Posts by Erin Konsmo

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    Denial of Indigenous Health and Self-Determination - statement

    April 22nd, 2012     by Erin Konsmo     Comments

    Written by grassroots Indigenous peoples involved in Indigenous health across Canada Montreal - April 22nd, 2012 It has become overwhelmingly clear amongst the community of Indigenous health service providers, public health representatives, and all of our communities nationally that the Conservative government has made targeted cuts to undermine health programs that are critical for the sustenance of front-line work within Aboriginal communities. The prompt roll-out of these decisions has resulted in the near-inhumane on-the-spot firing and/or suspended employment … READ MORE

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    Indigenous Young Women National Gathering and Project! Nov 18th to 21st, Saskatoon

    August 10th, 2011     by Erin Konsmo     Comments

    The Native Youth Sexual Health Network and Girls Action Foundation are proud to announce the Indigenous Young Women Speaking Our Truths, Building Our Strengths national gathering and project! ALL INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT: http://www.girlsactionfoundation.ca/en/special-projects/indigenous-young-women-speaking-our-truths-building-our-strength What is the project about? The Indigenous Young Women: Speaking our Truths, Building our Strengths project focuses on Indigenous young women’s leadership, empowerment, building solidarity amongst each other and stopping violence. The project will focus on skill sharing and facilitation, emphasizing the fact … READ MORE

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    An Indigenous Feminist Reminder of Women and Environmental Justice

    February 24th, 2011     by Erin Konsmo     Comments

    In anticipation of the book launch of Jessica Yee’s book, Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the academic industrial complex of feminism, I want to keep it “real” and give a reminder of what this deconstruction will mean if taken seriously. To provide this reminder, I have chosen to point out the patriarchy and racism that is still so pervasive in the environmental movement. As an Indigenous Feminist, one of the links I, as well as many Indigenous … READ MORE

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    Change Needs to Happen for Metis Youth

    December 15th, 2010     by Erin Konsmo     Comments

    This is the third and final part of an introductory series of posts. Parts one and two can be found here and here. What makes us different as Metis youth? What makes me different, and why do I continue to fiercely voice this opinion? There are specific vulnerabilities to Metis that increases the chances of us being affected by HIV, and I am sick of the racism that is felt by being placed in this colonial grouping … READ MORE

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    Voices of Truth - Metis and HIV

    December 14th, 2010     by Erin Konsmo     Comments

    This is part two of an introductory series of posts. Part one can be found here. My voice has a lot to do with where I come from, and the Metis people who have taught and guided me within the Aboriginal HIV/AIDS movement. I am currently part of a project called “Voices from the Fire: Vision in Truth.” This project seeks to develop a community-based perspective of HIV/AIDS to inform education, prevention and/or support strategies … READ MORE

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    Aboriginal Youth and HIV in Our Communities

    December 13th, 2010     by Erin Konsmo     Comments

    My background as a Metis youth is increasingly important to me, and one of the issues I find myself extremely passionate about is sexual and reproductive health. In response to that passion and my involvement with the Aboriginal HIV/AIDS movement, I am providing a three-part piece on this issue in the form of a call-out. As a Metis youth representative on the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, I take my role seriously in making sure a Metis … READ MORE