Category Archives: Decolonization
Costume names include everything from ‘Noble Warrior’ to ‘Huron Honey’
By John Bowman, CBC News, Oct 29, 2015
Aboriginal people across Canada are urging stores to stop selling what they call racist Halloween costumes, and they’re posting photos of the costumes to social media to turn up the pressure.
From coast to coast, stores are stocking costumes with names like “Reservation Royalty” and “Chief Long Arrow,” and some customers are telling them that they’ve had enough. Read the rest of this entry
Large groups of caribou have been hanging out along the Dempster Highway near the N.W.T./Yukon border
By Northwind, CBC News, Oct 25, 2015
If a recent school hunting trip along the Dempster Highway was a learning experience for the students, it was even more so for one of their teachers.
“I don’t think I’ll ever top that experience in terms of being a teacher and having that student-teacher relationship,” said Justin Cormier, a teacher at Chief Julius School in Fort McPherson. “That was one of the best experiences of my life.” Read the rest of this entry
By Lee DeVito, Metro Times, Oct 12, 2015
In the spirit of the holiday, it appears that someone has vandalized the bust of Columbus located outside of Detroit’s Renaissance Center. A photo posted to Reddit shows what looks like a bloody hatchet blow to the statue’s head. Read the rest of this entry
Dylan Sevett, USUncut, October 8, 2015
Following a growing trend, the city council of Albuquerque, New Mexico has voted six to three to recognize October 12th – typically known to most as “Columbus Day” within the USA– as Indigenous Peoples’ day in a new proclamation. Albuquerque has the highest concentration of Indigenous people in New Mexico.
In the past two months, eight cities got rid of Columbus Day in favor of adopting Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Three of those cities adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day this week. Read the rest of this entry
Ruling says team name may be disparaging to Native Americans
CBC News/The Associated Press, July 8, 2015
A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans.
The ruling by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee affirms an earlier finding by an administrative appeal board. Bruce ordered the federal Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the registration. Read the rest of this entry
Native plants featured in gardens outside APTN’s headquarters on Portage Avenue
CBC News, June 16, 2015
Downtown Winnipeg has a new garden featuring indigenous plants, including those used in aboriginal cultures.
The first indigenous gardens were planted on Tuesday morning by volunteers from the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, RBC and the City of Winnipeg.
Located in front of APTN’s headquarters on 339 Portage Ave., the five garden beds feature indigenous “planting schemes and materials, based on community ideas and feedback,” the Downtown BIZ said in a news release. Read the rest of this entry
Visiting UMass Amherst lecturer Howard Kimewon and his students built a birch bark canoe during their Ojibwe language course and successfully launched it on Puffer’s Pond. It’s believed to be the first birch bark canoe to sail locally in 300 years.