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NOTEBOOK from*the*editor Hello New Tribe Readers, Happy Holidays and thanks for picking up the December/January issue of New Tribe Magazine. Everyone at the Urban Society for Aborig inal Youth wish everyone a safe and wonderful h o l i d a y season. Stay warm and safe through this hectic time of year. This issue has some holiday shopping tips for you, along with some great articles on current events and upcoming projects.

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.

Do you have an opinion on this issue of New Tribe magazine? Good, bad, or ugly send in your thoughts and we will print it in the Our cover story this issue letters section. showcases the talents of a Mother/Daughter due and Spread the word, and stay their growth in the boxing true to it. game. It’s a great read so check it out on page 20. 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 Office Assistant Rhonda Chapman 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.

Special Thanks to our Community Partners & Funders

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CONTENTS

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COVER STORY SHEENA KAINE & ALEXIS ANGEL

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MUSIC REVIEW

14 POETRY

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MOVIE REVIEW

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Aboriginal Happenings From Across Canada Generous Yellowknifer Matthew King remembers Delorme Ò HeÕ ll take that sandwich and would Charlie Delorme dies as a shy boy nearly 55 years ago. say, Ô Well I already ate but IÕ ll take at 64 He says Charlie didnÕ t have much this IÕ ll take it uptown with me. Yellowknifer Charlie Delorme, whose generosity made headlines earlier this fall, died at his home this week at the age of 64. In September, Delorme, who spent nearly 40 years living on the streets of Yellowknife, received a $100,000 residential school settlement. He donated $10,000 to the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation, $5,000 to YellowknifeÕ s Salvation Army, and $2,000 to the cityÕ s SideDoor Youth Centre. Delorme was born in Fort Resolution in 1949, the oldest of five siblings. As a youngster, he went to residential schools in Fort Resolution, Fort Smith and in Saskatchewan before moving to Yellowknife in the early 1960s.

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growing up but he never complained or asked for anything. And one thing he knew was that Charlie loved to play sports.

Ò He kind of reminded me of Guy Lafleur when he played hockey,” he says. Ò He was quick. You couldnÕ t touch him.” King says Charlie always returned the favour if someone helped him out, and that his selflessness would sometimes got the better of him. Ò I said, Ô Charlie, I got a cheque for you from forestry for firefighting,’” said King. Ò He said, Ô You mean I got paid for that?Õ I thought I was just going over there for a ride with you guys.’” King says that Charlie always put others before himself.

ThereÕ s somebody thatÕ ll need it more than I do.’”

Lydia Bardak, who became a friend of DelormeÕ s while working at the Yellowknife Day Shelter, says heÕ s an inspiration. Ò A lot of people who are not familiar with people like Charlie who have lived with all those challenges, I think people just didnÕ t know that that kind of kindness and generosity could exist... in the middle of lots of hard times.” Condolences have been pouring in on Facebook. ThereÕ s no word yet on the cause of death. SOURCE -CBC News


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What’s Going On? DEC/JAN,2014 Dec 07 Santa Shuffle Calgary Eau Claire Calgary, AB

Jan 12 Bridal Fantasy Calgary: The Boutique Bridal Show Telus Convention Centre

Dec 08 Monster Truck in Concert Republik Calgary, AB

Jan 17 Keith Urban in Concert Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary, AB

Dec 14 A Christmas Spectacular Jack Singer Concert Hall Calgary, AB

Jan 21 Barenaked Ladies in Concert Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Calgary, AB

Dec 17 The Huron Carole Jack Singer Concert Hall Calgary, AB Dec 19 Moist in Concert Flames Central Calgary, AB Dec 21 Christmas with New West Jack Singer Concert Hall Calgary, AB Dec 25th Christmas!

Jan 25 Snowed in Comedy Tour Plaza Theatre Calgary, AB Jan 26 Calgary Wedding Fair BMO Centre Calgary, AB

Calgary Flames Home Games 12/04/2013 8:00 PM Phoenix Coyotes @ Calgary Flames 12/06/2013 7:00 PM Colorado Avalanche @ Calgary Flames 12/10/2013 7:30 PM Boston Bruins @ Calgary Flames 12/12/2013 7:00 PM Carolina Hurricanes @ Calgary Flames 12/23/2013 7:00 PM St. Louis Blues @ Calgary Flames 12/27/2013 7:00 PM Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames 12/29/2013 5:30 PM Vancouver Canucks @ Calgary Flames 12/31/2013 7:00 PM Philadelphia Flyers @ Calgary Flames 01/03/2014 7:00 PM Tampa Bay Lightning @ Calgary Flames 01/09/2014 7:00 PM St. Louis Blues @ Calgary Flames 01/11/2014 8:00 PM Pittsburgh Penguins @ Calgary Flames 01/16/2014 7:00 PM Winnipeg Jets @ Calgary Flames 01/22/2014 7:30 PM Phoenix Coyotes @ Calgary Flames 01/24/2014 7:00 PM Nashville Predators @ Calgary Flames 01/28/2014 7:30 PM Chicago Blackhawks @ Calgary Flames 01/30/2014 7:00 PM San Jose Sharks @ Calgary Flames

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The Flu Shot Debate the vaccination is not for them. Everyone has their own reason and, no matter which side of the fence Every year the same question each person stands, it is difficult arises: should we get the flu for professionals to remain neutral vaccination or not? Some people when discussions become heated. swear by it, while others head for the hills at the very mention. While Vaccinate: Yes, It’s For Me! each side of the debate hold firm in their stance, it is interesting to Those who are in favor of the see exactly why the reasoning influenza vaccination look at is present in the first place. The the following facts. They know first instance of influenza that very young people and very old wreaked havoc was in 1918 and people are considered at greater the devastation resulted in 1,000’s risk. They also know women who of deaths. However, that fact does are pregnant and those who have not sway those who hold firm that certain medical conditions are The Flu Debate: To Vaccinate or Not?

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also at a greater risk. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) states, “Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year.” Not only will this preserve the health of those receiving the shot, but it will also prevent influenza from spreading to others. The fact remains that “the flu is five times more likely to cause severe illness in a pregnant woman than a woman who is not pregnant.” - Dr. Glade Curtis, author of Your Pregnancy, Week by Week. Therefore, many OBGYNS do recommend that the flu vaccination be administered as


COMMUNITY part of routine prenatal care. Those who are against the flu vaccine balk at this recommendation because they believe the toxins are harmful to the baby, but there are not statistical data supporting this claim. Vaccinate: Forget it, I’m Not Doing This! Despite the recommendation from the CDC, there are people who hold firm that the vaccination is not a good idea. This stems, for some, due to safety concerns surrounding the fact that the flu vaccination contains certain toxins and preservatives. Experts have observed and noted that the manufacturing of the flu vaccination year after year could only create a stronger strain of the flu and, in turn, cause a widespread pandemic more devastating than what happened in 1918. Other experts in the fields have been watching scientists work on the flu vaccination year after year, as well, and are questioning whether or not they are focusing on the correct targets when formulating inoculations. If not, are the influenza vaccinations truly safeguarding those who are receiving the shots effectively? These questions, as well as many others, are raised

continuously on this side of the stomach flu or gastroenteritis debate. is defined by the Mayo Clinic as, “Viral gastroenteritis is an Some patients have claimed to intestinal infection marked by have gotten the flu immediately watery diarrhea, abdominal after receiving their flu cramps, nausea or vomiting, vaccination. These patients and sometimes fever.” As you know they have not gotten the can see by how closely they are flu from the actual vaccination, defined, it is simple to mistake itself. They do believe, however, one from the other without that the vaccination is causing receiving a proper diagnosis. the immune system to weaken against the flu. In cases such There are no actual statistics as these, alternatives in diet is stating how many influenza suggested such as immunity related deaths have occurred boosting foods such as eggs, for certain since the original coconut oil, berries, garlic, and recordings conducted during cinnamon. Some are also taking the 1918 pandemic. The CDC additional immunity boosting did release a 2003 statistical supplements such as Vitamin report at one point, but has A, Vitamin C, probiotics, and since backed down from those whole food multivitamins. claims because they were not substantiated. Research is still The Bottom Line: There Are conducted on a daily basis and Many Questions Left the science behind the vaccine is still as controversial as the There is a notable difference chicken pox vaccination. While between what influenza is and many believed that vaccination the flu. Many people believe should not have been they have influenza when they administrated, there were others are actually only experiencing who believed the scientific “flu-like” symptoms. According findings had merit. And, like to the Mayo Clinic, influenza the influenza vaccination, the is defined as, “Influenza is chicken pox vaccination also a viral infection that attacks needed more than one shot. your respiratory system — So, the learning process for your nose, throat and lungs. each vaccination seems to be Influenza, commonly called mirroring each other in similar the flu, is not the same as the ways as is the debate. stomach “flu” viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting.” The flu, otherwise referred to as NEW TRIBE DEC/JAN 2014

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Being True To Yourself

By: Christine Smith (McFarlane)

Life is not a smooth road, no matter how much we would like it to be. Learning to manage the ups and downs in life is something that we are all continuously trying to learn. Sometimes it is easy to go along with your life pretending that there is nothing bothering you. You smile; you laugh and joke around, yet on the inside you know that there is something that is nagging at you. You can feel insecurity and you know that there are tears that need to be shed, but you hold back.

and prepare for your day, and something just doesnÕ t feel right. You go about your day, go to school, go to work or whatever it is you do, and you try to wave away whatÕ s bothering you like you would push dust bunnies under your bed.You tell yourself over and over again Ò IÕ ll deal with this later,” but the ‘later’ never comes.

When the Ô laterÕ never comes or is never dealt with, I believe that we are not being true to ourselves and this is when we allow ourselves to become IÕ m sure you can recognize the victims of what society dictates pattern. Everyone goes through to us- Ò that we always have to it. You get up in the morning be on and always have to put 10

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up a strong front,” Putting up a strong front is something that I think everyone can relate to. As children, we may have been told that being strong is good, and that showing any insecurity or shedding any tears in front of people makes you weak. A couple of weeks ago, I reached a huge milestone-turning 40! This is coming from someone who was told by certain people that I would never make it past my 25th birthday because of the mental health issues I was going through. I was suffering from severe depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and anorexia to the point that I was in the


COMMUNITY hospital more than I was out in I had been grappling all day with the real world. the message Ò itÕ s your birthday, so you have to be happy,” and Leading up to my birthday I had my friends reminded me about been feeling sad, and was more staying true to myself, and not times than not in a contemplative ignoring the signs that I needed state of mind. I was mentally to do in order to take care of telling myself Ò YouÕ re 40 and me . life is just beginning,” but in my heart I was feeling trepidation. While on face time with them, In order to counteract those they had me grab a piece of feelings, I stopped doing what paper and pen. On this paper I loved the most- writing and they had me make a list of reading. I also started to sleep things that I needed to do. more and more and was just This list included things that I generally in a low mood. needed to do either right away or in the coming days. My list Well, the weekend before my included talking to my therapist, birthday, I held a housewarming/ getting my long avoided blood birthday party at my new work done, writing in my apartment (something I have journal every day, going outside never done before) and had and walking around, calling a planned on spending my healer, seeing someone socially, birthday by myself, taking care of emailing people more often, myself by doing what I wanted listening to music and making a to do; that meant doing some list of the people who love me mindless reading, painting my and have shown me support. nails and just in general trying to relax. The purpose of the latter list was to show myself that I donÕ t Well, throughout my day I felt have to go at things alone, that buoyed by the happy birthday unlike in my past, I have many messages I received, and I vowed people who care and love me to myself that I wasnÕ t going to and want the best for me. In let the number 40 bother me. my healing and recovery, I have But in the end, when I ended been learning the importance of up having a conversation with being true to myself and to my some very dear friends in feelings, but even I slip up and California, my being strong forget that ignoring my feelings fa• ade crumbled. They asked and what I was going through me what was wrong and BANG, was what made me ill in the the waterworks came. first place. When I slip up now,

sometimes my friends will tell me Ò hey, Christine, you have to take care of yourself.” Being true to yourself and what you are feeling is important. No one should go about their day or go along in life pretending there is nothing wrong, and not dealing with whatever it is that is bothering them. DonÕ t underestimate the power of friends, family, mentors, coworkers, and neighbors. Who can you turn to when youÕ re down and need a pickme-up? Keep a mental list of these special people and donÕ t be afraid to ask for help or encouragement when you need it. Something as simple as a phone call, a chat over coffee, or a nice email or letter can brighten your mood, and remember always stay true to yourself!

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On the Table Holiday Cookies INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter, softened 1 cup confectionersÕ sugar 1 Egg 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt FROSTING: 6 tablespoons butter, softened 3 cups confectionersÕ sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk Food coloring of your choice, optional DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill for 1-2 hours. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with 2-1/2-in. flour-dipped cookie cutters. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine the butter, sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve a spreading consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired. Frost cookies; decorate as desired. 12

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Speak Free by Shane Londry

I dream about the good life, when life was just a dream Reality kicked in and it hurts so much worse than it seems I hear all of these rappers rap about their gangster leans While i write and spit it real, trying to figure out what it means I spit about people living life, but life moves way too fast Some people live it good, with this success in their grasp While others fall the wrong way, cant stop themselves to ask “Why am i living my life behind this lying mask?” The mask that withholds the true honest person inside The person that lied so much that his mask has made him blind I try to reflect my life in the way that i write my rhymes That resembles what i feel and whats going on in my mind Its fucked, the only time i wrote rhymes was in my cell Stuck up in jail and trapped behind the gates of hell Tryin to figure life out, im going to achieve my dreams Puttin blood sweat, and tears in, im tired, i need some sleep Im a rapper, theres an intricate way i design my music Repping for The Clockwork Syndicate, im trying to make a movement Like MGK did Lace Up, i want everyone to Speak Free So i know im not alone and that people believe in me Im no legend,not a master but i craft like im an artist I want to send a message that shows you people where my heart is I put everything in words, and i make poetry in motion Keep it flowin in waves, like i live in the Pacific Ocean Im from Deline and im living here in Calgary Ayo homie im from Canada and i want you all to hear me Im A Prophet of Change, A.P.o.C, Apocalypse And im provoking you haters to influence me to drop a hit Got a gift, now im present to give you a taste of my life Where you hear my name and say “i gotta hear his music twice” I will take this to the top and you will understand my mindstate Homie, i wanna change rap and help drop the stupid crime rate 14

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5 Great Holiday Movies for Kids 1. A Charlie Brown Christmas 2. Frosty The Snowman 3. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! 4. Miracle on 34th Street 5. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer A Charlie Brown Christmas is produced, and directed by Warner Brothers. It first was played on CBS in the year 1965. It has been played on television every year sense it was first played in 1965. A Charlie Brown Christmas has the Peanuts characters in it. Charlie Brown is depressed and isn’t sure why because Christmas is coming soon. He thinks Christmas is overcommercialized by stores and companies. It has Lucy pretending to be a physiatrist, and Charlie Brown goes to see her about his problem. Then Charlie Brown is asked to write a letter to Santa for his sister Sally. It upsets Charlie 16

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Brown even more when Sally asks him to write she wants lots of money in her letter, to Santa. Charlie Brown decides to take part in a play. He tries very hard not to let the play get commercialized like everything else. Even Snoopy Charlie Brown’s dog has gone commercialized this Christmas. Linus, and Charlie set out to find a tree for the play. Charlie Brown, and Linus bring back the most bare, and pitiful tree. Charlie decides not to let his Christmas be ruined by over commercializing. So he takes his scrawny tree home to decorate to prove to his friends that it can work for the play. He thinks he killed it. His friends join together and do a wonderful job decorating the tree for him.

special, in hopes it would be a holiday hit. The Song the movie is from came out in 1950. It is about children who bring a snowman to life with a magical hat. Frosty promises to come back after he is forced to leave town. In the movie he goes to live at the North Pole with Santa Claus. This is after the children try to keep the magician from taking back the hat he threw away because they want to keep Frosty alive.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas is based on the book that was written by Dr. Seuss. The book the film in based on came out in 1957. The Grinch hates Christmas, and his heart is too small. He is mean, and grumpy. He hates how the whos down in Frosty The Snowman is a very Whoville are all joyful and happy. popular holiday song that was The Grinch, and his dog Max go written by Walter Rollins. The down to Whoville on Christmas song was then made into a holiday eve and steal their tree, decorates,


COMMU NITY and holiday food. He thinks in doing this he will make them sad, but his plan doesn’t work. The whos in Whoville are still happy, and full of Christmas spirit even without any trees, present, or food. Just as the Grinch is about to drop everything he stole off a cliff, he suddenly decides to do the right thing. He bring all their Christmas stuff back, and even join them for their Christmas celebration.

store on 34th street. Fred takes Doris’s daughter Susan to see Kris at the store. Susan, and Kris become close. Susan discovers that Kris is the real Santa, and isn’t just a Santa’s helper. She asks Santa for a house, a brother, and a dad for Christmas. Everyone thinks Kris is crazy in thinking he is the real Santa. By some Christmas miracle Susan gets everything she asked Kris Kringle for. They prove in court the Kris Kringle is the real Santa Miracle on 34th Street came Claus. It is a movie that has a lot out in the year 1947. It is about of Christmas magic in it. a story by Valentine Davies. It starts out at the Macy’s Rudolph The Red Nosed Thanksgiving Day Parade. Reindeer is based on a book that They are trying to find someone was written in 1939. The movie to play Santa in the Parade. Kris based on this book came out in Kringle does such a good job in 1998. It also was an television the parade that Doris convince special before that. It has a him to be Santa in the Macy’s reindeer name Rudolph who is

special with a red nose. He feels bad about his red nose because the other reindeer make fun of him. He runs away with an elf that wants to be a dentist, and a bunch of misfit toys. Rudolph and his friends go on an adventure to misfit toy land, and on this adventure they realize just how special each of them are. The deer see he is special when he use his red nose to help Santa pull his sleigh.

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HANDMADE GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS The transition of seasons from autumn to winter bring with it the anticipation of the arrival of a very special holiday, a celebration that fills many adults and children alike with a sense of laughter and delight, filling them with feelings of satisfaction and contentment Christmas. Unfortunately, that’s how Christmas should be, but for many people, Christmas is one of the most stressful holidays of the year, specifically for those who are going through some troublesome and tough financial times. It may not be such a delightful experience after all for parents and guardians who happen to be struggling to make ends meet. For many, 18

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what should be an enjoyable and relaxing holiday turns into something that they can’t wait to move on from. Parents and guardians may find themselves struggling to do everything they can to put smiles on their children’s faces and warmth in their hearts, all the while trying to find a way to give gifts to friends and family.

Think about your basic and necessary materials. Each craft that you can find online, in a magazine, or in a craft book most likely requires varying materials. However, most crafts use an array of common and recurring basic materials, such as colored construction paper, markers, crayons, glue, and scissors. Most of these items are available at your local dollar store or discount outlet - which happens to be a great place for shopping on a low budget. Remember, it is the creativity of the project that counts, and not necessarily the quality of the materials used to make it.

Fortunately, cost-effective ways to create hand made gifts DO exist - you just have to plan it right. There are many creative and innovative ways that you and your children can create Christmas presents with your very own hands that are sure to delight and astonish - without Most Christmas crafts can spending more than a few be made simply with these dollars. basic items, but of course, feel


COMMU NITY free to explore the different possibilities and get creative. Often times, we tend to overlook items that we already own in our day-to-day lives - not because we don’t want to use them, but because we don’t always think to. If you know where to look, shopping for extra materials isn’t always something that you have to do, and you can save a lot of money by using as many scrap materials as possible. For example, say that you stumble upon a craft that requires some of those googly eyes that you saw earlier at the craft store - there are many cute, unique, and original items that will work as fine replacements. In this case, buttons could be used to make a great eye replacement, and the perfect buttons may just be hiding in the threads of that old sweater that you never wear anymore. Don’t feel bad about using scrap items, either - your little one will most likely love going on a hunt for spare household items and putting them to creative use.

decide to make, but it is best to go all out and find as many craft ideas as possible, and then decide all together which crafts you will be working on this year. Your children may come up with some amazing things - but deciding which crafts to work on together and discussing what will be used to make them ensures that materials will not be wasted, and this is important

when working with a low budget.

There are a vast amount of websites, magazines, books, and other resources that may be You may want to give your used to find ideas for Christmas children free reign on what they crafts. You can always go shop

for some of these magazines and books, but - you are working with a budget, and there is no need to spend money on something that is so easily and readily available for free from various different sources. Libraries are probably the best location that you can start. They are an invaluable way to obtain information on any given subject, and therefore, a great start for your search. Another convenient way to obtain information on holiday crafts is by using the internet to do a search. Even if internet service is not available in your household, the library also offers this, too, and using a library computer is a free service for anyone to use for any given amount of time. Making it through the holidays is possible, even when working with a budget. You just have to know in what places to be creative, in what places to be thrifty, and in what places to be resourceful. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel - and the holidays are no exception.

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Sheena Kaine & Alexis Flamand(Angel) by Aj. Bellegarde photos by Aminah Syed life. This sport has made me feel better about my self physically and mentally. It solidified my instincts to stand-up an defend myself if need be, but also gave me the confidence to know I can walk away with out having to fight. It ”My first fight was for the Western has brought many good people into Canadian Championship title in my life. It’s a sport that families 2003. I won the bout by a TKO can do together if they want, like (techincal knock out) in the me and my daughter.” 2nd round! It was the greatest feeling.” Though she took a 7 Sheena’s daughter Alexis is 12 year break from amateur boxing, years old. She had her first fight Sheena’s amateur record stands at a Sub Novice tournament in at an impressive 13-3-0, with 5 of Lethbridge in October of this her wins by technical knock out. year. Mom Sheena remembers, She’s previously won the Western ”She weighed-in about 8 different Canadian Championship Title, an times, at different fight cards and Alberta Provincial Championship, tournaments, but she just didn’t Alberta Golden Gloves, and has manage to get a bout. But then in recently been to the Canadian Lethbridge, it was her time to shine. She was ready. I felt very confident National Championships. in her.” As Sheena watched her Originally from Fishing Lake daughter get ready for her first Metis Settlement, Sheena says, match and remembers, ”while ”There are many things I love coach Sheldon was wrapping her about the sport. For one, it’s hands and prepping her to fight, science. There reasons we do what my stomach was in knots. My we do, reasons we train the way we hands were sweaty. I was beyond do. Like everything in life, you get excited.” what you put in to it. If you want to have a easy work out you can. But As Alexis walked to the ring, you ain’t gona be champ like that.” Sheena says, ”I felt like crying when she walked through the ropes She says being a boxer has a lot an they announced her name. of benefits. ”Being a competitor gives you the opportunity to travel, Alexis won that fight and to make life-long friends. It builts remembers, ”after the 1st round, I massive amounts of confidence. already had a feeling I was gonna It helps you reach other goals win. Then the ref stopped the fight Sheena Flamand and her daughter Alexis have been training together as boxers for just over a year. But Sheena actually started boxing training when Alexis was two years old.

in the 2nd round due to a TKO (technical knock out). My initial thought was ’YES!’ I knew the Gold was mine.” Sheena adds, ”I wasn’t nervous. I never doubted her for one second. Her skill is undeniable.” Fighting out of Beverly Bronx gym in Edmonton, Sheena says, ”My coaches John Mendonca and (professional boxer) Sheldon Hinton are amazing. They push us hard. They want the best for us. They don’t leave room for slacking.” She says she also has a great team to work with. ”Other boxers at our gym help make it the best boxing club around too. We push each other, and encourage each other to work harder. We help teach one another. And we always have a crazy-fun time! We’re all like one big family.” Sheena says of her tough training schedule, ”It’s an insane work out that my coaches put me through. While I’m still currently an amateur, we run 5 – 6 days a week and train down at our gym. Most of the training depends on how many people show up, whether or not you have fight coming up, if you have to cut weight still, etc. But I like to train my body like its a machine. No matter what I can always improve. I’m always working on fine tuning.” She and Alexis train almost the same. ”I just run faster and farther because NEW TRIBE DEC/JAN 2014

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the hardest part is the first day. But push all insecurities aside. Walk in with confidence and the desire to learn. Help the rest of us females prove that we belong there too.” With her amateur career winding down, Sheena says, ”I’m in process of reaching one goal I had for boxing; working towards my professional debut. After I sign that contract, I have a next goal in mind already, WORLD CHAMPION!” Boxing is not an inexpensive sport. In addition to training costs, Sheena says, “some of the bigger costs for being a boxer include boxing gear, like trunks, tops (for competing), boxing shoes, boxing gloves, and travel expenses. However we are very fortunate to have such a great gym that helps out a tremendous amount.” She also points out that she has a couple of sponsors, making sure to mention ”a huge thank you to Seraph Tattoos & Piercings in Lloydminister and AHRD Oil Field Services in Fishing Lake Métis Settlement for their continued sponsorship.” She’s quick to give credit where it is due. ”There’s no way I could be where I am in life as a mother, and as a boxer, if it weren’t for my family! I owe it all to them.” Sheena also has a 9 year old son Jarome. ”He’s not so much into boxing,” she says. ”He loves to come and support me and Alexis when we fight but other than that he stays clear of the boxing gym. He’s into taekwondo.” In addition to being a boxer,

Sheena’s also a member of ACTRA, the Canadian actors union. She’s an actor and voice actor, who contributes 3 voices in the Aboriginal cartoon, ”Raven Tales”. And she is hip hop artist Sheena Kaine. She’s on Instagram @STKAINE and says, ”I post motivational pics, videos, ideas for work outs at home, etc. I also have a page on Facebook ‘Sheena Kaine’ to help promote any upcoming fights I might have as well as some posts and info on my hip hop music.” She’s worked with Chris Copeland of Chay Originals in Calgary,AB , Edward Robinson of G.P.P Music in Virgina, VA as well as others. ”I post up past performances and future plans in regards to recording more music and performing more on stage.” She wants other single moms to know, ”When your babies or kids see you working hard an pushing to reach your goals, it inspires them. It motivates them to do better and be better and make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.” ”I know first hand that being a single mom can be tough,” she says. ”But don’t give up on your personal dreams.” She lives by that. Sheena plans to make her professional boxing debut in Calgary in January 2014, and no doubt Alexis will be cheering her on. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring Sheena Kaine as a professional boxer or if you want more details, please message slic@live.com


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ALBERTA FOSTER CARE DEATHS Roughly 9 percent of Alberta foster children are Native Aboriginal, but they count for over 75 percent of the total deaths of foster care children in Alberta, Canada since 1999. Many have argued that the statistics may be a fluke, but there are some details which indicate that they may be due to external circumstances regarding the care Alberta Aboriginal children receive. Aboriginal children have a greater death rate if they are put into foster care on reserve. This statistic indicates the disparity that gives Aboriginal children who live off of the reserve more services and support. 26

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Roughly 145 children have died in foster care since early 2000. Of the 145 that have died, a staggering 74 are listed to be Aboriginal. There are some disparities with the statistics. Some of the children that died during the conducting of this study did have ethnic information provided. While many argue that this is a statistical fluke, many people who work in foster care place the blame on substandard housing situations and a lack of resources. Poverty and substance abuse are also believed to be a large factor in what has been responsible for the deaths of these children. These communities also have

a tendency to lack the required supports and services necessary to assist each child. A huge element of this situation is the funding disparity between on-reserve and off-reserve foster care agencies. Alberta’s on-reserve child welfare agencies began in the early 1970s. These agencies take care of children who live on the reserves. Children that live off of reserves are taken care of the family services agencies that are funded by the province. The Canadian government initially believed that delegating the responsibilities of taking


COMMUNITY care of these children to agencies on reserve would tailor the programs to mirror Aboriginal culture and put the children more at ease. In 2002, a child care agency was suspended after a string of deaths occurred. Understaffed agencies with huge caseloads of foster care children may have been too blame. It’s also believed that large amounts of funding during this time may have been spent in poor ways.

It is based on the premise that only six percent of children on Aboriginal reserves will need foster care. In reality, the number is actually much higher. This may be what causes the lack of resources to be passed around, including quality human resources. The actual rate of children who require foster care has fluctuated between thirteen and twenty percent.

In recent years, the Canadian government has rolled out a different funding formula for providing care to these children, but many argue that it hasn’t been enough. Many of these foster care deaths are related to policies being breached. The way that the foster care system investigates and reports its deaths requires a change to the overall infrastructure of the Alberta There have been many foster care system. complaints about the lack of funding given to these agencies Lack of funding for foster in recent years. On average, care children spreads across aboriginal agencies receive many different countries. approximately 22 percent less Many argue that the death funding than province-based review system in foster care agencies. This matter has been requires a complete overhaul. taken to the Canadian Human The province itself has failed Rights Commission multiple to report the deaths of eightytimes since 2008. Many First nine foster children in the Nations agencies object, past fourteen years. Many stating that federal funding rule changes in the overall itself is flawed by its design. oversight of these deaths have There have been many complaints given about the lack of funding regarding these services since their inception. Much of the statistical data on nationality was not reported prior to 1999. The records themselves do not go back far enough to show where the Aboriginal deaths may have begun.

resulted in many deaths to be reported as natural causes. In reality, these deaths need to be reviewed independently to find out the real answers so that solutions can be implemented. There is still no clear cut answer to what is causing the deaths of these foster care children. The particularly high number of Aborigine deaths may attribute the problem to a lack of funding. A drastic overhaul to the Canadian foster care system may be the best way to determine where the largest holes in the foster care system are. While poverty is a huge factor in these foster care deaths, there may need to be stricter training protocols for the care workers that take care of the children. Some argue that foster care often goes to abandoned Aboriginal children who may have serious birth defects. These defects may result in negligence by the agencies that need to find stronger mental health care professionals to take care of the children. The overall biggest proponent is likely never to be known unless a independent review is conducted on the deaths of these children.

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Turn up the Volume By Katty Jo Rabbit

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

With 13 tracks to offer listening to this album made it easier to imagine being in District 12, the first album was good, but this one is even better. It captures the ideals behind the movie and the social commentary of living in a society that seems to feed off of others drama. Could you imagine having to work yourself up to stab someone? Anyways morbid thoughts aside, the movie itself is said to be one of the greatest sequels of all time, which I think speaks volumes and it is most likely why you see a lot of heavy hitters come to the reaping to make their contribution. With big name bands and singers like Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Christina Aguilera, and Sia there is a lot to offer for the mainstream. With your more alternative bands like Of Monsters and Men and Lorde, who does a perfectly fitting cover of the Tears for Fears song: Everybody wants to rule the world; which actually got approval from Curt Smith who is the lead singer in Tears for fears in an MTV interview. Helps to attract other listeners that would normally not bother, this kids is marketing at its finest. So if youÕ re a super fangirl and or fanboy of the books, the movies and Jlaw then you for sure want to check this out, it would make a good stocking stuffer anyways. The only let down is that there wasnÕ t a track offered by Lenny Kravits, I think Fly would have been a good throw back but since it is about futuristic society it would have been nice to hear some new stuff from Lenny. Just saying. Dam Funk & Snoopzilla 7 Days of Funk From Snoop dog to Snoop Lion to Snoopzilla, no matter what he calls himself he is still one of the best and will always be a rap legend. For those of you that donÕ t know, Snoop is actually making tribute to Bootsy Collins, who also called himself Bootzilla. Although labeled a funk album this seven-track record is really just a side project that sounds terrific, especially if you enjoy that puff-puff-pass style that Dam Funk and Snoop are notoriously known for. Produced by Stone Throw records, this is said to be a big move for the independent label as it will definitely gain some cred if the album does well. This will most likely happen since there are a lot of cats down with Snoopzilla. With the feature on funk and how it has inspired a lot of hip-hop, it feels like a breakdown of roots where Snoopzilla is channeling his old school influence and making it more polished. With his ability to channel Reggae, hip-hop and the West Coast style that is always oh-so-fly, you know that this collaboration is just one of many to come. On the flip side Dam Funk keeps it real by throwing in the R&B while the hip hop lyrics keep the flow slick. Check out the track Hit da pavement. This just proves that if you know what works and you have a partner in crime who you gel with, why mess with a good thing. Better to just go with it, until it burns out and is Faden Away.

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Music You Can Feel In Your Toes Leona Lewis Christmas, with Love This is definitely a formulated x-mas album where soft heart-felt, soul searching ballads and loved by the spirit of Christmas melodies are the focus. With classic songs like: White Christmas, Silent Night, Ava Maria and O holy night, you know what youÕ re getting into. So donÕ t be disappointed when you donÕ t hear any dance club Christmas songs because this X-Factor winner is not taking it there. Which is understandable, with all the success of her past two albums this UK singer is going to need the baby Jesus on her side to make a strong comeback and what better way to do that then with a Christmas album? Mariah Carey did it, letÕ s just hope that she keeps it respectful and not so sexy-Santa-suit like Mrs. Carey-Carter did, because letÕ s face it, there is nothing sexy about Santa hats. One redeeming factor is Leona actually writes and sings three original songs on this album, a little gift to her hardcore fans. On a side note of interest, while making the album she actually played the movie Labyrinth that stars David Bowie as the goblin king for inspiration. (Her cool factor just went up in my books) So for those of you with the Auntie who has everything Christmas from the little Christmas light earrings, to the ugly Christmas sweater; you can definitely put this on the list of possible cheesy X-mas additions to add to her collection. Deathmetal Christmas Hellish Renditions of Christmas Classics All metal heads rejoice, you wonÕ t have to suffer through another Ann Murray sings the best of Christmas classics. Instead you can head-bang your way through the season with this five song track of some of the darkest Christmas hymns that are out there. Wait until you hear the rendition of the Nutcracker: Dance of the sugar plum fairy. With guttural thrashings, amazing guitar solos and sick blast beats this album would make any thrasher Christmas party host proud to present. Although a little short with the songs, it could be a lot longer as O silent night, could definitely be remade into a death metal Christmas song. It has all the elements, spooky chorus, dark under lying theme, but it didnÕ t make the cut. So hopefully they meaning the bassist for Hate EternalÕ s J.J Hrubovcak and the boys take heed of the situation and make a part two. Being a Christmas album you would think it would be a cheesy rendition of songs that appeal to the general public, everything being all “holy baby Jesus” but it is actually a really good death metal album first, then a Christmas cd. I really like the different elements that come through, because unlike the rest of the masses in church there has always a fear of death and burning for eternity; which I feel lingers in the sub text of the bible. The duality of the music and the message of the hymns really work with each other to make for a devil-horn saluting, head-bowed to the lord, thrashing good time! NEW TRIBE DEC/JAN 2014

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See You at the Movies

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes us back to the world of Panem and the Katniss Everdeen. In the first film, Katniss and her partner/love interest Peeta broke major ground. They became the first-ever players in the history of the tournament to break all the rules and rise up and become the victors. Now she and her partner live in the Dystopian District. All seems well for her and her friends. However, President Snow has not forgotten the tournament, or what has happened. He has not forgotten that Katniss and Peeta openly defied the rules. It’s under the advisement of the new game master that President Snow hatches a plan. He intends to use their win as propaganda, all the while discrediting the two of them at the same time. His plan is to take the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games and destroy the two lovers, as well as others who could potentially stand in the way. The first Hunger Games was inspired by the Suzanne Collins’ novel. In many places it seemed a bit flawed and the direction seemed a bit ill-contrived. But with the switch of directors and a bigger budget, Catching Fire seems to make up for where the first film lacked. Looking at the set design and the cinematography, the second film seems to be more balanced than the first one did. The director brought a better game plan to Catching Fire than what was in the first one. Michael Arndt and Simon Beaufoy stepped up their game. Bringing in these two heavy weights to attend to the script was a major benefit, a benefit the first film didn’t have. Their writing helped to get to the heart of the story. It wasn’t simply about the survival techniques that the first film had, though that is important too. Katniss is not only aware of her own survival, but the world around her as well. There is more wit and charm with the second one. We also get added scenes in the movie, scenes that the book never gave us. The only downside is that the death scenes weren’t as sustainable as in the first, creating sometimes a long and drawn-out storyline. Overall, Catching Fire sets up the plotline for the two-part final very nicely. It becomes less about video and more about the character and the political thread.

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See You at the Movies Starring Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel

DisneyÕ s reputation has been at stake for the past decade or so. ItÕ s been long-questioned whether Disney can fare up against companies such as Pixar, DreamWorks and Blue Sky. Disney is the founding father, the one who created all of this, and now some are wondering if it can even hold itÕ s own weight anymore. The hope is that DisneyÕ s Frozen will beat the odds and help maintain that legacy. Looking at the film though, I would have to say that itÕ s close to being at the top. the acting is wonderful, as well as the animation. Not to mention that itÕ s surprisingly feminine. We havenÕ t seen something like this in a long time. The story itself is very small. It gravitates to these two Princess sisters, young Anna and older sister Elsa. The older one is about to be crowned the Queen. ItÕ s a pure princess story, told with strong conviction and no mockery in the story at all. It doesn’t poke fun at the Love-at-first-sight idea;nor does it sidestep the issue that you can find true love in other forms, not just in a fairy-tale. All of the characters are genuine and charming. There is also a surprising lack of evil in this movie. Elsa may be seen as the bad guy by some, but she is simply choosing to hide herself away from the world. She has used her powers in a dark way and in an unjustifiable fit of rage. After doing this, she chooses to lock herself away. The only evil in the movie comes from the Snow Queen. When comparing Elsa and the Queen together, you genuinely feel sympathy for Elsa. The subtext of the film is a girl being told to hide away what makes her special. She is told to do this, even by those who claim to love her. This storyline is seen quite widely with homosexuality and how women are constantly punished for not conforming, so the stark commonalities reside with the overall tone of the movie. At the core is the relationship of Elsa and Anna. As they go through periods of questionable parenting, selfdoubt and fear. Frozen pushes the fairy-tale storyline forward, instead of staying stuck in the past. This film, overall, proves that Disney is still a company to be reckoned with. Through this film Disney comes to terms with itÕ s own legacy and itÕ s voice. NEW TRIBE DEC/JAN 2014

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Book Reviews For the restless mind

The Elf on the Shelf by Carol Aebersold, Chanda Bell The elf on the shelf - a Christmas tradition is a delightful children’s book by author Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chandra Bell. Coe Steinwart beautifully illustrated it. The book was self published in 2005 by Carol Aebersold. It is a Christmas tale about how Santa sends a little scout elf to a family with little children the day after Thanksgiving. When the family adopts the elf and gives him a name he gets Christmas magic allowing him to sit silently watching and listening all day. When everyone is asleep, the elf will fly back to the North Pole to tell Santa Claus everything that happened during the day. He tells Santa if the kids were naughty or nice and details what they did all day. This book helps explains how Santa can keep track of all those children. Each morning the elf always appears in a different place so the children have to look for him. The rule is that no one can touch the elf or he will lose his magic powers. His job is just to sit, watch and listen. He cannot move or speak when anyone in the house is awake. His job is to keep Santa informed about the behavior of the children in his care. The elf remains in the house to watch over the children until Christmas Eve. That is when he flies back to the North Pole until the next year. The book written in rhyme explains how Santa keeps track of the entire how well the children behave. This is a wonderful picture book for children from two to 8 years old. It is a great Christmas tradition idea. The hardcover book usually comes with a little North Pole scout elf and a little keepsake box used to store the elf until the next year. Children love the idea of adopting their own personal scout elf to watch over them at Christmas time. They love waking up every morning and looking for the elf is new hiding place. A family tradition started in the author’s family in the 1970s. The family had an elf from sent from Santa to watch their behavior from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. This was the inspiration for the book Elf on the Shelf The book has become very popular and has won numerous awards. The book has become so popular that the Elf on the Shelf got a spot in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2012.

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Book Reviews For the restless mind

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb I AM MALALA is the astonishing story of a family in the middle of a terror campaign in the Swait Valley. It is the story of a girl named Malala and her battle for girls’ education. It is an autobiography written by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb, a multiple foreign Correspondents award winner. Little Brown and Company published the book October 8, 2013. It has 352 pages. Malala lived with her parents, two brothers, and two pet chickens. Her father was Ziauddin Yousafzai, a poet, school owner, and involved in building and coordinating the resistance in further, higher and adult education... He ran a chain of schools known as the Khushal Public School. Malala attended school but got most of her education came from her father. He encouraged her to write and go to school. In 2009, when Malala was 10 years old, she wrote a blog under a fictitious name for the BBC describing in detail her life under Taliban rule and the ways they were trying to take control of the place she lived in, She also affirmed her outlook on encouraging education for girls. In late 2008, the BBC Urdu website set out to find a pupil to blog anonymously about her life there. They went to Ziauddin Yousafzai for advice. When they could not find any students willing to do it because it was too dangerous, Yousafzai recommended his daughter Malala, She was eleven years old and and in seventh grade at the time. The BBC agreed but insisted on her using a phony name. Her first blog entry was her thoughts as the first battle of Swait was taking place outside. In later posts, she wrote about how her school closed and the Taliban made it a law that girls could not attend school. The blog posts that follow give a fascinating look at how an ordinary family lives under the Taliban. The next year a New York Times documentary filmed about her life as the Pakistani forces intrude in the region leading to the end of the Second battle of Swait. Following the film Malala increased in notoriety, granting interviews and turning up on television. The Taliban were truly taking notice now. October 9, 2012, Taliban gunmen shot Malala in the head and neck in an assassination attempt. This happened when she was coming home on a school bus. Gunmen entered the bus demanding, “Who is Malala?” Then they shot her directly in the head. After a miraculous recovery, Malala goes from the remote village in Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. She has become a symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest person ever nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. NEW TRIBE DEC/JAN 2014

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