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Introductory Blog from Everything Indigenous

Hello from Welby, Michelle, Kitchi and Makwa. Kitchi and Makwa are six years old and very curious about the world. These are not their real names because we are providing some protection against their identity. They have been with us for almost two years and how they came to live with us is an entire story within itself. I'm sure we will share it in a future post. We will be teaching the boys about their heritage and realized that we have the perfect platform to share the learning with all of you as we go. The teachings of indigenous knowledge are rooted in the idea of interconnectedness, emphasizing the importance of balance and harmony between humans and the natural world. These teachings offer a unique and valuable perspective on how to live sustainably and in harmony with the environment. Even though some topics are too advanced for the boys, we will delve into such areas as contemporary political and social issues affecting Indigenous communities ranging from land rights and environmental concerns to social inequality and discrimination.

There is so much to explore and learn about indigenous topics, people, historical and current issues, and the teachings of indigenous knowledge. We are excited to share this knowledge with you and learn more together! You'll find that it will be learning with a twist of humour and surprises. The blogs will be a mix of fiction (our story) and non-fiction (true facts). All valuable learning related to everything Indigenous.

Why spend time with us?

Michelle has been working in education for the past 17 years, and for Welby, it has been about four years.

Welby is First Nation from Moravian Town. The boys are First Nation, and Michelle has paternal and maternal Indigenous ancestry.

our family

Here are the little munchkins when they first came to live with us.

They have come such a long way and grown tremendously in the past two years.

Indigenous family becoming new foster parents.
Michelle, Welby, and the Twins

This picture below was taken last month. We caught them holding hands as we were walking and couldn't resist taking a pic (to remind them how much they love each other during times they argue, lol).

First Nation or Indigenous children holding hands
First Nation boys with hair braided

Their hair has taken quite some time to grow but we were finally able to braid it last month. They are proud of their hair even though they do oftentimes get referred to as girls.

Sometimes the hair presents some challenges for Makwa due to his sensory issues. Most days, the braid doesn't last throughout the entire day and he is often found rubbing his food into his hair, but he loves his hair nonetheless.

Jay and Gizmo learn about boys with braids

There is a great book about boys with braids.

Check out Jay and Gizmo Learn About Boys with Braids. This isn't an affiliate link; we are promoting these well-written books for our dearest friend, Kristi White.

Places of Learning

Learning outdoors is great for those who struggle sitting in a desk or at a table. For anyone, there needs to be a healthy balance of learning opportunities.

Our blogs will teach Indigenous content in a variety of locations and we will explain reasons we do what we do.

Indigenous Children Learning the alphabet in a natural habitat

Looking at the next image of Welby and the boys, you probably guessed that we were learning about the natural habitat in such a serene location. Sorry, that would be incorrect. We were actually helping Kitchi with his alphabet. When he graduated from senior kindergarten, he was only able to tell you about three of the letters. During the summer, we found something that motivated him... TV. We told Kitchi that he needed to learn to say his alphabet before he was able to watch shows again. Wouldn't you know it, he was able to recite the alphabet in two weeks. Well, he still misses one letter, but WOW! Two weeks. We didn't just sit at the table learning them. Boring! We reviewed them while participating in different activities such as walking and being outdoors with nature.

There are many forms of learning outdoors. While you can learn anything outdoors, you may have heard about outdoor education and land-based learning. There is a difference between all of these and we will eventually explore the differences in a future blog.

The car is a great place to learn things. Why just sit there when you could utilize that ride to your advantage. When it comes to children, I know what you are thinking, folks... tablet. I suppose they could be educational too. BUT, if driving makes you already crazy, then maybe the tablets are a better option. lol.

When driving, it's a great time to talk if you are with other people, or listen to a podcast if alone. Watching the scenery and paying attention to your surroundings is also valuable learning especially for children. If you have one or more children, how many of them would know how to find their way home if they got lost?

Visits to museums and national parks are also places of learning. Travel can be difficult for some. I get it. We are going to try it though. I'm not a fan of driving, so our road trips will be eventful. Who knows, maybe we will videotape them for your enjoyment.

Learning happens everywhere!

Where do you learn best? Let us know in the comment section. We would love to hear from you.

Indigenous People, Knowledge and Learning, History and Current Happenings

We are very excited to have you take this journey with us. Our blogs will cover many different topics. Some of the content will be too advanced or explicit for six-year-olds so we will share what we teach them and then provide the adult additions as needed.

For instance, we just honoured Orange Shirt Day, or Truth and Reconciliation Day. This is a perfect example of a time when we don't share about everything that happened to the children who attended residential schools. Little kiddos don't need to hear about abuse and children passing away.

Special Education and Learning

Our focus of the blogs will not be special education, but we wanted to provide some context of the learning you may hear about. Our boys are on a waiting list for assessments. We suspect there may be FASD and a possibility that Makwa is on the spectrum. The boys, even though they are twins, present completely different strengths and needs and the learning is different for them.

Makwa is quick to learn new information. Kitchi, on the other hand, struggles with retaining letters, numbers, and some information unless there is motivation which we saw this summer. Teach him a dance step though, and he will attempt to replicate it on his first try.

Makwa does not sit still long and does not like to stay in the classroom. He tends to hit sensory overload many times in one day. Lego and puzzles are his passion and will keep him entertained for longer periods. Oh, the tablet. Both boys, if given the opportunity would sit in front of a screen for hours. Most kids these days would, right?

Both boys have many strengths and are adorable and humourous.

Thank you for joining us!

We invite you to leave a comment and share your own experience, either Indigenous or non-Indigenous. Or, request something particular that you would like to learn about.


Michelle, Welby, Kitchi, and Makwa


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