Day: November 14, 2017

How Indigenous and black artists are using science fiction to imagine a better future

Cree/Metis filmmaker Danis Goulet’s latest work, The Hunt, is a virtual reality time travel to the year 2167. (The Hunt/Danis Goulet ) Alien invasions are a common trope in science-fiction writing, and according to author Drew Hayden Taylor, they’re also an apt metaphor for Indigenous life in Canada. "I don’t know of another culture in North America that can really relate [to] the experience of strangers suddenly showing up and taking over everything and imposing their will on the people," Taylor tells The Current ‘s host Anna Maria Tremonti. Unreserved: Indigenous Reads | Drew Hayden Taylor blends science fiction...

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How musician Tom Wilson discovered his Indigenous identity

Former Junkhouse frontman Tom Wilson now plays with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and LeE HARVeY OsMOND (Jen Squires/Doubleday Canada/Penguin Random House Canada) Like most children, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ Tom Wilson asked his parents a lot of questions growing up. But they refused to answer his most burning questions — like why his mother Bunny and his father George were so much older than his friends’ parents, and why they had no photos of him as a newborn. Or why his schoolmates would tease him about "looking Indian," when his only connection to Indigenous people was that...

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Sask. man files human rights complaint over Métis exclusion from Sixties Scoop settlement

Robert Doucette, a Métis man from Saskatchewan, says Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett has discriminated against Métis people by not including them in an $800-million settlement that includes First Nations and Inuit people. (CBC Radio-Canada) A Métis man from Saskatchewan has filed a human rights complaint against Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, saying she discriminated against Métis people by failing to include them in a $800-million class-action settlement over the Sixties Scoop. On Oct. 6, Bennett announced the federal government had reached an agreement in principal with survivors of the Sixties Scoop, which refers to a...

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Rights and respect for the Ktunaxa Nation

What the disparity between the government’s promises of reconciliation and their actions means It seems as though every time I tune into the news, there is a story of injustice involving Indigenous peoples in Canada. From the original injustice of colonisation and residential schools to the increasing number of missing and murdered Indigenous women whose cases have only recently been looked into, there is a large gap of inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians . Not to mention the housing crisis, high rate of suicide and the gap in the quality of healthcare and education, according to The Globe...

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Father of woman missing in B.C. fundraises for drones to help other families

VANCOUVER – John Simpson is determined to use the novel experience he gained in a troubling search for his daughter to help others who have lost loved ones. Ashley Simpson went missing in Salmon Arm, B.C., in April 2016, and this spring her father travelled there from Ontario for a second time. He believed her body might be along the banks of a river or creek. The area had been flooded and it was too dangerous to search on foot, but Simpson had an idea. He told friends he wanted to borrow a drone, and was put in touch...

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