Everyone Calls Themselves An Ally, Until It’s Time To Do Some Real Ally Shit

Another great piece detailing ways to work as an ally (VERB) with communities in which you have privilege.

“Fact: you are the children and grandchildren of oppressed people who seen our lands as means to escape their own oppressive imperialistic leaders. They came and they used racism and religion as the catalyst for the wholesale slaughter of the native peoples. There is a responsibility in this knowledge to do something. More than acknowledgement and more than rallies or marches. Real tangible ways to create meaningful relationships to us and to the land is what the next step in our struggle is.”

GREAT list, in full HERE

Accomplices Not Allies

This is a great list of some of the issues surrounding the ally industrial complex and claiming ally as an identity. Ally is a VERB. You must be allying, in action, and in ways that are called for my the community you are seeking to ‘help’.

Full list HERE

4 Ways White People Can Work for Indigenous Justice

From truth telling to land return, check out this list of ways to act as an ally to Indigenous communities.

Full list HERE

Winnipeg – Where Canada’s Racism Problem May Be At It’s Worst

“For decades, the friendly Prairie city has been known for its smiling, lefty premiers, pacifist, Mennonite writers and a love affair with the Jets. Licence plates here bear the tag “Friendly Manitoba.” But events of last fall served to expose a darker reality. The Manitoba capital is deeply divided along ethnic lines. It manifestly does not provide equal opportunity for Aboriginals. And it is quickly becoming known for the subhuman treatment of its First Nations citizens, who suffer daily indignities and appalling violence. Winnipeg is arguably becoming Canada’s most racist city.”

Full piece with links HERE

First Nation Man Creates ‘Sober is Sexi’ Campaign

This sounds like a wonderful campaign that could really help a lot of people. From personal tragedy he is making a real change for his future and that of future generations. Check out more details and his CBC radio interview HERE

Walking With Our Sisters – Vamps

I know I’ve posted about WWOS before, and this likely will not be the last time either. Such an incredible project, from the hand beaded vamps and beading groups formed all across turtle island, to the beautiful songs composed by community for this project, to the symbolism of each and every aspect, this is truly a historical event.

Please check out the individually featured vamps on their website. Each and every one is phenomenal and important.

Check them all out HERE

Student Suspended for Speaking Native Language at School

What damn year is this?!?
Maybe if the public were educated as to the horrors of the Nationally imposed residential schooling system it would be clear just how incredibly HORRIFIC this particular micro-aggression is.
Children were routinely beaten and punished in other ways for speaking their own language in these schools (also referred to sometimes as boarding schools). The desired result was almost achieved, in stripping our people of their beautiful and varied mother tongues. The disconnect around language is still incredibly real and felt in Native communities across turtle island.
So in 2014 for this to be going on and for the response from the general public not to be IMMEDIATE OUTRAGE is maddening!!! The government should be obligated to provide instruction to rebuild our native language speakers to work towards repairing the damage they have intentionally inflicted on Native communities.

“When Miranda was teaching a classmate to say “posoh” and “ketapanen” on January 19, her teacher scolded her.
Native News Network reported her saying “You are not to speak like that! How do I know you’re not saying something bad? How would you like it if I spoke in Polish and you didn’t understand?”
The words Miranda was chastised for translate to “hello” and “I love you” in Menominee.”

Read the full story HERE, and feel free to contact this school and let them know what’s up.

Wab Kinew Replaces Jian Ghomeshi on ‘Canada Reads’

Another great announcement out of the CBC today! I’ll take as much Wab Kinew as I can, thanks! ❤

“I think it’s an awesome show and the rationale for wanting to host it is the same,” he said. “It’s something I think is uniquely Canadian, that we actually have a reality show about books and we can have a show that’s a one-time celebration of literature but on another level is a forum to have some pretty deep conversations about big societal issues.”

LOVE that he’s using his platform to bring attention to the issue of VAW in the wake of such horrendous news. Right on! Be sure to nominate some of your favorites for ‘Canada Reads’

Skwachays – Aboriginal Art Hotel in Vancouver

“Skwachays is more than a good-looking boutique hotel; it has two additional functions. First, 24 units are saved for low-cost aboriginal artist housing; the lower level is being renovated into a workshop. Artists live at Skwachays on a three-year contract, during which they produce pieces that are sold in the hotel’s lobby gallery. Skwachays’ goal is to help the artists become financially independent by the end of their contract.

Second, the remaining 18 rooms are designated as the hotel, each uniquely designed by one of six aboriginal artists. These rooms, as well as the gallery sales, fund the artist housing, resulting in a self-sustaining social enterprise.

Aside from the sheer beauty of its design, hotel guests can immerse themselves in aboriginal culture by participating in a traditional sweat lodge and smudge ceremonies. All food is produced by a local aboriginal catering company, with wine and beer focusing on local offerings as well.”

Sounds AMAZING! Sign me up!
More details and breathtaking photographs HERE