2019: United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages

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Emma Stevens, a high school student in Eskasoni, Cape Breton, sings a gorgeous rendition of classic McCartney track in her native language, Mi’kmaq, as part of an effort to bring awareness to the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages.

 

(Full Mi’kmaq lyrics on YouTube page)

 

“Wherever you live, indigenous peoples are your neighbors”

To hear more about why it’s important to keep indigenous languages alive, see the video below:

Indigenous people of southeast Pennsylvania:

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One expression of genocide is destroying the language of a culture. Maintaining and reviving language is an important aspect of resisting cultural destruction and genocide!

 

 

Holocaust Remembrance Day

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” (– Attributed to Anne Frank)

Stanton’s 10 Stages of Genocide and how the US stacks up:

 

Reflect on your own values, and see what you may do to “start to improve the world.” ❤

Holocaust Remembrance Day

There is a reason we must remember, and that is so that we may see and avoid allowing genocide to unfold again:

 

Thanksgiving / National Day of Mourning

The first Thanksgiving was actually a fact-finding mission:

 

On Thanksgiving Day, many will be commemorating the losses of Indigenous peoples and protesting continued injustices.

Indigenous Peoples Day 2018

It really doesn’t take much to show a kinder spirit and truly make the lives of others less painful:

Some reflections and ideas from the Unitarian Universalist Association here: Indigenous Peoples Day

Teen Vogue discusses the history of the movement to change the name of the holiday: Indigenous Peoples Day: 4 Things to Know

Reading list for grownups

Reading list for children:

 

Simple action to help: