"As Anishnawbe people, we don't recognize Canada's sovereignty. We were placed here as the people of the red nation and have responsibility as caretakers of this land. What we have to do is teach all the four colours so we can work together, all peoples, in a good way. We've all been given the same spiritual truths, the same spiritual teachings from the same creator, and the only difference between us is the language. We may use different medicines or different ways of purifying ourselves, but it's all the same essence."
PAULINE SHIRT, traditional teacher, Dodem Kanonhsa' Elder's Cultural Facility, Cree