Letter: Discover your lineage to learn your heritage

I want my children to know who they are and what their heritage is about.

To the editor:

Have you ever been to a powwow? If not, you need to go experience one. It’s a great way to really see what the aboriginal people are all about.

Many people have a bad view on aboriginal people, but rarely think about the hard ways in which they were forced to live. Having to grow up in residential schools where they not only lost their identities, but also lost what was most important to them—their culture.

I’ve never had to experience what it was like to grow up in such a way where you had no idea who you were anymore, however I am part Metis and growing up my mother never let me experience my heritage. I grew up feeling as though a piece of me was missing.

Now that I’m older, I make sure to go to powwows. I’ve also been taught how to make medicine bags and dream catchers and have learned the meaning of both.

I want my children to know who they are and what their heritage is about. I would never trade being who I am for anything. Some of the most beautiful people who I’ve been lucky enough to meet and still know today are those of an aboriginal descent.

So, if you’re not sure where you came from or anything about your history I encourage you to do some research and find out. Who knows, you may have relatives who are aboriginal, and you may be one yourself.

Crystal Rooth, Kelowna

 

Just Posted

Good Natured Books celebrates first book launch in Kelowna

David Allen, the author of A Song for Swinging, is signing books at Wentworth Music today

Road closures in effect

Kelowna - The Old Vernon, Rutland and Acland Road intersection will close Nov. 20

Wear neon for Glow Night

Kelowna - The annual Glow Night is back Nov. 18

‘Listen to your gut’ urges injured skier

Mike Shaw was told he’d never walk again after an accident four years ago, but he defied the odds

Small grass fire sparks in West Kelowna

Fire crews quickly douse blaze in ditch on Friday afternoon

Craft fair offers a taste of French culture

Kelowna - The Christmas Flair with a French Flair featured French goodies

Pine beetles from Jasper National Park moving into commercial forest

In 2014, beetle activity went from a few spots around Jasper’s townsite to rampant

VIDEO: Tragically Hip members, Alex Trebek receive Order of Canada

Newest recipients join 6,897 Canadians such as Christine Sinclair, Graham Greene and Mark Messier

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young dies at 64

‘Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many.’

Rockets calm Hurricanes for 7th straight win at home

Dillon Dube scored twice Friday to lead Rockets to WHL victory over Lethbridge

‘I will now live in consistent fear’: Allan Schoenborn granted escorted leaves

The Merritt man was deemed not criminally responsible in the killing of his three children in 2008

Guns and drugs seized in Kamloops RCMP blitz

Kamloops Mounties and the gang unit seize drugs and make arrests in two-day blitz

Hammy the deer dodges conservation officers in Prince Rupert

The famous Prince Rupert hammock deer maintains his purple threads

‘No shirt, no service, no Canada’

Shirtless Tacoma man arrested after Canadian border officials say they found meth in rental vehicle

Most Read