable
Foundation Crystal Shawanda The two largest bands are the Six nations of the Grand River and the Mohawks of Akwesasne both located in Ontario. In 1982 there were 577 Bands in Canada and the number has gradually grown to 615 in 2010 representing more than 50 nations. The majority of bands in Canada have fewer than 1000 member; in 2006 there were approximately 800000 registered Aboriginal people in the 615 bands. Take matters into your own hands Buffy Sainte-Marie was a writer of protest and love songs that soon became classics in the 1960's, and were recorded by such artists as Elvis Presley, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond, and Janis Joplin. The 71-year-old Sainte-Marie was born in Saskatchewan's Qu'Appelle Valley and, after being adopted, was raised in Maine and Massachusetts. Today, she lives in Hawaii where she devotes a great deal of her time to The Cradleboard Teaching Project. In fact, one summer she had a limited her touring schedule so that she could dedicate herself to the various tasks of the educational initiative. Many people believe that they don’t have what it takes to make a difference to the world. They believe only people like Mother Theresa, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and the likes, are capable of making a difference. The truth is, every one of us is put in this world to contribute and make a difference to the world in their own unique way. It doesn't have to be anything extraordinary. It just needs to be something you do with the intention of ‘doing good’. “Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.” – Author Unknown If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.
– Marion Wright Edelman The project was started in 1996 and includes lesson plans and a curriculum for use in schools, but it also takes advantage of new technology to link communities separated by both cultural and geographical distance. "It reaches both Indian and non-Indian children with positive realities, while they are young," says the project's web site. The Dreamcatcher Foundation addresses situations that are unique to the First Nations community and provides financial assistance to eligible applicants in the areas of:
-Organized Sports and Recreation
-Education
-Health Support hundreds of millions
-Arts and Culture
-The Foundation also provides grants to community involvement projects that have a lasting and positive impact on their members. Grants are awarded to those in need. Since 2004, the Foundation has provided life-changing opportunities to Aboriginal People through the provision of financial grants. They have granted thousands of dollars to those in need right across the country. In a short period of time, the dreamcatcher foundation have made huge impacts in the lives of their applicants and in turn their communities. Today, They're one of Canada's leading charitable Aboriginal Foundations dedicated to providing talented, passionate and energetic youth and individuals the support they need today, to become tomorrows community leaders. Although Crystal bases herself in Nashville, TN, these days, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Crystal Shawanda was born full-blooded Ojibwe on the Wikwemikong reserve on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada, and her fascinating journey to becoming a promising young country star is the stuff movies are made of. Shawanda started writing and performing when she was at a very young, by the time she was 11 years old she was already picking up playing gigs wherever she could. Crystal talent and passionate drive soon got her noticed, and she signed with RCA Records Nashville in 2007, quickly releasing the impressive single "You Can Let Go." That would have made for a pretty good story right there, but Shawanda's rise to "instant" fame was actually fully documented in the six-part CMT series Crystal: Living the Dream, which aired at the very start of 2008. Personally I had the honor to spend time and meet this amazing young inspiring lady when she returned to her reserve two years ago . Crystal shawana gives all aboriginals the hope that we can all make it big and do something in this crazy world. Crystal gets involved in anyway to help better their communities and people. Also, Crystal has recently participates and stands with the Idel No More projects. “You can improve your skills at a sport or in education and just keep getting better. For me it was music, for someone else it could be hockey.” Buffy to this day is still doing whatever is possible to help out in whatever way she can. Buffy recently posted a video this month to YouTube from her farm in Hawaii urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to “seize this opportunity … for Canada to lead in making things better for indigenous people.” “What we’re seeing now in Canada with Idle No More reminds me of the anti-war movement of the 1960s,” Sainte-Marie wrote. “It’s a genuine reflection of the feelings of huge numbers of people within and beyond Canada who are already like-minded to protect human rights and natural resources from local, corporate and political abuse.” Idle No More! Currently everyone is affected, including our water, land and environment. The current government and industry have been disregarding our collective right to be consulted with any changes that affect us.

Our Goals and objectives are to ensure that the environment is protected and our inherent right to Indigenous sovereignty is recognized as we urge the government of Canada to repeal all legislation which violates Treaties, Aboriginal inherent rights and title, and subsequently environmental protections of land and water Traditionally decision making power regarding our people, lands and water was upon the direction of the women.
Idle No More requests that you speak to your Elders, Clan Mothers and all Mothers and ask them to state to all levels of leadership that NO 3rd party agreements will be done on our behalf. We require that research is acquired as we begin to implement sustainable development. Traditionally women have been highly valued and held in high regard within their Nations.
Women are creators and keepers of their ways. They are teachers and knowledge givers for all generations. Women have an intimate relationship with water, which flows inside them and connects them to the Earth and all living things. Women are blessed with the responsibility of ensuring that our ways are carried on and our Mother Earth is protected. “In alliance with the women and supporters of Idle No More, we will stand with and for our Mother. We will reclaim our traditional importances and responsibilities. There will be NO MORE government or multi-national deals that displace our future generations. There will be be NO MORE further harm inflicted on our First Mother...Mother Earth”
Those who identify themselves as First Nations, or as having First Nations ancestry make up 65 per cent of the Aboriginal population in Ontario. Métis who identify or have ancestry make up 30 per cent. Inuit who identify make up 0.8 per cent. Ontario has the largest Aboriginal population in Canada, according to the 2006 Census. Two per cent of Ontario's population is Aboriginal. About 296,500 Aboriginal people live in Ontario—that's about 21 per cent of Canada's total Aboriginal population.
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