Strength, Pride, and Love- November 21, 2018

I went to sleep early last night, been falling asleep at 9PM here, at home I fall asleep around 11:30PM so I find that interesting. Could be jet lag and I wake up early too. At the beginning of the conference, we met at the beach. The aboriginals in Australia always do a welcome dance in an area to ensure that it will be safe for them and guests.

The morning ceremony was superb. I love how they get the crowd to participate in some dances. I wish I could go join them but I can't go barefoot in the sand otherwise sand might get in my toe where I got a procedure done. The natives here are very proud of their culture and traditions. I praise their strength, pride and love that they have for themselves, their loved ones and their ways. The dance leader and singer said we need to nurture our young children so they may grow up strong, happy and have pride in their culture. Doing so may help them have a positive view on their future.  

There was a speaker in one of the panels who really made a good point in my opinion. He said that natives nowadays are more fixated on themselves, meaning getting money, big houses, fancy vehicles. I do agree on this part, it happens in my community too, not everyone though but yes. I do see it. If we start to lose sight of our loved ones like friends, distance relatives, they could feel unloved. It's important that we do our best to look after one another so no one feels lonely. It's a simple 15 second message of ''Hey, how are you?'' that can do more wonders that you think. It shows the recipient that they have been on your mind. Someone is thinking about them.  

Annabetty's speech was awesome! Bravo! She displays a deep respect for the elders and other people here. We are all about respect in our culture. I enjoyed learning more about the Choose Life Program. I see this program in my town and it does bear good fruit. It gets children out of their houses, away from their electronic devices (xbox, IPods), and out of their homes to do fun activities together. It's a good thing and I do support it because it builds community involvement, friendships and gives the kids something to do. Overall, the speech was superb.  

I was very excited to present our presentation as well. I think we did a good job in presenting. Samuel was the best part of the presentation for me. He did an awesome job expanding on points and answering questions given by the attendees. He could be a strong leader some day if he chooses to be and I do see a lot of potential already. Bravo! I had fun. We presented a bit on our challenges we face, some positive aspects, some history on the Residential School system and The Sixties Scoop. It was very fun to work with these 3 individuals. I think everyone should fin a way to have fun in anything they do.  

Today was very exciting. 

Samuel, Erickson, Albany and Alyssa presenting during the conference on their issues that they face in their communities.

Samuel, Erickson, Albany and Alyssa presenting during the conference on their issues that they face in their communities.

Australia Aboriginal traditional dancers

Australia Aboriginal traditional dancers

Erickson Owen