Is it important for youth to learn about indigeous cultures, what defines "INDIGENOUS" how does this inform who we are as people? Will Sharing my culture & traditions shape how others view themselves and how they are placed within community (IDENTITY)?
I never really posted about my inquiry and why this subject is important to me and why I believe it will benefit others....beginning about three years ago. I began getting deeply involved with organizations and projects on first people issues. In this journey so far I have been able to understand the relation between lack of understanding, knowledge and racism. Growing up as an indigenous youth I came across all kinds of racism but what I realized is that a lot of it was not meant to be racist,. It was often more a lack of understanding. When Donna Usher proposed this project idea to me of a conference "sharing indigenous culture" I thought it would be an amazing way to give the chance that people may not get regularly to learn about local indigenous culture and give me a chance to share and hopefully change the way people may think about first peoples culture. For me I am also hoping to broaden my awareness on other Indigenous cultures from all over the world, by hopefully having the The three boys from Kenya & the students from Peru & Tahltan Nation share some of their customs and teachings with me, and the other students & teachers from LFAS as well.
1) Continuing Friday meetings with teachers, Chelsea, Anika, Sophie, Desi & Grace - planning & objective of project & date.
2)Research- mostly through orality- Interviews with Artists, Elders etc. ( Brandon Gabriel, Herbert Joe & Helen Joe, Josette Dandurand, Maureen Gabriel, Chief Marilyn Gabriel, Chief Susan Miller, Kevin Kelly & many others)
3)Budgeting- (estimates for venues, catering, retreat, presenters, activities)
4) Hopefully visit retreat venue> housing for the weekend
5) File Grant for "Sharing Indigenous Culture" conference- (Needs to happen ASAP)
6) increase planning meetings! & prep for activities.
7) Hold "Sharing Indigenous Culture" conference In April 2016.
8) Have a reflection from attended people on what they learned/took away from the event experience.