Posted by on Sep 14, 2013 in News, Press Release

Manoominikedaa Neyaashing by Jana-Rae Yerxa

Manoominikedaa Neyaashing by Jana-Rae Yerxa

Finally! My grandfather, who is seventy four years old, and my grandmother, who is seventy three years old, will finally get to roast rice on this part of our land for the very first time. I am grateful that we will get to do this together. Harvesting and preparing manoomin has always been a way of life for Anishinaabeg. I remember as a young child playing outside my Great Grandfather’s house and watching him prepare the rice as he would dance on it. This was my first introduction tomanoomin. He always welcomed us young ones, to take breaks from running around and playing hide n seek, and to dance on the rice. I didn’t realize it then that these were teachings of responsibility that he, along with manoomin, were instilling in us. Needless to say, our breaks from play were always welcomed, from the old man, to what seemed like ‘cooler’ play as we took off our shoes placing our little feet in the deep holes that were dug...

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Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Featured, News

The Unravelling of a Colonized Mind by Jana-Rae Yerxa

The Unravelling of a Colonized Mind by Jana-Rae Yerxa

Jana-Rae Yerxa The Unravelling of a Colonized Mind Sure everybody struggles. But to be born an Indigenous person, you are born into struggle. My struggle. Your struggle. Our struggle. The colonial struggle. There are many layers to this struggle. For the longest time, I didn’t even know what the true struggle was about yet I couldn’t escape it. It consumed me. Colonialism, as I have been forced to discover, is like a cancer. But instead of the cells in your body betraying itself, the thoughts in your mind work against you and eat you up from the inside out. You’re like the walking dead and you don’t even know it because you are so blinded. You can’t see the truth. Here are some of the perverted ways colonialism infects the mind: • With a colonized mind, I hate being Indian. • With a colonized mind, I accept that I am Indian because that’s who the colonizer told me I am. • With a colonized mind, I don’t understand that...

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