Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Thunderbird House Winnipeg Manitoba Needs some Champions.

Thunderbird House is a multi-use facility located in the City of Winnipeg’s Point Douglas District. It has over 8,000 square feet of conference room space. There is access to a Ceremony grounds for Sweat Lodge Teachings. Thunderbird House is a high valued resource for the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal population. Servicing the community for Spiritual guidance and support, Thunderbird House is exemplary.  Financial stability has eluded Thunderbird House. As a non-government funded not for profit charitable organization of Religious entity status, it would seem that financial support would be forthcoming by the public. Thunderbird House has not had success in attracting financial aid. It may due to many factors, one being that marketability has been lacking. Thunderbird House is searching for ways to overcome their financial weakness.
The one common thread that all Creatures have is their sense of Identity. Identity is extremely important as to who we are and how we function. We also know that we do not live in isolation. Thunderbird House has an identity that is based on inclusion, pride, humility, history and opportunity. Thunderbird House and the greater population are about to embark on a journey of inclusion and opportunity.
Thunderbird House is more than an iconic landmark facility in the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is more than a symbol of Aboriginal heritage and enduring Spirit. It is a home; a home that includes everyone. Just like the four directions of the Earth, and the four entrance ways at Thunderbird House, there are more ways to enter into the lives of others. Thunderbird House is seeking others to enter their Home and enter into their journey.
Thunderbird House is unique in that it is more than a facility for Spiritual guidance of Aboriginal people. It is a portal to a common goal; Good Life – Mino Pimatiziwin. Thunderbird House and its supporters have the opportunity to enrich lives. The enrichment of life has a compound effect for the betterment of the larger community.
In order to accomplish the common goal, Thunderbird House needs Champions. Thunderbird House needs Champions to support the ideals of Good Life, healthy living, financial stability and unwavering commitment.
Thunderbird House is a majestic building, designed by noted Architect Douglas Cardinal. It is a haven of support and guidance for the non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal community. Providing spiritual guidance, community inclusion, and building community capacity by supporting individuals.  Thunderbird House can only live if it receives help. Building networks, and financial partnerships will provide Thunderbird House with the means to continue to capacity build in the community. Individuals that recognize their potential achieve greater success and practice higher citizenship behavior.
The Aboriginal population needs support. Thunderbird House, along with its colleagues and Helpers are going to provide that support. The Aboriginal population is in a crisis. That crisis is manifested in the market of public services accessed voluntarily and involuntarily by the Aboriginal population.  That access is not ideal for Aboriginal people in some cases. Where can the change begin to stop the over participation by Aboriginal people in the unemployment line, the correctional facility, the child care agency, the welfare line, the health clinics, and the morgue?
It can stop with you, with us.  The identity crisis of the Aboriginal population is a major hurdle to overcome. By instilling knowledge of history, of Spiritual beliefs, of pride, of perseverance and of discipline, the Aboriginal population will prosper. Having a good picture of oneself is one step, an important step, in becoming a stronger individual. Knowing that you are part of a larger community that sees itself in a good and positive manner, is the foundation to a healthier self. Having a strong sense of identity is key in stopping recidivism in the corrections. It helps with being a better parent, business member, a trust worthy colleague, a person you can count on, and a productive member of our society.
Financial supporting Thunderbird House is a plus for the community. The benefits will out way the costs.
There are no “magic bullets” to address all the issues currently faced by the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal population. Having a support mechanism such as the people involved with Thunderbird House is a good start. With your help it will be an on-going mechanism of support. 

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"Something is wrong when a pretty little white girl runs into a Black man's arms"

The Coolest Dude on the Planet.

Either Samuel Jackson or Denzel Washington will play him in the movie, kicking down the door and everything.  But since its Hollywood, maybe they will get Tom Hanks to play him.

Charles Ramsey, you can't get enough of this gentleman. You know why? 

Because he is a breath of fresh air. No pretense. Just a regular guy telling you how it is.

In the near future, people will look at his faults and bring them out for the public, but you know what?

Forget that, this guy did a good thing. He told the world what took place, and he told in a way that was honest.  A reflection of how he talks and acts daily.

"EveryDAY!.. Bro, not a CLUE! that that girl was in that house..."

"I knew something was wrong when a little pretty  white girl runs into a Blackman's arms..."  "Dead giveaway"...

Amended post:  What did I tell ya?  Someone decided to post Ramsey's criminal record.  Couldn't see him in the spot light for 15 minutes. Oh well. that's the nature of people. We are our past no matter how we try to make amends.  We will throw it in your face to make sure you never grow.  We will make sure to keep you in the past. Truth is, we can't change the past. We can however, make a better day right now. That is all we can do. Charles Ramsey, you old criminal you, you are still a cool dude (right now anyway).


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Winnipeg University Powwows celebrate Indian graduates.

Well this month in Winnipeg Manitoba there have been three Powwows that have taken place. Last night was the Powwow at the University of Manitoba. The night before that was a Powwow at the Red River Community College. And a few weeks before that was the Powwow at the University of Winnipeg.

I like that. It is a chance for people to see the successes of Aboriginal youth and Mature students.

It is a remarkable thing having so many excelling. Formal education is a great thing to have in today's society. I still think traditional skills are as important to Indian people. Hopefully we can balance the two. I think that many are.
Patricia Ningewance Nadeau

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