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A Video Game Development Program for Indigenous Girls Aged 13-18

Presented by the Indigenous Routes Collective and Dames Making Games

The Indigenous Routes Collective is pleased to announce an innovative partnership project with Dames Making Games providing programing and game development training for indigenous* girls aged 13-18 in Toronto. The project will run for 10 evenings and two weekends between March and June 2015 at Bento Miso (862 Richmond Street West).

Drawing on the experience of established indigenous media artists within the collective and Toronto community and the technical and gaming expertise provided by Dames Making Games participants will be guided through process of conceptualizing and programing games. The course will move from the ground up and requires no past programing experience, just a desire to learn and make games. Projects will be made individually and in collaboration, including collaborative projects with mentors. Finished games will be presented to the public as an arcade in October 2015.

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Rhymes for Young Ghouls, featuring Mohawk actress Kawennahere Devery Jacobs, is now streaming on Netflix!

From IMDB:

Red Crow Mi’g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that meansimprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. That means being at the mercy of “Popper”, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school.

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Protests from our First Nations people in the lead up to the G20 summit. 5 years after Kevin’s apology our First nations people are having their children taken away at alarming rates.  Indigenous child removal has risen 400% in the last 15 years and represent a third of out of home care despite making up only 4.6% of the population.

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SheNative is a socially driven handbag & accessories company dedicated to empowering Indigenous women, positively impacting the way they are represented in the media, and changing how they are perceived by the rest of the world.

Devon Fiddler, Founder & Chief Changemaker of SheNative is an Indigenous woman of the Waterhen Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. She founded SheNative with a mission to inspire Native Women and girls to see themselves differently.

“I grew up a shy, timid Native girl, not having the best childhood experience with so much external negativity due to who I was, right down to the colour of my skin. I’ve since realized that I didn’t have to be who I was expected to be, and I could be whoever I wanted! So, I did it!”

Devon recognized a common problem based on her own personal experiences and those of her friends, family and other Native women around her. She recognized the need for change, and started looking for a way to help other woman and girls, to tell them that it’s okay to be amazing and pursue their passions. And so, SheNative was born. Devon recognized that changing the way Native women perceive themselves will start a chain reaction of empowerment, encouraging these women to provoke a positive change in public perceptions.

SheNative is currently at $9,700 (65% of their $15,000 goal) with 7 days left in the campaign. Jump on board now and help them make it!

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RebelMusic: Native America premieres TODAY 11/13 exclusively on MTV's Facebook page Check it out!

Family of missing First Nation teen fears for her safety

Members of a Winnipeg family say they’re afraid for the safety of 15-year-old Pretty Plume Cobiness.

According to a post on Facebook, Cobiness was last seen leaving Studio 393 in Portage Place wearing a black T-shirt with a white logo. The First Nation teen is approximately five feet six inches tall, weighs about 170 pounds, and has long brown hair.

Her brother, Pete Cobiness, says no one in her family has heard from her since Saturday. 

"You never know and if you’re in the city, that’s what really worries me — some crazy stuff goes on out here," he told CBC News on Tuesday.

Winnipeg police confirm that Cobiness was reported missing on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Her disappearance came just one day before the body of another 15-year-old girl, Tina Fontaine, was discovered in the Red River in Winnipeg.

This is tragic. ANOTHER missing aboriginal girl in Canada. Not even a day after Tina Fontaine was found, murdered.

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Utopia (Australia, 2014)

TRIGGER WARNING.

Utopia is a documentary about the past and present of the brutality inflicted on Aboriginal peoples by the white invaders.

While we hate the fact that this documentary is only getting attention because it’s a white male saying what Aboriginal Australians have been saying forever, it is nevertheless a must watch.

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Rallah Baker, from the Biri-Gubba-Juru and Yugerra people, will be Australia’s first Aboriginal Opthamologist. This is a huge achievement in a country where there are only 204 Indigenous doctors, and only 22 specialists currently in training.

Australia’s First Nation communities status regarding eye health is bleak. They are 12x more likely to suffer blinding cataracts, with Australia remaining the only developed nation where trachoma exists- in 60% of remote First Nation communities. This is exacerbated by some First Nations members having a distrust of White doctors (and rightly so) and a continued lack of funding by government in First Nation Health programs (much of the slack is taken up by NGOs like the Fred Hollows Foundation). Having an Indigenous face, like Rallah Baker, on the other side of the table is a huge boon. (X)

That awkward moment when your government ignores the plight of over a thousand missing and murdered aboriginal women as “not a sociological phenomenon” but announces new surveillance legislation within two days as a response to the shooting death of one white male soldier after it relaxed gun restrictions against the advice of law enforcement.

Just a PSA with Australia Day/Invasion Day coming up:

Please consider indigenous australia’s history with ‘breed out the black’ policies when talking about cultural backgrounds and things like what ‘percentage’ or ‘caste’ someone is. 

We understand that words and phrases like ‘mixed’ and ‘white-passing’ and ‘non-black PoC’ are useful in many contexts but they can be extremely upsetting considering our history and how we’ve shaped our identity within its context.

Coffee is still coffee if you add a bit of milk. 

An indigenous person is an indigenous person, whether their hair is dark and wiry or sleek and blonde.

We don’t need anyone telling us that we’re not ‘full blacks’ because what they’re really telling us is that the racist policies of australia’s past - which saw our ancestors raped by white men and their babies taken away by white men to be, in turn, raped by more white men - won. 

Artist Evan Munday is hoping to pressure Prime Minister Stephen Harper to support an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women (or otherwise convince the government to act on this issue) by creating a sketch of a missing or murdered indigenous woman every single day. Since 1980 nearly 1200 aboriginal women in Canada have been murdered or gone missing.

Sketch for January 11th, 2015:

Angel Carlick, 19 disappeared from Whitehorse in May 2007. She was found dead in November 2007.

Follow his twitter here.

"Indigenous women’s lives are shaped through systemic racism, sexism and poverty. Colonialism has portrayed us as people against whom violence is normalized – expected, even. And in order for the onslaught of violence against us to end, these root conditions must be addressed.

Sex work abolitionists often see poverty or homelessness as factors that “push” women into prostitution, where prostitution is seen as a form of human trafficking. Their solution to these issues, however, is not to increase social supports to help end poverty or to increase access to affordable and safe housing to help end homelessness. No, the alleged solution is to push women in prostitution further to the periphery by isolating and alienating them from safety through the criminalization of their lives.

And anti-sex work advocates often equate these root factors with indigenous women’s inherent victimization. Native women are not afforded the same level of agency as everyone else; they are merely passive bodies waiting to be violated. This only furthers the marginalization of indigenous women and normalizes the violence in indigenous sex workers’ lives.”

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