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Tansi once again. Isn’t it amazing how everything evolves with time?! That’s the beauty of life on this Earth; the state of things is always changing, growing and expanding. Just like RezX! So, welcome to issue number three. Now that I’ve gotten a little bit better at this job, my life has settled into a nice routine of only mild chaos and madness. I love it! My sons are developing nicely into fine young Aboriginal youth, and all the other children I am currently taking care of are happy and healthy. The weather is absolutely beautiful and everyone is rejoicing with the coming of winter. O.K., so maybe that last bit was a little off. Truth is . . . I love winter! There, I’ve admitted it. Winter is my favourite season of the year. Yes, I will admit that I have a tendency to act a little nuts sometimes but this isn’t that outrageous. I guess it’s just in my northern blood . . . I heard somewhere along the way that there might be some Inuit in me. I have even given my eldest son a middle name that means winter. I know you think I’m just slightly crazy, but I honestly feel that wintertime is ultimately the most enjoyable time of the year. Why?
Well, for one thing, there are no bugs. I hate bugs. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not scared of them or anything. They’re just a disgustingly, creepy part of life I’d rather live without . . . and I can do that in winter. Secondly, I like the feeling of cleanliness that a fresh snow brings. Looking out the window and seeing nothing but a sparkling whiteness, it’s just so nice and pure and peaceful. Wintertime also gives me a chance to get to know my family as well as myself a little bit better. Everyone is stuck indoors all winter long with nothing to do but spend time together. So ultimately you’re going to end up talking to one another and the more you learn about your family and close friends, the more you learn about yourself, right? Also, my most favouritest holiday ever is in winter, Christmas! I totally love Christmastime, especially now that I have kids of my own to experience it with. And this year I can get a tree because my baby is past the ‘shove everything I see into my mouth’ stage. Oh, and winter sports are more exciting than summer sports. Anyone who straps themselves to a little piece of wood and goes flying down a twisting, icy slope, face-first, has got to have a lot of fricken guts (and no qualms about dying a horrible death). Skating, tobogganing, snowman building; these are all things that bring the family together and contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Two for the price of one! Last but not least, there is no big deal about being slim, trim and looking hot in the wintertime. Everyone is walking around with, like, five layers of clothing on all the
time. Never mind looking hot. You’re just trying your darndest to stay moderately warm. It’s great! I don’t have to worry about shaving my legs or getting a nice tan because I’m going to be completely covered (along with the rest of the country), for the next, oh say, six months. Yay! Oh, and I can put my kids to bed earlier because the sun sets at suppertime . . . not that I’d actually do that . . . but I could if I wanted to. Hey, sometimes a woman just needs an extra hour to herself at night. Alone time doesn’t happen enough during the day. In the summertime the kids want to stay up until all hours of the evening because the sun is still out. You can’t put a kid to bed when the sun is still in the sky. It’s just not right. Anyway, I know there is someone out there who shares my feelings. I met him one winter day while sitting on a bench in the park, in my snowsuit. I never got to see his face but if you’re reading this right now then same time and place as last year. Kitwam.
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“It’s Not Personal. It’s Strictly Business.”
By Publisher, Chris Tyrone Ross making sacrifices, difficult decisions, creating new partnerships, and moving up the corporate ladder in this jungle we call the business world. It's almost like being an employee in a huge corporation; you start from the bottom and work your way to the top. It has come to a point where I have to make some life-long decisions, even though I'm only 24. In my research I've found that some of the most successful young entrepreneurs in their mid-20s, knew what they wanted and went for it. Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Ted Turner, Donald Trump, and even Sean "P-Diddy" Combs, were once in this situation. That's not to say I'll be as successful as them, but maybe I can break away from the stereotype that Saskatchewanians, or even Aboriginals for that matter, cannot reach this level of achievement. Then again, at the end of the day, how do you define success? For many people, it's like asking them how they define heaven. Both
answers would probably be parallel in the end. For me, success is basically being happy with what I have and knowing that I can never stop achieving. For others, success might be about having a family, a home, and a career. I honestly believe success is self-defining based on your own vision for the future. I also believe that too many skeptics try to define success for our Aboriginal youth. Too many leaders try to throw education down our throats like it's the only route. They also try to explain that having a job is the only key to independence. I can agree with them on many of those points, but what about business? Since not many leaders make an effort to teach our youth that business is the perfect alternative, I will make it my goal to do so. RezX is the perfect example that you can succeed being young and running a business. To all the eager up-and-coming young entrepreneurs, take advantage of the programs out there
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With every edition of RezX, I've found there's always a bigger story than the cover story–the inside story. With Issue #1, it was about my return to the publishing business. With Issue #2, it was about the teamwork of Aboriginal youth writers we called the RezX Crew. Now with Issue #3, a new story is taking shape. So far, people have come and gone leaving behind lasting impressions. At one time, our head office was filled with around six Aboriginal youth working on different projects on a daily basis. I started to realize how difficult it was to micro-manage a group of up-andcoming young entrepreneurs. So I had to make a decision: either get a bigger office or cut my ties and move on. Unfortunately, I had to end some great relationships, but it was nothing personal, strictly business. I hope that some day we'll do business again. So here I am with another edition of RezX and a new chapter. This time the story is all about business:
for you. Go on-line and type in these key words: the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, Aboriginal Business Canada, The Youth Business Program, The Opportunities Fund. The government and their business partners are investing billions into the Aboriginal youth sector, and like Uncle Sam, they want you! If there's any group in society that can lead tomorrow's economy, it's Aboriginal Youth! So just remember, it's never personal, it's strictly business, and by the way . . . Issue #3 has arrived!
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Breach of Trust is Back With a “Bad Trip” William Aubut - Drums Marty Ballentyne - Vocals/guitars Brent Stutsky - Bass Dean Zabolotney - Guitars/vocals "I think there's something about our region–Northern Saskatchewan–this isolated part of the country where very few people visit and where there's a distinct culture, rooted in hunting and gathering–that forms our perspective. Like us, the lyrics come from a different place," says singer Marty Ballentyne. "This is a unique area, a constellation of towns, villages and reserves that together form a community, populated by Cree, Dene, and Metis, where the day-to-day life of the people is foreign to most Canadians. Plus, growing up two hours from the nearest town and four hours from the nearest city, you start paying dues the moment you play a gig somewhere other than the two bars or the Elks Hall in your town." "Northern Saskatchewan" is the town of La Ronge, which is, admittedly, a long way from–well, just about everywhere. But as other bands from Nowhere, Canada, have proven (cf. Nickelback, 3 Days Grace, among others), all you need to be heard across the universe is three chords and an attitude. In that regard, Breach of Trust is wellequipped to attack the stages and stereos of the world. Carefully crafted at their world headquarters, Breach of Trust's second album–a self-titled major label affair–is the next step in the evolution of the first heavy rock band to ever break out of Northern Canada. With shades of everything from RATM and STP to the RHCP and the DKs (not to mention Dean's love of an obscure micro-genre known as "Japanese war metal") in their music and lyrics the band has all the attitude they will ever need. BoT started far above the tree line with Marty and William. In the late 80s, they had a band called Tobacco Road, a scrappy bunch who learned the ropes by playing one of the roughest club circuits in the entire world. A view of the world below the 50th parallel came mainly via old issues of Rolling Stone and Creem, introducing Marty to Iggy Pop, Jane's Addiction and especially Fugazi. In fact, one of Marty's best moments was the day he received a personal reply to a letter he sent to Ian MacKaye with some advice and encouragement for Marty's DIY aspirations. "Along with providing lyrical direction, the DIY spirit of punk gave us the juice to make and release a record. It seemed unlikely–ridiculous, even–that a major label would ever give us a first look, let alone a second. So we set out to do our own thing." In 1995, the band (after being renamed Breach of Trust) released Dead Issue, their debut EP. "We
were just learning to write songs," remembers Marty. "We were contemplating our roots, so the music reflects those themes." Five more years of writing and touring followed before the group
Then original guitarist Cheech Cheechoo felt the need to check out other opportunities. Fortunately, before Zane left, he directed the band's attention to his roommate, the guy who would eventually
mid-90s band called Salvador Dream) hadn't provided some much needed guidance and inspiration." "We really learned to edit and rework ideas during this record. 'Give You Up' underwent at least three
issued their first major label, the acclaimed Songs for Dying Nations in 2000. The band was very pleased with that effort. Marty: "The production is better, the song writing is more concise and I think the lyrical approach was more focused. It was really a unified endeavour." The next four years saw the members scatter–La Ronge, Calgary, Vancouver-regrouping as often as possible in the woodshed to write and rehearse. There was a bass player crisis in April 2002 when original member Zane Kryzanowsky decided to go back to school. Fortunately, the problem basically solved itself when Calgarian Brent Stutsky saw a MuchMusic newsflash about how BoT was looking for a new bassist. Brent had been a fan of the group ever since they crossed paths at an all-ages show in southern Alberta. Calling up Marty, he arranged for a trial-by-fire audition, agreeing to play a gig with the band in Regina. The fit and the chemistry was confirmed a few weeks later when Brent was asked to play a second gig, this time– appropriately–at MuchMusic in downtown Toronto.
become a replacement for Cheech. Dean Zabolotney was well-known and trusted by everyone in the group, not to mention a member of a death metal band called Sitra Ahra. He was a perfect fit. Dean formally joined the band on New Year's Day, 2003. The second album came together over time, starting with some rehearsals one January in Winnipeg. Much of the material came together slowly and methodically, but there were moments when great things happened without any effort at all. "Three days before we were scheduled to go into the studio, the riff for 'Edge of Summer' (the first single) just sort of popped up and we really didn't know what to do with it. 'Summer' seemed like the right-sounding word to go with the melody in my head. Everyone else joined in and suddenly, we had a great song." Other tracks like 'Bad Trip' fought back. "We had half a dozen titles and lyrics and melodies for that one," says Marty. "It took TWO YEARS to sort everything out, and we probably would still be working on it if Russ Klyne (who's from a
complete re-writes. But then there was 'Edge of Summer' and 'Nervous Breakdown', which just kinda showed up. If there's anything we took away from the making of this album, it's that the best thing to do is be ready for anything. Some songs will assert themselves quickly, while others will shuffle their feet and not show their cards until the very end." Breach of Trust was recorded in Vancouver and produced by Steven Wright, a guy who helped shape the sound of early records by Good Charlotte and Jimmy's Chicken Shack. "When we started the record, the idea was to write about the unease of life, how there are no quiet places in the world anymore and how the many products of our imagination have crowded out the space we need to imagine. But we ended up at a very different place. One of the surprising things to me is that the album doesn't feel as dark as I thought it would." Bottom line? Don't let Breach of Trust's geographic history fool you. Where you come from matters less than what's on the inside.
Icebreakers • If you ever find yourself on a barstool next to anyone from Breach of Trust and you want to strike up a conversation, start with these handy icebreakers. You'll get some interesting answers: • "What's the best record store in Flin Flon?" • "Of the two bars and three lounges in La Ronge, where do you buy a Mosh Pit?" • "What is the best music to listen to when you're driving between gigs during a full moon?" • "Which member was the biggest KISS freak as a kid?"
Why Everyone Should Watch The Apprentice
By Chris Tyrone Ross Every Thursday at 7 pm, I make it a priority to go home and watch The Apprentice on Global, simply because it is the only time I can watch television and learn about the business world. For those of you unfamiliar with The Apprentice, it is a reality show that stars billionaire Donald Trump and hungry, like-minded business people. In every episode, teams are matched up against each other in difficult business tasks where the losing team meets Trump in the board room and somebody is fired. In the end, the winning candidate gets the ultimate dream job of running one of Trump's organizations, receiving a salary of $250,000 per year. Every day at the RezX Organization, it's no different. But, I can't fire someone every week, I'm not a billionaire and I don't take a helicopter from the roof of the First Nations Bank building to make a trip to CreeWay. However, I do have a lot of hungry, likeminded business people working with me. And like The Apprentice, I have different teams working on different projects. From the magazine to the RezX TV show to promotional events, it's all a team effort. Basically, everything I've learned from watching The Apprentice, I've applied to my daily business operations. Which is exactly why everyone should watch The Apprentice every Thursday. I'd like to think I'm an Indian version of Donald Trump, although I don't have the bad hair and I don't have a beautiful girlfriend for a model. Yet all that could change. If anything, my goal is to be the Indian Donald Trump, to turn dreams into gold and have the biggest ego. I've already read many of his books (The Art of the Deal and How to Get Rich) and I recently bought the Trump board game, and when I'm thirsty I drink Trump Ice. I've also started talking like him in the way I do business with other people, "It's not personal, it's business!" I may be infatuated with the guy, but he's a billionaire and I'm just a little buck. From my observations, there doesn't seem to be enough interest in Canada for The Apprentice as opposed to America. Why? Let me apply this example to a recent survey from Business Weekly that suggested a few reasons why Canadians are different than Americans in work ethic and business. First, when Canadians are at a board meeting that runs late, they'll leave to get home to the wife and kids–family first!
Americans, on the other hand, will stay as long as they have to, scoring brownie points with their boss, thinking of the next big promotion–business first! Canadians also tend to limit themselves to Canada–stick to what you know! Americans are voyageurs and mavericks–never fear the unknown! But if that Canadian Loonie keeps on rising, disregard everything I've just said. I'm not trying to undermine Canadian business . . . okay, maybe I am. But in order to think business, you have to live business and watch The Apprentice. Already in its second season, the show is receiving high ratings and great reviews. The new candidates make the season one candidates look like puppies trying to run a dog pound. Okay, that may not make sense, but it makes perfectly good business sense. Maybe puppies couldn't successfully run a dog pound but they could try–you don't know unless you try! The point is, we Canadians must think like our American counterparts if we want to succeed in business on an international scale. Since I'm not taking any business classes, The Apprentice is what I turn to for advice and education. I live business every day, and what I learn from watching this show is a mere reflection of my business ethics. If I were on The Apprentice, I would probably be the guy everyone gangs up on because I'm 'different'. I would get along with the Donald and get no respect from my fellow candidates. I would use my treaty rights to my advantage. If we were in a task that involved buying and selling things, I would get things shipped to the reserve to keep costs low. Since we Indians love rumours, I would start spreading lies about the other candidates to start some kind of infighting. I would even go back to my traditional roots, and use the barter system in different tasks. Instead of project manager, I would be the Chief and everyone else would be the councilors and band members. Since we Indians love politics, too, this would create a political system and I could be as corrupt as I wanted to. Then again, if I were on The Apprentice, I would probably fall asleep on the job like Sam did in season one. I would probably be one of the first to get fired for being a bad Chief. So instead, I'll stick to what I know: put family first, and focus on the day. Then again, isn't that what Canadians do every day? Point being, watch The Apprentice every Thursday! Until next time, this is your eye on the media!
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RezX 49er: If you missed the event of the year, don’t worry, we got the inside story! By The Reporter Editor’s Note: For those of you unfamiliar with a 49er, it is basically the pow wow after party. In this case the 49er was held at Ryly’s. The timing couldn’t have been sweeter, the weekend of the big Saskatoon pow wow. Thousands of people came from across Indian Country to partake in what was probably the last pow wow of the year. It was on Saturday, October 16, that RezX chose to hold the biggest event of the year. The marketing couldn’t have been sweeter, with posters and flyers being distributed just days before the event. Only 200 advance tickets were sold, with sales beginning just one week before this extravaganza. Yes, my friend, it was the night of the RezX49er. Were you there? Was it not the best night of the year? However, if you missed it, don’t worry, because RezX has the inside story! At 8 pm, the RezX team arrived at the secret location, Ryly’s. Meanwhile, another team was at the pow wow working on final ticket sales and promotions. Our first two attendees arrived at 9 pm—two girls dressed to the notch expecting to see nothing but their own kind. Instead, two pub crawls filled the club for an hour, so they left. Too bad for them. At around 10 pm, the early birds arrived, and so did the free pizza, courtesy of Pizza49. Excellent pizza, by the way. It was during this hour, from 1011 pm, that 100 people showed up to get the party started. Music was provided by Ryly’s in-house DJ, Scott Turner, who gave out door prizes every hour and played great music. Then, at 11 pm more people showed up, and our 200 advance ticket holders were now in attendance. It’s kind of like the old saying, “If you build it, they will come.” And it didn’t stop there, because midnight was upon us. During the night, we had teams of two people taking hourly shifts at the door. The busiest hour was from 11:30 pm - 12:30 am, and by 1 am, it was almost a packed house. It was also around this time that the pow wow ended and flocks of people headed straight for Ryly’s. That night, it was the hottest spot. Forget about everywhere else, Ryly’s was the place to be.
At 1:30 am, we gave the audience a sneak peek at the Girls and Guys of RezX. First, the guys came out, showcasing only two of them. The first guy appeared, flexing his muscles and made the girls go wild. The second guy came out and was a little shy, but continued the momentum. Next was the Girls of RezX, three luscious models, strutting their stuff. Now, this was probably the highlight of the night, as all the guys went crazy. At around 2 am, the Guys and Girls of RezX Calendars were well-- promoted, which was the main goal. It was getting close to the end of the night, but it wasn’t over yet. It was now the peak of the night, the house was packed and Ryly’s did their best to accommodate the huge crowd. DJ Scott Turner continued to play the best hip hop hits and kept the dance floor busy. One girl, who asked not to be named, probably said it best, “It was the best time of the year. I wish it could happen every night; I had one of the best times of my life!” Now if you enjoyed the 1st Annual RezX 49er, you’ll love the RezX-Mas happening December 4 (tentative date, subject to change) at Ryly’s again. The 2nd Annual RezX49er will happen again next year, but until then look forward to the 1st Annual RezX-Mas, it might be just as good, if not better! For tickets call the Indigenous Students Council @ 966-2505 or RezX @343-3533! There are only 200 advance tickets available. At last, RezX must give credit where credit is due. First off, we must give props to Clayton Binning who produced the tickets, RezX logo, and posters for the RezX49er. Not only that, he did a great job producing Issue #2. Also, we must give props to AYEA (Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurs Association) for helping us organize the 49er. Without them, this event wouldn’t have been as successful. Finally, mad props to our sponsors: Midtown Billiards, Marca College, Jack Fraser Men’s Wear, Playhouse Records, Pizza49, Avon, and Schmatta who produced the fine RezX T-shirts and tank tops for the models. Next up, the RezX-Mas @ Ryly’s. Stay tuned!
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Health & Fitness By Kerry Girling What do the terms 'health' and 'fitness' mean to you? Do they mean occasionally going outside and throwing the ball around, maybe eating an apple or orange if you see one in the fridge or perhaps putting on your new roller blades, the ones you haven't touched for two years for a quick trip to the store for a bag of chips and a pop? All too often, we fall into the trap of overeating or eating poorly and not supporting our bodies with the exercise and proper food intake that we need on a daily basis. We notice our bodies beginning to lose their youthful vigour; we pack on excess pounds and quickly find ourselves succumbing to sickness or lackluster feelings due to binging on unhealthy or over-processed foods. In this fast-paced, fast-food society, many of us fall victim to poor eating habits without realizing the effect this can have on our health and well-being later on in our lives. It takes effort to manage a healthy diet and stick with it. As a motivational speaker for the past five years, I've spoken to thousands of high school students about the dangers of unhealthy lifestyles, improper diet and irregular fitness and developed a reasonable fitness routine teens can follow on a daily basis. I'd seen too
many overweight individuals with low self-esteem who needed help to get into shape. I recall a young woman who approached me late last year after I gave a talk at a local high school. I could tell by her body language and mannerisms she had self-confidence issues. She said she had a weight problem and asked me to help her achieve her fitness goals. I prescribed a complete fitness routine that she could follow and told her that her daily food intake, including the proper consumption of fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates and protein according to the Canada Food Guide would be the most important thing to follow. Three months later I received an e-mail from her saying how she had lost thirty pounds from the routine I had given her. I could immediately tell that she had gained her selfconfidence back and was happier in school. She said she felt like a new person. So getting back to the first question, what do the terms 'health' and 'fitness' mean to you? Perhaps it's time to start making some changes. With a little effort and "stick ability" you're bound to notice a marked improvement in your quality of life.
Taxation Terror By Lenah Suzanne True or false: post-secondary education is one of the most important factors in improving the positive progression of Aboriginal communities. If you answered true then you are absolutely correct and I’ll give you a prize. You’ll have to come and get your prize before 2006, though. After that I won’t be able to afford one, considering I’ll be paying income tax on the funding I hope to be receiving. That’s right, folks. In July, the Canada Revenue Agency told Phil Fontaine that they want to start taxing post-secondary assistance by 2006. They are dead set on the idea that funding is not an inherent treaty right. In their own words, “Unless the post-secondary education is provided on reserve, the education amounts will generally be taxable under the Income Tax Act.” Great. So now what? We have to build universities on reserve land in order to educate our children and ourselves? Actually, that doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. Imagine a piece of reserve land with a big, beautiful university sitting on it, just teeming with eager Aboriginal students. And where there are students there must also be a place for students to buy the things they need, a place for these students to live affordably and a place for these students to hang out and study comfortably. It would be an Indian metropolis by design! Just think, these students could receive tax-free funding because they are on reserve, (is that the problem here or what?), and all their money could be spent on the reserve. The cash would just circulate from one reserve to the next. Hmmmmmmmm. Delbert Wapass (vice-chief in charge of the education portfolio), had this to say on the whole matter: “Treaties are not frozen in time. The right has evolved and therefore, education cannot be limited to the literal meaning of a schoolhouse on reserve . . . education is a treaty right which includes post- secondary
(education).” So, if this right has evolved then other rights should have evolved too, right? How about the five dollars I get every year? Shouldn’t that amount have gone up with the inflation rate in order to stay up to date? Don’t get me wrong; I’m just trying to make you argue with the person you’re sitting next to. I’m very proud to receive my five dollars every year just for what it symbolizes: the treaty our forefathers signed with the Queen. But back to the matter at hand here. O.K., so the Canada Revenue Agency just found out after all these years that they should have been charging us income tax on the funding we’ve been receiving. So now they’re trying to say, “Hey, we just found out about this huge mistake we’ve been making all these years and so we’re going to give ourselves until 2006 to make things better . . . amongst ourselves . . . concerning you guys.” Well, jeez, people. Don’t you think you’ve robbed us of enough already in the past, oh, say, 300 years? Now you have to go and make it that much harder for a kid to leave his/her reserve and go somewhere far away just to get an education? An education that is an inherent right according to the following: “Her majesty agrees to maintain schools for instruction . . . whenever the Indians of the reserve shall desire it.” (Treaty 6.) So there you go. This matter is between her wonderful majesty, the Queen and us. Right? I just don’t know anymore. I mean, there was a time when the Indian Act stated that any status Indian who wanted to continue on to post-secondary education had to renounce who they were. I can’t even imagine what that must have been like, how hard that must have been emotionally, spiritually and mentally. Now we don’t have to give up being who we are, we just have to feel the confusion and fear of knowing that our rights are slowly, but surely, being taken away.
Man on a Mission Indian Love: Motivational youth speaker, Hollywood good looks and aspiring actor–you'd think life had always been easy for twenty-three-year old Kerry Girling of Saskatoon. But there was a time, he says, when he didn't even have the confidence to stand up in front of his high school class at Walter Murray Collegiate. To help build his esteem, Girling decided to join the school football team. He says he was physically smaller than many of the other players and as a result he was bullied a lot. He played football for the season. But after a while, the bullying and derogatory comments got so bad he quit the team. In fact, he says, that soured his appetite for getting involved with any school activities period. "I didn't enjoy school any longer. I just didn't have the confidence to go any further. So I started cutting classes, I didn't want to do my homework and my grades started to slip. I stopped going out. My brother would always say 'Kerry, why don't you go out, call your friends or something.' But I didn't feel confident to go out in public and do stuff that other kids were doing." Girling was raised on a farm, and much preferred doing chores and saving money to buy a car rather than party, drink beer or get into drugs. But he says a big reason he didn't get hooked up with the wrong crowd had a lot to do with his older brother. "My brother dropped out of high school in grade 10 and got heavily into drugs. It was really bad. He started smashing up cars that weren't his. He ran away from home at fifteen. Seeing that kept me from getting involved with that stuff. Our family went through a rough time when he was around." But, says Girling, his brother finally came to his senses and is now doing well, thanks in part to Girling's motivational speaking tours where his brother talks to teens about his experiences. His older brother is now into computers and has a young son. After graduating high school, Girling says he was at a crossroads in life. He enrolled at Kelsey to pursue a course in Heavy Duty Mechanics, but soon realized that was not for him. He joined California Fitness to improve his physique and
met Norbert Georget, an internationally recognized motivational speaker who talks to youth about the perils of drinking and driving. According to Girling, Georget encouraged him to join his motivational speaking tour for a twoweek stint on the west coast. Girling says two things happened on that trip. One: he learned a lot about motivational speaking from Georget, and two: when he came home and heard a good friend of his had died as a result of drinking and driving, Girling knew what he had to do. "His death affected me so much that I asked Norbert (Georget) if I could speak about it to high school students. But I was scared. I didn't know if I could do it. The very first crowd I spoke to was fourteen hundred students in North Bay, Ontario. I was petrified, but something inside pushed me to get the message out to those kids. The feedback was great. I toured with Norbert for about six weeks. We did two to four schools a day and we received over six thousand e-mails from students. I heard about their experiences, their troubles and I felt I was doing something positive, something great." In the meantime, Girling was also following another of his goals, to be an actor. Through contacts he'd made in Hollywood, Girling was able to attend acting school in Vancouver and then got work in L.A. on two major motion pictures. He admits Hollywood was exciting, but at the same time, he says, he found the atmosphere materialistic and artificial, something he didn't feel comfortable with. That brought him back home to Saskatchewan, back to his true passion-helping youth like himself take control of their lives. Now Girling is on a mission: getting his message of "Positive Lifestyle Choices" out to young people, students, teachers and anyone else who'll listen. He says it worked for him and he believes it can work for anybody. You can catch Kerry Girling on the RezX Empowering Youth Tour, which kicks off November 19 in Saskatoon. For more information visit www.rezx.ca or call RezX @ 343-3533 or Kerry Girling @ 477-7122.
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Where Did We Go Wrong? By Cheryl Clay According to the Medicine Wheel, it is believed that our internal dialogue carries four powerful energies: mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Those same elemental forces are highly recognized in modern healing. In my research on the five Ws of abuse, I found, to my amazement, how similar the European method of healing is to that of our traditional Native ways. Therefore, it’s safe to say that both European and traditional Native methods can be explored to help break free and overcome the patterns of abuse. Both worlds have compromised in this problematic area of society. The healing journey inevitably comes down to us as individuals. We must heal the four elemental forces within ourselves to regain respect for ourselves as well as respect from others. When we hear the word abuse, our images are of the external injuries (bumps, cuts, bruises, etc.). Unfortunately, most people are uneducated about the damage that is caused internally by emotional, mental and spiritual abuse. As much as a punch, push or slap can hurt a person, verbal abuse and violent outbursts (belittlement, namecalling, threats, etc.) can be just as damaging. This vicious behaviour can have a crippling effect on a person’s self-esteem. Eventually, continuous abuse often becomes mistaken for normalcy in the victim’s mind. Lurking behind closed doors, another form of abuse also exists within the human spirit. Our
spirituality is a vital force in our soul, nourishing our sense of belonging. This eternal power restores the faith we choose to live by whether it be traditional (pow wow, sweat lodges, etc.), or not. However, when this element is abused, the victim slowly loses faith as well as their sense of self-respect and self-worth. Like the domino effect, the four elements that help structure our life are universally connected. So if one element goes down, the rest will come crashing down with it. Prolonged abuse becomes evident when the human body begins to deteriorate due to illnesses such as migraine headaches, eating disorders and chronic muscular pain. In extreme cases, the abuse victim runs the risk of developing a personality disorder or an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Substance abuse heightens negative reactions in both the abuser and the victim and they then act out destructively, hurting not only themselves but also those around them. Abuse has no distinction. It occurs in the lives of the poor and the wealthy, from professionals to homemakers, from the young to the old. Realizing that we’ve been abused is the beginning of a recovery process that involves growth, change and healing our relationship with ourselves. We need to feel love for ourselves to be able to find the pathway to respect. Dealing with our torment will ease life towards truth, peace and harmony.
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SNTC Drums Out Another Success – Love Songs From a War Drum By Angella McKay C: The first thing I do is look at On October 25, this writer had the the script. I read through it and opportunity to see a play at The create a vision for the play. Saskatchewan Native Theatre Secondly, I focus on the production Company. ‘Love Songs From A War team. Who do I see Drum’ is a strikingly performing, doing the true story of life in the sound and lighting, etc. I inner city. It paints a have four years worth of very real picture of good resources so it’s not gang rivalry and the so limited. constant struggle for He also added, power and respect. “Directing is a lot of fun This play is written by but also a lot of work. Mark Dieter and There is a lot of directed by Curtis administrative Peeteetuce. I responsibility involved. interviewed the fine, The most fun young Aboriginal I have is director, Curtis, after I working with saw the production Curtis Peeteetuce the actors and here’s what he and bringing had to say. the story to life.” Angella: So Curtis, you acted in Kudos to you, Curtis, the original version of this play back the play is great. The in 2001. Now, three years later, message is clear: the you’re directing the play. What are importance of selfyour thoughts on this? Curtis: Well, I’ve been here at The respect. The story focuses on two young, Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company for four years now and I’ve Aboriginal gang members who are been given ample opportunity to desperately seeking a explore every area of the theatre. I kind of acceptance and have definitely found my niche. I have a background that has allowed identity. They have good hearts but are seemingly trapped in a bad me to grow here. situation when they join a local A: How many plays have you gang. They fall in love, and . . . well, directed? I’m not going to divulge the rest. C: I started in 2002 as a coYou’ll have to go see it for yourself. director. I was assistant director for I also had the chance to ask the ‘The Alley’ and ‘Indian Time’. My first play write, Mark, a few questions. independent show was ‘Journeys’, Here’s what he had to say. so I guess this is the fourth. I have Angella: Mark, ’Love Songs From also taken a lead in directing and writing in various smaller shows with A War Drum’ is a remake of a play you originally did back in 2001 that The Performers Playhouse. carries the same name. How is this A: What are some things you do one different from the last? to prepare for a play as a director?
Mark: The first one was still about gangs but it was more focused on a Romeo and Juliet type story. It was done in a more Shakespearian style, dressed over with Aboriginal imagery. The new one deals more so with the issue of gangs. It is focused on issues of loyalty, trust, power and identity. A: Why keep the name? M: It’s a strong name that was developed by the youth who participated in the first production. A: What is the one main message you’re hoping to send to youth who see the play?
M: Definitely that there is another way besides gang culture. You can re-familiarize yourself with who you really are both culturally and spiritually. You do have an identity that is rooted in a very strong cultural background and this is explained through the action of the characters in the play. A: Any insight as to what could be done in our communities to create more respect for cultural awareness within our youth? M: Introduce them to individuals
Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival During the week of September 29 to October 1 the First Annual Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival was successfully presented by Saskatoon’s McNally Robinson Booksellers and the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company. The event was host to Aboriginal writers and a launching point for some authors’ works, while giving an opportunity for writers to meet new and old friends. As a first time participant in a writers’ festival, I found myself overwhelmed by the amount of networking and contacts I made. I also felt intimidated by the wealth of experienced writers. The festival brought out Aboriginal authors from across Canada and gave them a chance to present their work. The Books ranged from children’s stories to academia to poetry and all of the books could be purchased at the event and signed by the authors. What I really enjoyed about the festival was the first hand opinions and views of the authors. I had no time to review any of the books before the event started, but I came away with an understanding of what
the books are about for when I eventually do read them. As I settled into the atmosphere I began to feel the energy and possibilities of this event. That energy came from the creative genius of the writers, and the possibilities of stories being created just by discussion alone. I was glad to be taking notes throughout the readings, signings and discussions. It was a quick education in where Aboriginal writers stand in literature and let me add that Aboriginal writers have many venues and vantage points to draw from. For example, there was a discussion around Kim Anderson’s Strong Women Stories and the journalistic accomplishment of Connie Sampson’s Build in Silence. It became apparent that no one has written an historical account of how Aboriginal women have contributed to the development of Canada, who these women are, and what obstacles they have faced since the passing of Bill C-37 in the mid1980s. Nor has a book been written on where communication stands between native-white relations and
the progress in this issue. These were examples of the topics raised during the discussions. On the second day, Sylvia Olsen, author of No Time To Say Goodbye and The Girl with a Baby, stressed the point that there are not enough Aboriginal writers out there writing specifically for the youth of today. Young readers between grades three and six need to know about the issues and traditions that are important to the Aboriginal youth of today. This focus would bring about recognition for Aboriginal youth and create a positive affirmation of who they are in society today. Not forgetting my first day at the festival, I had the honour of sitting with a large group of grade two and three students for a well-received reading by Joanne Panas, author of The Beavers’ Big House. Some great things about the book are the awesome illustrations and the animal characters (all created by Joanne). The message presented is the importance of community cooperation and the satisfaction in it; there are also traditional techniques to be shared.
who have been through similar lifestyles. Mentorship is very important. Bring in people or groups who can encourage their creative and artistic abilities. Elders are very important; they can show them traditional teachings of life as well as pass on testimonials of their own lives. Mark Dieter hails from the Peepeekisis First Nation and plays Paul Kinistin (one of the bartenders) on CTV’s Corner Gas. I also had the opportunity to talk briefly with the co-founder and executive director of SNTC, Kennetch Charlette. I asked him to comment on the message of the play and he said, “I think the main message is know who you are, because the play is about identity. What these young people are doing in the gangs is not who they really are. They’re at a loss as to who they really are. (To create more respect for cultural awareness among the youth) we need to create a sense of pride. Explain to them how our culture has contributed to the growth of the world.” So there you have it, folks. ‘Love Songs From A War Drum’ runs until November 6, and I strongly encourage you to go check it out. And don’t forget to pick up your tickets for ‘A Rez Christmas Story III’, which runs from December 1 -10. Kitwam.
By Kevin Wesaquate Joanne interacted with her listeners by asking if anyone knew what Kohkoms and Moshoms are. With speed and confidence, a little boy’s arm shot up in the air, “They are Grandmas and Grandpas.” I was speaking with Randy Lundy at the Saskatoon Public Library and his first public reading of The Gift of The Hawk. I asked what advice he would give to a poet who is just starting out. “If you read poetry and wish to write poetry, the best practice would be to continue on reading poetry to better understand it for yourself and I’ve done it mainly because I like doing it so much.” Randy lectures an English class at the First Nations University in Regina. There was way too much to take in and report, but I would like to encourage other writers to come out for next year’s festival, or even have a publication ready for next year. There were many great contributors, some of who are good contacts to have, but you won’t know till you go.
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‘Your Future Is Here’ Gala Awards Outstanding Saskatchewan Youth! By Chris Tyrone Ross
On Monday, September 27, 2004, the first annual ‘Your Future Is Here’ Gala was held in Saskatoon at the Centennial Auditorium. During the night, there were nine scholarships and one start-up capital fund handed out to 10 outstanding youth. Jeff Rogstad and Teena Monteleone of CTV Saskatoon emceed the event, and Cary Schuler of Cronus served as the keynote speaker. It was a night of excellence and achievements. Even though it was the first annual event, it definitely accomplished its goal by sending a strong message that Saskatchewan is a great place to build a future for our youth. One young person who stood out from the other award winners was Shannon Constant, 18, from Cumberland House. Constant was awarded the E.A. Blakney Scholarship from SaskTel worth $10,000. Constant is currently enrolled in her first year in the Faculty of Nursing at the First Nations University in Prince Albert. She attributes most of her success to her family and friends who encouraged her to pursue her education. “I’ve always wanted to enter this field. I’ve had a passion for nursing since I was young,” explained Constant. “I would like to thank my mom and my sister, Heather for encouraging me.” Constant also had some words of advice for other Aboriginal youth who want to succeed, “Follow your dreams, do what you want to do and don’t let people let you down. Constant, like the other award winners, exemplified what kind of future Saskatchewan can have if both the private and public sectors continue to invest in today’s youth.
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Shannon Constant The first annual ‘Your Future Is Here’ Gala proved exactly that, with the many sponsors who wisely contributed to the event. Other award winners included: Nicole Watt, who received a $2,500 scholarship from the Rotary Club of Saskatoon Meewasin. Both Timothy Irvin and Gwen Nickel received $2,500 scholarships from the Saskatchewan Council for Community Development. Dustin Gero of Regina was a double winner; he received a $2,500 scholarship from SGI and a $5,000 scholarship from the Regina Entrepreneurial Foundation. The Saskatchewan Research Council awarded two scholarships to Evan Manning of Saskatoon and Terri Lynn Paulson of Foam Lake. The biggest award of the night went to Courtney Miettinen of Watrous. She received a $10,000 start-up capital fund from Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc. It will go towards establishing her new business in Watrous called Country Oasis Day Spa and Gift Studio. Her new business will specialize in full-day spas consisting of esthetics, massage therapy, tanning and retail designed for comfort and relaxation. The first annual ‘Your Future Is Here’ Gala was created by the Rotoract Clubs of Saskatchewan to highlight young achievers. Its main message was to tell Saskatchewan youth, “Your Future Is Here!” Indeed, the message was heard, and hopefully more youth will stay home to build their careers in Saskatchewan.
A Rez Christmas Story III at the SNTC Black Box Theatre December 1-10, 2004