french cree

I’m back! Updates:

+ Learning French was such a cool experience. I wish I had family members to talk to in french - or that I knew of any, honestly. I feel like french is a cool language, but idk how to explain.. I’m more interested in other languages tbh.  Maybe it was because the environment in Québec was so secularist it was uncomfortable for me, idk? It would be useful to continue learning french though.. my proficiency at my class level gave me lots of self-esteem while I was in immersion though, so that was cool. I wish I was more into the *sound* and *culture* of french, though! You know?? Anyways. More language updates:

+ i can’t wait to dive into Spanish now. Yayayay. Spanish music and culture and the Church.. like. its my jam.

+ I honestly thought about learning Tagalog for the first time today. My church community here where i live right now all Filipino people, and they have to learn English and all of that and I’ve never tried to learn Tagalog in years, (and even then it was slang and jokes with co-workers), you know? Fairness and such, etc. I wish I could express myself better.

+ Also Cree?? Like I think it would be a cool act of solidarity and stuff in 2017 to learn the language of the Indigenous people who live on the treaty land I’m also living on/occupying.

pls you guys talk to me about these things thanks :)) advice and such. xx

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Hi everyone!! My name is Kara and I’ve been stalking studyblr for quite a while and recently made a studyblr as a sideblog and figured I should make an intro post!!

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~My name is Karaquantae but everyone calls me Kara

~I’m 16 years old and in 11th grade

~I’m genderfluid (they/them) and ace!!

~I’m Canadian

~I have a few mental illnesses that made life pretty rough for me for quite a bit so I have to re-do several courses so I’m not sure of my grad year

~I’m very disorganized but trying hard!!

~I’m an art student and like to work with charcoal mostly

~I’m lowkey trying to learn Finnish, French, ASL and Cree but I don’t really post my langblr posts on here

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Learning Strategies!!

Social Justice 12!!

I’ll be taking dual credit art 12 next year and I’m super excited!!

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~Socials 11

~English 11

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quatsch is regaling me with random fort edmonton facts that i should probably dispense somehow- some of them are simmering and perhaps can be released later once i take the proper notes myself but also here’s a random fun fact courtesy of quatsch from the other day

so ed wouldn’t have had english as a mother tongue at all - he didnt start learning it until the mid 19th century (he would have been around 50 yrs old by then) and then it was mostly used for book keeping. Cree, French and Gaelic were all spoken, and since Cree was the most common of the three it became the language of business. 

so if Ed was still in the process of getting a hold of English in the 1870s, I guess it would mean that the common language between him and Cal would have been Gaelic? I need to do more research but my assumption is that Cal’s mother tongues would have been some combination of Scottish English/Gaelic and English English but I need to confirm that more. 

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Niya Nehiyaw/ I am fully Cree

Danette Jubinville

Photo by Tashina Lewis (Nisga’a, Tahltan, Tlingit, Tsimshian)

This image confronts the idea of mixed identity. My ancestors are Cree/Saulteaux, French, German/Jewish, and Scottish/English, and for most of my life I identified myself in fractions: “I am one-quarter this” or “one-quarter that.” However, it never felt good to talk about myself this way, and I couldn’t help but notice that whenever I was asked why I looked so “exotic,” the person asking would hardly ever share their own ancestry in return. While non-white features have to be explained or justified, whiteness is the norm that goes unquestioned and unseen. 

Although I know that I have passing privilege, it has always been made clear to me that I look “not quite white.” At the same time, people don’t automatically assume that I am Native, and I have heard many racist remarks that were made in what was thought to be the safety of a non-Native audience. Conversely, although I strongly identify as Indigenous, in Indigenous spaces I still get asked if I am Native. The message is that I am not white enough to be white, nor am I Indian enough to be Indian. While I am told I don’t belong, I am also told ‘white’ and ‘Indian’ are legitimate categories. But really, these are false binaries that uphold hierarchies of power.

In order to fully love myself, I have to fight back against the identity labels that are put on me by settler society. After 500+ years of colonization, it is not useful to have a preconceived notion of what Indigenous looks like. Today, when I hear someone say that they are “one half” of something, I want to know, which half? We are whole people, not pies. Identity labels serve the colonizer because they are divisive and they create a breeding ground for self-hate. My Cree family loves all of me, not a part of me, and when I walk in Treaty 4 territory I know the land loves all of me, too. This is why I say Niya Nehiyaw, I am fully Cree.