pixiegirl9  asked:

I just read an article stating that Ottawa won't adopt the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People into Canadian law. The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould (former Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations) has said that adopting UNDRIP into Canadian law is too "Simplistic" and a "political distraction". What do you think about this?

It’s been 20 years and I’m still waiting for the government to follow some of the recommendations from the royal commision on aboriginal peoples. 

One recommendation is the implementation of a Aboriginal Parliament. 

I’m not holding my breath hoping that the government will do something. The closest I think the government came to improving the lives of native peoples in recent history is the failed kelowna accord

I should also point out that I’m a political outsider. I’m too middle ground for most ndns. (natives) 

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This woman’s name is Ashley Burnham, and she just got crowned as Miss Universe Canada, 2015. Not only is she the first Canadian delegate to win the competition, but she is also the first ever aboriginal to have won this title. Ashley is a gorgeous Enoch Cree woman—whose maiden name and most known name is Ashley Callingbull—from a reserve in central Alberta. Much of her parade outfits consisted of traditional First Nations wear, and she has posted pictures on Instragram of her attending pow-wows and dancing.

Taking back the culture. #reappropriation

#DearNonNatives: Pocahontas was twelve. TWELVE. Her story is one of mental, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her kidnappers. Disney turned her story into an animated musical where she's older and consenting and falls in love with a white man and everybody lives happily ever after. And then they marketed that story and geared it towards children. Do NOT argue with Natives about why they hate that movie.

‘”This cop is holding a taser to the neck of a Lakota man blocking the passage of a beer truck in White Clay, Nebraska. Despite police violence, the action was a success - two Budweiser trucks never delivered their cargo.

Read more about the action and the Moccasins on the Ground training here:

White Clay exists only to sell alcohol to residents of the adjacent Pine Ridge reservation and profit from the suffering inflicted by alcoholism.” circa 2013 (source)

the seven sisters festival is racist and transphobic

trigger warning for transmisogyny and racism (as well as some severe white nonsense)

the seven sisters festival is a ‘womens festival’ in the same vein as Michfest, ie a cis white womens gathering. they have held this three day event for the last couple of years, and it’s only getting worse and worse.

this year, it came out that the festival only accepts trans women who have undergone gender confirmation surgery. (warning for very transphobic language) this is, of course, disgusting on multiple levels, and raises the question – do they plan to be doing checks? do i have to carry a punani pass everywhere with me in case I’m suspected of being a trans woman? or is it just supposed to be a threat?

@black-australia commented on the group event, and was blocked for her efforts.

they have started deleting people’s comments about it, leaving only the good ones about how great the festival is, and some of the transphobic ones.

it gets worse than that. they tout the festival grounds as ‘sacred womens space’ (what the fuck is that?) but they have not asked permission from Indigenous elders for the festival, on top of creating an environment that specifically pushes out Indigenous people through both their transphobia and their general atmosphere. their basket weaving workshop post touts that it will ‘awaken primal feelings’ – because Indigenous traditions are primal, right?

so we did some digging on their page. Oh god I was not prepared.

Native American headdresses. White women painting themselves brown and playing drums. White women wearing saris and ‘tribal’ style clothing. The augmentation of their little white festival with nonwhite traditions, like we’re fucking accessories. 

@yilabil-wawura left the following post on their page, which was swiftly deleted.

they posted it again. no word yet on whether it’s been deleted, but it’s clear that this organisation of white people stands for one thing – other rich, white, cis women at the expense of Black and Brown women, especially Sistergirls and other Black trans identitified people. 

we will not stand for this any longer, the theft and accessorising of our sacred things, our lands and our lives by white people, or the accessorising of anyone else’s cultures and sacred things. We will not stand for the exclusion of any women, regardless of their cultures, or the reducing women to their genitals.

please spread this around. do NOT attend this festival. tell your friends and family not to attend or support this disgusting ‘event’

Terminology - Inuit/Inuk

Inuit - means people, it is already a plural noun. It is always capitalised.

           You do not spell Inuit with an s. Do not write Inuits, do not say Inuits. Inuit is already plural. You do not need the s. For example: “Inuit do not only live in the Arctic and sub-Arctic, but in many places and regions around the world.”

Inuk - means person. This is a singular noun and is also always capitalised.

            You would not write “Elisapie Isaac is Inuit” you would write “Elisapie Isaac is Inuk.”

Even the government has a page about it apparently. They don’t get gold stars for this, but it is nice to see

Eskimo - use of the word Eskimo is highly dependent on where you are from. However, generally it is not accepted. It is best to pay attention to where you are and if the person or group is comfortable. In Canada, the word Eskimo is considered a slur by many, or just not the most appropriate word. It has been used in very derogatory ways against many Nunatsiavummiut - and I’m sure from other regions as well. I’ve been in a cab where the driver said “at least you’re not like those little Eski’s up in Labrador”. It was not a very comfortable ride to the airport. My advice is that you do not use this word. Even if it is in older ethnographies or because it was ‘how you were taught’ that does not mean it is appropriate now. Use the language people prefer.

Research shows Aboriginal memories stretch back more than 7,000 years

Aboriginal society has preserved memories of Australia’s coastline dating back more than 7,000 years. That’s the conclusion that University of the Sunshine Coast Professor of Geography Patrick Nunn reached in a paper published in Australian Geographer.

The study looks at Aboriginal stories from 21 places around Australia’s coastline, each describing a time when sea levels were significantly lower than today. Professor Nunn said present sea levels in Australia were reached 7,000 years ago and as such any stories about the coastline stretching much further out to sea had to pre-date that time.

“These stories talk about a time when the sea started to come in and cover the land, and the changes this brought about to the way people lived – the changes in landscape, the ecosystem and the disruption this caused to their society,” he said. Read more.

Aboriginal painter, aged 105, happy to see her art make its mark

‘ “I’m really, really happy,” she says, in comments interpreted from her indigenous Nyikina language by her niece Annie Milgin. “And I’m really, really proud.”
Born around 1910, Loongkoonan has defied the statistics relating to Australia’s Aborigines who have, on average, a markedly shorter life expectancy than their fellow citizens and are the country’s most disadvantaged people.
Diane Mossenson, whose gallery in Perth has shown her work, says Loongkoonan’s family attribute her good health in part to traditional remedies, adding that the artist’s eyesight has always been “brilliant”. ‘

Two Canadian universities make indigenous studies a requirement
It’s a plan that university administrators hope will allow every student to learn the basics of the traditions, history, and modern-day issues of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.

Starting next fall, every undergraduate student at the University of Winnipeg and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont., will be required to take a course in indigenous studies.

It’s a plan that university administrators hope will allow every student to learn the basics of the traditions, history, and modern-day issues of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.

Wab Kinew, the associate vice-president of Indigenous Affairs at University of Winnipeg, says it was students who initiated the new requirement. There had been a few incidents of racism on campus and the student association met with the aboriginal student council to brainstorm solutions.

“And what they came up with was that education could play a role in fighting racism – education toward combating ignorance,” Kinew told CTV’s Canada AM from Winnipeg Thursday.

There’s been a lot of positive reaction to the announced change, he said, especially since it comes so soon after the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.

“A lot of people are recognizing that learning about indigenous people is crucial to be an active and engaged citizen in our country,” he said.

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Australia; always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.

Pictures from the Invasion Day Sydney March; I believe as allies it is very important us to educate ourselves on issues of First Nation Australians, learn to be respectful and stand in solidarity with them. We in Australia are all living on occupied land unless we are Indigenous Australians, we must recognise this privilege and understand that we have so much more in common with Indigenous people than the colonisers. Understanding the history and the heritage of the First Peoples is something that is very important to me and I know there is strength in solidarity. Purna Swaraj (complete self-governance) was proclaimed by Indians on this very day the 26th January in 1930 which rejected the dominion status conferred by Britain. That is all I celebrate today and I wish the same for Indigenous Australians.

TBT. But every day is a good day to be indigenous! 

(Just some photos taken throughout my year as the Stampede Indian Princess) 1st Photo taken by Karyn Lee, photos 2-7 taken by Noah Fallis from Calgary’s Avenue Magazine

'I can't believe this is actually happening,' says cousin on missing, murdered indigenous women inquiry
'I can't believe this is actually happening,' says woman whose cousin's DNA was found on Robert Pickton's farm

Lorelei Williams was brought to tears when she heard a national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women is really going to happen — and family members like her will be part of the process.

“I can’t believe this is actually happening,” said Williams in the CBC Vancouver newsroom as she watched Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennet make the announcement Tuesday.

Williams’ aunt, Belinda, went missing in 1977 and the DNA of her cousin, Tanya Holyk, was found on serial killer Robert Pickton’s farm.

“We have been fighting for this for so long, and it’s got me very emotional.”

Dawn Anderson (left) was just 37 when she died. Her sister Hilda Anderson-Pyrz is hopeful about the national inquiry announced today. (Supplied)

In Winnipeg, Hilda Anderson-Pyrz, whose sister Dawn Anderson died in 2011, is optimistic that the government plans to consult families of missing and murdered women and investigate root causes.

“I think it’s very empowering and it’s very hopeful to indigenous people across Canada that this government is actually hearing what our people have been saying for years.”

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