Article 9 – Jasyn Lucas, Featured Artist

About the Artist: Jasyn Lucas was born in 1979 in Flin Flon Manitoba. He was a product of the Sixties Scoop. He spent first few months in a foster home, and then was adopted into the Lucas Family before his first birthday. Born Jason Bighetty, his new parents would change the spelling to Jasyn Lucas.…

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Article 8 – Reflection on Interview with Jasyn Lucas

By Desiree Balfour While transcribing Drs. Joseph Atoyebi and Ying Kong’s interview with Jasyn Lucas, I was able to relate to Jasyn’s life’s story from the bits and pieces that I gathered. It helped me too to change my outlook in life as I get older. When I was younger, I tried University right after…

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Article 6 – The Importance of Indigenous Language

by Darrell Lathlin Our Aboriginal languages are our identities. They are the most common artifact that make our Indigenous cultures distinct. Our Cree language makes our Cree people different from other peoples. Not speaking our language will result in the death of our culture because our future generations will not be able to relate with…

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Article 5 – A Beautiful Story Told By My Kokum

by Cherish Halcrow My Kokum lives in Cross Lake (Pimicikamak Cree Nation). Before we began out interview, I explained to her that the purpose of this interview is to record her story about the legend of the loon. Interviewer: Tansi! My name is Cherish Halcrow. This is my Kokum. Interviewee: I am Kokum of Cherish.…

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Article 3 – Education is the Key to My Life Path

by Peggy Lathlin  Whether we realize it or not, as Indigenous students, we are often faced with one crisis after another as we attempt to better ourselves through higher learning. For instance, our overall health can sometimes put a damper on our study at university because we may be too sick to get anything done…

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Article 2 – My Northern Family Culture

by Collette McKay Tansii, I am a mother to two beautiful children; a girl whose spirit name is kiwètin iskwèw (North Wind Girl), and a boy whose spirit name is Piponàskos (Young Snow Bull). Together with their father and myself, we reside in Opaskwayak Cree Nationii. I have been a community member of O.C.N. &…

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Article 1 – Elder and Student Engagement with Knowledge Keeper William Dumas from South Indian Lake

by Alicia Stensgard Interviewee: William DumasInterviewer: Alicia StensgardDate of Interview: September 16th, 2019Location of Interview: Thompson, MBList of Acronyms: WD= William Dumas, IN= Interviewer Translator/Spell-Checker: Ron Cook and Maggie Moodie IN: My name is Alicia Stensgard. Today I will be interviewing Knowledge Keeper William Dumas from South Indian Lake. If you’d like to introduce yourself…

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Words from the Editors

We at Muses from the North (MFTN) are very pleased to present to the reading public the 5th installment of our student-oriented journal. This 5th issue of MFTN is a special one. In fact, it is the first of two special issues which will showcase articles submitted only by UCN students living on some of…

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