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WEEKLY ROUND UP: APRIL 22

April 22nd, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

Illustration: Erin McPhee

Yesterday we lost an icon in the music community with the passing of Prince. In honour of him, check out this tribute mixtape:

Amandla Stenberg has released the short film that got her in to New York University where she’ll be studying film production. The film, titled Blue Girls Burn Fast, was written, edited and directed by Stenberg. It’s 19 minutes long and is a powerful, multilayered force.

Yesterday Indigenous activists and allies in Toronto ended their occupation of the offices of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada in order to return to their families and communities. The #OccupyINAC movement has spread to include occupations in Winnipeg, Regina, Gatineau, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Vancouver. #OccupyINAC is fighting to bring attention to cruel conditions and a suicide epidemic among Indigenous youth in Attawapiskat and elsewhere. Ricochet Media has started an Indigenous Reporting Fund and sent a call-out for more Indigenous journalists.

As the 15-day camp, occupation and peaceful protest outside Toronto Police Headquarters by Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLMTO) wrapped up, the organizers debriefed about how the group is doing and what was achieved. The interview with briarpatch was conducted in two parts.

This week was #equalpayday and midwives in Ontario called out Kathleen Wynne for failing to close the gap. Check out this vid made by the Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) and read their FAQ for information about the human rights case launched by the AOM against the Ontario government.

The new Jungle Book film was released this week. Here’s a reminder about the racism and imperialism in Rudyard Kipling’s works.

No One is Illegal Toronto held a rally today at the Liberal Party of Canada offices in response to two deaths last month of people being held in Canada’s immigration system.

Chyna has died.

Baby goats in sweatersssjfafjsafk.

Tags: activist report, indigenous, media savvy, race and racism, recommended reading

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