Category Archives: Decolonization

Indigenous Alberta youth reconnect with nature and culture at Ghost River Rediscovery camp


Ghost River Rediscovery camp west of Calgary teaches survival skills and Aboriginal traditions to kids and teens. (Courtesy of Ghost River Rediscovery)

City kids sleep in teepees and learn Aboriginal traditions from Blackfoot, Cree and Metis elders

By Danielle Nerman, CBC News July 27, 2016

The Ghost River Rediscovery camp west of Calgary can only be reached by gravel road and a river crossing.

While the journey through the wooded forest of the Stoney Nation is not super strenuous, it can be daunting for campers who have never lived off the grid.

“A lot of these kids are pretty city-based. So we’ve got kids who have never camped before, never built shelter, don’t know how build fire,” said Kristie Schneider, the camp’s director of operations. Read the rest of this entry

Interview with Dhoruba bin-Wahad: The False Equivalence of Armed Conflict

by imixwhatilike, Published to Youtube on Jul 18, 2016
Dhoruba bin-Wahad, formerly of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, joined us once again to assess media distortions of armed struggle. We discussed the history of the Black Liberation Army, armed struggle, media narratives regarding violence, plus praise of and advice for #BlackLivesMatter and related activists.

5 summer camps that offer chance to connect with Indigenous culture


Ghost River Rediscovery in Calgary, Alta. offers lessons in Aboriginal lifestyle and survival skills throughout the months of July and August. (Courtesy of Ghost River Rediscovery)

‘To speak Ojibwe is to really know myself, it’s who I am,’ says language camp participant

By Oscar Baker III, CBC News, June 12, 2016

Camping can be a way for people to disconnect from technology and take a break from the modern world. But cultural and language camps offer campers a chance to reconnect — to Indigenous cultures, elders and to the land. Read the rest of this entry

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun evokes a spectrum of emotions with ‘Unceded Territories’

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Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun takes on corporate bosses in his latest works. Photo by Amanda Siebert.

Aboriginal artist’s new Museum of Anthropology exhibition grapples with Canada’s colonial past

By Matt Meuse, CBC News, May 10, 2016

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun has been an artist since he was five years old, living in a residential school.

When the law was finally changed to allow him to leave the school, he encountered the work of artists like Rembrandt, Vermeer and Michelangelo for the first time.

“We’re not talking about some other foreign country,” he told The Early Edition‘s Margaret Gallagher. “We’re talking about Canada, that had to change the law for a native to leave the reservation. What kind of democracy are we really talking about?” Read the rest of this entry

‘This is so powerful:’ Kitikmeot women revive traditional Inuit tattoos

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Millie Angulalik of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, got traditional Inuit facial tattoos done last week in Kugluktuk by her niece Angela Hovak Johnston. (CBC)

Inupiat tattoo artist passes on traditional hand-poking technique to Yellowknife resident

By Juanita Taylor, CBC News, May 3, 2016

Millie Angulalik broke down in sobs after seeing herself in the mirror.

Her niece had practised her new skill flawlessly, creating an exact replica of a traditional Inuit facial tattoo on her aunt’s face.

“I feel so complete,” said Angulalik. “Like really complete. I feel like flying like a bird.” Read the rest of this entry

2-spirited indigenous people: opening up the conversation

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A powwow is held at the 22nd annual International Two-Spirit Gathering in Manitoba in 2010. Elder Wilfred Abigosis holds the Two-Spirit Eagle Staff. (Albert McLeod)

Indigenous communities need to begin talking about gender and sexuality

By Lenard Monkman, CBC News Apr 17, 2016

A welcoming-in ceremony for the LGBT — or two-spirited — relatives in our community is one of the more powerful memories I have of being at a Manitoba Sundance last year.

David Blacksmith, the Sundance chief, spoke of having a place for two-spirited people in our community to pray and be welcomed back into the community.

Offering people an opportunity to decide which side they wanted to go on in the Sundance was necessary, Blacksmith said. Read the rest of this entry

Paddle to Nisqually 2016

Nisqually paddle graphicThe Nisqually Tribe welcomes and celebrates all nations and visitors to Canoe Journey 2016! The Tribal Canoe Journeys – Paddle to Nisqually – will take place July 30th through August 6th, 2016. Read the rest of this entry

Canada’s wild rice wars

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Processed wild rice. Photo: Al Jazeera.

How a conflict over wild ricing on Pigeon Lake is drawing attention to Indigenous rights and traditional foods.

by Lisa Jackson, Al Jazeera, Feb 20, 2016

Ennismore, OntarioOwners of cottages near Canada’s Pigeon Lake have a bone to pick with James Whetung.

For years, Whetung has been seeding the lake with wild rice. He harvests the crop and then sells packaged products through his company, Black Duck Wild Rice. But some cottage owners aren’t happy.

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Mohawk broadcaster Janet Rogers launches NDNs on the Airwaves


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Indigenous radio programming has come a long way, says Rogers

By Stephanie Cram, CBC News, Feb 13, 2016

From the early uses of radio on reserves to communicate with hunters in the bush, to the creation of podcasts that explore indigenous arts, culture and politics — indigenous broadcasters have adapted with the times.

“Indigenous voices on the land and on the airwaves is another way to create presence,” says Mohawk writer and radio producer Janet Rogers. Read the rest of this entry

First Nation’s clay kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria in lab tests


Shovel of clay from Kisameet Bay, B.C. (Kisameet Glacial Clay Inc.)

Further study required before hospital use feasible

CBC News, Jan 26, 2016

Clay from Kisameet Bay, B.C., used by B.C. First Nations for centuries for its healing properties could be a new weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, says new research from the University of British Columbia.

The research, published today in the American Society for Microbiology’s mBio journal, recommends the rare mineral clay be studied as a treatment for serious infections caused by the so-called ESKAPE pathogens — a who’s-who of bugs that cause the majority of U.S. hospital infections and “escape” the effects of antibacterial drugs. Read the rest of this entry


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