Tag: Indigenous

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    Connnections to our Land Create Health

    October 17th, 2014     by Jamie Jacques     Comments

    Our health greatly depends on the relationship that we have with our Earth Mother because connecting with her can create health and happiness for us. As an Indigenous person I believe that our health greatly depends on our connections with Creation and we should be looking to Earth Mother for guidance. READ MORE

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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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    Mid-Week Round Up: October 8

    October 8th, 2014     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

    Check out what’s making been making our headlines this week. READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round Up: September 24

    September 24th, 2014     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

    Check out what’s making been making our headlines this week. READ MORE

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    MMIW- Missing and Murdered Indigenous Men and Women

    September 19th, 2014     by Nathan Adler     Comments

    MMMIW- Murdered and Missing Indigenous Men and Women- a very real issue especially when you find your aunt’s name on a list generated by a grassroots media group. READ MORE

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    We Need to Get Over It?

    August 20th, 2013     by Christine Miskonoodinkwe-Smith     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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    Recommended Reading: Police (In)Justice: Responding Together to Change the Story

    March 4th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    From the Native Youth Sexual Health Network: We validate the many stories we’ve heard from families about a lack of police responsiveness and/or dehumanizing treatment directed at the missing woman themself, their family or friends. Families have expressed frustration and anguish of being ignored when they presented evidence countering police theories. For instance, pointing out that their loved ones disappeared without taking their wallet, clothes, or cell phone, told no one of their plans, left without … READ MORE

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    Have A Heart Day

    February 14th, 2013     by Christine Miskonoodinkwe-Smith     Comments

    Dr. Cindy Blackstock, a member of the Gitxaan Nation and Executive Director for the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society reminds us every February 14, to ‘Have a Heart’. A champion for the cause, Blackstock utilizes the day to draw attention to one of the most vulnerable sectors of society; Indigenous children. Her vision is to have a generation of First Nations children who are given the same opportunities to succeed, celebrate their culture and … READ MORE

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    Feb 14 annual memorials and marches for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

    February 14th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Over the years, the February 14th Women’s Memorial March has expanded to cities across these lands, as well as internationally. The March is an opportunity for all cities and communities to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters and remember the women who are still missing. We encourage all women to journey and heal together by organizing memorials on this day because women face physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence on a … READ MORE

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    Day of Action-Thousands Converged on Parliament Hill

    January 28th, 2013     by Christine Miskonoodinkwe-Smith     Comments

    Bundled up and braving the cold, thousands of First Nations peoples from across Canada converged on Parliament Hill in a national day of action on January 11, 2013. The day of action was to protest the omnibus budget Bill C-45, and bring awareness to mainstream Canadians about the wrongs our Prime Minister Stephen Harper has done to all Canadians, not just First Nations peoples. Bill C-45 has been a huge focal point for the movement Idle … READ MORE

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    Bill C-45 Affects All Canadians, Not Just First Nations

    January 16th, 2013     by Christine Miskonoodinkwe-Smith     Comments

    Bill C-45 is a 457-page omnibus budget legislation bill (also known as the Jobs and Growth Act) that will make changes to several Canadian laws and enactments. Bill C-45 includes the following: Bill S-6 First Nations Election Act Bill S-8- Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act Bill S-2-Family Homes on Reserve and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act Bill C-428 Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act Bill S-207- An Act to Amend the Interpretation Act Bill S-212- First Nations Self Government … READ MORE

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    Idle No More: A Timeline of Events and Recommended Reading

    January 9th, 2013     by Team Shameless     Comments

    From the editors: This piece is a collaboration, with thanks to Christine McFarlane, deb singh, and YOU! In the next section of this post is a timeline of major events in the Idle No More movement. This crowd-sourced timeline is just getting started and needs your contributions. Please click here to go to the open Google Document and add your photos, links, videos and pieces of information. Check back often as more information is added! The … READ MORE

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    What Is It Going to Take For PM Stephen Harper to Meet With Chief Theresa Spence?

    January 2nd, 2013     by Christine Miskonoodinkwe-Smith     Comments

    What will it take for Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper to sit down and speak with Chief Theresa Spence? Will it take all First Nations and allies to continue stand- ins and protests, staging blockades or will it take worse before our PM Stephen Harper finally admits to himself that what he is currently doing, (which is nothing) isn’t working. It was December 11, 2012, that Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat First Nation began a hunger … READ MORE

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    The Idle No More movement

    December 30th, 2012     by Christine Miskonoodinkwe-Smith     Comments

    The Idle No More Movement began with four women: Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon and Sheelah McLean. It has evolved into a movement that has spread across Canada and the international stage. Idle No More began in early October when Bill C-45 was being discussed. The movement’s focus is on grassroots voices, treaty rights and sovereignty. Bill C-45 is a 457-page omnibus budget legislation bill (also known as the Jobs and Growth Act) that will … READ MORE

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    Repost: National day of remembrance and action of violence against women in Canada

    December 6th, 2012     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    This was originally posted one year ago at the Shameless blog. The writer has kindly agreed to have it posted again. Today is for you, you lucky people who have not experienced violence. Today is the day for you, who do not know what it is like to be harmed for being a woman, to remember the victims of l’Ecole polytechnique, 14 beautiful young women who were gunned down for being women, accused of being feminists. As … READ MORE

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    October 4, 2012 Vigil Locations: for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

    October 3rd, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    From the Native Women’s Association of Canada: Each year on October 4th communities across Canada come together to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. As we do so, we remember the lives of sisters, daughters, mothers and grandmothers tragically taken from us. There will be at least 164 vigils on Thursday, October 4 across Canada. A full list of cities and towns with all information can be found here: http://nwac.ca/programs/2012-vigil-locations OR Virtual Candlelight Vigil The … READ MORE

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    Celebrating Contemporary Global Indigenous Culture: Planet IndigenUS

    August 10th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Celebrating Contemporary Global Indigenous Culture Planet IndigenUS co-produced by Woodland Cultural Centre kicks off this Friday! Aug. 10-19, 2012 WHAT: Planet IndigenUS co-produced by Woodland Cultural Centre The biggest festival in the world of its kind: A ten-day celebration of cutting-edge, contemporary Indigenous culture from around the world. WHERE: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto; Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk Street, Brantford; and partners across the GTA Buses will be running between Harbourfront Centre, Woodland Cultural Centre and partner sites … READ MORE

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    One settler on Turtle Island

    May 8th, 2012     by deb singh     Comments

    My name is deb singh and thanks to Shameless for inviting me to blog! And thanks to the girls, trans youth, young women, and everyone who reads the Shameless blog. Big thanks to the team at Shameless for asking me to write! This blog is going to be about me: introducing myself to you, but also connecting myself to the land we call Canada. Many of you have heard about the ideas of privilege and oppression from … READ MORE

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    Toronto’s Aboriginal Community to makeover Allan Gardens

    February 21st, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    NEWS RELEASE: Toronto, ON, February 17, 2012 The City of Toronto is partnering with Aboriginal agencies, including the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto, and community groups to create a joint vision for the Allan Gardens art project. The temporary art project will beautify the 90 square meters of construction board (hoarding) surrounding the water main project on the south side of the park that will be in place until March 2015. Crystal Melin, executive director of the … READ MORE

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    On Valentine’s Day, Holding Hearts in Solidarity

    February 15th, 2012     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    February 14th is not just Valentine’s Day, but also The Annual Rally for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. It started 21 years ago in Downtown Eastside Vancouver because the family of a murdered woman wanted to show its love for the lost daughter on this day. Toronto joined Vancouver in this annual rally seven years ago due to a case investigation at that time. The event was organized by Toronto’s February 14th Organizing Committee comprised … READ MORE

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