Day: September 13, 2017

Saskatoon Indigenous homelessness initiatives receive federal boost

Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Felix Thomas says the funding will help keep people off the streets, and allow them to access services to treat the root causes of homelessness. (CBC News) The fight against homelessness in Saskatoon received an injection of funding Wednesday afternoon. Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) and the Community Advisory Board on Saskatoon Homelessness (CAB-SH) announced hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funds through Canada’s Homeless Partnering Strategy program. Saskatoon Tribal Council’s Urban First Nation Services received $143,000 for the purchase of a transitional home for Indigenous children. The group’s capacity for housing will rise...

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Where does Canada sit 10 years after the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?

Pam Palmater says the Liberal government is ‘skilled in delaying action under the guise of consultation.’ (Pam Palmater) 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. It’s been 10 years since the world’s Indigenous Peoples celebrated the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of...

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Lack of Indigenous history glaringly obvious on Via Rail: Botelho-Urbanski

Jessica Botelho-Urbanski travelled across Canada on Via Rail this summer and found the Crown company lacking when it came to honouring Indigenous history. This summer, I took a trip many Canadians dream of (or so I’ve heard after the fact). I travelled west on Via Rail’s Canadian line from Winnipeg to Vancouver. The two-and-a-half-day trip meandered through the mountains and myriad towns. As we passed by noteworthy sites, Via Rail staff announced a bit of history about each place. Here’s a pulp and paper mill to your left. An oil refinery on your right. We’ve arrived at Biggar, Sask.,...

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Decolonial Discourse: The Stó:lō Kidnapping of Indigenous People

The Fraser River gold rush kidnappings are symptomatic of violent colonization Justin Bige, Contributor Carved artwork by Coast Salish artist, Terry Horne. The carving commemorates the Stó:lō children who were kidnapped by miners in the 1800s. (Submitted/Professor Keith Carlson – University of Saskatchewan) Stó:lō children used to be kidnapped for slave labour during the Fraser River gold rush of 1858, CBC News reported on Aug. 19. A historian named Keith Carlson found evidence that in that year an eight year-old Stó:lō Nation boy was taken by a miner named George Crum from California. The discovery sparked further research which...

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Fall arts preview 2017: Tarah Hogue brings her focus on Indigenous women to the Vancouver Art Gallery

Tarah Hogue (right, with artist Charlene Vickers) takes an approach to curating and writing that is feminist, collaborative, and ambitious. A long weekend doesn’t seem like much of a break between leaving one demanding position and taking up another, especially while maintaining an ongoing commitment to a third. But curator and writer Tarah Hogue, who has just departed her busy job at the grunt gallery to become the Vancouver Art Gallery’s first senior curatorial fellow in Indigenous art, seems cheerily relaxed. She is speaking to the Straight in a Chinatown coffee shop, having just wrapped up a meeting at...

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