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Quebec woman who gave cradleboard to Pope wonders why she didn’t get to meet him at Citadel
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Quebec woman who gave cradleboard to Pope wonders why she didn’t get to meet him at Citadel

Michelle Shenandoah, a member of the Oneida Nation, is wondering why she didn’t get to meet Pope Francis Wednesday evening at the Citadel in Quebec City, to show him a cradleboard he asked to see. “We didn’t know until the very last minute that that wasn’t going to happen,” she told Global News.It’s the same one she took with her to the Vatican in March and gave to the pontiff to reflect on.“The Holy Father has now been tasked with the responsibility to care for this cradle board overnight,” Grand Chief Mandy Gull-Masty of the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi told reporters at the time. Read more: Banner protesting 'doctrine of discovery' unfurled during papal mass at Quebec shrine For Shenandoah as well as others the board is a symbol of all the Indigenous ch...
‘I downplayed it all’: Métis man shares journey to self-love after residential school
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‘I downplayed it all’: Métis man shares journey to self-love after residential school

Warning: This story deals with disturbing subject matter that may upset and trigger some readers. Discretion is advised. Gary Têtu’s life story is told in dozens of tattoos all over his body.Some are from his past life – a time of “self-hatred” – but others are a monument to love, healing and the sacred teachings of his people.On one arm, a Medicine Wheel, a Métis infinity symbol and a peace sign are visible. On the other, motorcycle handlebars overlook a road leading into the sunset – his “happy place” – while an orange ribbon honours Le Estcwicwéy̓, the missing children who never made it home from residential schools.That same arm also has a graveyard with tombstones marking everything in his life he wants to put to rest, including “rage,” “ego,” “worry,” and “IRS,”  which stan...
‘Dance with the universe:’ Indigenous languages, reconciliation and the papal tour
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‘Dance with the universe:’ Indigenous languages, reconciliation and the papal tour

Warning: This story deals with disturbing subject matter that may upset and trigger some readers. Discretion is advised. According to Tom McCallum (White Standing Buffalo), when Cree-speaking peoples first saw the “black robes” kneeling down and immersed in prayer, they didn’t know what the clergymen were doing.Pointing up to the heavens, the church leaders explained, “We’re talking to Him,” said McCallum.The moment gave birth to the Cree expression for prayer, ayamihowin, which is composed of the root words ayamiha, “talking to him or her,” kakiki, “forever or perpetual,” and simo, which means “movement or dance.” Win is added to end of the word to indicate a process underway, he said.“We have a perpetual dance with the universe,” McCallum said, translating ayamihowin in an inter...