Got Land?

tenelle_starr.jpgWear the "Got Land? Thank an Indian" shirt and stand up for the truth about Canada's record on Indigenous rights

This week, Tenelle Starr, 13 years old and a member of the Star Blanket First Nation in Saskatchewan, was prevented by officials at her school near Regina from wearing a sweatshirt that read: "Got Land? Thank an Indian."

But Tenelle wore the shirt proudly because, in her words, "it's the truth. I think of it as a teaching tool that could help bring awareness to our treaty and land rights.”

Now and up to a January 28 Day of Action, Tenelle and Idle No More and Defenders of the Land are encouraging people across the country to wear this t-shirt to their schools, workplaces, or neighbourhoods to spark conversations about Canada's true record on Indigenous rights.

Buy a shirt where they're available. Download a stencil here and make your own. Hold a t-shirt making party and make dozens. Share them with your native and non-native friends. Upload a photo of you wearing the t-shirt here or upload the photo to instagram and use the hashtag #gotland

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  • Gilpin
    signed 2014-01-28 07:29:16 -0800

    You are an inspiration to many across Turtle Island. Your bravery against our racist, ignorant Canadian state was empowering and exciting. I am looking into getting my own shirt to wear all around my city. A lot of people don’t know the first thing about the history of this ‘country’ and so they see things like this as confusing and rude… but we are here to be teachers. Youth like you have a fresh and fierce spirit that will spread across our land like a sacred fire, burning through the night. Stay strong and know that your people are strong and beautiful and that we will walk forward, step by step. Take care of yourself little warrior xoxox

    Emilee (22 year old mixed Cree and Métis woman)
  • Denise Jourdain
    signed 2014-01-27 16:27:22 -0800
    Merci de tenir tête, fière de toi, je suis Innu de Uashat mak Mani-utenam du territoire du québec, comme toi, nous nous tenons debout pour défier les autorités et ça passe par l’affirmation de notre identité de Premières Nations.
  • Brian Duffy
    signed 2014-01-22 15:56:47 -0800
    A brave truth-teller! We need more people taking a stand.

    Joan Parker
  • daniel benitez
    signed 2014-01-22 07:08:58 -0800
    You are a brave young woman dont let them push you we will come if needed ! Daniel Benitez Arkansas usa
  • Emily Robinson
    signed 2014-01-21 10:25:15 -0800
    ur sweater rocks!!!!!!!!!!!:) luv it:):)
  • meagen smith
    signed 2014-01-21 10:20:35 -0800
    Luv your sweater!!!!
  • Eleanor (Ellie) Arnold
    signed 2014-01-21 06:14:22 -0800
  • Lisa Ewen
    signed 2014-01-20 08:13:38 -0800
    you are not alone- Stand Firm- Native Pride !
  • Bobby Yarbrough
    signed 2014-01-19 18:11:44 -0800
    Love it and I support you in all ways i am ordering a stencile now.
  • gary ben
    signed 2014-01-19 12:38:16 -0800
    well i am thankful for supporting a good cause and the youth have anew wave of voices out there today we just have to try to communicate better and hope that government will honor their words they say and the treaties of canada are very important to our nations and people of canada and we hope our voices and to be recognized truth is a very powerful word and so is reconciliation as well a big words called the relationship with first nation peoles of canada so we will be reconized as first canadian citizens of Kanada which is an original word used by our people now called canada…
  • Rachael Van Fossen
    signed 2014-01-19 09:26:38 -0800
    As a settler-type Canadian, my thanks go to Tenelle, her family and her community for making sure that Treaties and land rights are not ignored.
  • Erica Cleto
    signed 2014-01-19 07:12:02 -0800

    Hey Tenelle! There are people out there rooting for you! Stay strong- you are amazing!
  • Thatconradguy Eh
    signed 2014-01-18 13:57:58 -0800
    Awesome ;)
  • Bruno Petit
    signed 2014-01-18 11:05:32 -0800
  • cathy morin
    signed 2014-01-18 09:41:37 -0800
    I will surely support this yes amen … tennelle you go girl
  • Nahwegahbow
    signed 2014-01-18 08:33:21 -0800
    Hi Tenelle.

    Keep standing up! You are a great role model for your peers!

    Monica & Begiizhik Nahwegahbow
  • Edna Bignell
    signed 2014-01-18 03:02:27 -0800
    Right on girl, stand up for the first people of this land
  • mike denny
    signed 2014-01-17 18:23:46 -0800
  • Scott Kroger
    signed 2014-01-17 18:11:37 -0800
    Got Land?

    Thank an Indian.
  • Karen  Ridd
    signed 2014-01-17 17:32:25 -0800
    Tenelle – I’m impressed with your courage and resilience. Good for you, for letting everyone know your beliefs by wearing your shirt, and then for standing up for your right to wear it!

    Karen Ridd (‘settler’)
  • Siusaidh Chaimbeul
    signed 2014-01-17 16:22:41 -0800
    If Tenelle was my grand-daughter, I’d be so proud!
  • Sharon Rose
    signed 2014-01-17 15:08:26 -0800
    Yer doing an awesome job of representing; you go girl!!
  • patty krawec
    signed 2014-01-17 15:07:03 -0800
    Making a flag to hang at work!
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-01-17 13:59:28 -0800
    Wear the "Got Land? Thank an Indian" shirt as an act of truth-telling protest about Canada's record on Indigenous rights
  • Kiana T
    signed 2014-01-17 13:58:39 -0800
    Brilliant, love it!!! 😍
  • Jennifer  Ward
    signed 2014-01-17 13:31:25 -0800
    Tenelle, you are one strong young woman and I am so proud of you for standing up for your beliefs in the face of adversity. I know I don’t know you, but I support you.
  • Giiziisweyaabekwe Morson
    signed 2014-01-17 12:52:29 -0800
    Tenelle, You are an inspiration for our children and adults alike. Miigwech.

    For some people, hearing truths for the first time is like looking in mirror. They might get upset about seeing a dirty face with matted hair at first. But hopefully, they have enough sense to clean up. That’s how it may feel when hear, sometimes for the first time, that they are on First Nation territory and should be grateful to us.

    Many blessings, young ogichida
  • Monica P
    signed 2014-01-17 12:37:56 -0800
    Keep up the good work Tenelle! Keep bringing awareness!
  • Rose Victor
    signed 2014-01-17 12:09:25 -0800
    To an Outstanding Young Girl : )

    Thank-You for your demonstration to encourage learning ,We all can and do/will learn.bless you and your team of supporter’s who have helped you during times where hate and mean was put forth to you .Shine Like You Do : )
  • Lise-Anne Leveille
    signed 2014-01-17 11:59:47 -0800
    I admire you, Tenelle!

    You give me hope in the future :)

    Stay strong and always fight for social justice!