As the title says
As the title says
Comments: 204 • Responses: 48 • Date: 2016-04-01 03:33:31 UTCsource
TameBabe12 karma2016-04-01 13:00:45 UTC
Hey. This is actually a really cool idea. I'm a First Nations women living in Regina, SK where racism towards our people is at an all time high, as well as addictions and homelessness. I was thinking of doing a similar AMA, would you be cool with me kind of stealing your idea?
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chilli804 karma2016-04-01 15:07:58 UTC
MethCookMontage11 karma2016-04-01 03:43:51 UTC
Do you feel that direct or indirect discrimination against Natives in Canada is a problem? If so, how would you say that manifests itself?
chilli8018 karma2016-04-01 04:23:54 UTC
I believe in parts of canada with high native population like winnipeg there is alot of discrimination against natives about crime/drinking/thugs/free loaders and honestly most of those judgements are a problem in the native community just like any other community
Tigfa7 karma2016-04-01 03:53:41 UTC
Do people still speak your native language or is it no longer being used actively?
chilli8011 karma2016-04-01 03:55:46 UTC
I know some words but don't speak it fluently but almost every elder on my Rez can speak Ojibwe fluently
Tigfa5 karma2016-04-01 03:59:41 UTC
Is the usage on a large downward trend? Do you think it would still be spoken in say two or three generations?
chilli8013 karma2016-04-01 04:05:16 UTC
It is on a big downward trend and will probably be extinct on my Rez soon if nothing changes which is sad
Genevrier3 karma2016-04-01 15:19:55 UTC
Are any of the younger generations interested in learning Ojibwe where you live?
I know my friends weren't very interested as teens but as we get older and are having our own children the interest seems to grow.
chilli806 karma2016-04-01 15:42:53 UTC
Yeah I'd say it's the same here, the town high school has a Ojibwe language class for us who don't want to learn French
Wildkarrde_2 karma2016-04-01 15:49:06 UTC
Is it taught in school or at community centers?
chilli802 karma2016-04-01 16:00:37 UTC
My high school has Ojibwe language class and French
And once in a while we will have Ojibwe language programs on our Rez but young people are not too involved
Afurtherangle7 karma2016-04-01 03:52:17 UTC
Do you participate in the traditions of your people?
chilli8012 karma2016-04-01 03:57:36 UTC
Pow wows and sweat lodges all day lol I wish I could dance like my people tho
Afurtherangle6 karma2016-04-01 04:00:18 UTC
Why have you not learned?
chilli809 karma2016-04-01 04:02:11 UTC
Lazyness and being shy because it the main reason people learn to dance is to dance at pow wows and there is a lot of eyes there
Afurtherangle7 karma2016-04-01 04:04:53 UTC
But if you look for a teacher, or practice much, you might participate and even enjoy. Your culture should be recognized and continued. It is so beautiful.
chilli8010 karma2016-04-01 04:07:16 UTC
Yea that's true but there still is a lot of people who still dance in traditional ways so I don't think I'll make much of a difference haha
Afurtherangle5 karma2016-04-01 04:10:37 UTC
I understand. I'm not much of a showmanship myself. What do you like to do?
chilli805 karma2016-04-01 04:12:18 UTC
In general or within my culture?
Afurtherangle3 karma2016-04-01 04:13:38 UTC
You, yourself. What do YOU like to do?
chilli809 karma2016-04-01 04:15:35 UTC
Watch/play basketball,movies,sit on computer for long hours of the day lol and hang with friends
oldspice756 karma2016-04-01 03:44:46 UTC
They literally have Indian cards. Is there any reason it could be revoked?
What part of Canada are you in? How remote is it?
Did you go to a regular Canadian school, or did your reservation have its own schools?
Is there a lot of addiction and poverty, as is commonly portrayed?
Do you feel discriminated against?
chilli807 karma2016-04-01 03:53:54 UTC
It can be revoked as in the band/ tribe but it is rare
I'm in Ontario and my Rez is not remote and is like 5 minutes from a town and an hour away from a city
I went to a regular public school and high school since town was so close
Addiction here I think is as big as any other place imo
And not really but I know a lot of people have bad stereotypes about natives and think they're true and it can be offensive at times
DrChud2 karma2016-04-01 16:12:20 UTC
Ojibwe? 5 min from town? I'd guess Thunder Bay.
chilli801 karma2016-04-01 16:16:15 UTC
bloodyeatmorewanker6 karma2016-04-01 14:47:43 UTC
I live in the Niagara Region of Ontario. The reserve closest to me, sits right outside of Niagara, in Caledonia.
I have 4 friends, all with GMC and Chevrolet pick ups, and know of dozens more who have had there vehicles stolen and found on the reserve. Some of these trucks had close to 15 grand in aftermarket parts in them.
My question is, if you are educated on the topic at all, how do the people on reserves feel about this whole thing going on? Are the police on the reserve hands tied?
chilli806 karma2016-04-01 15:27:09 UTC
Well the police on my Rez work with the town police and will arrest you for those kind off situations no matter what but it could be different on other rez's
Afurtherangle5 karma2016-04-01 03:38:21 UTC
What type of wildlife exists in your environment?
chilli8010 karma2016-04-01 03:40:12 UTC
Moose bears fox coyotes wolves etc
Afurtherangle6 karma2016-04-01 03:44:17 UTC
Do you have many relatives around you?
chilli805 karma2016-04-01 03:47:26 UTC
Tristus1 karma2016-04-01 15:22:27 UTC
Best AMA ever!
chilli803 karma2016-04-01 15:41:44 UTC
Lol I wish
WooflesAndBacon5 karma2016-04-01 03:35:18 UTC
Have you always lived on the Rez?
chilli808 karma2016-04-01 03:36:58 UTC
For most my life, give or take a few years
WooflesAndBacon3 karma2016-04-01 03:37:58 UTC
How is it different from not living on one?
chilli8010 karma2016-04-01 03:42:37 UTC
Not a lot of access to basic thing like groceries and stuff gotta drive into town for that stuff, all we have is two gas stations that rake in a lot of customers tho since no taxes lol
But who knows maybe that's just my Rez
brainotomy2 karma2016-04-01 15:37:48 UTC
How much is the gas there?
chilli801 karma2016-04-01 15:47:01 UTC
No clue lol I just know it's tax free
koolkatskilledosama4 karma2016-04-01 04:30:12 UTC
What are the advantages to living in the reserve as opposed to a bigger city?
chilli8016 karma2016-04-01 04:33:57 UTC
Free college and got 5 grand when i was 18 and no taxes on rez's i guess
oh ya can hunt when ever i want all year round
chilli8012 karma2016-04-01 04:34:20 UTC
pretty lucky if you ask me lol
alice-in-canada-land2 karma2016-04-01 14:03:40 UTC
Her, could you please clarify; I assume your band paid for your education, and that it must have a source of revenue to give you $5000 when you turn 18?
I ask because I often see this myth repeated on Reddit; that all First Nations and Indigenous students get free post-secondary education, and get handed a chunk of cash when they turn 18, and I know it isn't true for many, many bands out there.
This wasn't from the federal government, right? It was from your particular band office?
chilli805 karma2016-04-01 15:14:09 UTC
Yes my band or native education groups pay for college, but if you drop out you won't get it again
And I got 5 grand because our band was kicked off our land by a hydro company and they finally reached a settlement for a big chunk of cash that was split between every band member
betta-believe-it2 karma2016-04-01 16:01:41 UTC
What are the repercussions, in your opinion, of giving 5000$ cash to every 18 year old?
chilli803 karma2016-04-01 16:11:32 UTC
spend it stupidly because of being still a teen
willscue3 karma2016-04-01 03:52:23 UTC
How was your childhood? Are there elementary schools on the reservations themselves?
chilli806 karma2016-04-01 03:56:52 UTC
On bigger or more remote Rez's there are schools on the land but my Rez is close to town so I just went to the towns schools
willscue1 karma2016-04-01 03:59:12 UTC
I see. Did you enjoy it?
chilli806 karma2016-04-01 04:04:25 UTC
Yea it was good I guess, had all the basic childhood memories not much more tho
Burnspangler3 karma2016-04-01 05:02:59 UTC
It's like 10000/1 but fort William first nation?
chilli801 karma2016-04-01 05:07:45 UTC
Haha i know where youre talking about and have been there before if that helps
chilli801 karma2016-04-01 05:08:57 UTC
amazonallie1 karma2016-04-01 15:33:48 UTC
Hey fellow Canucks
For OP.. if you move from the rez do you still maintain some of the benefits? Like I get it would be tough in a retail setting.. but would you receive tax free status if you lived and worked in Toronto?
Or do you feel if that was an option that some of your heritage or culture would be lost because of people being spread out?
chilli802 karma2016-04-01 15:38:16 UTC
My status card takes off some taxes for everywhere in Canada
And if I moved and my band got a big sum of money I'd still receive a share and I'll still get financial education help
inspektor711 karma2016-04-01 16:05:16 UTC
Do you take offense to the Washington NFL team using 'Redskins' as their team name?
chilli803 karma2016-04-01 16:07:42 UTC
No not me in particular
original_greaser_bob1 karma2016-04-01 15:39:04 UTC
chilli802 karma2016-04-01 15:47:16 UTC
Kenwric1 karma2016-04-01 07:33:13 UTC
There are so many denomonyms (Indian, ojibwe, native, native Canadian, indigenous), and so much confusion even in this thread.
What do you want to be called?
chilli803 karma2016-04-01 15:28:00 UTC
Just native I guess or First Nations
Edit - I don't find the term Indian offensive but that's just me
HyperCamel1 karma2016-04-01 18:38:20 UTC
I live in the US and Indians that live on reservations are usually seen as poor, alcoholics, and druggies. Does this stereotype hold any water in what you have seen, or is it different in Canada?
chilli801 karma2016-04-03 03:43:55 UTC
quite the same id say but to a lesser degree
georgeo1 karma2016-04-01 05:23:25 UTC
Do you personally like it there, or would you leave if it was convenient?
chilli805 karma2016-04-01 15:16:17 UTC
Uhh it's not like I don't like it but yes I'll eventually leave
dare70001 karma2016-04-01 12:11:33 UTC
Does your tribe discourage interracial dating/marriage? If not are mixed race children accepted into the tribe?
chilli802 karma2016-04-01 15:17:58 UTC
My tribe discourage or encourage mixed relationships, they don't care really
chilli802 karma2016-04-01 15:18:48 UTC
But up until recently if a native woman married a white man her and her kids could not have status cards
josh318671 karma2016-04-01 12:12:17 UTC
Boozhoo, aanii! I'm another Ojibwe from Minnesota!
Do you guys have alot of tribal drama up there too? I don't live on the reservation, nor have I ever but i have family that does. Also about drug/alcohol use, is it high? I know that on my reservation, we have a very large casino and it gives jobs to alot of people, it's a fairly decent reservation, there's part in the city where you can have a normal job, and there's also other parts where there's not even really a gas station in the area. How would you describe your reservation?
chilli801 karma2016-04-01 15:57:37 UTC
Everyone's always fussing about chief and council lol
Drug and alcohol use it pretty normal here but others Rez's near by are a lot worse
My Rez is pretty good too lol like a little town
RickVince1 karma2016-04-01 14:36:06 UTC
Why not move out?
chilli801 karma2016-04-01 15:20:22 UTC
I will eventually
justingiddings1 karma2016-04-01 14:40:48 UTC
How much does traditional food, mythology, and rituals play into the daily lives of Natives?
I am currently writing a movie about Nalusa Falaya and research has been limited to non-Natives writing about the topic. I've been interested in approaching Native Ojibwe, but I fear it may be culturally insensitive to approach a modern Native and start asking about Shadow People and purification ceremonies without knowing if these cultural touchstones are even relevant anymore.
chilli804 karma2016-04-01 15:24:16 UTC
I have heard all the myths windego skin walkers etc but for me personally I don't know much about them but most elders do and I don't think they would be offended if you asked them about it aslong as you ask respectfully or don't make a joke of it
moosemeat1 karma2016-04-01 14:45:18 UTC
How far away from the Rez have you ever lived?
I am Ojibwe and lived off Rez when I was a kid and it always seemed like a place people never move away from permanently.
chilli801 karma2016-04-01 15:25:26 UTC
Haha yup , I lived in a town like 5 mins away but eventually moved back lol
Cmacbrown1 karma2016-04-01 15:13:12 UTC
What Rez are you from?
chilli802 karma2016-04-01 15:44:14 UTC
Too much info for reddit lol
bit_on_my_shalls1 karma2016-04-01 15:13:21 UTC
I grew up off rez, im the whitest native you'll ever meet with a status card, my mom would take us to pow wows and stuff on the rez as often as possible to be around native people. I grew up in North Bay Ontario. Have you ever been to North Bay?
chilli801 karma2016-04-01 15:43:39 UTC
No I have not but I'd love to visit
dee_rawd1 karma2016-04-01 15:32:34 UTC
How do people on your reserve feel about people living in major urban centres (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, etc)?
chilli801 karma2016-04-01 15:41:17 UTC
They encourage us to go start a life/job some where, it doesn't matter where
demetri_k1 karma2016-04-01 15:32:40 UTC
Who are your role models and why do you admire them?
chilli803 karma2016-04-01 15:39:57 UTC
Adam beach just because I'd love to work in Hollywood as a screenwriter or a director
demetri_k0 karma2016-04-01 15:46:59 UTC
That's a lofty goal. How are you working towards getting to Hollywood?
chilli803 karma2016-04-01 15:48:03 UTC
Writing my screenplay haha yes it is a lofty goal but dream big eh
daethebae-2 karma2016-04-01 06:55:00 UTC
How is the education system on the Rez because in America it is pretty bad? Also do Canadian Native Americans face the same hardships as Native American living in the US?
chilli801 karma2016-04-01 15:34:36 UTC
Yea some Rez's here in Canada have poverty, most of them are the remote Rez's far north that you have to fly into
My Rez just sends kids to the towns schools and high schools but bigger or more remote Rez's have there own education systems
philosphrstone-6 karma2016-04-01 16:04:30 UTC
Do you think that simply being born with "status" is part of the reason that most Canadian working people despise your people? I am 5th generation Canadian and it really pisses me off that my taxes support you... Natives in Canada are some of the most entitled and yet least productive people on Earth.
chilli803 karma2016-04-01 16:10:15 UTC
Yea but with my band " your taxes" don't support us, our Rez is self sufficient
And not everyone hates us or they would have to go somewhere else for tax free gas and cigarettes lol
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