Let’s Get The Story Straight

Hey Everyone!

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanza! Happy Holidays! (Did I miss something?) Happy Boxing Day! Happy Almost-New Year! Happy Happy Happy! I hope you are all having fabulous holidays wherever you are, and that you are cherishing your family and friends.

Joyeux Noël, Hanoucca, Kwanza et Fêtes!! (J’espère que j’en ai pas manqué!)  Je vous souhaites tous la plus supérieure des temps des fêtes, et je désire le meilleur pour toi, ta famille et tes amis.

For a long time now I’ve had an interest in Native culture, and cultural practices.  Recently I’ve been able to take more in depth courses, and I’ve had the opportunity to work with a few Native teenagers.  One of the common things I’ve seen from the very beginning is the importance of tobacco as a sacred herb. In traditional practices, tobacco is offered to Elders as a way of thanking them for assistance. Unfortunately, this practice has become misused by some as an excuse for smoking or chewing commercialized tobacco.  While further exploring the topic, I came upon a toolkit created by the National Association of Friendship Centres, specifically for Native youth looking to quit their tobacco addiction, which focuses on specific Native cultural needs and practices.  Best part? You can get the whole thing in PDF form online! AND they even have the Facilitator’s guide available online. Get to it folks and share it with your friends!

Il y a longtemps que j’ai intérêt dans le sujet d’études des premières nations et de leur culture.  Récemment, j’ai pu étudier davantage les pratiques culturels des autochtones du Canada, en plus d’avoir eu la chance de travailler de proche avec quelques adolescents indigène.  Un des aspect principal du culture c’est l’importance des herbes sacrés, le tabac en étant un de ceux-là.  En pratique traditionnelle, le tabac est offert aux anciens des tribus comme un remerciement pour leur aide.  Malheureusement, ces pratiques ont été abusé à travers du temps, et c’est maintenant utilisé comme une excuse pour pouvoir utiliser les produits de tabac commercialisés.  Lorsque je cherchais autres ressources pour vous offrir, j’ai tombé par hasard sur le site web de l’Association National des Centres d’Amitié.  Ils ont fabriqué une trousse à outilsconçu spécifiquement pour les adolescents autochtones, qui concentre sur les besoins  et les pratiques de la culture des premières nations.  La meilleure chose? C’est offert en ligne en forme de PDF, ET ils offrent même le guide de l’animateur! Tout cela – gratuit! C’est génial! Allez-y et partagez avec vos amis!

On a side note, check out the cool artwork I also stumbled upon!
Pas rapport, mais check l’image que j’ai trouvé!

"Raven Transformation" by Mark Henderson

“A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril;
but the new view must come, the world must roll forward.”
                                                                              –Winston Churchill, speech, Nov. 29, 1944

Let me know what you think!
J’aimerais bien savoir tes pensées donc laissez-moi un petit mot!

♥ Katrina

7 thoughts on “Let’s Get The Story Straight

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