Honouring Life Network Blog

Welcome to the HLN Blog! Here you will find postings about news items, positive youth programming across the country and beyond, job postings, resources, websites, scholarships/awards, research funding and other things that we think might be relevant to youth or youth workers visiting our site. If you’re looking for something specific, check out the tags at the end of each post and on the right-hand menu. The HLN blog should be interactive, so please feel free to leave a comment about any of the postings, or to email us if you have an idea for an HLN blog posting.



Songedamowin which is an Algonquin word meaning “Trust” or “To Trust”, focuses on the Wabano Health Centre, located in the urban centre of our nation's capital, Ottawa. The centre serves First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth in addition to children, families, elders and the community as a whole.

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Beat Nation Live - Hip Hop as Indigenous Culture

On June 15th and 16th, a new digital art and hip hop inspired First Nations group will perform for the first time together at CBC Studio 700 in Vancouver.

Beat Nation Live is made up of seven First Nations musicians and artists:

  • Kinnie Starr, a hip hop singer
  • Ostwelve, an MC and rapper
  • Cris Derksen, an electronic cellist and loopmeister
  • Jackson 2bears, a video-mash-up artist
  • Skeena Reece, a performance artist and singer
  • Corey Bulpitt, a Haida artist
  • Archer Pechawis, a storyteller and digital innovator

This amazing supergroup came to be through Beat Nation - an online gallery of Aboriginal art and music.

Here is their promo video!

I think this is an amazing project and definitely a group to keep your eyes and ears on! If you're in the Vancouver area, be sure to check out their performances on June 15th and 16th. You can buy tickets here.

After that they're off to Paris to perform at the Futur en Seine Festival of Digital Life and Creativity - wow!!!

Honouring Life Network Documentaries

Honouring Life Network Documentaries

Thanks to a Healthy and Vibrant Communities grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which was awarded to the Honouring Life Network in November of 2009 we were able to bring you these two amazing short documentaries focusing on some of the positive Aboriginal youth programming that is being offered across our country. We hope that by highlighting the efforts of these two different Ontario communities, that the feeling of hope for the future will spread through our youth and across our great nation.

Click on the links below to check them out!

Bimaadiziwin which can be translated from Ojibway to mean “Living in a Good Way”, highlights the efforts of Walpole Island First Nation and the Bkejwanong Youth Facility, and shows the positive changes community members have seen in the youth, and the community as a whole, since its establishment.