Native Survival Stories From Canada

“There’s this story I heard about two wolves: one angry and vengeful, the other joyful and peaceful. They are always at odds and fighting for control. These two wolves represent our inner struggle between good and bad choices. The story, from the Cherokee people, says that the one you feed is the one who wins.” R.Deerchild

Photo- Awakeningto the dance.

Photo- Awakeningto the dance.

Excerpt: … Telling stories of indigenous Canada, By R. Deerchild

A father uses the beauty of a drum song to battle his grief. Alo White is an elder from Naotkamegwanning First Nation in northwestern Ontario. He and his son, Nathan, would often record each other singing traditional songs while driving around town or out fishing. They shared a passion for keeping these songs and stories alive. But after a heart-shattering loss, Alo continued to sing and share songs on his path of grief and recovery.

Alo White. Photo- Indegenous waves

Alo White. Photo- Indegenous waves

A residential school survivor captures the demons of his past on paper. As a way to share and heal from the atrocities Augie Merasty experienced at residential school, he wrote The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir, the painful recounting of that story. His daughter, Arlene Merasty, talks about her father’s literary legacy. 

Book by Joseph Augie Merasty-

Book by Joseph Augie Merasty-

And a young Inuk fighter fights to make his dreams a reality. Collin Baikie is from Labrador. The mixed martial artist just became the first Inuk to win a professional fight.

Collin Baikie is the first Inuk to win a professional fight.

Collin Baikie is the first Inuk to win a professional fight.

 Jaqueline Anaquod has been raising awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. Her reason is chilling — she could have been another name added to that growing list.”

Photo- TML Weekly.

Photo- TML Weekly.

Category: Alaskan Natives