Boozhoo nindizhinikaaz Shula*

A friend from Pikangikum asked me to visit her 5 month grandchild currently in ICU at the children hospital here in Winnipeg. When I walked into the waiting room, three women from Pikangikum were quietly speaking to each other in Ojibwe. The tone of their voices and distinct facial features brought a longing, unexpected tears [...]

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Pow wow

Several weeks ago I attended my first Pow wow. Anything that has to do with observing another culture has my full attention! I am glad I was able to go 🙂 This particular Pow wow had several tribes participating from Canada and the U.S.A.    

Thanksgiving with Mars

Today I sat at a table with Americans, Russians, Canadians, First Nation Canadians and had supper. The conversation covered Russian history, languages,politics, hunting, children, culture. My heart was thankful, I enjoy being in a setting where different cultures sit around a meal and connect. As I watched my friends children play with Mars around us [...]

Nostalgia

I have been itching to write for a couple weeks now, the urge always comes at the most inopportune time, lying on my bed about to fall asleep, sitting in a meeting that begs my full attention, walking on the ice road, teaching a class or reading a book that has got me hook line [...]

I am because you are.*

Well, I have been in Canada for a week now. Leaving was not easy, after all home is home right? There is much I took from my short visit but I think the best lesson for me was this: It doesn't matter what cultural back ground you come from, whether you classify yourself as coming [...]