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A-Z of me

I have my best of blogs for March all lined up to go but I’m waiting for confirmation from the people that I’m featuring on if I can post some of their photos. I’m still learning the ins and outs of blog etiquette and it feels right to ask. SO in the meantime, I borrowed this quiz thing from Ellen over at Black and White and Loved All Over as a quick and easy post for today. I’m a nerd and I love these types of things, I remember when they were going around facebook a long time ago but I feel like we used to email them around to each other in high school too.

So, here it goes:

A. Age: 30
B. Bed size: a very saggy, very old, second hand queen that I would love to replace SO badly! If money and apartment/bedroom size wasn’t a factor I would get a king size in a second. I love space when I sleep.
C. Chore that you hate: The laundry. Not so much the washing of clothes per se, but the packing up and trekking of them to the laundromat. I HATE hanging out in the laundromat for a few hours, fighting for machines and watching all my bills be turned into quarters and then fed into machines that give me 4mins of drying time for 25cents. Ugh.
D. Dogs: None these days. I would really like a boxer or a pit bull. Mars and I were joking about getting a bull dog and naming it Stickers. At this point we need a little more space and a little more stability before we can make that decision. But man, I would love a dog to bits.
E. Essential start to your day: What Mars calls ‘ipad time’, every morning when I wake up I spend a good 30-45mins laying in bed and reading what’s going on in the world on my ipad. Partially its because I’m a tech addict, but partially its because its a great quiet time moment when I can adjust to being awake and without having to talk to anyone or make decisions. I wake up slowly. After that its coffee.
F. Favorite color: tough call, I would have to say variations of dark red. Though I rarely ever wear it…I’ve been getting into yellows and oranges too, which I used to hate…
G. Gold or Silver: Gold (and silver, not picky)
H. Height: 5″6
I. Instruments you play: I played the flute for 6 years as a kid into high school. Taught myself a bit of guitar. I’m not very good at either.
J. Job title: Master’s student, Teaching Assistant, Professional Job Hunter
K. Kids: None yet, but like the dog I would love to have some when the time is right. Or at least when I’ve found a bit more stability.
L. Live: Montreal. I’ve been here almost 6 years, which is 1 year shy of the longest I’ve been anywhere. It feels nice, but very weird since I’m a still pretty nomadic at heart. I think I’m ready to leave Montreal now but not because I don’t still love it. Mostly because I need a job and a change of scenery.
M. Mother’s name: Lynn (her birthday is tomorrow!)
N. Nicknames: Kee & boobear (mars – amongst MANY others), squirt (dad), sweetheart (mom), K-(insert word) ex: K-money. I don’t have a lot of nicknames, my name is hard to shorten except to Keith, which I refuse to be called.
O. Overnight hospital stays: I think a couple as a baby, other than that none. I narrowly avoided a stay after one of my elbow surgeries. They let me go home for the night and sleep in my own bed as long as I promised to be back by first rounds in the morning. I was so grateful, not only because hospitals are not great places for staying but also because it was my birthday.
P. Pet peeves: people who do more talking than listening, leaving the sponge or dish cloth in the bottom of the sink, open cabinet doors, sleeping in unmade beds
Q. Quote: “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-1968
R. Right or left handed: very very right handed
S. Siblings: such a complicated question for a blended family like mine. I guess the shorthand way to say this is 2 brothers and 2 step-brothers.
U. Underwear: not sure what the question is here. Yes I wear them, every day, usually of the boxer or ladies underwear variety. Never thongs, those things are evil.
V. Vegetable you hate: mushrooms. I can tolerate cooked ones but uncooked ones make me gag (I also hate raisins)
W. What makes you run late: everything/a deep love of being comfortable at home/Mars / the internet
X. X-Rays you’ve had: oh man, lots. Almost all on the 1 elbow I broke and had surgery on. At least, I don’t know, 7 on it? 1 on the other elbow that I fractured years ago. And maybe 1 on my foot? I can’t remember if they just told me I fractured it or if it was double checked with an xray…
Y. Yummy food that you make: anything sweet, I’m a good baker. I’m a master at soups of all kinds. I just won a rib competition so I guess my ribs are excellent, even if it was the first time I ever made them.
Z. Zoo animal: Lions, tigers and otters

In other news, happy April Fools. All of this is real info because I’m bad at and feel bad for doing April Fool’s jokes. I got caught a few times today over facebook. Good ones friends, good ones.

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Best Of: March

best of March

last of winter

march doggies

flowers & cards

/// quality time in Jarry Park && sun for longer && the last of winter /// Mars and Josie being adorable /// dog parking at Marche Jean Talon /// Consulting the cards /// Spring flowers to brighten grey days ///

I can’t believe its the end of March already! I feel like I just wrote the Best of Feb and Best of Blogs: Feb posts. If this blog is any indication of what my life is like, I pretty much DID just write those posts….March flew by and I have been fighting to keep on track with my life schedule. I didn’t blog as much as I would have liked to unfortunately. It slipped away in a flurry of sewing, applying for jobs, marking, and writing. And a little friend and couple time mixed in.

Here are some highlights:

Life:

march bowling

/// me lovin my new talent. Is it possible to be a bowling alley shark? /// Mars celebrating yet another spare, he is also better at bowling than pool ///

I think the thing I was the most excited about this month (besides sewing) was the oncoming spring. Winter is not my favourite. At all. I get really depressed with all the grey and I hate trying to get around in the snow. Montreal is a walking/biking city, the transit is decent but ALL of these modes of transport are a pain in the winter. Walking is hard, biking is impossible (for me, some people I know still do it), and transit is packed, hot and often late. Because of all of this I stay home a lot, taking my vitamin D pills and trying to remember times when I could go outside without 18 layers. Spring was in the air early this year, and although we got one last snow storm this month it has been warmer, sunnier and the snow is mostly gone. Which pleases me to no end. Also daylight savings means its lighter in the hours I’m awake, which does wonders for my mood. Saskatchewan has it right with the no daylight savings, its the worst.

2 of my favourite friends have birthdays in March. My platonic wife Corrie lives in Winnipeg so I didn’t get to celebrate her like I want to but my longest friend Felicia moved back to Montreal and we went bowling like a bunch of REALLY COOL 30 year olds. I turned out to be a lot better at bowling than pool and got TONS of strikes! It was a black light, jams from 1999 kind of night and we all danced and sang and cheered on each other for hours. I loved it. More bowling on the menu from now on.

Speaking of birthdays, we had a very belated birthday party for Mars on Corrie’s birthday. Since we were out west for his birthday and he didn’t get to celebrate with friends I wanted to make sure that he was celebrated properly in Montreal. An awesome group of people showed up to our favourite Salvadorian restaurant to eat a ridiculous amount of pupusas, then came back to our place for cake (a flourless chili chocolate cake I should post about), tequila sunrises and late night confessions of childhood crushes (mine was Leonardo Dicaprio). It was really lovely and I think my guy had a nice, if very bemused time. The flowers above are the leftovers from the bouquet I got him in celebration. The next day we went and saw a play about Mahalia Jackson. Which felt fancy and was a nice night out for the two of us.

I went to a few great shows this month, including a jam packed with talent show headlined by Invincible (Detroit) and hometown hero Akua. I got to meet a bunch of really talented people and sway to really great music (including my all time favourite MC who jumped on stage for a track <3).

Other than that it was all job applications, academic articles, marking and sick days on the couch. A classic March.

Crafts:

Sewing away to my heart’s content, which I’m planning a whole separate post for. So far I’ve made 3 dresses and 2 skirts. They turned out really well and I wear them all the time! I love planning up new things and trying to figure out how to make them. I’m still pretty impatient when I sew. I want to wear them immediately! I have to learn how to enjoy the process more, and also iron… I’m pretty proud of myself for not using patterns and still having pretty awesome results. I could use access to a serger though, jersey is kind of hard to sew with a regular machine.

Books:

Still reading White Teeth. BUT I’m almost done!

Recipes:

march food

/// my winning ribs before they were cooked, no after picture. I was too ready to eat a million ribs by the time they were done and forgot to take a photo /// one of my favourite, filling soup recipes from 101 cookbooks. Its especially good when sick like I was a few times this month ///

Mid month a group of friends and us had a rib off, where we all submitted a rack of ribs, ate our faces off and voted. I WON!! It was my first time ever making ribs and I won! I’m pretty damn chuffed with myself for it because I had some stiff competition. Also, I’m not usually the come-in-first type so it did wonders for my ego. Everyone’s were really really good though and the real winner was my stomach! We’ve been organizing chosen-family get togethers pretty often these days and its awesome. I love having amazing people to laugh with and talk about real shit with. Makes life so much sweeter.

And because I’m a firm believer is sharing recipes I’m going to post my Keetha’s 2 Die 4 Dry Rubbed Ribs this week!

In the meantime check out 101 cookbooks for the above soup’s recipe, Red Lentil Soup with Lemon. 101 cookbooks is one of the best cooking sites I know. I have one of Heidi’s books [super natural every day] and its great but you don’t need to buy a book (though I recommend it!) to access her recipes. The 101 cookbooks site is incredible, searchable, and super varied. Her food is healthy, simple, seasonal,and delicious. I really like this soup because its so hearty with the lentil and rice, it has greens and is flavoured with tumeric, cumin and mustard seeds. Add a the suggested spinach, and some yogurt or peppers goat cheese and its basically the best ever.  I ate it for 2 whole days when I was sick this month and it made me feel so much better. I actually made it again yesterday and I’m still loving it.

Music:

I’m still obsessed with songza and have been exploring all sorts of genres. My current favs (besides 90ies), are latin lady MCs, reggae, and bluegrass.

Sidenote:

I’m still trying to figure out good ways to post pictures. Sorry if things are weird. I’m struggling with sizing…

March in a nutshell. I can’t believe its over. April is going to have to be a bang up month so that I can catch up!


{wishlist} February

Feb wishlist//1. Raw Turquoise Necklace by Moonwalk // 2. Geometric Iceberg Print by the Pairabirds // 3. Diamond Recycled Glass Bowl by Meg A Myers Design// 4. Kobo Mini Sleepcover // 5. Double Braid Knuckle Ring by Arrow Jewelry // 6. Archive Mini by Jenny N Design //

I’m an avid online looker. I rarely buy anything because I have no money but if I did, I’m telling you I would have packages coming all the time. I love seeing what’s being handmade out in the world and what creative and beautiful things people are making. Often I try to figure out if I can make it myself. This is my February list of what I’ve looked at, liked, want, and can’t make myself. Its still very much winter in Montreal so I’m liking a lot of things that can work with a lifestyle that is quiet, inside and dressed warm. Hence the jewelery that I can layer over my many layers. I’m also craving bright colour in my life since its been ridiculously grey for weeks and everyone wears a lot of black here, especially in the winter, so I am absolutely in love with this print.  I have this fascination with icebergs and I love how they’ve made it look. I’ve also been looking for a great bag to carry my stuff around in to grow up from the backpack look and I think I’ve found the perfect one. The archive mini is gorgeous, not too big, has place for my computer and ipad, and is a great in the midnight blue. The dish is just really nice, and the kobo mini cover is to take care of my new favourite possession.

Almost all of these are from etsy. I’m so in awe of what people can make.keetha base


2013: the post in which I state my resolutions

I think I was kind of trying to avoid writing a post on new years resolutions, etc. For no particular reason other than the fact that it seemed to be required of bloggers (am I a blogger now?), and a bit cliche for this time of the year. I guess I do like to have personal time capsules though, hence the existence of this blog in the first place. After reading a few bloggers talk about looking at their resolutions from last year and comment on them I got a hankering to be able to do that myself. So here’s my plan for this year, no particular order, mostly to look back at in approximately 353 days and see how it worked out.

1. Finish my thesis

This is a really big one. I know that my thesis has made an appearance in the complaining part of this blog many a time. Its been dragging on a long time and is getting to the point of being more of a myth in my life than a reality. I’m tired of feeling embarrassed and apologetic every time someone asks me about it. I really want to have it done and over with so I can prove to myself that I am capable of such tasks and and to be able to move on with my life. The thesis is holding me back from starting other things I care about learning because I can’t really imagine, or justify to others, starting anything new with this still sitting there. So to do this I’m going to have to 9-5 this shit. No more flexible time, no more excuses, just all work all the time until I’m done. It will feel so good to move on and I’m going to use the yearning for that feeling to drive me.

2. Find a good job

Finding a job has been a helluva chore. Its been over a year that I’ve been applying, going to interviews, feeling rejected, and starting again. My goal for this year is to make the changes that need to be made in order to find work, which will include really thinking about whether Montreal is the place for this to happen. I’ve been applying to work in other places but maybe I need to make the big move to change up the formula and hopefully find something that works. This requires a lot of thinking and planning since I don’t exactly have the income to up and move to a more expensive city (thinking Toronto), and obviously this decision also affects M so its got to work for him too. Whatever it is, something is not working in my application process and I need to evaluate that. This goal is related to the above goal in a lot of ways, not the least of which because both are making me feel stuck and also probably that getting my thesis done and graduating will help the job hunt. Its also related to moving my life and my new little family’s life and goals forward. So its back to the regular job hunt for me. To do this I’m going to get back to regularly searching for and applying to jobs. I’m going to make it my begin the morning routine, over coffee and breakfast (which I will also be getting better at), before working on my thesis.

3. Drink more water

In the past I’ve gone for more of a general “get healthy” goal. I’m not ditching that because let’s be honest, I’m way too young to not take care of myself. This year though I’m going to put down a more specific goal of making sure I drink a lot more water every day. Like the full recommended daily amount. Its not a hard goal but its a habit I want to form and it will take some conscious intention to get it started. I’m going to follow the Mayo Clinic’s advice because they seem legit and are usually not too extreme in their recommendations. They say that the average woman in a temperate climate should drink 9 liters a day so I’m going to aim for that. 9-10 big glasses or my water bottle a day should do the trick. I want to start each day with water before anything else and move from there. Luckily I drink a lot of water when sitting at a desk, mostly out of fidgety boredom, so this should work perfectly with my above plans.

4. Start a Cdn political analysis blog/podcast

This one is going to be on pause until the Thesis is done because frankly I’m not sure I can handle more writing, other than blogging, on top of that but I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. Hence the Department of Analysis blog I keep but don’t write on these days. I follow a lot of grassroots political blogs and podcasts and really enjoy the perspective. My complaint about this though is that all of them are American, and while I appreciate the updates on what’s going on there I want to publicize what’s going on here too. The idea is not to be a journalist so I won’t be going out to follow stories, that’s not my goal. What I want to do is be a pundit of sorts and do commentary on events, news and politics in Canada to try and up the conversations happening about the situation here. The US affects our politics but we have plenty of our own that needs to be discussed. I’m going to aim for a late spring launch on this. If I can get others involved then great but if not I’m still going to do it.

5. Start a small Apothecary

I’ve been into herbal and holistic healthcare for a long time now. I think my first foray into it was when I got Bell’s Palsy (8 years ago?) and doctors told me that they didn’t know anything to ease the symptoms or speed recovery but that some people had good results from acupuncture. Luckily at that time I was still covered under my dad’s awesome teacher’s insurance and I was able to get acupuncture 3x/week for months free. It worked, was relaxing and most importantly I had (what I’m told is) a remarkable recovery. I still seek out acupuncture when I need it these days, though I don’t have coverage for it so its a lot less often. From there I got myself a naturopath and started using herbal remedies to make myself healthier and my obsession has only grown. Nowadays I treat just about everything with herbs (unless I’m really sick) and have gotten into making toiletries. I know make my own deodorant, cream and lip balm and am learning to make more. I’ve been researching lots of recipes (and even classes) but for now I think I can start a small apothecary making non-internal products and selling them around town. So this winter is for learning, and when the thesis is done I will launch!

6. Make a budget and stick to it

Classic resolution and one that I make almost every year. Its a bit comical to try and make a budget for such a small amount of money but at the same time SO necessary. This budget is going to focus on watching what we spend and paying down debt so that when we eventually have good jobs and more income we know where our money goes and hopefully have a cleaner slate to work with, and better credit. Eventually we will want to do things like buy cars and maybe a somewhere to live. Or at least travel. Money sucks when you don’t have it. So a budget has been made for this year, mapping out the real expenses we have and prioritizing the important things, including a (very small) budget line for entertainment. Now we just have to make sure we stay on track.

7. Read more books

My degree has killed my ability to sit and read for fun. I feel guilty when I’m not reading academic stuff so I haven’t really. I got a mini kobo for xmas this year and some bookstore gift certificates and I had no idea what to buy! This is so weird for me, I used to be such a big reader. This is somewhat related to the next resolution. Don’t get me wrong, I read, a lot. I have a solid 29 blogs and news agencies that I check at least once a day (thank you flipboard), not to mention the many articles, postings, rants and commentaries that also make up my daily reading. I love reading and I love learning, I acknowledge that I’ve turned more towards emerging and grassroots/popular learning in the form of new media academics and I like it. I get challenged a lot from it and it inspires a lot of discussion in my home. I miss reading for fun though, and reading fiction. Anyway, I finished reading Fun Home last week and am partway through Alison Bechdel’s new book, Are You My Mother?. Next up is Barbara Kingsolver’s, Flight Behavior on my new kobo. Then maybe something by Zadie Smith? I don’t know yet. The plan is to read at least 30 books for fun this year (idea from blackandwhiteandlovedallover). 30 is not much but it seems reasonable in the face of the stack of books I have to read to finish my damn degree.

8. Use less screens

This is another reason why I haven’t been reading enough. I have a million screens that I can look at in all places. My computer, tablet, smart phone, and (now) ereader makes is virtually (pun intended) impossible to avoid looking at a screen. I can sit in front of the computer all day, or peruse the www on my tablet in bed or while traveling (I even use it for knitting patterns!), the phone works for small spaces like the metro or bus or if I don’t have the tablet with me. The ereader for when my eyes feel like falling out of my head from starting at screens too long. So, with the health of my eyes in mind I’m going to make sure I spend a significant amount of time not looking at screens a day. Whether that’s reading (ereader doesn’t count, its nice on the eyes), knitting, hanging out with friends, cooking or whatever I’m going to make an effort.

9. Go somewhere new

Phew, this post is getting really long. Its taken me almost 2 weeks to write!

This is a fun one, a lot of these goals feel kinda heavy….I’m a wanderlust at heart. I’ve been in Montreal for 5 and a half years and its closing in on the longest I’ve lived anywhere, including places I lived as a child (Calgary was 7 years). My parents move(d) a lot, I’ve moved a LOT. There was the period of time between 19-24 I moved cities, if not countries, every 4 months. I like being nomadic, I get excited by new places. I have come to enjoy the benefits of being somewhere a while, which mostly have to do with knowing people for a long time, but I still need new places in my life to keep things fresh. So my goal for this year is to go to at least one new place. It doesn’t have to be far, it just has to be somewhere I’ve never been before.

10. “Renovate” the apartment

I’ve been living in this little apartment for almost 2 years, and now officially over 1 year with M. When I originally set up and painted the place it worked really well for me. We made a few changes to fit M in when they moved here but other than moving one or two pieces of furniture and clearing out a closet and a few drawers for them to use there haven’t really been any changes made to the place. Its in desperate need of an update and a shuffling to make ‘my’ place ‘ours’. My goal for this year is to declutter, paint, recover and buy with M to make our house ours. We’re exploring ways to cover the terrible linoleum in the kitchen & bathroom. Suggestions welcome. Changing a rental apartment is an interesting dance between wanting a good space and not investing a lot into a place we’ll move out of and leave behind.


I’m watching 8th Fire and you should too

I’m half way through 8th Fire, a 4 part documentary about aboriginals in Canada and the relationship (historical and present) between aboriginal and non-aboriginals here. It was produced by indigenous filmmakers for the CBC and features artists, professionals, academics, teachers, kids, etc – all of whom are aboriginal – on their perspective about what its like to live here these days. From producing art, to living on reserves, to stereotypes, to residential schools and resource extraction, the people interviewed give upfront and honest answers to questions that we all should be asking ourselves. Ie: why do we think that our history of colonization is a thing of the past?

Anyway, I have 2 more segments to watch but I highly recommend it. Follow the link above to find the website and check it out.

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I’m back from Regina and I know I still need to write my ‘Learning the Land I Live On‘ from that region. I plan on writing it sometime this week, and then one about Montreal sometime next week probably. I have a pretty epic New Years resolution post that’s been taking most of my time this week but rest assured that I haven’t forgotten.


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Learning the Land I Live On: Calgary

I wanted to mention that while eating lots of food and staying warm this holiday season that Chief Teresa Spence of Attawapiskat is entering her 3rd week of hunger striking. She has been eating no solid food, and drinking only tea and fish broth since Dec 11. Her strike is in protest of omnibus bill c-45 that passed in Parliament before Christmas this year. Amongst many many other elements of this massive bill, indigenous treaty land has become easier to sell and environmental protections have been removed from millions of Canada waterways. I plan on writing a long post about this over at Department of Analysis but for now I wanted to mention this and to remind people to keep Chief Spence in your thoughts, read up on the Idle No More movement that her strike (amongst other things) has sparked, and be aware of how the Canadian government is pushing through new legislation without proper consultation with affected communities.

image by Elisha Lim. Click the photo to be taken to their website. Permission to use this image widely was given on facebook so feel free. Remember to give credit to the artist though, that's always important.

image by Elisha Lim. Click the photo to be taken to their website. Permission to use this image widely was given on fb so feel free. Remember to give credit to the artist though, that’s always important.

While reading this and watching the movement spread and fight the apathy/news exhaustion that the end of every year brings. I am reminded that I know very very little about the peoples who’s land I grew up on. This inspired me to do some research this holiday season.

So, following is a very brief overview of the nations whose land Calgary sits on. I mostly got my info from wikipedia (I know, I know) pages on the Blackfoot Confederacy, Nakoda (Stoney) Nation, Treaty 7, Siksika Nation, Northern Peigan, Kainai Nation, Sarcee People, Nakota and a city of Calgary page. The info is by no means complete and I have a lot more to learn but here’s my beginning at an attempt to educate myself.

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The area where Calgary sits is known as ‘Moll-inistsis-in-aka-apewis‘ in Blackfoot, and literally means “elbow”, or where the Bow and Elbow Rivers meet and form an ‘L’. The city falls on land governed under a hunting and land rights treaty called Treaty 7. This treaty was signed by 7 nations, 4 from the Niitsítapi (Blackfoot Confederacy) and 3 Nakoda nations. It was signed September 22, 1877, at Blackfoot Crossing (a historically very significant place for the Siksika) by a representative of Queen Victoria and the majority of the chiefs from these nations, including Chief Crowfoot (though there was another signing December 4, 1877 for leaders that couldn’t be at the first signing. Blackfoot crossing is about 100km from Calgary and is now on the site of Siksika Nation reserve.

The 7 nations that signed the Treaty 7 were:

From the Niitsítapi (meaning “original people”)– Blackfoot Confederacy in English

  • Siksiká Nation (Seeg-see-kah) 

Approx. 90km East of Calgary, known as either Blackfoot or Siksika by colonizers. Blackfoot is a direct translation of the name Siksika, sik = black and iká = foot. Chief Crowfoot was Chief of the Siksiká at the time of the signing of Treaty 7.

  • Piikáni Nation  (Pee-kah-nee), also known as Aapátohsipikáni

Approx. 200km South of Calgary near Pincher Creek, AB. Also known as Peigan (Peh-gan). The Piikáni is divided into two nations, the Northern Piikáni and Southern Piikáni (Aamsskáápipikani) with the Southern peoples living in Montana. The Southern Piikáni is the only nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy that lives in the US.

  • Káína Nation (G-ai-nah)

Approx. 200km South East of Calgary, near Lethbridge, AB. Káína translates to ‘Many Chief People’. Known as the Blood Nation by colonizers though this comes from a name given to the Káína by enemy Plains Cree people meaning “stained with blood” (Miko-Ew), ie: bloodthirsty or cruel. The Káína reserve is the largest in Canada and the second most populated.

  • Tsuu T’ina Nation (Soot-tenna)

Borders South West Calgary. Formerly known as the Sarcee, which is thought to be a Blackfoot name meaning ‘stubborn ones’. Tsuu T’ina means “a great number of people”. The Tsuu T’ina reserve is adjacent to the southwest Calgary at its eastern boundary and goes to Bragg Creek to the west, to the north it ends at Alberta Highway 8, and to the South at Calgary’s 146 Ave SW. The Tsuu T’ina were once a part of the Danezaa Nation to the north but they migrated south in the 1770’s (according to the Wikipedia page) and joined the Niitsítapi.

From the Nakhóda Nations

The 3 bands that make up the Alberta Treat 7 nations from the Nakhóda are the Bearspaw, Chiniki (Chin-ick-ee) and Wesley (also known as Morley or Nakoda).

Nakhóda means ‘friend, ally’, though they are still known today by the name Stoney. Stoney is a name given to by colonizers coming from the way that the peoples would use fire heated rocks to cook.

The Nakhóda reserve lands are located along the Bow River between the Kananaskis River and the Ghost River, approx. 60km North East of Calgary going towards Banff. These are known as the Big Horn, Stoney and EdenValley reserves and are shared between the Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley bands.

I’m trying to do some simple web research so I’m not going to get too much into it because I don’t want to fuck it up/misrepresent the Nakhóda peoples but as far as I can tell the Nakhóda are related to the Lakota and Dakota peoples of the US, though most closely to the Nakhóta (Assiniboine) in the US. The Nakhóda claim Sioux ancestry, and their language is a dialect associated with Sioux.  That’s about all I feel comfortable saying without getting into extreme history that I can’t verify.

Still with me? I know that there’s a lot more to be said about this land and the peoples’ to who it belongs. I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of the history of this land, its peoples and colonization, let alone where the peoples are today. I feel like there is so much more to be said than where the reserve lands are and who signed the treaty but that’s the best I think I can do right now. Maybe I’ll do more research every time I come back and add to it. In the meantime I would just like to say that I acknowledge and thank the peoples’ who have allowed me to grow up on their territory, the Siksika, Piikani, Kainaa, Tsuu T’ina and Nakoda peoples.

I intend to do this when I go to Regina tomorrow as well since I spent the first half of my life there and know equally as little about that land, so watch for that in the next week or so. Maybe I’ll do the some better research about Montreal, I know that it is Mohawk, Six Nation territory but I can definitely know more.

I know this isn’t the usual crafts or rants I post, and believe me there will be more of that as well, but this is a personal blog and I find this way more important.

 

 


Small Things Project: Day 70 (Oct 9)

Earthquake! Man, I haven’t felt one of those in a while. Feeling the ground shake was pretty common when I lived in Taipei. I missed the last one here, I was on my bike in traffic and found out about it when I got home. I have a bit of natural disaster fomo (fear of missing out). I missed a huge typhoon in Taipei that happened about a week before I arrived. I missed the hurricane in Halifax by a couple of months, the brown out on the eastern seaboard by days. As long as no one gets hurt it sure does seem like a fun adventure. This earthquake wasn’t much of an adventure. The building shook a bit. I thought it was a neighbour’s washing machine or a car hitting a neighbouring building. M made me go and look outside the front and back. I didn’t see anything so I went back about my business. It wasn’t until I logged on to fb a while later that I found out it was an earthquake. 4.0, centred in Longueuil (the suburb/city to the south of Montreal).

I’m happy I felt it!

I’m happy I ordered the stuff for the bracelet’s part of my fall crafting plans. Yay for early evening activities. Also, I ordered a little birthday present tonight. A little woo in the form of the Collective Tarot. I used a little of the money my mom gave me to get something memorable for my 30th. So thanks for the woo mom!

I’m also happy I came across this on Groupon. If I could afford it I would get M and I a weekend there this winter for sure. In the meantime I’m just going to post it here and keep it in mind. It would be SO much fun.

Okay the picture link stuff won’t work so click here

Also, for Earthquake (and Apocalypse) future planning check out this