Revolutionizing Media through Substance and Value

Posted September 21, 2010 from Canada

Our media landscape has changed, my home is your home, your home is close to my heart. Globally woman have always had strength, resilience, and power unsurpassed. It is now, it is realized and embraced by the capabilities and strengths we exude in communication and leadership. Women have the opportunity to share their knowledge with people and change what is damaging and harmful to their community and humanity. We are the mother's we must share with all our experience, so our children will learn and be better caregivers regardless of race, gender or economic background. We recognize values and education we look for things of substance to pass on to the next generation. Regionally, we are not separate. Nationally, we are together. Individually, we are more one than two. We envision the future unlike any other. We are unique in our speech, our qualities participatory and ever-changing. We evolve, adapt and grow we learn from our children because we listen. We understand what is needed for our homes, our communities, and our nations to be healthy. We don't give into garbage. We don't sell our children waste. Most of all, we know we can not do it alone. We must include all our children in making a better future.

Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0

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  • Sally
    Sep 23, 2010
    Sep 23, 2010

    I really enjoyed your message that came through about women and their strength. I think it would be great for you to expand on that and provide information how this possibly relates to you. I would really like to hear more about you and how you have been or will be empowered by Web 2.0. I think putting a little more of yourself into the writing instead of generalizing it to all women would have great impact.


  • Violeta
    Sep 23, 2010
    Sep 23, 2010

    Benita, I liked your post a lot - it reminds me of the power women have to change many things, including the ongoing oppression some of our communities suffer to this day.

    I echo Sally's comment - I would really like to hear more about YOU. How has Web 2.0 changed you? And how is Web 2.0 going to help (or not) other women in their quest to raise their voices?

    You write very well, Benita. But I - all of us here - want to hear YOUR story: your story of struggles, your story of triumph, your story of community...

    All the best,


  • Benita
    Sep 23, 2010
    Sep 23, 2010

    I am in the spirit of capturing stories WEB 2.0 assists in sharing local stories from legends/ prophecy, growing up Indigenous on Reservations, being Indigenous in Canada. There is an immense difference in Indigenous language and story. Coast Salish stories embrace a philosophy. Our traditional practices were not capitalist or patriarchal. It is a violent act to disrespect women and children. This dehumanizing practice and policies perpetuating a system of control were imposed on us. Unfortunately, a select few in our community are benefiting from using the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada procedures of treating Native People. It is not a societal construct I belong to, I do not feel I am a Indian Affairs Indian. I will choose not to support it. Everyday it gets increasingly bewildering the struggle we have endured in Canada as Indigenous People robbed of our homes. We did not lose our integrity as humans. I do not want to be part of that system that allows for the hardship of the weakest people in the community.

    I have found the people that have attained a lively hood at the expense of the local Indigenous is disheartening. I can not blame them for our situation. We had no network to support us if we spoke out. Now we have nothing left to lose. WEB 2.0 allows an out from these structures that have oppressed and defeated our economy and sense of family. The conversion of unified voices is inclusion, acceptance and the breaking of patterns. We can challenge criminality productively by giving a truer perspective based on experience and social responsibility. We are on the leading edge of enterprise we have something of value to offer the world.

    We can echo the voices of our great grandmothers whose messages never changed. We arrived on the forefront of our existence which is no longer denied. Our strength no longer hidden. We are accountable for our well being and actions. Web 2.0 is a tool against standing silent to genocide. We speak and the world listens not by mistake but because the message is needed. The only reason to connect is to share, express and create safe communities.

    Until we are all free to express ourselves is a mandate I can support and struggle to accomplish knowing my unique experience serves a purpose.

    more to come I am just getting used to sharing my story. I love listening to stories, words and films. I am learning to apply digital media to my everyday because I recognize the importance and the richness of our Indigenous Women's teachings in honoring children, sharing gifts and creative expression when we devalue women we lose out on these treasures of life, love and beauty.

    I feel we crossed a bridge in time, just recently, those pains, sorrow, and grief plaguing our hearts and minds has been lifted. We are reaching out to one another with unique qualities abilities and understanding to awaken and heal other individuals, families and communities.

    In many ways it the beginning of the end. We need to work on things for sure. In our hearts we know what those things are. We recognize the importance of working together. I will try not to dance on matters of the heart since I have witnessed some very unique success and struggles.

    In the media sector we need to represent. Our young people are given plagues of the mind through mainstream media. We need them to understand how special they are, how gifted and needed they are. We need to teach them to not feed the beast ready to take us over in the night.

  • laughterlove
    Sep 28, 2010
    Sep 28, 2010

    Hi Benita I'm so happy to see you sharing yourself on here. I'm currently taking Indigenous Studies at university and it saddens me so much how Indigenous Peoples are totally ignored in Canadian society. The challenges of the many Nations are misrepresented and twisted in such a sick way that people don't even realize injustice has happened, and CONTINUES TO HAPPEN EVERYDAY.

    "I do not feel I am a Indian Affairs Indian. I will choose not to support it." Good for you!! Stand strong! I am standing with you! Please contact me if there is anything I can ever do to support the work you do. I love learning and I find it such a gift to be welcomed to participate in Indigenous experiences. We all could learn so much from you. Keep sharing.