The Abenakis wish to emphasize their firm opposition to any movement of cultural appropriation by self-proclaimed groups or individuals.
Proud of their rich cultural heritage, the members of the W8banaki Nation have always shown great openness in sharing their culture, traditions and rituals with Canadians, including Quebecers. However, this openness has unfortunately led to cases of cultural appropriation. Indeed, rich in the knowledge transmitted by members of the W8banaki Nation, a growing number of self-proclaimed individuals are claiming to belong to the W8banaki Nation, claiming to be their descendants for various purposes.
Allies and collaborators of the Nation
The Abenakis are the sole guardians of their culture. Although they are open to creating cultural ties with non-native collaborators, the integrity of these ties remains essential. Thus, under no circumstances is it permitted for a collaborator to instrumentalize his or her link with the Nation in order to take advantage of it.
Collaboration with Sylvain Rivard
Having collaborated with Sylvain Rivard for several years, notably within the framework of the activities of the Musée des Abénakis, the Nation wishes to specify that it does not recognize in any way his claims regarding Abenaki descendants. Thus, no forum should be offered to him as a cultural representative of the First Nations. No Wabanaki institution, including the Musée des Abénakis, will collaborate with Mr. Rivard on future projects. Over time, Mr. Rivard has been able to build a profitable cultural credit with the Abenakis, and this, despite all identity recognition. The Nation denounces such an approach and hopes that this denunciation will serve as an example to discourage any other person claiming to belong to the Nation.
About the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki
The Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki, founded in 1979, is a Tribal Council regrouping the Abenaki communities of Odanak and Wôlinak. Its first mission is defined in three key elements: representation, development and administration.
As part of the Campaign Promoting School Retention and Educational Success, Puamun Meshkenu invite students to participate in the creation of a collective work, for and by Indigenous students: Anthology: A Collective Project.
This work will bring together the drawings, texts and comics of the students who have been selected to be part of this major project. This book will be made available free on their website at the end of the school year.
We want to know what makes them proud of going to school or what inspires them to be persistent.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE?
Print the following three templates and return your artwork by December 1, 2020 :
Nos petits monstres pourront célébrer la fête de l’Halloween, le 31 octobre prochain, de façon toutefois différente des années précédentes en raison de la pandémie qui sévit actuellement.
Sur recommandation de la Santé publique, les activités de collecte de bonbons de maison en maison seront autorisées, à condition de respecter quelques consignes suivantes pour réduire les risques de transmission de la COVID-19.
Take note that the expansion of 102 Sibosis (Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki) began on October 6th and will continue until spring 2021. This work will disrupt traffic for some time on Sibosis and Awassos streets as well as the adjacent parking lot.
We would like to remind you that due to an increase in the alert level, the following measures come into effect as of THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10:
Visitors domiciled at another address are prohibited in private homes, with the exception of:
– Only one visitor from another address for people living alone;
– Persons offering a service or support;
– Labour for planned work;
Private gatherings are prohibited;
Organized activities in a public place are prohibited, with the exception of places of worship for a maximum of 25 people at a time;
Inter-regional travel to a green, yellow or orange zone is not recommended.
We sincerely thank you for the efforts made by all to protect the members of our community.
Kwaï! All those who wish to participate in the Wabanaki language courses have an appointment this evening, starting at 7pm, on the Zoom platform accessible from the following link: https://bit.ly/3mFLzkd.
All classes will take place on Tuesday, at 7pm, on the same platform.
We would like to remind you that in this time of pandemic, every person entering Canada has an obligation, upon arrival :
to quarantine for 14 days;
to give their contact information when they enter Canada;
to monitor their health status for symptoms similar to COVID-19.
As a result, these persons will not be allowed access to the buildings of the Abenaki Council of Odanak and the Health Centre during their quarantine period and no home services will be offered to them.
For more information, we invite you to consult the Federal government’s page on mandatory quarantine.