Canada You Dry
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Water is something most Canadians take for granted, especially clean drinking water. More than 3000 homes in First Nations communities lack running water. Imagine taking care of your baby or Grandfather without the water to give them a bath? Please take the time to inform yourself about this major and ongoing issue. Here are a few links to start you off.

FREE HUGS & LANGUAGE LESSONS: Savannah Simon teaches us to #SpeakMikmaq

Each day this week I am going to share the amazing talent I encountered this weekend at the Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation‘s Power of The Arts‬ | Pouvoir Des Arts‬ Forum at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. 

Today I am posting on Savannah Simon whose passion, along with making us feel loved, is to teach us her language. She’s going about it in a very 21st Century way that includes a hashtag and a twitter campaign.

‪#‎SpeakMikmaq‬ “L’nuisi, it’s that easy.”

Twitter handle @MsNativeWarrior

Want to know why she does it? You can find out here - 

Above images by Leah Snyder for

#inthebeginning #firstpeoples #mankind #weareone #BlackQueens #BlackKings #melanin #melanoidfrequency #kemeticorigins #BlackMan #loveyourroots #originator #knowYOURhistory #hotep #kemet #lovetheskinyourein #mamaAFRICA #firstman #firstwoman #MYBLACKISBEAUTIFUL

#Rivers hold special significance for the #indigenous tribes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. As the snow capped peaks turn to water, and cascade down the ravines to the valleys below, they provide for crops, drinking water and access points to the sea, where the water empties out. They also serve as dividing lines between the tribes, natural boundaries that have cultural significance. Over the past decade the #tribes living here have fought to keep these rivers free as proposals to #dam them to service power and ever growing infrastructure needs in Colombias rapidly expanding economy are pushed. Further, megaprojects such as these dams and from mining conglomerates trying to gain access to the rich mineral deposits by land grabs, create constant pressure for the indigenous to fight for their land rights. This is a challenge to cultural thinking as land isn’t “owned” by individuals within tribes, but rather held in a sense of shared stewardship and responsibility. In order to give themselves voice, the groups have turned to Collective titling of land so that they can advocate both for their homes and keep the sacred land they live on safe from the negative environmental consequences that come from damming Rivers and stripping the land for its resources. #Thehumanlandscape #Fieldtripswithjosh #firstpeoples #Colombia #everydaylatinamerica #onassignment

While the term Eskimo is acceptable in Alaska, Inuit is preferred in Canada and Greenland. Originally believed to mean “eaters of raw meat,” Eskimo is now believed to be a derivative of an Ojibwa word meaning “to net snowshoes.” #eskimo #inuit #firstpeoples #diversegirls #girl