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Two Row Times launches indigenous education magazine

Two Row Times launches indigenous education magazine

SIX NATIONS – The first edition of the Aspire Magazine hit printers in early February and is now available for young indigenous post-secondary students to read and view topics ranging from culture shock to tips on surviving freshman year. Understanding the struggles met by young indigenous people in post-secondary was the initial step of the

SIX NATIONS – The first edition of the Aspire Magazine hit printers in early February and is now available for young indigenous post-secondary students to read and view topics ranging from culture shock to tips on surviving freshman year.

Understanding the struggles met by young indigenous people in post-secondary was the initial step of the content within the first edition of the magazine; as Tiff Thomas, the magazine’s creative director, explained that the purpose of the booklet was to reach indigenous students on a personal level.

“We did the magazine because we wanted to give indigenous students here an individualized look at things that mainstream magazines don’t offer them,” said Thomas. “So it’s a direct approach to things that a lot of the young kids wanted to know.”

Thomas explained that it’s easy to understand that a lot of youth feel as though they’re being forced to make a huge decision, but she and the others that worked on the magazine wanted those that read it to understand that they are not alone.

“We wanted them to know that it’s okay to feel scared,” she said. “We wanted to provide them with options from all over Ontario, not just in Six Nations but in other reserves too. “

With just less than half of the indigenous population in Canada aged from child to youth and the percentage of indigenous youth attending post-secondary school steadily increasing, the magazine is timely for those looking ahead.

But it isn’t just the content that was taken into consideration by Thomas and the others that pulled the magazine together.

“We wanted to make the magazine artistically pleasing to the eye to let people know that this was indeed an indigenous magazine,” she said.

Beadwork and colorful undertones hid in triangles on the first page, and indigenous designs are sewn in throughout the magazine showcases this concept well.

“And a lot of the pictures were done right here in Six Nations, and it meant a lot to us too that we had two local people on our cover and throughout the magazine as well,” she said. “So, we’re not only giving them opportunities, we’re giving all indigenous kids in Ontario the opportunity to look through it.”

Thomas said that she hopes that the magazine gains momentum, as it is expected to be printed three times a year.

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