Sharing Indigenous Culture

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. 










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According to my understanding the important of learning ingenious culture  is to know how people live and their regular activities. In Kenya many communities used to eat Ugali which is our daily food in our life.Ugali is the maize flour mixed with water.

Your plan was executed with such grace Elinor! I believe by giving people an eye into what other indigenous cultures have to offer there has been a lot of understanding and respect for one another. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the conference but with all the information you have shared over the semester I have felt very involved with everything you have been doing. I can't wait to see where you take this project next or if you find new questions from all your new found answers!

Dale William Ngatia posted:

I think the importance of learning indigenous cultures is;for example in many African cultures ,when somebody want to marry,it is significant to be aware of matters concerning dowry and other matrimonial ceremonies.

That is a very good point it's always important to make sure to follow proper protocol when in that situation, Thank you for Sharing your input with me I greatly appreciate it Dale!

So, looking into this a tiny bit, I found the dictionary definition of 'indigenous', provided by Merriam-Webster:

"Produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment."

So, I suppose, technically everyone born in Canada is, in fact, indigenous to Canada. Recently, I also read a short essay by Chief Dan George (admittedly not by choice, but by Sachar's choice) based around letting go of purely First Nations culture, and integrating his native culture in with the European one predominant in Canada.

Leading off of this, perhaps it would interesting to look into cultural integration and/or how to prevent total cultural assimilation, how to keep First Nations culture relevant amongst the other, more predominant, technically indigenous, European (even Asian/European) culture in Canada.

Best of luck! 

So far it sounds really interesting. Desi and I are willing to help you out with whatever you need.

I know you haven't finished your post yet but I was wondering what you're hoping to achieve through the cultural conference? I haven't been at the Friday meetings either so it could just be me, but what is you general goal for the whole thing? 

Do you think that indigineous culture and individual identity is as important today as it was half a century ago? I would say that coorporate identity will surpass nationality at a certain point. Saying that you prefer Apple or Android can say more about you personallyt than if you were from Canada or America. As a race we are moving towards an intensely globalized culture. Do you think the sacrifice of indigenous cultures is worth the prize of this 'oneness'?