If we are a northern nation, support our northern peoples
Canada's greatest claim to sovereignty in the North is the presence of the Inuit and other aboriginal peoples who live there.
They have, against all odds, survived on the frozen tundra for centuries – and they are committed Canadians. Any effort to assert Arctic sovereignty and security, including over the Northwest Passage, has to begin with a recognition of the critical role aboriginal people, and the Canadian Rangers, have played.
"I was born on the prairie where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no inclosures and where everything drew a free breath. I want to die there and not within walls."
Balancing the benefits of belief and its ability to do harm is one of the challenges facing aboriginals.
In First Nation communities across the country, medicine men are sought out by the people for myriad reasons, including attempting to cure an illness, seeking good luck, putting bad medicine on an enemy or foe, and removing bad medicine. Sounds like fiction, doesn't it? But, in fact, Indian medicine men are busy, and many charge for their services.
Can nature heal?
This would have seemed an odd question to the American Indians, before the Europeans moved in with their strange diseases, whiskey, guns and Jesus.
The Native Americans, like many ancient cultures, found healing in obedience to natural law, the “medicine wheel” God had provided for human wisdom and happiness. Many among these natives shared their wisdom of root tonics and remedies with white settlers. Some of the Cherokee’s healing lore still survives in our mountains today.
Do dreams, especially the portentous kind that you cannot easily shake off, predict the future? That question is investigated in “The Edge of Dreaming,” a deeply personal film by Amy Hardie, a Scottish science documentarian whose world was shaken after she experienced a series of related nightmares.