What does a Canadian white male do with what is happening in Ferguson, MO? The violence and the bitter distrust is heart breaking and I don't know what I can do about it. I would like to think that I could hold this at arms length and shake my head condescendingly since this kind of … Continue reading Two Kinds of Racism
My flight arrived on-time in Toronto and Julie and the boys were there to meet me.. at the International Arrivals area, but that is O.K. I guess I was arriving from the First nation so it was sort of International. The boys talked constantly the whole way to the car; Devin beside me and Jacob … Continue reading Home At Last
Bonnie & Brian's at dawn Friday 11:14 am An interesting development. Leaving Neskantaga I asked Brian how early do you need to arrive for departing flight? “Oh, about five minutes before the plane leaves.” The plane arrived exactly on time and I walked in and out of Terminal 1, threw my bag in the back … Continue reading Up Up And Away!
Friday 7:00 am It's already time to go home. I have had a tremendous 5 days in Neskantaga. The people in the community are reserved 😉 but gracious hosts. Brian and Bonnie have been great at introducing me to people and explaining things that didn't make sense. The kids are more delightful than anyone could … Continue reading All 'Rezzed' Out
Bonnie and Isaiah at the Elder's Feast Thursday 4: 40 pm. Well, I knew it would finally happen. I was called to meet the elders today; community elders. Similar to our youth feast last night, today the community sponsored an elder feast and 9 elders came to the medical centre for a dinner. They then … Continue reading Being Called Out By The Elders
Thursday 4:00 pm Hi everyone!! We have had the Internet down in the community for the past couple of days. Brian and Bonnie say that this is not unusual. Strangely, mail servers in Sioux Lookout were working and the Internet Servers had us connected with local webpages but there was no communication with the outside world. … Continue reading Internet Down… Sorry
Wednesday 3:14 pm Today it is a balmy 0 c and most people are complaining about the warm. “It needs to be colder”, is what most people say. Last night Kelvin Moonias went out on a ski-doo to where the winter road isn't frozen and picked up some people (two of whom I would … Continue reading Christmas Day!
Maggie and her mom Caroline at the elder's feast. Tuesday 4:14 PM An interesting day today. I met with Maggie Sakanee this morning, a remarkable woman. She is held in high regard in the community and for good reason. A couple of months ago the provincial and federal governments announced some funding that will someday … Continue reading Christmas Concert
Tuesday 8:01 am I have developed the habit of using my alarm clock to wake up to music instead of the buzzing noise so I thought I might be in trouble when I got here. Not to worry, the radio station is just down the street. 89.9 FM is only radio station you can … Continue reading Gospel Music Wake Up Call
Boo Shoo everyone. I set the alarm for 7:30 this morning and it's a good thing. It looked like 5:30 it was so dark. The sun doesn't come up until about 9 am at this time of year. After breakfast Brian made some calls and we began planning the week. Chief Peter Moonias is out right … Continue reading Monday At The Northern Store