Annie’s Journal Written by Annie Warner Donnelly
June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. Here’s the timeline on how it came to be.
In 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now known as the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of a National Aboriginal Solidarity Day on June 21.
In 1990, the Quebec legislature recognized June 21 as a day to celebrate Aboriginal culture.
In 1995, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended a day be designated as National First Peoples Day. The Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people chaired by the late Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.
In 1996, Governor General Romeo LeBlanc, as he proclaimed that National Aboriginal Day would be celebrated June 21 each year, said this: On June 21st, this year and every year, Canada will honour the native peoples who first brought humanity to this great land. And may the first peoples of our past always be full and proud partners in our future.
In 2009, by a unanimous vote in Canada’s House of Commons, the month of June was declared National Aboriginal History Month.
In 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans to change the name to National Indigenous History Month, reflecting a national and international preference for the term Indigenous rather than Aboriginal.
For many Canadians, the history of Indigenous Peoples within Canada was, until recently, unknown. Generations of Canadians have gone through their lives without knowing about residential schools, the historic and ongoing impacts of the Indian Act, the significance of treaties, or the contributions of Indigenous Peoples to the mosaic of Canada. As non-Indigenous Canadians learn about Indigenous history, they demonstrate their recognition of the important role of Indigenous Peoples in shaping this country historically, and of Indigenous contributions to protecting democracy.
This year, National Indigenous History Month is dedicated to the missing children, the families left behind, and the survivors of residential schools.
The Government of Canada website states that the flags on the Peace Tower in Ottawa and on all Government of Canada buildings and establishments across Canada will fly at half mast until further notice in recognition of the discovery of 215 children buried at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
Chanie Wenjack – misnamed Charlie by his teachers – attended the Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School near Kenora, Ontario. His death, on October 23, 1966 at the age of 12, sparked the first inquest into the treatment of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools. More about his life and death can be found on “thecanadianencylopedia.ca” website.
I’m grateful to the Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. and the Government of Canada websites for information I’ve shared with you today. To learn more, go to reconciliationeducation.ca which is the foremost educational tool for corporate, community and classroom anti-racist training designed to educate all Canadians with authentic Indigenous voices. Let’s pray that, in the hands of God, we will all contribute to making Canada a safer place to live.
FEAR OF CHANGE~~HUMANITY’S GREATEST DIS-EASE!
As we go about our daily lives, many of us are struck by the level of fear and condemnation we are witnessing in the outer world. Clearly, a division in belief systems continues to unfold. There are those of us who miss the comfort and security of their pre-Covid lives who have been convinced by the mainstream media, big pharma, big tech narrative that we cannot return to “normalcy” until all are injected with experimental chemicals, heavy metals, nanoparticles, and God-knows what else.
Those who choose to stand up for our Constitutional Rights and exercise our free will are perceived to be a danger to our health, values, and traditional way of life. Unfortunately, most of the information in support of the free-will perspective has been censored and relegated to smaller, alternative venues, while the mainstream belief system continues to go largely unquestioned.
For obvious reasons, those of us supporting ‘freedom of choice’ hold an enormous amount of anger. We have lost our basic human rights to simply breathe oxygen without sabataging our health. We no longer feel safe in our communities or work environments due to the trauma induced by forced masks, temperature checks, tests, and contact tracing, but more importantly, our fear of being forced to be injected to preserve our livelihood. Those of us who believe in freedom of choice, are lashing out in anger unable to see a way through the darkness other than by defending ourselves against what we view as manipulation, deceit, control by those who ‘appear’ to be in power.
In reflective moments of solitude, however, those of us with spiritual insight understand that reacting in anger only gives more power to what is causing our suffering~~for ‘what we resist persists!’ However, we also know that we need to allow what we feel without attachment or judgement and allow our emotions to surface. For inner peace can only be mastered when we allow the emotion to be felt without attachment!
Therefore we can choose suffering or freedom, depending on whether we are aligned with our small ‘i’ or our Divinity. The solution to our predicament is based on our perspective. We can choose to think with the mind of our Higher Self or the lower mind of the egoic personality. Freedom of choice is exactly that! Knowing that there’s no judgement from God which liberates us from a lifetime of fear-based decisions. As we harmonize our personality with our Higher Self, freedom is inevitable. And as we tap into this open, mystical viewpoint, we will find ourselves beyond victim/perpetrator consciousness and we are able to embrace the drama from a place of wholeness and fear drops away! Free Spiritual Consultation Tue & Thur. Transitioning from fear to Love Discussion Open Group; Thur. 1-3 pm.
Rita Be-Still, Light-Bearer, Author, Motivational Speaker