Hello wonderful people 🙂

Yesterday (June 11, 2014) marked the anniversary of the Prime Ministers Residential School apology. I, Jolene, helped host a walk “Our Dreams Matter Too” along with Miss First Nations University of Canada, Miss Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and Miss Treaty Four. The walk “Our Dreams Matter Too” is to show how many people support First Nations children receiving the same opportunity to succeed as all other children in ways that respect their cultures and languages. First Nations children get less funding for services like education, health and child welfare than all other children enjoy. This makes it hard for First Nations children to achieve their dreams and grow up proud of who they are. “Our Dreams Matter Too” is a walk and letter writing event supporting culturally based equity for First Nations children. There were more than thirty-five “Our Dreams Matter Too” walks across Canada last year, and over five thousand walkers.

I was glad to be able to support my fellow royalty-princesses with hosting the walk. We had presented a pendleton blanket to one of the founders of Idle No More and a community member we are all familiar with, we handed out balloons to release before we started the walk to remember those who passed on in Residential School and to remember our missing and murdered indigenous women of Canada. We walked around the perimeter of the First Nations University of Canada building four times, as four is a sacred number to First Nations people.

Credits to Creeson Agecoutay and Bill Stevenson Photography for letting me borrow the photos.

On another note, this past weekend (June 7 & 8) I was honored at Painted Hand Casino Powwow in Yorkton, SK with a Blanket Dance. The Blanket Dance was hosted by the powwow committee to help me with my expenses towards my pageant. I want to give them a big thank you as I raised enough money to pay for a plane ticket.

Written by: Jolene

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