I can’t believe it myself. I’ve been in university for two years and it’s been a rollercoaster. There were days where it was hard and some days were ok. I’m sure someone who just graduated felt the same way. On the bright side, I’m half way done towards my degree.

There comes a point in life where you’re occupied with life and all you do is go on survival mode. You still got to work hard so you’re in between deciding where you want to put your time because you realize that some things are important for you.

Sometimes, I wish I was superhuman, that way I can do everything that I want to do without hesitation. There are a couple of things where I had to set aside for now. It’s not that I want to put them on hold but the circumstances are sometimes to great for someone to bear. Hence, why I want to be superhuman.

On the bright side, I was able to have time to do a lot of things, I went to Miami while I was in school. I was able to set a couple of dates where I can just chill in Miami. Can I just say that clubbing in Miami is a whoooooole different scene. More like me scene. People are modest but can be sexy if they wish to be. That’s my kind of clubbing. (I just want to laugh at this paragraph right here but let’s move on shall we? Let’s not stay in the past)

I was able to travel to Quebec for some work, this was all on the side and it was fun. I was a master of ceremonies for several events. I had a great time especially the new people I met during this travel. I have a bad habit of not taking pictures, I wish I could show you but for now I’ll show you in words, I flew from Toronto to Montreal, Ottawa and northern Quebec on a jet plane. I’m glad I was able to show you. Good times.

What I expect in my third year? I hope I get in to my fourth and graduate.

 

 

In a small world, we’re told that we will be the next generation who will carry out the work that was laid for us and that we will be the leaders of our people in the Cree Nation.

I never really understood what that meant or what that looked like because it was such as vague statement for me at a young age. It’s as if the language they were speaking had no relevance of the reality at the time.

Our leaders have always been keen to let the young people know that they are the future of our nation. Every meeting had a speech on the importance of education and to come back to our communities and serve our people. It’s non-binding for a Cree student to go back home but has the freedom to choose what they want to do with their careers.

From what I know, we were all given a purpose to take part of what is currently happening in Cree society and that is to have a higher education so that we can learn the ways of the westerners and protect our language and culture. I didn’t really understand how vital it is to preserve our Cree identity but it is.

One thing I don’t agree with what people want to do in our school system is that to get rid of our Cree language teachings in the beginning stages of our education. I think some people may argue that the school system failed our students but I’m not sure if I agree with that because we have Cree students who are really successful in their careers and their education right now.

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My only concern is that what happened with the parents who should’ve been part of the process with their children’s education success. There is a huge emphasis on parents participation in our school systems but it seems that there isn’t much participation on the parents end, at least for some. (Cree world)

A child can be successful in the Cree school system with the Cree language going up to grade 3. I want to share a little story on why I think this is true.

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I went to École Luke Mettaweskum School, from pre-k to grade 3, Cree language was taught as language of instruction. I loved speaking my language and learning at the same time. From grade 4, I had a choice to learn English or French as my language of instruction, I chose French because I thought that it was important for me to learn some French because I lived in Quebec and a lot of people outside Nemaska spoke French. It was kind of a win-win for me at a young age. Finally, I went up to grade 6 and I had to do an exam that will determine whether I can move forward to high school. I passed.

From Sec. 1 to 3, it was an interesting transition for me, I still spoke Cree but at the same time I was learning French and I spoke to my teachers in French and used it as much as possible. From Sec.4 to 5, work became harder and harder but I wanted to learn so I studied hard and asked my teachers for assistance because I had no idea what some French words meant and needed more explanation. I graduated in French high school with Honour stole, Valedictorian and Commissioners Award and Governors General Award.

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I’m not going to lie but it was hard. I had my mind set where I wanted to be successful in life and wanted my education out of the way so that I can move on to the next thing in my life. I worked for two years at a radio station as an assistant to the radio host. I always wanted to be a host.

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I went to Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue and finished a year. I went back home because the radio host position was open and I really wanted that job and I got it. I worked there for about 2 years and it was the greatest experienced of my life.

I moved to Toronto for about a year and a half. I did numerous things while living in the city. I was in a small group with a group of guys and we hung around a lot and became good friends and we got to know about each other.

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We were family. It was the greatest time of my life and we travelled a couple of places in the city doing things for others. Like volunteering for an organization to run workshops and do live performances. It was a great time. We even went to England and France. I loved it.

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I met a couple of people in Europe so I vowed that I would go a visit them. So I did. I lived in Europe for about 4 months in total. I went to Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. I went hiking on a huge mountain in Austria,

I went to a program in Journalism at Ryerson University. Writing isn’t always easy because writing is so damn hard. In Toronto, this is where I grew up as an adult. This is where I realized the potential in myself. This is where I can be whatever I want to be and I would be happy with it. This is where I met my girlfriend and I’m so in love with her.

13926024_10154458198611096_3505680527303473372_o.jpg This is where I got a puppy. This is where I learned to be independent. This is where I went to my first movie audition. This is where I made a home. This is where I met people who believe in my dreams.

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I’m not sure how I’m going to end this but I’ll continue on another note next time. Until then, enjoy yourselves 🙂

I’m a radio host now!

James Bay Cree Communication Society gives me a new gig.

This has been a dream since I was a kid and now I’m finally working here.

I’m so excited to be working as a radio host with one of the biggest station networks in the Cree Nation.

You can listen to me here on-air from Monday to Friday at 3 pm. (Only this week)

Here are some of the points that I live by when working at a radio station:

Stay current

Always follow the news. Stay connected to what’s happening to the world right now. It doesn’t matter if it’s local news, throw in the national news and international news.

Don’t be afraid to understand some of the news platforms we have out there. Have the ability to learn the language with some of the topics. Say for an example: Politics.

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Practice makes perfect (kind of)

Focus on learning how to articulate some words. Be alive when you’re speaking on-air. Avoid having a monotone voice.

Another quick tip that’s really useful is to give yourself some time to practice before the actual show.

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Pretend like your interviewing someone just to give you an idea of where you want to take your topic. This doesn’t mean that it will go according to plan.

Be open to things that don’t go your way.

Be real

The most interesting thing that someone can do when they’re working at a radio station is having the ability to talk in simple form.

“Hey, I hope you’re enjoying your day, I’m your host…”

That simple line caught my attention when I heard someone say those words because they made me feel like I was part of the show.

How I speak to you in person is how I will speak to you on-air.

Music

The most important part of your show is the selection of your music.

Don’t jump from one genre to another.

I always pick songs that are most popular.

I usually download 10 new songs for each show of the week. That’s 50 songs in total.

At the end of the week, I download 25 new songs and add them to the playlists.

Then I keep the new songs coming in and the old songs coming out.

It’s all about the rotation.

Click the link to find the Top 100

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This doesn’t mean that I am not open to any other ideas but this is pretty basic and it works for me.

I’m excited to be part of this family and work with a team.

 

 

I parked my car and heard blowing air

Why is this happening?

Life is one of the greatest things we could ever have. You discover about yourself and figure out who you are in this world.

The north is a little different when life gives you lemons.

As I’m writing this, I am in the middle of nowhere. Waiting for my tire to fully pump with air because I hit a nail and left a puncture.

Nemaska to Mistissini is about four hours.

I wanted to get fresh air but then I heard this fast blowing air coming from somewhere. I put my ear closer to the tire and figured out that I needed to do something about it.

I decided to drive until the tire deflates, like who does that right?

Finally, I parked my car and pulled the emergency brake so my car doesn’t move. I’m a little tired from all the driving. I have to change this tire.

I have no cell network. I’m two hours away from the closest town. I’m stranded in the middle of nowhere.

I looked through my cabinet in my car to find any tire patch kit. Just what I was looking for, some gum, tire glue and the equipment to fix this darn tire.

I change the tire and pumping air. It’s taking about 40 minutes to hit 30 psi from no air.

A guy with his girlfriend stopped and asked,

“Est-ce que tout va bien?” 

“Oui, j’ai un petit trou dans mon pneu.”

“On te suivre.”

“Merci monsieur.”

Job done.

Let’s get to Mistissini.