Native languages in peril: report

Native languages in peril: reportFirst Nations languages in British Columbia are in deep trouble and most will be lost within six years if immediate steps aren’t taken to improve language education, says a new report.

The grim assessment was made at a conference Friday by the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council. The Crown corporation was created in 1990 to help First Nations revitalize their languages and arts.>>>

Canadian author urges theology emphasizing aboriginal beliefs

Canadian author urges theology emphasizing aboriginal beliefsDiscard the German theological textbooks, disengage from Greek philosophy, and look instead for spiritual wisdom right in your own backyard, a Canadian intellectual and writer urges church leaders and theological educators.
"The assumption in the word theology is that we're thinking about Christianity," says John Ralston Saul, who addresses a theological education conference in Winnipeg next week. "Maybe you (could) take into consideration other ethical and moral systems, for example, the ones which were already here.">>>

'Historic meeting' for Aboriginal Elders

 More than 150 people will be involved in discussions at Jindabyne about Aboriginal heritage in the Australian Alps National Parks, as well as the role of Aboriginal people in the management of the reserves.

Organisers say the Australian Alps were a meeting place for many Aboriginal language groups for thousands of years.>>>

Totem poles go up at Jamestown S'Klallam tribe's new clinic

Totem poles go up at Jamestown SA tall team of healers, plus a relatively short greeter, stand ready now at the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe's new health clinic.

It took about three hours -- under a mercifully rainless sky -- Wednesday to erect two totem poles, straight from the House of Myths carving shed in Blyn.

Installer Alan Jones and his Jamestown Excavating crew lowered them into their places in front of the clinic, heralding the fact that it's close to completion. >>>

"It's a Complete Reboot of How We See Things"

"ItUNITED NATIONS, Apr 27, 2010 (IPS) - The blockbuster, critically acclaimed film 'Avatar' portrays the ruthless plundering of a pristine ecosystem on a distant planet by greedy corporate interests – a scenario that is all too familiar to many indigenous communities here on Earth.

IPS correspondent Marguerite A. Suozzi spoke to director James Cameron at a screening of the film during the ongoing ninth session of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Excerpts from the interview follow.>>>