December Special Messages: Winter Solstice
Posted on December 17, 2021
December is often an anticipated time for First Nation Educators and Administrators, as this month begins a season filled with celebrating the values of love, family, and relationships. Traditionally, First Nations’ cultures have marked and celebrated the day that the sun is at its lowest point in the sky, resulting in the longest night of the year. During this time of extended darkness, many of our First Nations continue to practice inner reflections of: teachings, interconnectedness, and forgiveness. It is a time of letting go and planning forward for the new season of rebirth in the spring, when the sun begins to regain its power in the Northern Hemisphere.
Nations Storytelling Time
First Nations Storytellers, grandparents and Knowledge Keepers passed on knowledge from generation to generation through oral traditions, including storytelling. Storytelling season is commonly in the winter months during the short days and dark evenings. In many cultures, storytelling is prohibited during the summer months because it would distract plants from growing and distract animals from their summer work. December 21st will mark Winter Solstice.
Practice your storytelling or read an Indigenous book with your children and grandchildren. Pass on the stories you heard in your childhood from your family, parents and grandparents. Read a book by Indigenous authors and stories. This is a way to pass on values, culture and language to the next generation ensuring your cultural will thrive and become alive.
Culturally appropriate books are available at: https://goodminds.com/ GoodMinds.com is a First Nations family owned business, who is passionate about Indigenous education.
Well Wishes from FNEAA
The FNEAA Board of Directors and Staff would like to take this opportunity to wish all Educators and Education Administrators a wonderful season of celebrating the gifts of love and inclusiveness within your families and communities. May you all take some time to; give thanks, reflect upon our spirits, and replenish our bodies in anticipation of a productive and progressive new year.