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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sacred Protocol is Invoked...at Idle No More...

When Treaty people gather to speak of land, water and air; a sacred protocol is invoked and followed, guided by the laws of each of the Indigenous Nations.

Amendment: Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Pipes will be lifted for the Idle No More gathering; this will signify peace between two Nations and with the Creator. The presence of a pipe at any event is followed by the pipe laws of gentleness, compassion and mutual respect.


As well, the ladies attending are "encouraged" to honor the Ancient Indigenous Women’s Sacred Teachings of honoring woman's empowering gift of creation by wearing a dress to the length of their ankles (non-colonial or oppressive teachings but in the most humblest sense).

All are welcome to attend and share in prayer for solidarity and unity always in Treaty and Sovereignty.

kinanaskom'tin mistahiy...hiy hiy

Sylvia McAdam Saysewajum
(Cultural Teachings: First Nation protocols and methodologies)

13 comments:

  1. Sacred Pipes will be lifted throughout the land in support...it will not be just one Pipe...it will be many. I for one will lift the Sacred Pipe early in the morning...and others I know will be doing the same thing...
    Elder Taz Bouchier

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  2. I will be attending, but I will not be wearing a dress or skirt. I am Cree and Cree women did not wear dresses or skirts before colonization- these are remnants of the Victorian and Residential School era.

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  3. I believe that traditional regalia does not have to be copied: do wear what is meaningfully rooted for your group, family and community: that which connects you comfortably to your ancestors.

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  4. well said "Rooted". thank you.

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  5. I am very disappointed that the revolution will be gendered. Many individuals and nations do not adhere to this "sacred protocol" of wearing skirts and it is offensive to expect people to do so. Expecting people to adhere to this so-called sacred protocol also runs the risks pan-indianism. Like creewoman, I also believe the skirt teaching to be colonial. Furthermore, why is this the only "sacred protocol" listed in this call out? There is no mention of sobriety, respecting women, violence prevention...nope, just the reinforcement of women's a dated woman's dresscode.

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  6. So glad we have so many wonderful people, who are truly understanding the war gender is a war on our people, environment, values. Gilakasla to my strong kwe and strong brothers!

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  7. So sad to have replies from people that think sacred protocols are non sense or have no place. They than use pan indiansim but in the same breath use western philosophy to back up there arguments. If your elders really taught you anything. Than you would understand that the teaching of the men and woman were equal in terms of roles. No one was better, but each had a gift that they brought to ceremony. Maybe learn more culture and less western education than you would see.

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  8. In -30 temperatures, wear a full length skirt, you kidding, I will wear my warm bulky ski pants, dress for the weather, my ancestors did.

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  9. i don't see any of the posts as saying protocols do not have a place. how about 'not spitting on mother earth' or 'no smoking cigarettes' or 'no swearing'? to me these would be sacred rules that would make more sense and they address actions that have an impact on others and on the environment. otherwise only hutterites, women in burkas, and a handful of native people will feel welcome. this should be for everyone. why not just remove the dress to ankles caveat? so simple. also, putting down people for being educated is enforcing cultural essentialism is not just counterproductive, but sad.

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  10. I respect the women who have started this necessary movement, but as a nehiyaw iskwew I will not be wearing a skirt either. Along with being impractical, this teaching often excludes those who don't feel comfortable in a gender binary. Culture is not static - we can move beyond this, and we won't lose our real values.

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  11. Let's focus on the real issue, Bill C-45 and sovereignty, they want lateral violence, see past the meaning...patriarchal teachings have been imposed too long

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  12. Western philosophy splits into gender roles to separate and divide; Traditional and ancestral ways were never split apart: just different part of a WHOLE and holistic people, with various roles to fulfill. Compromise if you may, but UNITE for we must... Mother Earth calls us to. With any luck, ancestors will guide us in dreams on how to fight the Bill at hand, creatively and together.

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  13. Stay focused, support & love one another. Does what you are are wearing really matter to the Earth and to the Creator? Skirts are wonderful, I respect that totally. But I also respect whatever other choices people make. Life is a privilege. Sometimes we forget that...the youth that are passing through our hands are the greatest reminders of that lesson!! Play nice in the sandbox, hold your traditions close to your heart, choose to practice or not, and hold close to the neighbour you walk beside in solidarity. Danetoh

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