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NOTEBOOK from*the*editor Hello New Tribe Readers, Thanks for picking up the November 2013 issue of New Tribe Magazine. In this issue we focused a lot on articles specif ica l ly g e a r e d towa rd s children as on the 20th we celebrate National Child Day.

USAY and New Tribe Magazine events? Feel free to search us out on Face book and join our growing friends list. We post upcoming events, submission requirements and deadlines, and fun stuff like upcoming movie nights and book clubs. It is also a great place to comment on stories or articles you wish to see in our upcoming issues.

This was a very important date for c h i l d r e n’s rights and we hope you enjoy the stories and learn a little Do you have an opinion about the history of this day. on this issue of New Tribe magazine? Good, bad, or It’s also that time of year ugly send in your thoughts when kids are getting sick and we will print it in the so we try and have some tips letters section. on keeping your children healthy during the coming Spread the word, and stay winter season. I hope they true to it. help and that you and your family stay healthy and safe. John Medeiros Creative Director Need updates on upcoming New Tribe Magazine

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Calgary’s Aboriginal Youth Monthly usayeditor@gmail.com Creative Director John Medeiros Graphic Design Aboriginal Design Group Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth Suite 600, 615 Macleod Trail South Calgary, Alberta T2G 4T8 403.233.8225 Executive Director LeeAnne Ireland Program Manager Rachel Paris Office Manager Jessica Hawryluk Board of Directors President Sarena Provost Vice-President Amanda Gonet Treasurer Melaina Patenaude Secretary Cheryl Hanley

NEW TRIBE is a monthly magazine. Our mission is to promote a positive outlook on Aboriginal living in an urban setting by promoting information sharing within the Aboriginal and youth communities Opinions expressed in submitted work/letters are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEW TRIBE or USAY. This magazine is a forum for Aboriginal youth to speak their minds and share their stories without intervention. The publisher assumes no responsibility or liability for plagiarism of the works in the magazine. All writings are presumed to be the original work of the contributing authors.

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GEAR UP

7 WHAT’S GOING ON?

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SELF ESTEEM

10 FESTIVAL

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CHILD DAY

12 ON THE TABLE

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MUSIC REVIEW

14 POETRY

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MOVIE REVIEW

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16 TURPEL-LAFOND

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BOOK REVIEW

18 UNITED NATIONS

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U AROUND TOWN

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Aboriginal Happenings From Across Canada National chief leaves little room for compromise The cooling-off period New Brunswick Premier David Alward and that provinceÕ s First Nations leaders called for in the wake of violent clashes between protesters and RCMP officers 10 days ago at an anti-fracking road barricade in Rexton, N.B., appears to be coming to an abrupt end. In remarks Friday on P.E.I. and a day earlier at Elsipogtog First Nation in N.B., the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says Aboriginal peoples will not support resource development at any cost. Shawn Atleo made those comments after he met Thursday with leaders of the band battling against shale gas exploration in eastern New Brunswick. No one question peopleÕ s legal right to peacefully protest but when cars are

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destroyed, roads are barricaded, there are alleged threats of violence, and homemade pipe bombs, guns, knives and other weapons are seized by police at the scene, things have gotten way out of hand. Atleo’s comments on P.E.I. indicate there is not much chance for a compromise between the two sides. Atleo said all bandsÕ treaties must be respected while reiterating support for the Elsipogtog First Nation and defending its attempts to assert their treaty rights and responsibilities over lands and waters.

exist with the MiÕ kmaq. What are required then are meaningful talks on a nation-to-nation, treatyby-treaty basis between the Mi’kmaq nations like Elsipogtog and other levels of government. Atleo said governments are not fulfilling their treaty obligations now, and even exploration permits for energy companies like what is happening in N.B. are a violation of treaty rights. The exploration for shale gas includes seismic testing, not the controversial method of fracking at this time.

Atleo did hold out a small olive branch when he suggested the situation in New Brunswick provides an opportunity to spark discussion and action on the part of federal and provincial governments.

But wherever exploration companies try to get gas and oil to the surface in this day, fracking is usually the preferred method and aboriginals have good cause to be wary.

So perhaps there is an opportunity to forge a new and better way to implement the spirit and intent of treaties which

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What’s Going On? NOVEMBER,2013 Nov 02 Billy Talent in Concert Flames Central Calgary, AB

Nov 16 Calgary Moms Trade Fair Marriott Calgary Airport Calgary, AB

Nov 02 Tim McGraw in Concert Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary, AB

Nov 16 Survivors of Suicide Day Heritage Park Historical Village Calgary

Nov 03 Slayer in Concert Stampede Corral Calgary, AB Nov 08 Kiss in Concert Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary, AB Nov 11 Fort Calgary - Artisans’ Fair Fort Calgary Calgary, AB Nov 11 Remembrance Day Calgary, AB Nov 15,16 Matthew Good in Concert Jack Singer Concert Hall Calgary, AB

Nov 17 National Child Day Free Skating Southland Leisure Centre Nov 20 National Child Day Nov 22 - 24 Winter Show & Sale Alberta College of Art & Design Calgary, AB Nov 25 Nine Inch Nails in Concert Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary, AB

Calgary Flames Home Games 11/01/2013 7:00 PM Detroit Red Wings @ Calgary Flames 11/12/2013 7:00 PM San Jose Sharks @ Calgary Flames 11/14/2013 7:00 PM Dallas Stars @ Calgary Flames 11/16/2013 8:00 PM Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames 11/20/2013 8:00 PM Columbus Blue Jackets @ Calgary Flames 11/22/2013 7:00 PM Florida Panthers @ Calgary Flames 11/27/2013 8:00 PM Chicago Blackhawks @ Calgary Flames Calgary YMCA Rec night Every Tuesday 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm POW WOW Drum and Dance Mondays 6:00 pm - 8:00pm Raddison Park Elementary

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“Love My Life” T-shirt aids in the Prevention of Aboriginal Teen Suicide Depression is common in society, however, many people do not get treatment for it for various reasons. Untreated depression can lead to suicidal thoughts and may eventually lead to suicide itself. Importantly, depression is treatable. Therefore suicide is preventable given it stemmed from depression and not another mental health condition. A recent report came out called: Trauma, Turmoil and Tragedy: Understanding the Needs of Children and Youth at Risk of Suicide and Self-harm by 8

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Representative for Children and Youth. This was looking at children with MCFD (Ministry of Child and Family Development) between June 9, 2007 and May 31, 2010 in which 89 incidents that included suicide and self-harms were identified and assessed. Although this was a MCFD review I believe it does apply to many youth who are risk especially Aboriginal children. The Representative acknowledges the tremendous challenges faced by some Aboriginal communities, and believes that much more

must be done to support them as they work to improve the well being of their children and youth. Every child has right to succeed and be mentally healthy. Do we do enough to help Aboriginal children? Can we do more? The answer is yes there is more we can do. I have personally started a “Love my Life” t-shirt to remember all those who have taken their life by suicide. As statistics show us 50% of Aboriginal people are below 25 years and many are now using the internet to read about their health


COMMUNITY issues. I hope I can bring them knowledge on mental health issues with mindcheck.ca, a website that assesses mental health in privacy. Nevertheless nothing replaces a face to face meeting with a mental health professional. Mindcheck.ca is a different way to reach out to people and provides information, support and a phone number to get the help that some may need when reading through the website.

health professional in their local community or call the number provided on the website. Please check out www.mindcheck.ca for more information on filling out the questionnaire.

is wearing the shirt will be able to read it as reminder to be proud of who they are. They will have what is called a positive affirmation about themselves. I have seen many youth looking down and not making eye contact with me when I shake their hand. I just wanted to remind them and you to look up and be proud of where you come from. You are going to do great things for your community.

Remember suicide is 100% preventable and depression is a common complaint that I have seen in the emergency room and family practice setting. There is hope out there and different treatments available. A great elder once told me, “Honour Stay blessed! Love my Life! Here is a write up from my own your life and Esteem others better website www.drpetereppinga. then yourself”. I wanted to leave Peter Eppinga M.D. com: the same message with you to, “Honour your Life” and get help Love my Life t-shirt is to if you need it. You can help and show your remember all those who have support in the Prevention of taken their life by suicide. The You have a purpose for your life Aboriginal Teen Suicide. Haida design is of an eagle and and you are not an accident. You a raven inside of a heart. Allan are an original. When the Creator The shirts sell for $20 each + Weir is the Haida artist who did made you He threw away the $5 for shipping. The proceeds the magnificent design. Allan mold so that there would only go to making of more shirts and and I unfortunately have had our be one of you in this world. The some proceeds go to Aboriginal own cousins take their life in Creator has great things planned teen centers. Above is a picture Haida Gwaii and this shirt is to for your life! Never let anyone’s of Peter Eppinga and what the remember them. opinion of you determine what shirts look like. If you would like you will do with your life. Be to purchase a shirt or know more The purpose of this shirt is to proud of who you are. If you’re information about it, please visit reach out to the youth specifically Aboriginal be even more proud the Aboriginal youth to prevent of who you are and know that www.drpetereppinga.com suicide. The websites provided you are intelligent and capable of on the shirt allow youth to doing anything with your life! Hawaa/Miigwech for your read about mental health support! issues themselves. Mindcheck. “Look up hold your head ca allows youth to fill out a high……be proud of who you Follow Peter on Twitter @ questionnaire that will tell them are!” I put this on the bottom drpetereppinga or add him as a more about how they feel and if of the shirt and made the letters friend on Facebook under: Peter it is necessary to contact a mental upside down so the person who Eppinga.

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Alice Jakob

I recently went to the children’s festival this year in Calgary and wanted to share my experience with everyone who went, and who were thinking about it for next year. The Calgary International ChildrenÕ s festival is a unique event in its type where children can have fun as well as learning. The event scheduled every May is always like a dream come true for children. It contained a wide range of performances and lots and lots of entertainment for children. ItÕ s a festival which every child waits for throughout the year due to its unending fun and charisma. The event is not only for children 10

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but adults and parents also find lots of stuff highly interactive and entertaining. The Calgary International Children festival enhance creativity and develops new ideas in children mind that makes them dynamic and they start thinking about different aspects of life and their importance. In this festival, children experienced world class music, theatrical performances, dances, puppet art and lots of interactive activities. The creative and entertaining events for children like the BAM show, the ugly duckling performance, Norman Foote, Medicine Bear, the Tortoise and Hare were all mesmerizing

and then the high energy performances of the dancing group and the drum UnitedÕ s World of Rhythm concert took the scale of entertainment to another level. The festival comprised of performances for children as well as adults and the whole family got high dose of their interest. In the festival where children found the BAM show and the monkey bunch enjoying, in contrary the adults were also mesmerized by the high energy United Drum performance due to their fusion of lots of musical instruments and the band set the whole stage on fire due to their rocking performance.


COMMUNITY The Ô BAM Ô showed exquisite puppetry skills and took children to the land of puppets and they considered themselves as a part of the puppet world. The performance of the Ugly Duckling was also very amusing and the children cherished it and learned a lot from the performance as it displayed that nothing is made useless in this fabulous world and everything is beautiful but we have to give a deep insight to it.

his performance lovable and made the children laugh due to his witty and clever lyrics. The unique thing about Ô Norman FooteÕ performance was that it was specially recommended to visually challenged children. The 3-Legged Tale/Sur 3 Pattes was an event for hearing challenged children and it was also lovable. The other performances like Ô shoe of sandÕ , Ô Medicine BearÕ ,Õ The man who planted TreesÕ ,Õ Nearly Lear’ and many more were full of learning as well as The Hare and Tortoise entertaining for the children. performance also gained lots of fame due to its everlasting The adultÕ s entertainment was fun and children loved it and also taken into consideration learned not to underestimate as there was Drum UnitedÕ s anyone and everyone is special. ‘World of Rhythm’ concert The amazing thing about the that raised the energy of ‘Ugly Duckling’ and ‘Hare the festival and the young and TortoiseÕ performance generation danced on the was that electroluminescent hip hop music and genuinely crayon like creatures were loved the heart pondering showed on the stage and performance. The fusion of made the audience amazed by African drums along with such technological creativity. Indian Tablas, dance, hip hop and Cuban rumbas and The music, puppetry and instruments from many other technology used in these countries made the Drum events made them like they UnitedÕ s group much superior existed in real world and than just only a drum band. the whole audience was so captivated as if they were It consisted of percussionists under some magician spell. from many countries like The performance of Ô Norman Bangladesh, Senegal, Spain, FooteÕ was astounding, his Germany, Netherlands, selection of song, lyrics, Surinam and Venezuela. outrageous use of props and Adults danced and enjoyed the comedy element made the complete jam-packed

performances of such talented and artistic people from all over the globe. Their performance showed that talented people working together can just rock the stage regardless of the nationalities they carry. The professional development master classes were also offered to teachers and theatre professionals so they can exhibit their skills in more understandable way. The reason for the organization of this workshop was that people linked with this and related fields can get new ideas, develop dynamic style and reveal their expressions in much explicable way. The complete arrangement of delicious and mouth watering food after such energy packed and highly interactive performances made the festival more exciting. The food was to be enjoyed in the open air as well as many events were also organized while having delicious food. Children loved pizza and fast food as well as the adults and hence all the family loved the taste and quality of food at the festival. The Calgary Children Festival was full of learning, exquisitely organized, entertaining and a complete success.

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FLAVOR

On the Table Banana Bread INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 eggs, beaten 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

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I Feel lost and confused and angry not at anyone only at myself. I had everything going good for myself I had goals and a safety plan in my mind everything was going great I was Proud......... Then Boom one slip one fall I was back to square one not knowing what I wanted so much has happened in my life no one will ever understand. I got this burden on my shoulder to me it feels like its digging me into a deeper hole I feel like a failure once again I think am I ever gunna get anywhere? Will I ever love myself? will I ever accept who I am? and what I been through? I always say “ I DONT KNOW “But My people I don’t know any of my own questions I just asked myself or do I ? for now I need to figure out what I need not want. And I need to find that happiness again and who I am. I’m so tired of feeling tired there’s one thing I do know is if you want something you have to work hard to get it and NEVER give up have confidence and always believen yourself and learn to accept you for you because everyone is there own person In my eyes everyone is 1 of a kind im gunna move forward in life yes life is tough yes it has obstacle’s but always remember the creator is on our side. We as Aboriginal people have to stand as ONE my age of generation need to realize that our opportunities are exquisite we have so much options we need to speak up for what our inner selves believen. We need to be role models for the younger generation as for we are who they look up to become somebody and lets show everyone we are not just another STATISTIC our people we are beautiful and I believen each and every one of us are able to succeed yes it may take time and you may feel hopeless. But do not Give up I been there to were I felt if I wasn’t here anymore life would be easier but trust me and most importantly trust yourself and tell yourself “ YES I CAN DO THIS “ whatever it is in life you want to do everyone has dreams and goals that can become a reality We can not let us being stereotyped break us. Because as ONE we are unstoppable amazing human beings nobody is perfect everyone has problems..... But we have out rights to Freedom of speech together lets make OUR culture more than what it already is We are not another statistic. I started my story about me into we because together we are ONE chase your goals and dreams and try try try and one day you will achieve what you always wanted Never give up hope or faith because We are in this together Now lets succeed and achieve our goals as ONE Kelsey Manyheads age 22 Always keep a positive mind state 14

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Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond John Medeiros Canada has some of the most strict and protective child rights laws in the world, especially in British Columbia. One of the big reasons for that is Mary Ellen TurpelLafond. She is the biggest name in children’s rights and protection and is known as a “Rights Watchdog.” Turpel-Lafond has been fighting to protect children for decades and has become one of the most highly regarded and respected legal authorities in the country. Background on Turper-Lafond Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond was born in northern Manitoba into a very poor, very abusive home. Her parents rarely had money and were often very physically abusive to her and her three sisters. However, she did not give into the temptation to fall into a continuing cycle of abuse. Instead, she went to Carleton University at the age of 16, in an attempt to better herself and her life situation.

Youth. The mandate of her position states that she must do all in her power to: make sure children have the right to be safe; helping improve each child’s family life; making sure parents and extended family hold the primary responsibility of caring for the child; and to include Most came from broken homes, the child’s view points and input with a history of alcoholism, drug into all decisions made in their use, and violence. It was obvious to name. her that abusive households were capable of creating a disturbed Essentially, she advocates the child, one that could not function right of children to be in a happy, normally in society. This compelled safe, loving environment as free her to become an advocate and of abuse and negative influence as watchdog for children’s rights possible. She also works diligently throughout British Columbia and to ensure that all children under the Canada. Her work helped name her age of 19 in British Columbia have as one of the ‘100 Global Leaders the chance to express their views, create a system of self-advocacy, of Tomorrow’ twice. provide advice on obtaining selfAs a result of her hard work, she advocacy, sending out written was named as British Columbia’s materials to parents and children, Representative for Children and find relevant community support Youth in 2006. She was the first groups for children, finding person to be named to this point, a advocates for children, and directly advocating for the rights of a child, post that she holds to this day. if necessary. The Representative for Children What is Being Done and Youth After working in various native rights firms (herself half Cree), she started working as a judge for youth courts. Her experience as a judge in these youth courts opened her up to the realities of many of the children who stood before her.

After gravitating between several different degrees, she finally settled on law and obtained a has multiple The Representative for Children Bachelor degree in law, a masters Turpel-Lafond as the and Youth works tirelessly to degree in international law and responsibilities a doctorate in law from Harvard. Representative for Children and create more effective services 16

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COMMU NITY Accountability is another important aspect of children’s rights at the Representative for Children and Youth work endlessly on improving. Advocacy was briefly touched Essentially, they investigate the earlier, but it is one of the most injuries and deaths of the children important aspects of what in British Columbia. Turpel-Lafond and her group do for British Columbia. Essentially, They will help law enforcement they work directly with children officials find how these injuries and parents to ensure that the or deaths occurred, and find needs of each child are being met. the party responsible. Through this system, they are hoping to For example, if a child is having increase the accountability of problems with mental stability, abusive of neglectful parents they will connect them with a and help to prevent any more high-quality psychologist. Or, if a needless harm to the children of child is having physical troubles, British Columbia. they will make sure they receive some type of medical or physical The Representative for Children therapy treatment that can and Youth works tirelessly to review other government eliminate these problems. assistance programs. The and better results for its children. Essentially, they operate on three front: advocacy, accountability, and review.

Representative for Children and Youth is not a government program, but an independent group that operates within their own jurisdiction. As a result, they can review the work of other children assistance programs, assess their effectiveness, and propose ways to improve these services. Due to their unique “outside the government” stature, the Representative can also release reports on the child welfare system, without the need for government approval. This power makes the Representative for Children and Youth a powerful, yet vital, part of improving the lives of all of British Columbia’s citizens.

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November 20 marks National Child Day in Canada, a time to celebrate our nation becoming a signatory to the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of the Child. This year, Calgary’s youth and child serving community has engaged in the first city-wide approach to the celebration and while many different festivities will be occurring throughout the city all celebrants are asking the community at large to wear blue. Phil Carlton, Director of UpStart, an initiative of Calgary and Area United Way, committed to supporting children from cradle-to-career for their lifetime success, has taken on the role of bringing together the city’s many players for its inaugural celebration. Carlton says that his year’s focus in on the child’s right to be heard, adding that “the wearing of blue as we celebrate National Child Day across Calgary signifies your support

for children having prime consideration in all decisions affecting them.” Carlton adds that while we celebrate the day it is vitally important that the purpose behind the day is not lost – National Child Day is an opportunity to focus on and remember the rights of the child and our collective obligations to see that these rights are met. The Government of Canada first proclaimed National Child Day in 1993 to commemorate the adoption of the UN Declaration in 1959 and the UN adoption of the Convention of the Rights of the Child in 1989. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty, with 191 countries becoming signatories and contributing to significant improvements in the situations of children across the world.

Through 54 articles and two optional protocols, the Convention sets out the responsibilities of governments, families and care-givers in supporting children and details the rights of children as our youngest citizens. Four principles underpin the rights presented: • Non-discrimination in the application of rights of children • The best interests of children as the primary consideration in all actions and decision concerning their well-being • The child’s right to survival and development, and • The participation of children in all matters concerning their well-being. On November 1 all activities throughout Calgary being hosted in celebration of this day can be found on the UpStart website at www.upstartchampions.ca NEW TRIBE NOVEMBER 2013

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Estella and Albert Goulet YOUTH LEARNING THE RIGHT WAY

by Christine McFarlane photos by Sue Solway

Jackie Soppit, a member of the Cree Nation and the Executive Director of Thundering Nations International, which is a dance company in Calgary that has specialized in Traditional Aboriginal & Latin dance styles for over 18 years, says “ I personally know the importance of culture and having a connection to our roots makes all the difference in the success of our people. For that I continue to learn, seek as much knowledge as I can and pass that to my two beautiful children, Estella Goulet, age nine and Albert Goulet, age 13. After having a difficult childhood, and going down a path that was very destructive, Soppit turned her life around when she became a jingle dress dancer at sixteen years old. “It taught me the importance of taking care of myself, respecting myself and others, that I could not drink or take part in negative behaviors if I wanted to be a dancer The first time I saw pow wow dancing, I knew I had to become a dancer, so I listened and made the changes I needed to.” While pregnant with her first child

Albert, Soppit was diagnosed with cancer and was told she needed to terminate her pregnancy. It was her Mooshum Albert Daigneault that told her it wasn’t necessary and through the years her two children, Estella and Albert have become great sources of inspiration for her.

I had the opportunity to interview these two children and below are their answers

How did you become involved as pow wow dancers and performers? Estella Goulet (9 years old) from the Cree Nation says “ever since I was a little girl my mom brought Albert, at age 13 has been hired by me to culture because she dances two agencies within Calgary and and teaches dancing. Wherever the area to teach drumming, he my mom went, I went, so I learned goes on hunting trips, has worked how to do those things. on hides, does his own beadwork, helps sew his dance outfits, makes Albert Goulet-(13 years old) from his own drums and drumsticks, and the Cree Nations says “my parents already does sewing orders and taught me.” specialized items for well known drum groups. How long have you been dancing? What is your style? Estella is always wanting to dance and bake. Since she was five years Estella- “since I was a baby, since old she has helped make her dance I could stand up. My favorite regalia. She cuts her designs and dance style is fancy because you fringe, and helps her mom in all get to be beautiful and fast like a areas of sewing dance outfits. She butterfly. I also love to hoop dance has been baking delicious cakes, but sometimes for performances I cookies, cake pops etc since she dance traditional or jingle.” was 7 years old. And lastly, she has been performing almost all her life Albert- “My dance style is at schools, events, conferences, traditional no but I’ve been corporate functions and pow dancing since I could stand up. I wow’s. danced fancy, hoop, chicken and Elvis. Lol” NEW TRIBE NOVEMBER 2013

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COMMUNITY What is the Great Kids Award? because when she says that my How did you feel about receiving heart feels happy because usually this? a kid says that to their parents. But my mom and dad inspire me to do Albert- “ Its an award from the all the things I do too. I wouldn’t premier of Canada given to kids do them without my parents. I who make a difference in their think I inspire other kids to dance community. I felt very honored and and be themselves.” thankful for all the recognition. It was a lot of fun, I got to stay at West Albert- “ It makes me feel good. Edmonton Mall at the Fantasyland I think I inspire a lot of kids to Hotel and go on the rides.” learn to sing, drum and also dance. When we perform there are people Do you have role models? If so, who say they love when I sing. who and why? That kinda get me shy but also I feel good that I made someone Estella- “My mom and dad because happy.” my mom taught me dancing and my dad teaches drumming and I What are some of your goals as a learn from him because when you pow wow dancer and performer? dance you need to know different beats and styles of songs. My Estella- “My goal is to be first place parents also help me to do the at least once in my dance category. things I love-mostly baking and Also I want to make a hoop dance dancing because I get to express performance with my friends Nina my feelings when I do that.” and Isaiah.” Albert- “My role models are my mom and dad because they have taught me so much and brought me up to be how I am. I was already singing when I was in my mom’s stomach before I was born because she always brought me to pow wows and sweats.”

Albert- “In the future I would love to take my own pow wow drum group and win Gathering of Nations. I also want to make my own cd’s to carry on the tradition and practice of pow wow.”

Albert- “ There are no limits in life unless you give them to yourself.” Do you feel that there are pressures on you individually as pow wow dancers and performers and how do you deal with those pressures? Estella- “No because dancing is what I love and whenever I dance I feel free to do what I want. Sometimes when I was little I got shy to dance in front of big crowds of people, but my mom would dance beside me to help me face my fears. Also, when I was 8 years old, I danced at the stampede rodeo show in front of thousands of people. That’s how I lost my fear.” Albert- “Because I was born into a family who performs I don’t really feel pressure. I’m just used to it and its fun for me.” Is there anything else you would like other youth to know about? Or do you have any other comments? Estella- “Do what your heart tells you to do.”

Albert- “My mooshum is the best What would you tell other children man I ever knew. I’m so thankful your age about doing what they for him and everything he taught How do you feel about your love? me. I want to do my best job mother saying, “My kids inspire possible to follow a good life. me every day? And do you feel Estella- “Do what you love That’s what he wanted for us.” that you inspire others? because if you do you will live a better life.” Estella- “I feel great about it 22

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KEEPING KIDS HEALTHY IN THE WINTER MONTHS Winter is a time of great fun for children. Once the ground is covered in snow, kids can indulge in sledding, building snowmen, snowball fights and ice-skating. The colder months do have a downside, as they tend to bring illness, frostbite and a higher chance of accidents. Since keeping children indoors during winter is not an option, parents can take some precautions to keep kids warm, happy and safe.

because their body temperature 95 degrees Farenheit, medical regulation is not fully developed attention should be sought yet. immediately.

Dress Children Warmly

The AAP recommends that children be dressed in one extra layer of clothing over what an adult would wear. This includes coats, mittens, hats and gloves. Being dressed inadequately coupled with extended exposure to cold weather can lead to hypothermia, which is a dangerous condition where the body is losing heat faster than it can produce it.

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that failure to dress children warmly enough can result in many problems. Kids, and especially infants, lose body heat faster than adults

Symptoms of hypothermia are drowsiness, shivering, slurred speech and confusion. A baby can present with bright red skin and sluggish behavior. If body temperature goes below

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Frostbite is another common problem in cold weather. This appears as a waxy, gray or yellowish area of skin. If detected, the child should be covered up with blankets or warm clothing, and the frostbitten skin should not be rubbed. Frostbite can be prevented in children by dressing them in loose layers of clothing with tight sleeves. A mask or scarf is also helpful by covering the mouth and face. Protect Children from the Sun It is a misconception that UV light is less dangerous in the winter. Even cloudy days can


COMMUNITY present a risk of sunburn and other UV damage, and UV rays from sunlight can be reflected and enhanced by snow when the sun is out. While children have more of their bodies covered while outside during the winter months, there is still enough exposed skin that could be damaged. In order to avoid sunburn and other damage from UV rays, parents should use an SPF 30 sunscreen on childen’s exposed skin. The sunscreen should protect from both UVA and UVB light. Using goggles and covering as much skin as possible, along with using lip balm, will reduce the risk of damage from the sun. On a very bright day, kids should seek shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and four p.m. when the risk of UV exposure is the highest. Teach Children How to Avoid Illness While winter weather does not directly cause flu and colds, it does make them prevalent among children because of the close quarters at school. Teaching kids to wash their hands frequently and not touch their eyes, nose or mouth can go a long way toward reducing illness.

they should be kept at home so skiing is fun and great exercise they do not spread the cold or for children, precautions should flu to other people. be taken. Kids should learn to ski from a proper instructor Flu shots are a good weapon and never on a slope that is against wintertime illness and too difficult for them. They are recommended for children should also wear well-fitting six months to five years of age. equipment, including a safety Teachers, day care workers and helmet, and should always ski others who spend time around with an adult present. small children should also receive a flu shot. Whether at home, school or on holiday, following the tips above Supervise Safe Play will help keep children happy and healthy while enjoying the Children love to play outside in winter weather. the winter, and this should be done with time limits to prevent hypothermia and frostbite, under adequate adult supervision. Kids need to be segregated by age while engaging in activities such as ice-skating and sledding, and all children should wear safety helmets for protection. Sleds should be steerable, and free of any splintered wood or sharp edges that could cause injury. Sled courses should be free of obstacles, such as trees or rocks, and should not be too steep, ending on a flat. Kids should never sled on ice or near vehicles.

When it comes to ice-skating, children should never skate on a surface that has not been approved by an adult. They should wear skates appropriate Children should also be taught for their age and skill level, to cough or sneeze into a and wear a helmet, as falls are tissue. This keeps germs from common. spreading and is a general courtesy to everyone around Ski trips are a popular family them. When kids are very sick, vacation in the winter and while

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by Christine Smith

Self-esteem is something that everyone has. Some people have high self-esteem and some people have low self-esteem. A lot of times, the way your self esteem is, will relate to how you were raised and what you have experienced in life. When it comes to self-esteem and its importance in healing, self-esteem plays a key role in how you are able to sustain yourself on your healing journey. No healing journey is the same as another persons because everyone is different and everyone’s journeys vary with their experiences. I have been on my healing journey for several years. I have 26

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So, the number one thing I do is to remember being gentle with myself. This means paying particular attention to self-care. Self-care can be anything that makes you feel good-as long, as it is safe. For me, self care can mean I pull out a book and read, watch my favorite tv show, get my nails done, or be creative in It is during these rough times one way or another whether that that I have to learn how to build is writing, painting or making myself up and keep myself something. strong. There are several things that I find I must do, and I will Sometimes I will just crawl into list a few here. It may help if my bed and nap, but there has to you sit down and write yourself be a balance with that because it a list of things you can do too. is easy to use sleeping as a way You can write this list any time of hiding from others. Reaching you want, and pull it out when out to someone is also helpful, you find your self-esteem is because sometimes the person you connect with can give you particularly low. battled with low self-esteem all my life. Sometimes I go through periods where I feel alright about myself and then there are other times where there is nothing that can get me out of a funk that makes me feel like “ I suck and I will never be good enough.”


COMMUNITY the kick in the butt that you need to get out of your funk. Hanging around people who are generally positive and upbeat is also great because it helps you to get out of yourself and have fun. People use various techniques to help build up their selfesteem. I have listed a few that you might consider, but do what works for you. Over the years I have tried many things and I am not ashamed to share them with people if I know it will help someone else who may be struggling.

you are doing and tell yourself “this person is wrong,” and “I’m going to turn my thoughts into positive thinking.” A key element to self-esteem is to know that you have a place in this world and no one else can fill it in quite the same way as YOU! You are important, and you are here for a reason. There’s another thing that helps me, and that’s self-help books. You might think they are hokey, but sometimes they really do help. In fact, while writing this article, I looked over a book that friends in California sent me years ago. Its called “The Self Esteem Companion: Simple exercises to help you challenge your inner critic and celebrate your personal strengths.” It is co written by several authorsMatthew McKay, Patrick Fanning, Carole Honeychurch and Catherine Sutker.

I know the origins of my low self-esteem. It comes from childhood abuse and trauma. I also know that it can be difficult to feel good about yourself when you hear over and over again in your head the messages “you will never amount to anything,” or “you will never do anything because you are stupid.” In this book that I consulted, the authors state, “self esteem is Listening to those messages is crucial to a happy, fulfilling life. like listening to cassette tapes How we feel about ourselves that won’t turn off, but when you affects virtually every aspect are feeling particularly strong in of our lives, from the way we your healing journey, you learn function at work, in love, in sex, how to deal with the thoughts to the way we parent, to what that bring your self-esteem we strive to achieve, “ and I down. Listen to your self talk, couldn’t agree more. if you hear yourself repeating things that hurtful people have Having healthy self-esteem told you in the past, stop what is important, and being able

to maintain it can be a regular workout, but it’s worth it. Next time you find your self esteem suffering, sit down, tell yourself “I am going to be okay,” and say it over and over again. Eventually you will start to believe it and your selfesteem won’t take such a blow with whatever experiences life throws your way. In fact, once I am done this article, I am going to do an exercise from the book I have mentioned above. I am going to make a list of all the people in my life-past and present-whom I have somehow touched and then I am going to write down how they have impacted me, and then I will curl up with a good book and try to relax. I’m going to pay attention to the voice within that says “I need some self care.” After all, if I’m going to give advice, I need to also follow it. Low self-esteem can make or break you, and it coincides with your healing journey and where you are at in it. Everyone has their ups and downs, but it is up to you to recognize that “hey, I need to work on this” so that you can be a better person in the long run.

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National Child Day in Canada With the International Union for Child Welfare as the sponsor, Children’s Day was first celebrated in Geneva in October of 1953. For some of those who may not know, Children’s Day is the celebration of the protection of children from working long hours and being exposed to danger while in the workplace. It is also the celebration for child education as well. In 1954, Children’ Day inspired United Nations General Assembly to spread this holiday across the globe renaming it Universal Children’s Day. While the anniversary of the adoption of Declaration of the Rights of Child took place on November 20, this became the chosen annual date for Children’s Day. As time passed, the number of countries that celebrates this event increased to more than 100 countries. Rather you may have noticed or not, each country’s Children’s Day observance date varies.

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Additionally, one of the 100 countries includes Canada. Canada’s National Child Day, is what they call their event, was adopted on November 20, 1989. Since the adoption Canada has been able to celebrate their National Child Day each year on November 20. As stated before, the National Child Day is an event created to celebrate children’s rights. So far, this event has been able to change the lives of children in 21 communities in Canada and continues to strive for many more each year. This event gives children, families, and communities a chance to join in on activities that highlight positive values dealing with children’s rights and participation. Some of the activities that are offered during this amazing day are Rights Olympics, Let’s Celebrate Diversity, Children’s Rights Graffiti, Play it Fair! Heroes

Let’s Celebrated Diversity includes children of ages 6-12 years, families and communities and lasts 2 hours. This event is used to help strengthen bonds between children, families as well as the community. This event also celebrates the diversity among families and cultures. This event is consisted of 2 or 3 activities as well as choosing a leader from the group whom of which will be in charge of preparing the materials and leading the activities. Just like the Right Olympics event, there will be access to a restroom, shade, lunch, etc.

Rights Olympics involves children from ages 6-12 and lasts about 2 hours. The concept of this event is to resemble the actual Olympics but without the hardcore athletic participation. However, depending on whose hosting the game there will be a series of different games being offered at stations. The stations will allow for a more organized event as well as allow each child easy access. The main goal for the children to reach is to collect stickers or stamps on their individual medals for each human rights value. During the game, the host or hostess will choose one of the older children as team leader for each group of children who participates in the event. While this event is planned, parents can rest assure that their children will have access to a restroom, shade, lunch etc.

The Children’s Right Graffiti event takes place at a park that allows children between the ages of 6-12 years and lasts for about 2 hours. While this event takes place at a park, the host or hostess will be sure there

will be a restroom, shade, lunch, etc. On the other hand, this event involves artwork therefore, there will be markers, paint, paint brushes, cardboard, fabric, etc which heavily depends on the type of artwork being crafted. Depending on who is hosting this event, the children’s artwork may be displayed at the entrance of the camp, the community centre, school or even the city hall. At the end of the activity there are usually prizes given away for participation. Play it fair! Heroes involves children of ages 6-12 years and lasts 2 hours. This event consists of children creating a Play it Fair! Hero and matching slogan (a memorable motto or phrase) that illustrate 1 of 7 human rights values. Upon completing this activity, the hostess or host will display the children’s work of art at either the entrance of the camp, the community centre, school or city hall. The last event, Where I live, involves children between the ages of 6-12 and lasts only 30 minutes. Unlike the other activities, this one takes place indoors with a group size being between 5-25 children. The object of this game is to have the children draw a map of their neighborhood and plan an action to fulfill their communities needs. As you can see, there will be more than enough activities for children, families and communities to participate in. This event not only brings together those in the community but allows them to bond in away they never thought would be possible. In most opinion, this event helps community become grow and recognized the importance of human rights.

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Turn up the Volume By Katty Jo Rabbit

Courtney Barnett The double Ep: A sea of split peas Being 25 years old, you are not expected to have much of a perspective but this Aussie born front woman named Courtney Barnett not only has a good perspective on her own lack of motivation, she knows how to make the Ò mundaneÓ interesting. With a collection of 12 songs on her Double EP: A sea of split peas, she gives just a taste of what it is like to be in her world, by the songs like Avant Gardener, Lance Jr. and History Eraser it must be pretty dam entertaining. This of course is not an album, rather it is a collection of songs, seems the songstress really does take her laziness to another level as she is not letting anyone in on the exact date that she will release a true album. Which is good, no pressure, that is how life should be, no deadlines, no task management just people doing their thing. Anyway, best not to get distracted, this band is definitely gaining a new fan, as you all should become as well. Not because your told to, but showing support for the unknown random is good karma. Part of the entire allure is also the fact that she can write songs, while most of the time a lot of musicians depend on the emotion to take people where they want to go, Courtney doesn’t show that in her songs, she has a very flat style in her singing which makes the music even more appealing. You almost have to read along to her lyrics to understand that her stuff is really interesting and artistic in the fact that she either does this on purpose or just does it unknowingly. Her sweet husky voice and her simple guitar chords all lead you down a path in her mind and how she seems to be able to share this tragic beauty that is anything but depressing. Overall this album is ideal for those gloomy fall days, should be listened to with a friend or possible romantic lover on a hangover Sunday, there should also be some apple cider involved. Be sure to wear a baggy sweater and converse it will add to the moment. White Lung Blow it south If you didn’t get your fix of enough punk, death metal, underground during the month of October and your inner hellion is still jonesing for some release then check out this band from Vancouver that has been making some noise. Most importantly they are making good noise, if you like punk and liked their first album where they mostly focused on manipulation; but if you think this is a common thread, you will be stoked to know the second album is more about rage. Who better to include you in their rage then these three individuals; front woman Mish Way, Guitarist Kenneth William and drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou, don’t worry they have other things to offer as well, like fast paced knarly riffs and catchy hooks you can scream along too. Just to add to their grittiness, it is told that the name is actually about a sickness that bakers get when they inhale white flour, it makes them sick and can cause death, who knew that the basis of tastiness could be so cruel. Anyways, if you remember Lunachicks, L7 and Hole which I am sure there are a few of you that do, you will enjoy this. Not only because it is right awesome when angry chicks get together and play music. It is even better when they know how to play their own instruments. Doesn’t hurt that they are all late 20-somethings with a realistic view of woman in the music industry, and are beautiful in their own quirky way, but what it does hurt is that, in part this LP is not enough to sustain you through until the next album comes out. It is also interesting that this album was created by a self proclaimed feminist, lots of additional labels come with burning your bra and it is not always positive

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Music You Can Feel In Your Toes MIA Matangi It has been forever and then some since we have heard anything from this indiepop sensation since her title track came out in January, which was the song Bad Girls, and well you know the rest. If you don’t well MIA had this huge hit called paper planes a few years back, her second album was horrible and missed the mark after that she had no pressure on her to perform. Well she actually fell out of the mainstream so she started a war with Lady Gaga saying she didn’t know what the big idea was, she was just stealing her style from MIA who had actually started the whole genre. Well you know how industry woman are and Lady Gaga made sure everyone knew that MIA hadn’t produced anything for a while. Now that the album is finally out, we will be able to decide for ourselves if MIA is really what she claims to be. If after this the album is a total flop, she will no longer exsist and will become as hopeless as Lauryn Hill. So with 15 tracks to offer, months of hype and discussion of the record, it is finally here, and I must admit it seems that this record is really for working out. Nothing screams exciting and different, no real statements are made that she hasnÕ t made before and okay I will admit she does have a unique sound but way to much is covered from dissing Drake to making it known that he baby daddy left her, to the end of the world, it doesn’t make sense. She seems to be a sad little hate filled rapper with nothing to contend with except her own ego. But even then she makes it so painfully boring to listen too. Does everything have to be a fight? It is like one of those rez girls that doesnÕ t get it and is so negative that she loses all her friend but still doesn’t realise that the only reason why no one wants to hang out with her is due to the plain fact that she is miserable and negative. Enough said. R. Kelly Black Panties OMG!! I killed myself laughing at this because of the mental images I got from knowing the history of R. Kelly and the album title, I apologize to all you R&B fans, but I just don’t get it. On that note this album was set to be released November 11, 2013. Turns out this isn’t coming out until December sometime, but I just had to mention something about it because standing in the middle of the HMV store picturing a large man in black baggy panties just made me want to listen to the album even more. Since I know for a fact R. Kelly likes to throw his sexbeats out there continuously and it is this recipe that gets all the girls to his yard, I knew it would be a good listen to check out with my snag, cause you know you have to do put in the romance and if R. Kelly thinks he can do it for you then by all means. Check out the song Genius you know exactly what I am talking about. One thing that changes my mind about this man is that he is not afraid of the collaboration. If you haven’t checked out the remix of Phoenix’s song Trying to be cool R.Kelly remix it is pretty cool you have to check it and should take a listen. The idea of taking two extreme ends of the music spectrum and mashing them together in this meld of sounds is really interesting. He also does a mix with Lady Gaga which works in the sense that she is super weird that it doesnÕ t matter what she does she will have fans, so it is good that he is getting his name out there even if it is on the coat tails of others. I am sure he has some hard core fans out there, which is why he is still around to this day. But it is not good to keep the masses waiting, because if they are waiting too long; come December they might feel like they would rather listen too Bad Religion sing Christmas carols then revisit the image of an old overweight uncle dancing around seductively in black baggy panties. NEW TRIBE NOVEMBER 2013

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Starring Rene Batson, Taya Dawn Ayotte Bourns, Alice Dano It is not always an easy thing to acknowledge darkness, moving forward to meet it face to face. There is strength in numbers, and by facing it together, we can learn by our mistakes and move ahead on the road that will strengthen us all. When we were children, is a film that will challenge the very core of your being, as you watch it. Lyna and Glen tell their stories in this moving documentary of, when they were taken from their families and put in a catholic boarding school for children. When we were children is an incredible docudrama that tells one of CanadaÕ sdarkest and most important stories in their history. Written by Jason Sherman and Directed by Tim Wolochatiuk who compned the testimony of former residential school children such as Lyna Hart and Glen Anaquod with dramatic details and re-enactments, which came to life by the talented of many young actors. The residents of Portage la Prairie can easily spot the Rufus Prince building in a number of outdoor shots; which was portrayed as the actual Portage Residential School. For more than 100 years, over 150,000 native children were forced to attend residential schools, which were run by multiple religious organizations and funded by the government of Canadian. The very intent was to destroy the Indian in every child. This was made very clear with the retelling and the re-enactments of the former students. This film is a very heartfelt and sympathetic depiction of the children who were taken away from their families at such young ages. In these schools, they knew nothing of this new lifestyle, not the language, the customs or even the food. Should they stray from the rules (mostly unknowingly) they were instantly punished and quite severely As little Lyna Hart enters the Manitoba residential school, you can eel her pain as the nun’s waste no time bathing her, dowsing her with DDT and the final insult of cutting off her long native hair. This national tragedy shows the effects it had on both the children and the parents from the time they took the children to when they left the school.Other painful moments where Lyna’s mother had to watch as her child was driven away in a vehicle while watching out the back window with tears in her eyes. Then, Glen ran away from the school, but his relatives called the school thinking he actually was getting a good education, but more than likely they feared being sent to jail if they didn’t turn him in. But let’s not overlook that there is good and bad, happy and sad times and good and bad nuns. This balance can be seen over much of the movie, but a large part of the movie was filmed in a dark manner with the memories of the children. Both Glen and Lyna’s testimony is so captivating mainly because it is so straightforward. Despite all the horrific things that accrued, they are able to come to grips with it even to the point where they are now able to discuss it openly and honestly where once they felt they had to bury the past like it never happened. It is really an inspiring thing how the courage of the former students of the residential schools can shine through. There is a positive side, these former students can now tell their story openly and they are now finally being believed. Their story can now be shared by all Canadians. It is hopeful that their story will be received in a positive manner with their descendants. When we were children, was produced in 2012. This Canadian docudrama depicts the lives of the Indian children placed into the Canadian residential school system. This film recounts the events of two former resident school students: Lyna Hart age four, who attended Guy Hill Residential School in Manitoba, and Glen Anaquod, who attended Lebret Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. Lyna Hart has stated that her assistance in the production of this film has for the first time made it possible for her to share her story in full since leaving the school. She also accounts this film as part of the beginning of the healing process. Glen Anaquod died in 2011 prior to the films completion. However, a private screening was held for his family. The films location was in the former Portage residential school that is now the Rufus Prince Building located in Portage la Prairie and at the Manitoba, in Winnipeg, St-Pierre-Jolys. Ironically the executive producer for Eagle Vision, that produced the film, Lisa Meeches parents and older siblings attended the residential schools. Lisa Meeches traveled all over Canada for seven years gathering stories of residential survivors for the government of Canada. She has noted that the idea for the project came from a discussion she had while at the Banff World Media Festival. While there she had approached director Wolochatiuk with the details of the project. From there the go-ahead was given. The movie is heart breaking, moving and eye opening to the not so distant past. We must remember the past, lest we live to repeat it.

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Wearing your art! “How would you define Wearable Art?” Wearable art is the creation of objects, which embellish and celebrate the body. It uses the body as both an inspiration and a canvas. Artist and designers have long been exploring imagery, fashion and language through Wearable Art. It is a statement which blurs creative boundaries allowing the artist the opportunity to explore concept, material and performance. -Dee Fontans (Instructor) Hello New Tribe Readers, I am a 3rd year Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) student who is majoring in Jewelry and Metals. At least once a semester, I enroll myself in courses outside of my discipline. One course that I am currently attending is The Wearable Art class taught by Dee Fontans. Here, artists find themselves loving the experience because they are able to unleash their creativity and passions into wearable fashion. The multidisciplinary students utilize an unlimited palette of media to explore personal concept and interest. The outfit Modern Twist plays off the human body working with elements from nature. I incorporated the fashion figure as a sculptural form in creating the two toned black and fuchsia dress. The garment was made to be body snug along with the head piece which has a floral design; the belt is made to resemble two roses. Nature is a never ending sculptural influence that impacts the decision process in my art making. While brainstorming with my classmates, I was pleased to discover that I was not the only aboriginal youth enrolled in the course. Tamara Himmelspach is a 3rd year ACAD student, majoring in Sculpture. Currently her practice involves the re-purposing of used tea-bags and the relationships they represent. This time based body of work is meant to blend cultures and steep memories. Don’t get turned off by that idea, for these objects have become transformed into elegant fashion. Recent events in Amy Millers life led to the realization of her cultural heritage. The discovery of being First Nations has answered many mysteries about the connection to community, spirituality and passion for ceremony. As a Ceramic artist she feels close to the earth. Amy is incorporating these elements into her Wearable Art. As a Métis artist Zoe Laycock is always striving for balance in her life and at school. Blending different cultures can be challenging in the aspect of identity. Those connections can lead to a greater understanding of belonging. While still embracing ones individuality Lucky is a statement based on stereotypes. What is next to come for our class you ask? Our group FLUX will be on location preforming on November 29th 2013 at Loungeburger 270 14th ave SE, Calgary, Alberta. Doors at 7:30pm, show at 8:00pm. I hope to see you there and Thank you for your time readers! Amanda Fox 34

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Artist Name: Amy Miller Title: Head Dress Material: Lamp shade, t-shirt, wire Year: 2013 Model: Amy Miller Photographer: Shelby Christensen

Artist: Amanda Fox Title: Modern Twist Materials: Synthetic Material Year: 2013 Model: Janel Royal Photographer: Christina Hills

Artist Name: ZoĂŤ Grace-Anne Laycock Title: Lucky Material: Crushed Cans, Leather, Wire 3rd Year Photographer: Shelby Model: ZoĂŤ Grace-Anne Laycock Photographer: Shelby Christensen

Artist Name: Tamara Himmelspach Title: You, Me & Tea Materials: acrylic-glazed used tea bags, wire Year: 2013 Model: Tamara Himmelspach Photographer: Shelby Christensen

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Book Reviews For the restless mind

Reviews supplied by Youth Services - Calgary Public Library

My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt Angel is a teenage prostitute working the streets of Vancouver’s lower eastside at the time of the Pickton murders, a terrible time in one of the poorest parts of Canada. Her “boyfriend”, Call, keeps her there with drugs and threats against her family. When her friend Serena, also a prostitute, disappears, no one seems to care that she is missing; they say she ran away, but Angel knows better, because she left her running-away money behind. The police don’t seem to care, because no one hears you when you’re just a messed up street kid. Serena always told Angel that she should write down their stories – all of them, about the way they lived and the missing girls and the ones who tried to escape. Angel said no; but then Serena went missing, and she went and got a book to write in - to write the story of her life, the way she wished it was. When Call brings home a new girl, the very young Melli, Angel gets a chance to change her story for real, if she can just find the strength. This heartbreaking, lovely, lyrical book is written in verse, which lets the author tell a story of terrible events in a beautiful way. The story is definitely for older teens, but have no fear; Leavitt uses such a light touch that children too young for the story will just not understand the dark truths behind it. This is a novel you don’t expect to like, because it is such a sad subject, but it is hopeful and full of light, and definitely deserves to be read.

Break These Rules edited by Luke Reynolds “You can pretend nothing is wrong with your world or you can change the world by saying, ‘There is something wrong with my world.’ Don’t think other people are going to change it for you. Only you can change your world – your small personal world and your big whole wide world. The first step to that change is: say stuff.” –from A.S. King’s essay, Shhhhh. We all know what the rules are, whether they are said out loud or not. Be beautiful; be thin and light-skinned and tall, just like the magazines tell you to. Be quiet – don’t speak up, don’t ask questions, don’t talk back, don’t find your own voice. Be normal – don’t like weird things or act in weird ways – just try to fit in. Whatever you do, don’t be yourself. There’s just one problem – those rules are all wrong. In this collection of short essays, 35 young adult authors tell you what the rules are and why you should break them – the way they did. This book is a guide to speaking up, and standing up for your right to be who you are. Many of the essays are about finding your own voice, and using that voice to speak up about injustice and to exercise your right to be heard. The essays in this book are funny, heartfelt, and powerful, and will make you look at “the rules” in a whole new way.

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