Building the Hearth

Building the Hearth

In April 2018, I was invited to accept what I like to call “my first adult award”—for the first time “youth” wasn’t in the title.

Some prominent individuals have been recipients of the Esquao Award, including Sarah Pocklington and Tantoo Cardinal and I was nervous to be placed in a category of women with far more life experience. In preparing for the big night, I reflected back on a talk I gave last Fall that Hunter and I called "Finding Agnes", about my search for my great grandmother.

Café Rista

Café Rista

Cafe Rista was born of the desire to nourish a micro-community in Edmonton’s Grovenor neighbourhood where residents and professionals could congregate for a great meal and quality coffee. Since 2010, Simon Taylor and his wife and business partner, Erica Sorrell have attracted a steady stream of regulars and new-comers to their pocket just off Stoney Plain Road.

In Spring 2018, Simon became a Tatawaw member.

Hustle vs. Bubble

Hustle vs. Bubble

I’ve seldom entered a situation knowing what I am going to get out of it.

When I visited Standing Rock, North Dakota in December 2016, I went to support the Sioux community and observe what unyielding strength looks like. I witnessed protesters hard at work preparing food in the kitchens, taking care of the fire, and on the front lines and realized if I’d come with one idea, one leaning, inclined to discover a single outcome—simply to see Indigenous peoples fight a pipeline—I would have missed the real teachings of my visit.

That experience led me to see that if we only wait for moments where there is controversy or a fight to be had, we will miss the opportunity to make change. The challenge is to notice and listen to the lessons; however, when we go as hard and as fast as we can (which we love to do), we miss a lot of stuff. I find myself, more often than not, in the “hustle” space— a place not conducive to standing still. Or listening.

Gaining New Perspectives: The Indigenous Canada Experience

By Emma Schreiner Vonk

I like to think that I am a fairly smart, educated cat. However, there have been many times in my life where that idea has been completely smashed to pieces. Math was easy for me until trigonometry in grade 12 (I loved trig up until then). I came into university perhaps a little cocky carrying my honours from high school and learned that I was utterly average. I think I am well-read and knowledgeable on current events until the discussion changes at the table and I contribute little, if anything, to the conversation. I thought I was a step ahead of the game starting at Naheyawin with my knowledge of Indigenous culture and history.

“Yeah, okay little girl,” said University of Alberta when I started taking their Indigenous Canada course.

Social Technologies and Why Being a Computer Nerd is Overrated

Growing up, I was always someone who gravitated towards technology.

Hardware and software fascinated me and captured my imagination about what the future could look like. In fact, my very first memories are of being in front of my parents’ Mac 2, clicking around on Paint and playing Snoopy to the Rescue.

Job growth in the technology industry is high and promising (Time Magazine believed that demand in goods and services would triple, which I think we have observed), and the culture is (mostly) interested in the importance of pursuing meaningful work. It’s a very exciting time to be alive.

The Key to Building Your Audience on Social Media

I’ll be the first to admit that social media isn’t easy. Building a community and gaining followers doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes work, lots of it. Whether you’re a startup company, established business or blossoming blogger, there’s more to it than just posting pretty pictures and having the odd conversation with a follower.

Here at Naheyawin, we are encouraged to be curious and take any opportunity that we can to learn something new. We’ve taken this value of curiosity and implemented it into many of our daily office practices, including how we run our social media channels and work towards building a more engaged audience.

The Importance of Having Integrity in Business

By Emma Schreiner Vonk

In Hunter’s most recent blog post, he talked about the winter solstice being a time of reflection. The holidays and the new year are a great time to make resolutions (which I’m sure is a popular blog topic at this time of year, but bear with me). I’m not here to talk about new changes - today, I’m here to talk about staying true to the decisions you have made as a business, to upholding the values you set out with your mission and vision, and sustaining your integrity.

What is integrity? Integrity, according to Urban Dictionary, is “doing the right thing even when no one is looking.” My Dad once told me that all we have in this world is our dignity and our integrity. I think I was 15 at the time, so there was probably an eye-roll, like so.

Digital Marketing in the Era of Instant Gratification

By Keltyn Marshall

I think we’re all aware of how the technological era has impacted our lives for better and for worse.

As a 90s kid I had the opportunity to grow up relatively tech free. As a 10 year old, I played the occasional game of Minesweeper on my HP Pavilion 5000, and in Junior High had the joy of chatting on AIM and MSN after school with my  friends (who else misses those days?). I got my first cell phone at 11, but was only allowed to use it for emergencies. I sent my first text ever on Valentine’s Day when I was 13. So, yes, technology was present in my life, but it certainly wasn't at prevalent as it is now.

Now, there is the satisfaction of instant gratification when it comes to technology. Hungry and want a poutine? Order from Skip the Dishes. Need a ride to a friend’s house? Get an Uber. Looking for a party date? Swipe through Tinder. Bored? Text every friend in your address book and see who responds first.

What Makes a Good Story?

By Hunter Cardinal

Hello, folks. It’s Hunter, Director of Story, here to talk to you about the best stories. My role just took a very literal turn. Say what?

December is when we enter the winter solstice and can now see the constellation ‘Wesakaychak.’ It’s also a time where we withdraw indoors and take a few moments to reflect on ourselves, the year, and tell stories. Traditionally told to youth, storytelling is a way to connect us to our place and each other. As Dr. Joe Couture - a pivotal figure in Indigenous activism, scholarship, and leadership - writes, ”It is through repeated Elder teaching that one comes to sense the wisdom of the Indian Way."

Storytelling has always been a big part of everyday life.