As I was driving to work my favourite Bob Marley song came on the radio. I turned up the volume and began to mouth the words... "Buffalo soldier, dreadlock Rasta. There was a buffalo soldier, in the heart of America..." ...And then Wayne Lavallee's raspy soulful voice came to mind. Back in the month of… Continue reading Buffalo Soldier
Three weeks ago was my first time celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day (formally called National Aboriginal Day). It was also my city's first time celebrating too! *grins* MY TOP 3 MEMORABLE MOMENTS at the Indigenous Day Event... #1 - Meeting people from Wiky: I was surprised and excited when I met a few folks from Wikwemikong… Continue reading Indigenous Day: My Top 3 Moments!
This evening I was on Facebook and one of my aunts sent me a short video clip promoting an Indigenous cultural event happening in our city. I was intrigued and clicked play...One hour later I still have a grin of excitement on my face! My city is celebrating National Aboriginal Day for the first time! I… Continue reading THRILLED! Indigenous Day in My City
Hey Canada, I have a challenge for you! JUNE is National Aboriginal History Month (NAHM), a time for Canadians to celebrate, honour, and acknowledge the Inuit, Metis and First Nations! Although this month has been officially declared as NAHM since 1996 this is the first year that I am hearing about it...and I've lived in… Continue reading The O Canada Challenge
Aanii! Boozhoo! Since starting my new job at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto I've become familiar with common Ojibwe greetings used among the staff, children, and parents. I smile whenever I hear them and am fascinated when I see Ojibwae-English signs and labels throughout the centre. For those readers who may not know,… Continue reading ALLY 101: Language
Last week a couple of children that I care for invited me to their school's Sharing Assembly. They were very eager to show me a dance and skit that they've been practicing with their classmates for quite some time, so I agreed to come. Little did I know that the theme of the assembly was… Continue reading Peel District School Board Honour First Nations
"Hi Shaleena ... We would like to offer you the position..." This week I've been eager to share some exciting news with those of you who have been following my journey! I am now a firm believer in the power of networking and perseverance because they are the main reasons why I can now say...I… Continue reading Dream Job Becomes Reality