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Art Threat: Curating the North: Documentary Screening Ethics and Inuit Representation in (Festival) Cinema

Documentary festivals are certainly not immune to scandal and controversy, and this year’s RIDM, which took place in Montreal in November 2015, was no exception. Following on the heels of the festival’s public screenings of Dominic Gagnon’s film Of the North, Inuit artists like Tanya Tagaq and Alethea Arnaquq-Baril took to social media to express […] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Curating the North: Documentary Screening Ethics and Inuit Representation in (Festival) Cinema

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #LyingLeona Lets Them Eat Cake From The Dump

Conservative Minister Leona A. is a disgrace. That means she’s a fine representative of the Conservative Party of Canada.

You may remember other Lying Leona blunders from such stories as Canada phasing out coal, and the Canadian government isn’t muzzling scientists.

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Scott's DiaTribes: Harper / PMO: “The Inuit knew about the Franklin ships? Who knew?”

APTN demonstrates how low a priority First Nations relations are with the Harper government at the moment:

The Franklin expedition ship found by researchers on the Arctic seabed has a detailed and colourful history within Inuit oral tradition, yet the Inuit garnered only one 17-word sentence among the press releases and backgrounders released by the . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Harper / PMO: “The Inuit knew about the Franklin ships? Who knew?”

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: National Aboriginal Day Celebrated in Canada

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people from all backgrounds gathered all over Canada to celebrate National Aboriginal Day, which honours First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples’ invaluable contributions to our history and culture.

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Politics, Re-Spun: Are We Good Allies to First Nations?

This is what solidarity looks like; make sure it’s authentic!

Lots of us care about deepening relationships with and social/economic/political justice for first peoples. It’s hard to come in, though, sometimes as a person from an oppressor or settler class. But there is a good checklist to make sure we’re actually contributing effectively.

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The Canadian Progressive: Vancouver symposium explores commodification of Aboriginal culture

By: Simon Fraser University | Press Release: Simon Fraser University archaeology professor George Nicholas is joining international scholars at a Vancouver symposium May 2 to explore the commodification of Aboriginal culture. “The abundance of souvenir totem poles and inukshuks in many shops locally often makes it difficult for tourists and locals alike to […]

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The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, Aboriginal people more likely to suffer heart attacks: REPORT

by Canadian Institute of Health Information, Jan. 31, 2013: Once hospitalized for a heart attack, Aboriginal peoples in Canada are likely to have similar health outcomes as others in this country, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). Even so, getting such care continues to be a challenge. Residents of areas with a . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, Aboriginal people more likely to suffer heart attacks: REPORT

The Canadian Progressive: Aboriginal status ruling challenges policymakers

by John D. Whyte | The Leader Post, Jan 17 2013 Recent developments in relations with aboriginal peoples – the prime minister’s meeting with First Nations leaders, the protest by Chief Theresa Spence, who is on a liquid fast, and especially the Idle No more demonstrations – are likely to be significant. But equally important . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Aboriginal status ruling challenges policymakers

The Scott Ross: Idle No More Will Fail Unless Votes Follow

Idle No More will fail, not because aboriginals don’t matter, but because they don’t vote.

Elections Canada has tracked federal voter turnout on First Nations Reserves since the 2004 general election, and over that time period aboriginal turnout was on average 28% less than that of all Canadians.

Accounting for the growth in the aboriginal . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Idle No More Will Fail Unless Votes Follow

Canadian Progressive World: Canada’s Shame: Acclaimed Inuit Artist Pregnant And Homeless In Ottawa

“We CAN look after each other better than we do today” and “Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity.” – the late NDP Leader, Jack Layton

Emotional by nature, I am. Very. But this is . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Canada’s Shame: Acclaimed Inuit Artist Pregnant And Homeless In Ottawa