interviews

Stories central in Vera Wabegijig’s new book of poetry, wild rice dreams by Greg Macdougall
Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy in Conversation with Vera Wabegijig
Listen now through CKCU On Demand
Program A Luta Continua: Interview with First Nations writer and media artist Vera Wabegijig.
Hosted By Monique Fuller
Date 9:00 AM on Mar. 14th, 2014
2 replies to interviews
  1. Dear Vera,
    I just saw that you’ll follow our blog from now on and was curious about who you are, so I’m checking out your website and must say “Thank you” ……… I’d probably never found you on my own!
    I’m touched and inspired by your story and your thoughts!
    I grew up in Ontario and among my friends at school there were many first nations children and as children we never thought we’d be different…..we were just children having a great time…….not really realizing the struggles and doubts the parents and elders had to deal with.
    Living in Sweden for a while I found a friend who told me about the same experience you had as a child………her parents and grandparents being Sami and denying her to learn the language as they thought I would be no god for her and now as an adult she feels a great loss and is trying to catch up with her history and language.
    I myself can feel with you growing up as a child of German immigrants in Canada and at age 10 moving back to Germany and always feeling something missing in my life (not that I want to compare my life with the struggles of the First Nations !) now finally finding some peace and feeling at the “right place” here in the woods of Nova Scotia.
    I wish you all the best and will definitely be stopping by to see where your path is leading you!
    All the best and cheers from Nova Scotia
    Manuela
    restless-roots

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    1. miigwech Manuela for connecting our familiar family histories. i don’t think of it as comparing realities but finding the similarities in experiences.
      i remember as a child not knowing the differences between myself or other children. like you said, we’re kids and we see only that. although it changed when we began learning about history. my little school friends found out i was an indian and began to see me and my family, my community as conquered so began treating me as such as well as all the other indian kids. i remember feeling so let down but that’s when the resilience surfaced. we are all survivors of this harsh history as it’s repeated itself around this tiny planet.
      thanks again for connecting from nova scotia! i will dropping by your blog as well!

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