The Ways: Revitalizing Indigenous Language and Culture Around the Great Lakes

Hoping to do a longer length post on this great project for RPM, but thought I’d put this up to share.

The Ways is a new site dedicated to educating and sharing stories of Native language and cultural projects in the Central Great Lakes region. They have a beautifully-designed web interface that features excellent graphics, maps, and teaching tools to complement the video stories.

The Ways - Map

Check out their first two pieces: a music video for Ojibway MC Tall Paul‘s track “Prayers in a Song” and a short documentary on family-based Menominee language revitalization.

Tall Paul – “Prayers in a Song”

“Living Language”

Indigenous Music Culture Site to Host Official Launch Party

Revolutions Per Minute has been up and running for just over 3 months now and the response has been fantastic!

We’ve already showcased a brilliantly diverse group of Indigenous musicians and bands from across Turtle Island and all over the world. But this is only the first phase of RPM and we’re working on some amazing new improvements to the site—and looking to build an international community of Indigenous artists and music fans.

We’re finally having the RPM Official Launch Party in Vancouver on October 25, 2011. Should be a great night. And it’s a FREE show!

Here are the event details:

RPM Official Launch Party
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The Media Club
395 Cambie St.
Vancouver BC
Coast Salish Territories

Hosted by Ostwelve. Live performances by Haida duo Sister Says, Squamish Nation hip-hop artist Discreet Da Chosen 1, and all-female Cree rock band Vancougar.

RSVP on Facebook: – The Official Launch Party – Revolutions Per Minute: Indigenous Music Culture.

I’ve been hard at work on a new project to promote Indigenous Music Culture and we’re finally getting closer to launch…

The project is called Revolutions Per Minute and you can find us at and all over the social web. Get in touch if you’ve got ideas about Indigenous artists and musicians we should feature!

Revolutions Per Minute

Indigenous Resurgence Week: March 21-26, 2011 at University of Victoria

UVic Native Students Union Presents
March 21-26, 2011

*All events are FREE & will be held at the University of Victoria on Coast & Strait Salish Territories.*


6pm // Opening FEAST
Location: First Peoples House Ceremonial Hall

7pm // Panel Discussion:
Indigenous Grassroots Community Organizing
Panel discussion featuring: Mary Vickers, Rose Henry,
& other inspiring local organizers!
Location: First Peoples House Ceremonial Hall

7pm // Panel Discussion: ‘Ask A Settler’
Panel discussion featuring:
Angela Polifroni, Indigenous Governance [IGOV];
Dr. Michael Asch, Anthropology;
Kelsey Lavoie, IGOV; and Chris Johnson.
Location: Cornett Building B107

12pm // Indigenous Storytelling

(An Event for Indigenous Peoples)

Featuring local guests & storytellers from across Turtle Island.
Location: First Peoples House Student Lounge

6:30pm // Learn to Bead

(An Event for Indigenous Peoples)

Facilitated by Elaine Alexie [Teetl’it Gwich’in].
All experience levels welcome and all materials
provided by the Native Students Union!
Location: First Peoples House Large Classroom

7pm // Film Screening & Discussion:
‘Little Caughnawaga—To Brooklyn and Back’

For over 50 years, the Kahnawake Mohawks, of Quebec, occupied a
10 square block area in the North Gowanus section of Brooklyn, which
became known as Little Caughnawaga. This documentary explores the
story of Mohawk filmmaker Reaghan Tarbell’s exploration of her roots
& her family’s connections to the Mohawk community in Brooklyn, NY.
Featuring a post-screening discussion with Mohawk author & UVic
Indigenous Governance professor, Dr. Taiaiake Alfred,
& the visual artwork of Mohawk artist Lindsay Delaronde.
Location: Human & Social Development Building A240


6:30pm // Film Screening & Discussion:
Indigenous Peoples & Alberta’s Tar Sands
Guest Speakers:
Melina Laboucan-Massimo - Lubicon Cree Activist & Organizer
Drew Mildon – Woodward & Company, Legal Counsel to the Beaver Lake Cree Nation

H2Oil follows a voyage of discovery, heartbreak and politicization in the stories
of those attempting to defend water in Alberta against tar sands expansion.
Followed by a discussion with Greenpeace Tar Sands campaigner & Lubicon
Cree community member Melina Laboucan-Massimo & Drew Mildon, Legal
counsel to the Beaver Lake Cree Nation.
Location: First Peoples House Ceremonial Hall

2pm // Closing Feast & Potluck at GOLDSTREAM PARK
Celebrate the end of the academic year with our closing feast that will be held
potluck-style, so please bring what you can! The NSU will help to supply food
but we encourage everyone to bring a dish or two to share. There will be a
large covered hut as well as multiple fires for cooking!
Location: Goldstream Park

For more information & updates, follow us:
Email //
Facebook // UVic Native Students Union
Twitter // @UVicNSU

O Si’em na Si’aya. We raise our hands to the Elders and
Chiefs of these territories where we are guests. In a good
way, we thank our host nations of the Greater Victoria

We look forward to seeing you next week!