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Prejudice. Languages Worst Nightmare

Living in today’s society we see many prejudices against different things ranging from, racial, economical, religion and even linguistic. Without you even noticing you could be discriminated because of the way you speak or even what languages you speak.

One thing to ask yourself is what is the power of language  prejudice in our lives.

for me, personally, I do not notice much in my life but I hear stories that others have encountered. Many of them face language discrimination. Especially in the job market, people are more likely to hire the well spoken person than the “broken” English speaker. They may think that the  worker won’t be able to work with their coworkers if they cannot speak perfect English or that they will not give 100%, based on their opinions/stereotypes against these people.

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An activity you can try to see if you have a bias is listen to different accents and see what is the first thing to come to mind about that person. Society has wired people to think about people a certain way. You may think some one is not the sharpest tool in the shed because of that bias society made you believe. The power of language prejudice is strong. It impacts many people’s lives. We as a society need to be aware that the world is very diverse. We cannot expect everyone to be able to speak perfect English.  We must change the way we think so society can become a place where everyone is able to be treated the same. Since it may take awhile for everyone to come to that conclusion, you can make the path for them to follow.

to hear more about what others have experienced make sure to check out  this review of Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue”

SLANG – So Simple Even Your Kids Can Use It

Every culture creates there own unique words so they can openly express themselves in the group. These words are called slang and many people use them. It has became more prominent with this generation as they now have technology to create this wide community of teenagers. As a teenager myself, I tend to find myself using slang words on a daily. I come from a small community that is population is all Aboriginal and I encountered all the slang words (or at least I think so). From the ones I did, here are my favorites…


Oh a simple phase. It is a short form abbreviation of “lets go then.” Normally when people use it, they bring out their Niish accent to enhance what they are saying. It is quite popular around here and during powwow season they make merchandise showing off our Ojibwe slang. Walking around the Rez, you hear everyone use it, elders, adults, teens and even kids! I find it quite amusing when I hear people use it, I even find myself using it sometimes ironically.

“Wanna go to the store?”


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Another one I like is... HOLAH! All my fellow Natives probably heard it in their mind. It reminds me of my nookomis (grandma) when she is very scared, surprised or just in awestruck.  For my Non-Natives, means holy nut with a little Aaniishnabe touch.   Living on the Rez, I hear it used quite a lot, it is either in a loud voice or a shocked whisper. I find it funny every time I hear it because all I can hear is my grandma’s loud shout.

“HOLAH, ever expensive!”

Feel free to leave some of your favourite slang words and if you want to research more of native slang you can click right here. Slang is an amazing thing. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to express ourselves to our full potential. I know I would not be the same without it so continue expressing yourself and explore the amazing world of slang because slang is so easy, even kids can use it!

Reader Response- Moon of the Crusted Snow

As you may know most stories are written with a purpose; with intention for a reader to pick up on. In my English class we are analyzing Moon of the Crusted Snow, and create a readers response post to further our interpretation of the novel and share our ideas with one another. 

So today I will be answering the question… 

Why do you think the author wrote this story? 

 Throughout the story I get an understanding of the world they live in. It is the twentieth century and everyone relies so heavily on the technology they created for themselves.  People use cellphones, internet, TVs, stoves and so much more.  The First nations in the community are trying to bring back some of their culture until BOOM.

A crisis happens.

Everyone’s electricity is cut off, phones stop working and everyone is in panic mode. I noticed that because they relied so heavily on the technology they had they forgot the way their ancestors  survived way back when. They begin to try and learn to survive on the Mother Earth but many do not know how to adapt to the change and soon parish. I noticed how similar the novel is to the society today. what happens if we lost all of our electricity and all the stuff we had now, would we survive? I most certainly won’t.  I feel like the author wrote this novel to bring awareness to the real world problem of us relying on technology. Our lives are centered on these phones and I believe the author noticed that.

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As I was reading this novel, I began to question how attached I was to my phone and how I relied so heavily on the food my stove cooks or the entertainment phones and TVs give me; if it was all taken away one night I see how my life can turn into one of the novels characters. So I believe this is a call to action for the younger generations. I believe the author is using power through a literary lens to show and influence the younger generations to go outside more and put down the phones every once and awhile.

Moon Of The Crusted Snow- First Impressions

Visuals that stood out to me

An image that stands out in my mind is the dream of them in chapter 3. The description of the fire and the community members watching it just stood out to me.  I could visualize it so clearly. It made me think back to the first chapter and how we get foreshadowing about the harsh winter and it hints at how they may run out of food. It makes me quite worried on what is to come in the future; it keeps me on my toes in anticipation.

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When  reading I thought how this novel brings awareness to the different communities and reserves that do not have a lot of support. It shows that because they do not have the support from outside forces, they all come together to be one big support system; like Wikwemikong and the reserve in the novel. In the novel Evan is shown to be a generous person. He thinks about his family and other community members.

In Wikwemikong every member comes together to support in anyway possible, like when robotics is in need of sponsors. Last year the robotics team made it to worlds. They were running low on funds so the people who run chase the ace donated the money that the robotics team needed. It just shows how our community comes together to support the future generations.

It just shows how everyone has a close relationship when they are apart of a community.


I feel like the novel is going to show the community being isolated from the rest of Canada like how it is in the real world today. Especially with the phones and the  internet disconnecting to everyone in the novel. Phones and the internet symbolizes communication and having them removed is like isolating the reserve. They also focus on it a lot already which makes me believe it is important information

I also feel like they will run out of food because of all of the foreshadowing.


 Questions I Have…

why the author is adding so much foreshadowing, is it to keep the reader engaged? Is it to build tension?

how he is going to build on the ideas already shown in the book?

Is the dream an actual event that is going to come in the future?

Who is the audience?

What is the purpose of this novel?

The author could take this story in so many directions so why is he leaning towards this? Is it to show the struggles in some reserves or is it just for pure entertainment?

Is he going to show the lack of support from the government?



More information on problems in communities



The Island- question 8

Language can be defined as communication between one another to share ideas, inspire and or persuade.

 Power can be defined in many different ways; power in writing is using language to direct and influence the reader to feel a certain way.

 The way we interpret things changes the meaning entirely


Power and Language shown through authority 


Power is emerges in “The Island” through the real life connections to what happens in the world. In reality and in this short story, the police have power and the non-conformist man has none. Throughout this short story the man is always being thrown around by the police. The doctor is against the police for the majority of the story. He is trying to use his words to persuade the police. He could never really get the police to believe him but he is able to help the man in the smallest ways possible. For example, the man was able to go back home with his family instead of going in the psychiatric hospital (42).

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Power and language in a literary lens 


Power and language can also make a story more impactful. It changes how you feel. It is much more impactful to see the journey this doctor and this man go through. You get an understanding on the tone and the visuals. The visuals of what it might look like makes you more engaged and make connections to reality. You get a better understanding and can sympathize with the characters.

 Overall language and the literary elements makes a story more powerful. For example, in paragraph 40, the doctor feels helpless and doesn’t know what to do (40). It sort of hooks you in, like you are anticipating what comes next. You question, what is going to happen to the man? Later on you hear about the man who is floating in the pond and it makes you understand and go back to see if there is any foreshadowing in the beginning. 

Read “The Island” here

The Island

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