Day: September 12, 2017

Forcing artists to think about appropriation important for reconciliation: Kabatay

Indigenous artist Norval Morrisseau’s painting Androgyny in the ballroom at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Under new rules attempting to curb cultural appropriation of Indigenous artists, the Canada Council for the Arts is requiring artists applying for funding to demonstrate how they have safeguarded against the practice. Art is a powerful thing. And with great power, comes great responsibility. So when the Canada Council for the Arts announced last week it was safeguarding against cultural appropriation of Indigenous art, I was inspired. Indigenous culture has been appropriated countless times, in many different artistic disciplines — not just visual arts. Non-Indigenous...

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Feds rushing to help save endangered Indigenous languages

Up to 90 Indigenous languages are considered endangered. The federal government is co-developing legislation which will aim to protect Indigenous languages. (James Hopkin/CBC) Brandi Morin Brandi Morin, Métis, born and raised in Alberta, possesses a passion for telling Indigenous stories. Based outside Edmonton, Morin has lent her talents to several news organizations, including Indian Country Today Media Network and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network National News. She is now hard at work striving to tell the stories of Canada’s Indigenous peoples to a broader audience. Indigenous languages in Canada are dying out at an alarming rate and in desperate...

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‘Fragments of myself’: Why Shannon Webb-Campbell is championing Bearskin Diary

Shannon Webb-Campbell, a poet, writer and critic, who draws her Mi’kmaq heritage from her father’s side, says her struggle with identity is one reason she is advocating for Carol Daniels’ book Bearskin Diary, the story of an Indigenous girl adopted into a Ukrainian Canadian family. (Marilla Steuter-Martin/CBC) On Wednesday, Sept. 20, CBC co-hosts Turtle Island Reads — a live public event at McGill University’s Tanna Schulich Hall, highlighting stories written by and about Indigenous Canadians. ​ It’s an opportunity to talk about and celebrate Indigenous Canadian writers and connect readers with their stories. Three advocates will each champion one...

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Northern Sask. school principal uses Bruce Lee movie to teach Cree

Cree teacher Simon Bird is using an old Bruce Lee movie to help teach his language. (Simon Bird/Facebook) Most Cree lessons don’t start with the phrase “ostikwanik nipaskawataw” or “I kicked him in the head.” However, Simon Bird isn’t an everyday Cree teacher. Bird, a principal at Senator Allen Bird Memorial School at the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, Sask., has subtitled a clip from an old Bruce Lee movie in an attempt to teach Cree to more people. “Growing up in the north, that’s what we used to watch,” he said. “The humour that’s used in there is basically...

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Iqaluit’s beer and wine store sells 10% of its projected yearly sales in first 4 days

On Friday, some estimated they waited in line over an hour before reaching the counter of the beer and wine store. (Travis Burke/CBC) Iqaluit’s beer and wine store sold 10 per cent of its projected yearly sales in its first four days, according to Dan Carlson, the assistant deputy minister of Nunavut’s Department of Finance. “Sales have been brisk, we’ve always expected [that] and it’s no surprise to us that the first week of sales were quite high. The first four days we sold about $100,000 worth of product,” Carlson said. Initial estimates projected $1 million in product sales...

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