When a common, authentic language is found, the voice of Indigenous people can be amplified, and we can take control of our own narrative. Only then can we start building empathy with Canadians in regards to broken treaties, missing and murdered Indigenous women, accessibility to clean water, access to mental health services and the high number of Indigenous children in government care.

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They wanna wreck this Earth. Why? I cannot understand. Nature has got to be the standard, and it never has been. All these places count for us.

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It is no longer good enough to cry peace. We must act peace, live peace, and march in peace in alliance with the people of the world.”

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It was prophesized that the time would come when the voice of indigenous peoples would rise again after five hundred years of silence and oppression, to light a path to an eternal fire of peace, love, brotherhood and sisterhood amongst all nations.

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My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul.

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Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.

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Indigenous children need to see someone up close – really up close – someone who has defied the limits that they have actually believed in and set in their minds. They need to hear that it has been done before by someone exactly like them.

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Respect has to be all across the board. Inclusiveness of everyone's various forms of tactics to do what they need to do for the movement.

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The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

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Activism is not about embracing a famous person who makes an album about a situation. It’s about facing hard truths that may make you feel uncomfortable.

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I’m angry that I live in a country where, still, no one listens until a white man says it.

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When you want to walk with one another, show them your heart before you show them your hand.

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If the legends fall silent, who will teach the children of our ways?

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In the past, all of our Nations of people, red, yellow, black and white were hunters of the land and waters. We all used the natural resources available to us, however today in our urban societies these resources are limited, and in order to survive we must maintain our cultures and become modern day hunters through education-degrees, diplomas, and technical trades are the tools that will allow us to grow into the future.

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Our Mother the Earth is suffering. We have people with the vision and understanding who care. Their wish is to save wildlife and ecosystems. But we fail to realize that the first step in healing is within ourselves. We must face the worst in ourselves in order to be our best. We have to shed the tears of oppression and learn to love, honor, and respect ourselves.

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Thank God I had cancer. It caused me to stay at home and experience the Spirit inside myself through the love of my family and the courage and beauty of Isaac. I believe – with greater compassion and love and sense of peace than ever – in the Spirit in me.

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In many shamanic traditions, optimum health is considered to be the equal expression of these archetypes. Indigenous peoples consider it vitally important to be balanced in all four areas: leading, healing, visioning, and teaching. For most people, however, this balance is far from reality.

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We ought to recognize that our greatest battle is not with one another but with our pain, our problems, and our flaws. To be hurt, yet forgive. To do wrong, but forgive yourself. To depart from this world leaving only love. This is the reason you walk.”

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Social innovation is not just new ways to fix old problems. It’s bringing old ways forward into a new context.

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My culture is my world.

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Innovation doesn’t just mean technology. It means upheaval, metamorphosis and revolution.

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Everything depends on everything else.

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If you're going to dream why dream small?

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There is a direct connection between violence against the earth and violence against women.

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My activism has to do with my conscience; I cannot let certain things slide without doing something. My public speaking is part of an art form that is cultural.

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Inuit had to be ingenious, well-organized, have ability to learn everything by memory to thrive.

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Nothing in the universe ever grew from the outside in.

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We can do this, the world is still ripening every one of us — even the bad guys, even the guys we don’t like. Babies, elders, bozos and angels — we’re all ripening, is what I think.

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Equity for children needs to come in a leap not in a shuffle.

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We have a choice in life. We can choose how we are going to behave. We can determine whether we reflect the good around us or lose ourselves in the darkness.

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Indigenous theories of change do not shy away from contention.

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I've traveled enough to realize there are brilliant people in every community who know solutions. They don't need saviours, they need allies.

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When sleeping women wake mountains move.

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My art speaks and will continue to speak, transcending barriers of nationality, language and other forces that may be divisive, fortifying the greatness of the spirit that has always been the foundation of the Ojibwa people."

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So, if am in this World to deliver any messages I wouldn't want to be a preacher. I would want to be a painter.

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I think the arts has great potential to create citizens. Citizenship is about the direction your imagination travels. We can’t plan or calculate or examine citizenship; it’s an imagined thing. Community is an imagined thing. And if your imagination isn’t working – and, of course, in oppressed people that’s the first thing that goes – you can’t imagine anything that’s better. Once you can imagine something different, something better, then you’re on your way.

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I would like to say that I am an artist so that I can beautify the world and battle conditioned consciousness with the same tools used to condition it.

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My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.

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The truth about stories is that that’s all we are…But don’t say in the years to come that you would have lived your life differently if only you had heard this story. You’ve heard it now.

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Just as one tree standing alone would soon be destroyed by the first strong wind which came along, so it is impossible for any person, any family, or any community to stand alone against the troubles of this world.

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Love for life is a gift.

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Let’s find a way to belong to this time and place together. Our future, and the well-being of all our children, rests with the kind of relationships we build today.

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All feminism to me is making sure that people are safe.

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Those who tell the stories rule the world.

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How will you honour the ancestors when they ask what you’ve done with their sacrifices?

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Everything I do is for my children, my grandchildren and my grandchildren’s grandchildren. I feel that if I didn’t do something about what’s happening to Indigenous people in Canada, if I didn’t share my story, there would be nobody left in my family to fix it, to make it better. And it’s not just me that’s fixing it. I’m trying to build a community with non-Indigenous people and Indigenous people so we can continue this work together.

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Not all Indigenous people that live here in Canada have been able to pick up the drum, have been able to dance, have been able to let their voice out…we really have to remember those…people that are still trying to heal, still trying to find their voice.

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We discuss the various musts when we are having visitors from away, treat them respectfully, it's a reflection on how we feel about ourselves - how we treat others.

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We are now becoming more aware of our links to the universe and are reaching out to the universe for knowledge. We are evolving from earth creatures to star creatures. Our minds now explore the worlds beyond, and we sense a destiny beyond this planet.

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Indigenous resistance is also about reclamation; it’s reclaiming who we are as a People and being able to reconnect with our territories and our lands and our waters… That land base is healing but it also holds the answers and the stories of who they are and if we don’t have that, then what do we have?

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