Monthly Archives: December 2011

Building relationships requires education.

When it comes to the many challenges that aboriginal peoples face here in Canada, I find I have to strike a balance between identifying those problems and trying to come up with solutions for them.  Spending too much time on … Continue reading

Posted in Alienation, Culture, First Nations, Fluency, Language learning, Representation of natives | Tagged , | 42 Comments

You’re Métis? So which of your parents is an Indian?

In a previous post, I described what it is like as an Alberta Métis to come to Quebec and realise that ‘Métis’ does not mean the same thing here.  I’m not a shut-in…I realised that there were different definitions out … Continue reading

Posted in Aboriginal law, Culture, First Nations, Half-breed, Kinship, Lac Ste. Anne, Métis, Metis beadwork, Michif, Pan-Indian, Pan-Métis, Representation of natives | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 66 Comments

We’re more than just poverty.

Today was a bit of a low day for me, emotionally.  Try as I might, I can’t seem to escape the negativity being spewed from so many mouths, streaming from the tips of so many furiously typing fingers.  No, I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Alienation, First Nations, Injustice, Parts of language, Sioux | Tagged , , , , , | 24 Comments

Lights! Camera! Action!

originally published on OpenFile Montreal, December 13th, 2011 I was asked to review the latest remake of the classic disaster film, First Nations Housing. Although the film is still currently in production, the rumours of scandal on set, reports of … Continue reading

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Got Status? Indian Status in Canada, sort of explained.

It has been my experience that many Canadians do not understand the difference between Status and membership, or why so many different terms are used to refer to native peoples.  The confusion is understandable; this is a complex issue and … Continue reading

Posted in Aboriginal law, First Nations, INAC, Law, Métis | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

What is Chief Spence hiding? Not your logical fallacy.

This is the question of the day (week/month), isn’t it?  Cue the accusations of fraud, of theft, of corruption.  All made without a shred of evidence to support them.  Made as though such statements are self-evident.  Self-evidentiary.  Obviously true.  The … Continue reading

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Ripping off native artists: it’s the new black!

I am quite upset to learn that a fellow going by the name Grey Owl (and I kid thee not, the irony of course being quite rich)  is stealing the work of the phenomenal Métis artist, Christi Belcourt. His real … Continue reading

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The consequences of going viral

Now that comments are trickling in at only 3 or 4 an hour instead of 20 or 30, I feel like I can breathe again.  What a weird couple of days! Let me see.  What have I learned so far … Continue reading

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First Nations taxation

I’ve been struggling with what to write next, given the unreal amount of attention my last blog post got.  I felt some pressure to use the attention to get a message out…but what do I say, where do I start?  … Continue reading

Posted in Aboriginal law, First Nations, INAC | Tagged , , | 53 Comments