Tag: Decolonizing

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    Take Back the Night 2014

    October 16th, 2014     by deb singh     Comments

    This month’s entry is the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape’s speech for this past September’s Take Back the Night (takebackthenightoronto.com) event. This year’s theme was Decolonizing Feminism Globally: From Turtle Island to Palestine. Our intention this year was to make connections between how violence is used by the state, worldwide, in Canada and beyond. Sexual violence, in particular, has been used against Indigenous women across the world as a tool of war and … READ MORE

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    Event: The University of Toronto Equity Studies Student Union presents: Decolonizing Our Minds 2014

    January 21st, 2014     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Over the past six years, the Equity Studies Students’ Union has annually hosted the Decolonizing Our Minds conference so as to identify and interrogate the ways in which different groups of people practice resistance. This year we examine how identities are actively negotiated and constructed, ultimately bringing together “non-traditional” communities against colonial domination and structural oppression. READ MORE

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    Honouring and Reclaiming Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples - Take Back the Night 2013

    October 1st, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    Over the 5 years I have been in leadership of Take Back the Night, I have never experienced the planning committee and the event in the way I did this year. I believe it was the leadership and guidance of Indigenous women and 2 Spirit People who changed the way we do Take Back the Night. I also believe that Take Back the Night changed because settlers weren’t running the show like in the 32 … READ MORE

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    Take Back the Night 2013: Honouring and Reclaiming Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples

    September 10th, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    Take Back the Night 2013 Honouring and Reclaiming Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples Saturday September 21st, 2013 Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario St., Toronto) Community Fair 4pm Rally 6pm March 8pm Read our Statement of Solidarity at takebackthenighttoronto.com Honouring and Reclaiming Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples This year’s theme speaks to the experiences of Turtle Islands original people and the (sexual) violence Indigenous women and 2-Spirit People still face today as part of the ongoing colonization of this land. We are all responsible for … READ MORE

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    We Need to Get Over It?

    August 20th, 2013     by Christine Smith McFarlane     Comments

    One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to the mainstream hearing about First Nations injustices are the words ” Get over it.” I cringe when I hear the words “get over it.” Those very words are loaded and carry so many connotations to it, and those seem to be the words that prevail on message boards on news sites when another injustice towards First Nations peoples is brought to light. There have been many injustices … READ MORE

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    Not your ‘Fashion Dots’: The Continuous Appropriation of Bindis

    July 1st, 2013     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    In the latest slew of North American women pop stars to don the bindi, white-passing Selena Gomez clocked in at number 10 for her MTV Movie Awards performance of “Come and Get It.” While it can only be assumed that Selena probably didn’t think this move through, the question remains as to why popular pop stars such as Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Shakira, Gwen Stefani, Miley Cyrus, Madonna, Nicole Scherzinger, Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks have … READ MORE

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    Toronto Pride art programming: Bambitchell

    June 17th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Toronto Pride is almost upon us! There are a huge number of events, programs, installations and shows throughout the city during late June and early July. One of these is That’s So Gay, an annual art exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel, curated this year by Elisha Lim. Stay tuned to Shameless for more coverage of this exhibition coming soon. One of this year’s participants of That’s So Gay is Bambitchell, the name used by Sharlene Bamboat … READ MORE

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    Recommended Reading: Mothering Resistance and Reclamation—Indigenous Mamas

    May 9th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Erin Konsmo writes at Reproductive Justice Blog: The Native Youth Sexual Health Network celebrates all Indigenous mamas and the many forms in which they come, as well as the critical everyday, on-the-ground work they do for our families, communities, and nations. To read the blog: http://bit.ly/11VtnTh … READ MORE

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    The Contemporary Urgencies of Audre Lorde’s Legacy

    March 3rd, 2013     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    This coming Thursday will launch a two-week long celebration of poet and activist Audre Lorde. There are free events happening across Toronto and at both York University and The University of Toronto. Check out the list of events below. Community Arts Practice, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University in association with Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto Invite you to THE CONTEMPORARY URGENCIES OF AUDRE LORDE’S LEGACY, MARCH 7-21, 2013 1) Medicines for Survival: Indigenous Knowledge and … READ MORE

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    Toronto event: Idle No More Solidarity Action

    January 30th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    A space for allies to learn and unlearn in solidarity with the efforts of the Idle No More Movement Date: February 4th, 2013 Time: 4pm to 6pm Where: Ryerson University at Gould and Victoria Street Featuring: Chief Johnny Yellowhead Nibinamik First Nation Hon. Landon Pearson (Former Senator); Resource Centre for the study of Childhood and Children’s Rights, Carlton University Elijah (Chief Bear) Sugarbear Youth Leader and Student Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services Devon Meekis Creator of www.idlenomore.ca; Meekis Designs & 1/2 of HIP HOP Group F.A.M Alice Sabourin Community Arts Facilitator … READ MORE

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    DECOLONIZING OUR MINDS 2013: PRACTICING DECOLONIAL LOVE

    January 28th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO EQUITY STUDIES STUDENT UNION PRESENTS: DECOLONIZING OUR MINDS 2013: PRACTICING DECOLONIAL LOVE http://www.uoftessu.com/dom2013/ Over the last five years, ESSU’s annual Decolonizing Our Minds conferences have attempted to address the different ways groups practice resistance. This year, we want to focus on the affective and emotional narratives and journeys of decolonization by looking at the ways in which individuals and communities practice love. Junot Diaz once said, “The actual standard of decolonial love, how little discussed, … READ MORE