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Monthly Archives: January 2012
The do’s, don’ts, maybes, and I-don’t-knows of cultural appropriation.
Cultural appropriation is a seriously hot-button topic. It ranges from the aggressively entitled stance of, “I can do whatever I want!” to the perpetually angry approach of “everything is cultural appropriation!”. Of course, the former is a much larger portion … Continue reading
No offense but…
I recently had a fight with someone I consider a friend, and day three after the event, I am still trying to deconstruct how it all went so wrong. This ordinarily would not be blog material, except that the situation … Continue reading
Posted in Alienation, Decolonisation, Injustice Tagged anti-racism, colonialism, Decolonisation, Indigenous solidarity, oppression, privilege 41 Comments
No soup for bigots.
I feel a need right now to discuss privilege. It is a complex issue, and I have a lot to say about it, so this may end up being more than one post. This is me attempting to rationally approach … Continue reading
Speaking different languages at the CFNG
Well folks, there was a lot of ‘speaking two different languages‘ going on in Ottawa yesterday. For me, the highlights of the Crown-First Nation Gathering held yesterday in Ottawa came from the mouths of two women, Dr. Pam Palmater and … Continue reading
Guest Blog: Don’t give up on Attawapiskat!
The following article is my first ‘guest blog post’, by David Schulze, a partner in the law firm of Dionne Schulze in Montréal, which specializes in representing Aboriginal communities and individuals. I think it is important to remember that the … Continue reading
Rights? What rights?
Something indigenous people never get tired of hearing about is how we were conquered/defeated/never had rights. I know I just can’t get enough of having this explained to me by loudmouthed bigots and helpful progressives both! It leaves me with … Continue reading
Posted in Aboriginal law, Injustice, Law Tagged Aboriginal rights, Adverse possession, Calder, Delgamuukw, Doctrine of Discovery, Mabo, res nullius, terra nullius 9 Comments
A rose by any other name is a mihkokwaniy.
It is always eye-opening to go outside the comfortable confines of this blog and read what questions (or assertions) people are releasing into the ether. As frustrating (and sometimes hilarious) as it can be to surf around, reading these questions … Continue reading
Posted in Culture Tagged Aboriginal, First nations, Indian, Indigenous, inuit, metis, native, native american, native canadian, What do you call indian people 15 Comments
The “that isn’t traditional” meme.
Dude. Say it with me. Traditions aren’t technology-dependent. I feel like I’ve said this so often, it should be indelibly emblazoned on the mind of every person who has ever lived, but the sad fact of my limited vocal reach … Continue reading
Residential Schools: an Introduction
I feel emotionally strong enough today to begin to tackle a subject that I tend to avoid a lot of the time…Residential Schools. A number of people have requested that I write something about this, but each time I’ve tried … Continue reading
Questioning assumptions, Sawyer did it, will you?
I’ve been reading a lot of Robert J. Sawyer lately, because as pointed out by Adam Shaftoe and Matt Moore in the fall 2011 On Spec, he’s a Canadian Sci-Fi author who is surprisingly optimistic in his writing, in an … Continue reading