Nzhishenh jordan uncle Jordan Assiniwe What are your teachings surrounding being an uncle? I feel like it’s important to show the good way and guide my nephew towards a better life, the good life. I was fortunate enough to have a lot of uncles. On my dad’s side there was 6 of them and on my mom’s side there was none. So I had every aspect of life, which they guided, so there was not only cultural ways but it was also sports, athletics, school, relationships. I always had great advice from my uncles because it would be a different perspective, right? So that’s what I like, that’s what I think is important too, is giving that different perspective and trying to show the right way. Who is your favourite uncle and why? It would have to be my godfather, Bryan Assiniwe. When my nephew Martin was born, I knew that I wanted to be the same cool godfather that my uncle Bryan was. He took me ice fishing, he took me hunting, doing land-based activities. A lot of my fondest memories are with him. He watches sports with me and he would come to my sports games. We would go to the powwows together. He was someone that was always there for me when my parents were busy with something or he was always filling in for those last minute things when they needed someone to watch me. (...) That’s exactly what I’m going to be doing with my nephew. We’re already watching sports together all the time, we’ve already been hunting, we’ve been fishing together already too and he’s not even two years old yet. Excerpt from the interview with Jordan Assiniwe by Elizabeth Eshkibok, Cultural Practitioner at the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre.