KUDOS TO MCGILL!!! This is great. For their annual 4floors party, the people at the door will be using a colour coded system to assess your costume. Green means you get in, red means you are turned away (see ya Pochahottie, GAH!) and yellow means they’re having trouble deciding so equity commissioners are brought in. That means that it’s up to five people to make the decision if they’re on the fence, this is not a heated, personal, individual decision.
I think this is AMAZING! How often are marginalized groups just told to ‘deal with it’? That this representation of their cultures and communities is nothing to get upset about, that they’re being too sensitive? Well, as someone whose family was shattered by the 60’s scoop I can tell you that the colonizers version of what makes an ‘indian’ has always been, and continues to be powerfully oppressive to us. I am so glad to see a Canadian University actually looking out for the health and well being of ALL it’s students, and taking a definitive stance on costumes like these. Clear message recieved!
Find out more about it HERE
“Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.”
“There’s no tribute in wearing the headdress on the cover of Elle UK, flanked by “The Secret Life of Keira Knightley” and “All Natural Hair: 23 Products to Try Now.” This is a spiritual item; on the cover of Elle UK it becomes secularized, trivialized, accessorized. Those who hold the headdress sacred might well say this is the opposite of a tribute.”
Pharrell Head Dress