Get Excited About Aboriginal Day!

Richard Ogima of

Aboriginal Day is the most exiting day of the year for me. Not only is it a time to reflect on the many challenges our people have faced in history; but also, it is time to rejoice in the victories our people have achieved and more importantly, to get excited about the many things we will accomplish.

This day is a day when we put our debating, worrying, and busy lives aside; to cry, laugh and rejoice. The words, stories and dances shared by our people will be shaped out of suffering, hope and victory.

We will remember the many Chiefs who were faced with tough decisions that would determine the fate of our people’s existence. We will remember those who left us before their time was up because they thought there has to be a better place this place. We will remember those who stood up and stood out when they were faced with impossible challenges.

During Aboriginal Day, we will speak of our gratefulness and appreciation.

To the many teachers who have moved to our reserves to offer help in community development; we thank you. To those who left the reserve to find the tools, skills, and education to bring back to our people; we are grateful. To the many people who have created workshops and programs to empower and uplift our youth; we appreciate you.

We will challenge ourselves to continue going out into our communities and be the testimony of change that many of our people need and want to see.

Like the rain falling to the ground, our tears will fall with those that cry when they are face life-difficulties. Like the Robin, who listens for spring to arrive, we will listen to the voices of our people and be the hope in their life when they are contemplating leaving this place before their time. Like the Owl, who watches with interest in the night, we will watch out for those who are still held captive by addictions and defeating thoughts.

Aboriginal Day offers and open invitation to all our people who haven’t been able to share with us the pleasure of being Aboriginal.

There are still many of our people who aren’t with us today. Some are here, but not excited. Some are here, but still afraid to dance. Some are here, but not in the right mindset.

We will welcome the visitors and invite them to participate.

The rhythm coming from the drum will be the echo of our hearts.

In the blazing sun or in the pouring rain, our feet will dance.

Some will dance because they have found what they have lost; that is cultural identity. Some will dance because their souls are full of other people’s tears. Some will dance because their feet need to express the excitement in who the Creator made them to be.

So get excited about Aboriginal Day and start dancing to the rhythm of your heartbeat.

Once the conference is finished, I plan to post some highlights.

I’m Richard Ogima, with