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Checking the Right Box

Raymond, you're not white. You shouldn't mark that box," one of my coaches told me in front of the whole team. I was quite embarrassed and very angry when I went home. My mom had... — Updated 6/3/2019

 
 By Tom Bee    Life Story

I Took the Gift and Ran

A miracle. That's how a person could describe my life. It's miraculous that I even survived my first day on earth. My mother didn't want me so the midwife took and wrapped me in... — Updated 4/5/2019

 

Reimagining the rich tradition of indigenous storytelling

DURHAM, N.C.-Like many indigenous people in Canada, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's family was disconnected from the practices of their ancestors. But as a young adult, Simpson, who i... — Updated 4/5/2019

 

Moscelyne Larkin

Born in Miami, Oklahoma, (Edna) Moscelyne Larkin was one of the distinguished Native American ballerinas from Oklahoma dubbed "The Five Moons." She was the only daughter of a Peoria... — Updated 4/5/2019

 

A Man in Motion

I was born and raised in Fort St. John, BC, and I've worked in sawmills in the area for over 30 years. When I was 16 my "career" with alcohol began. I believe my habit of alcohol... — Updated 2/1/2019

 

When Cheyennes Helped Me

Wayne Leman, an Alaska Native, worked with the Cheyenne for many years. In his darkest hour, it was the Cheyenne who came to rescue him. "They were the ones with whom I felt safe.... — Updated 11/24/2018

 

Thank You, Father

It's so heavy. The loneliness one experiences in Ad Seg (the hole) presses its weight upon every person in here, causing a roller coaster of emotions. But God is faithful to those who put their trust in Him. One night, after the... — Updated 11/24/2018

 

From Our Trapline

Arnold: We come here every fall around this time-end of September, beginning of October-to harvest fish and moose meat, most of which we bring back to Garden Hill to share. We also... — Updated 9/10/2018

 

Hope for Monique

I was speaking at a summer camp for aboriginal teens. The rule with teens is that if you get one of them by himself or herself he or she has many, many functioning brain cells. Put... — Updated 9/10/2018

 
 By Rick Stock    Life Story

Back from the Wild Side

Somewhere inside, my brain knew it was cold. I saw white puffs when I breathed. I heard the wind whipping the chains on the courthouse flagpole. But as I put my head against the... — Updated 7/17/2018

 

The Way to Creator

The first few years of Conrad's life took place in the northern Manitoba Cree community of Garden Hill, along with his three brothers and sister. His father was a hunter and... — Updated 5/21/2018

 

I Lost My Son and Found God's Son

It was the last day in March when I went to my trap line on Assinika Lake in northern Manitoba. I needed to check my traps. My son was to follow. When I first got there, I set some... — Updated 3/16/2018

 
 By Jon Hopkins    Life Story

The Hard Path to Peace

"When I wake every morning, I am surprised I'm still alive. I don't do anything. I don't produce anything. I don't add anything to society. Each day I ask God why He let me live... — Updated 1/4/2018

 

Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash

Born to Mi'kmaq parents Mary Ellen Pictou and Francis Thomas Levi in a small Indian village in Nova Scotia, Canada, Anna Mae Pictou was the third of four children. Her father... — Updated 1/4/2018

 

In Faith I Asked

My life was a complete wreck. My career and my personal life were a mess. I was well on my way to dissolving any former impression of who I was before desire became habit açhabit e... — Updated 11/16/2017

 

Grace by Which I Stand

My life story begins in a small log house in the middle of Berens River, a remote First Nation community on the southeast shore of Lake Winnipeg on June 3, 1962. My story actually... — Updated 10/5/2017

 

Child of Sorrow, Man of Comfort

My father taught me strong moral values and personal responsibility. He taught me honesty and trust. He taught me to be compassionate and respect all life. He also taught me the... — Updated 7/15/2017

 

Once I was lost

I once dreamt that I was standing on cold concrete surrounded by men with nowhere to go. Nowhere to run. I was scared. In my dream I could fly away and hover in midair. I could see... — Updated 5/12/2017

 

The Good, Bad, and Ugly

I am a 54-year-old First Nations man living in the suburbs of an affluent, multi-cultural community just north of Toronto, Ontario. My father was a Potawatomi and my mother a... — Updated 5/12/2017

 

Trusting Jesus as a Lakota woman

Finding Jesus. I am Lakota Sioux from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Both my parents were Lakota Sioux. When I was quite young, my father had to move away to find work... — Updated 3/13/2017

 

Mental Illness Is Not a Defect

Mental illness was in the news a lot in 2016. Reports say one in four people deal with mental illness. Writer Mikaela Conley reporting for Good Morning America stated back in 2012... — Updated 1/9/2017

 

It takes tragedy to find true life and peace in Sandy Bay

My name is Skyler Roulette and I am a German-Canadian Treaty Cree. How so, you ask? My mom was German and came to Manitoba where she found a job working at a restaurant in... — Updated 1/9/2017

 

The Hope that can come to you

Small beginnings Born on the Onondaga Reservation near Syracuse, New York, my Native name is Laughing Water. We lived on the reservation until I was four. My parents were both... — Updated 9/9/2016

 

FEEL TRAMPLED ON?

Did you ever feel like someone stomped on your chest, trampling on your heart? Ever feel all alone and no one really cares? As a single mom with young children and pre-teens, Ruth Kathleen Smith (Laughing Water) felt that way. One... — Updated 9/9/2016

 

Seasons of Wounded Heart

To the many of you who are feeling lonely and forgotten as you sit in your cells and rooms, I say "hello." This is a small way I can reach out to those who are in what seems to be... — Updated 7/19/2016

 

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