Brought together and supported by the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, the Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQQIA Mentors, Elders, and Grandparents Support Circle is an effort to increase access to identity-affirming culture and support.
What we do:
The Circle aims to share information about community and cultural activities, including ceremonies, gatherings, events and workshops, to provide peer support and help facilitate access to culture in ways that are safe and affirming of our identities.
Water Walks & Healing Walks Listing 2015
This listing is not complete and is being updated regularly as we receive more information. If you know of any Water Walks or Healing Walks not listed here, please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include organizer contact info and relevant links, groups, photos and or videos.
“As women, we are carriers of the water. We carry life for the people. So when we carry that water, we are telling people that we will go any lengths for the water. We’ll probably even give our lives for the water if we have to. We may at some point have to die for the water, and we don’t want that,” Josephine Mandamin - Grandmother, WaterWalker
Author / Activist / Artist Dr. Lynn Gehl, Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe.
The 1763 Royal Proclamation is commonly thought of as Canada’s first constitutional document. What many people do not know is that the Royal Proclamation was ratified during the 1764 Treaty at Niagara.
Because successive governments of Canada have promoted a particular version of Canada’s history – a fiction of two founding nations – the broader Canadian public may be unaware of the significant roles Indigenous Nations held in Canada’s creation.Read more
Photo and Article by Max FineDay.
Last week Canadians were served a rude reminder. Maclean’s magazine named Winnipeg, home of the Metis resistance leader Louis Riel, Canada’s “most racist city.” While many media personalities, pundits, and politicians were shocked and offended by the title, Native people simply nodded their heads upon hearing the news and returned to their day.
Read the full story on Briarpatch Magazine here.
The Aboriginal Turn: Analysing Tagaq’s Animism and the Changing Relationships between Canada and its Aboriginal Populations
Please note that this was originally a term paper submitted in December, 2014 for a graduate-level seminar in my MA in Music and Culture.
Aboriginal and First Nation communities across Canada have been mistreated for over four-hundred years (Atleo 2008, 31). Lack of respect for treaties, the creation and continued use of the Indian Act of 1867, and the current conditions of many aboriginal communities, which have been described as “third world” by some, all support this claim. Marlene Atleo’s assertion of negligence by the Canadian government is most accessible in the following quote:
Over more than a hundred years, federal Canadian government policy favoured settlers and excluded Aboriginal people from legal, social, political, and economic life in ways that privileged the Canadian majority while disadvantaging and assimilating Aboriginal people (Atleo 2008, 32).
Submitted by Liette Michaud
The year 2014 was not a banner year for First Nations in Canada. As the number of Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women continued to rise, calls for a full inquiry and action plan remain unheeded and indeed the issue was “not high on our radar” according to prime minister Stephen Harper. No less worrisome is the ongoing stalemate between the federal government and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) over Bill C33, the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act (FNCFNEA). The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs refusal to return to the negotiating table despite a request to do so by interim National Chief Ghislain Picard is a sombre reminder of how deeply the wounds of institutional mistrust, neglect and willful ignorance have hurt the healing of First Nations communities within Canada.Read more
Submitted by Russ Letica
The Canadian Government, the National Energy Board, and Pipeline Corporations have formed a new partnership in distributing their new drug, Bitumen. Bitumen is the tar sands oil they have gorged from the earth in Alberta, thus creating a devastation to the lands for generations to come. This bitumen is so thick it takes an array, actually 100’s, of toxic chemicals to break it down. Chemicals needed to break it down enough to flow through a pipeline.Read more
Submitted by Barbara Hager
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s critically acclaimed dance, ”Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation” will be the focus of a feature documentary by Barbara Hager, an award-winning Métis director based in Victoria, BC. Hager’s company, Aarrow Productions, will co-produce the film with Winnipeg-based Wookey Films. The documentary, to be shot in Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie in 2015, features writer Joseph Boyden, singer Tanya Tagaq, musician Steve Wood, composer Christos Hatzis, choreographer Mark Godden and dancers Liang Xing, Alanna McAdie, Sophia Lee, Dimitri Dovgoselets and Yosuke Mino. The documentary, Truth Dance and Reconciliation, follows the journey of a group of non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal writers, choreographers, composers, musicians and designers who are brought together to create a ballet about one of the darkest chapters of Canadian history – church-run Indian residential schools.Read more
The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media Calls on All Who Condemn Racism and Child Abuse to Stand in Solidarity on February 10th Outside the Rushmore Civic Center
Media Contact: Jack Swanson Program Manager, NCARSM Cell: (612) 817-2710 email@example.com
Who: Henry Boucha and Clyde Bellecourt of the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media
What: Press conference and rally, to stand in solidarity with the victims of the January 24th racist assault at the Rushmore Civic Center in Rapid City. Available for interviews before and up to the rally outside the Rushmore Civic Center.
When: Tuesday, February 10th
Press Conference: 11 a.m.
Rally: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Press Conference: Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, 505 North 5th Street, Rapid City Rally: Rushmore Civic Center, 444 Mount Rushmore Road, Rapid City
Photo Damakota Youth Group/Facebook
A Youth member of the Damakota Youth Group in South Dakota was recently physically assaulted for protesting at a Sisseton High School Basketball game for the school use of the 'RedMan" name and logo.
Read the Full Story Here from Last Real Indians.