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Category Archives: Culture
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
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
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
Don’t let them call you uneducated.
The other day my partner and I were on our way to see the Nutcracker ballet for the first time with our four daughters (two are mine, two are his). We walked by a discarded Christmas tree and a forgotten … Continue reading
Posted in Alienation, Culture Tagged Bush PhDs, cultural, powwow etiquette, wîsahkeâhk 17 Comments
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
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 Alberta Métis Settlements, Angelique Callihoo, Chris Andersen metis, David Garneau, definition of Métis, Lac Ste. Anne, Louis Kwarakwante, Louis Riel, Maria Campbell, Métis fiddling, Métis flag, Métis identity, Métis jigging, Métis Nation of Alberta, Métis rights, Métis Sash, Powley test, Red River Métis, Who is Métis 66 Comments
Khodi Dill sums it up nicely.
I am working away on a series of posts I’d like to put together to help untangle the web of confusion surrounding oft-misunderstood issues such as First Nations health-care, education, housing, taxation, self-government, settlement claims and so on. It isn’t … Continue reading
Images that make you go hmmmm.
Every once in a while I come across an image in my daily life that has an immediate impact on me. (You’ve already had my opinion on ‘native-themed’ costumes.) First comes the flood of feelings. Annoyance, frustration, confusion. Then I … Continue reading
Posted in Alienation, Culture, Injustice, Law, Pan-Indian, Representation of natives Tagged McGill law school, Patricia Nova, Quid Novi 29 Comments
kiyam, let it be, let it be…
During the ‘wearing us as costumes‘ discussion, one poster suggested to another that he ” kiyam-pi”. To me this word, kiyam, contains a glimpse into a world-view that is very much at the core of Cree-ness. I have had this word … Continue reading
Posted in Cree vocabulary, Culture 5 Comments