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    Gettin‘er done

    Allow me to welcome you into my crisis for a moment. Today has been one of those days. I have eaten the topping off two slices of pizza and a few handfuls of peanuts for dinner. Way too many peanuts. Why did I buy these dang peanuts? The baby...
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    Etymology of the word bwoot

    Among the Haudeonsaunee of Six Nations is a long standing debate over the word “bwoot”. Bwoot, for those of you who don’t know, is the rez word for poop. Now without getting gross let’s actually talk about bwoot. Nobody is really sure how the bwoot word came to be....
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    What I was taught

    Someone asked on Facebook what the origin story is for the game of dingball. “This is what I was taught…” Dingball actually has a rather embarassing backstory for the Mohawk nation. It started as a women’s game. Long ago, a Wyandot woman fell in love with a Mohawk man...
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    Why racist comments are a big deal

    This week a Six Nations family was subjected to not one, but two instances of public humiliation when they overheard several racist remarks at a local dentist office. These are the kinds of stories that go viral, and in fact this one did. Over 1000 shares in just 24...
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    The struggle of parenting is real

    Last week my 7 year old brought a note home from school. It went something along the lines of ‘Your daughter has missed far too much school. She’s also late too much. We need to talk.’ This is not the kind of note that makes a parent feel good...
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    When you’re too tired to be grown up

    Creator has seen it fit to bless me with three daughters; a teenager, seven year old and an infant. Teaching them to be strong indigenous women takes up most of my time these days. That job is hard when I don’t feel strong myself. Right now the girls are...
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    The happiest kids on Sour Springs Road

    Every year down on Six at New Years you will hear folks greeting each other with a festive “Nu-yah! Nu-yah!”. For some it is just another rez term. Nobody knows where it originated from. Nor do they know why you have to say it twice: that’s just how it...
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    Sled Wars on Christmas vacation

    The smell of pine always reminds me of my childhood adventures being back the bush. You know that place in the back of your nostrils where the cold winter wind mixes with pine pitch? That is the smell of home on Six. Christmas break was always full of excitement...
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    Loving one another through the generations

      For some women pregnancy is a glorious and sacred time, shrouded in the mystery and awe of woman bringing forth human life. For other women, pregnancy is more like a 40 week marathon that you can’t stop running. I am a part of this group. While I fully...
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    The soil of my ancestors

    The property my parents live on has been in my family for a long time. My great aunt Emily’s father Wunyadeh grew cucumbers on that land. His brother, Deskaheh, was the chief appointed to travel to Geneva and contend for the Haudenosaune at the United Nations. Every time I...
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    Membership issues in Kahnawake

    Non-band members residing on Kahnawake Mohawk territory with their band members spouses is still broiling hot. Last week another family was targeted by a group of band members protesting outside their home and insisting they leave immediately. Amanda Deer, her non-band member boyfriend and their 11 year old son...
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    Learning about diversity

    This week I was driving about doing some shopping with my youngest daughter and we happened upon a parade running through the north end of Brantford. At least a thousand Sikh men, women and children walked in colourful procession for Khalsa Day – a tradition in the Sikh religion....
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