The second ‘Twilight’ film, New Moon, has made millions upon millions of dollars for Hollywood. Author Stephenie Meyer hasn’t made out so badly either. But, as a Feb. 7 New York Times Op-Ed piece points out, there is one group that hasn’t raked in the New Moon moola: the Quileute Nation of the Pacific Northwest. […]
It’s with great interest that I came across the release of Culture Camps for Language Learning: An Immersion Handbook, produced by the BC-based First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council. In my experience, culture camps like these present great opportunities for language learning. In July 2004, I participated in a week-long Cree immersion camp in Sturgeon Lake […]
On some reserves, they’re on the verge of taking over. They roam in packs, hunting indiscriminately and reproducing quickly and heedlessly. They threaten the safety of young and old alike and even challenge social order. Dogs have become almost like a new class of citizens in many First Nations communities across Canada. On a daily […]
Al-Jazeera English piece on current relations between the indigenous Ainu and the Japanese government, perhaps “the last developed country to move towards indigenous people’s rights” (artist Koji Yuki).
Hooray! When Canada seizes control of the agenda at the next G8 meeting, Stephen Harper is making the health of women and children a priority! He said so in a Toronto Star opinion piece last month: There is a pressing need for global action on maternal and child health. As president of the G8 in 2010, […]
For a while now, I have wondered why Canada’s national unemployment figures do not include people living on reserves. This week, I decided to find out why, and I’d like to know what other people think of the reasons given for the exclusion.
I can’t be the only one to notice some eerie parallels between what’s going on with a group of children from Calebasse, Haiti and the situation of indigenous peoples here. According to the February 4 Globe and Mail, “a group of American Baptists [have been] arrested for trying to spirit the 33 children across the […]
According to a Jan. 27 report from the Edmonton Journal, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said this week that his government would make the issue of maternal and infant health in developing countries a priority as Canada prepares to host the G8 economies meeting this summer. And as the PM considers how his government might help […]
In 1976, two major events happened. The first, my birth, went largely unnoticed — except of course by my parents and family. Now, thirty-four years later, I join with the other members of mediaINDIGENA in another “birth” of sorts — one that we hope won’t go unnoticed. Here’s to a fair and balanced conversation beginning among […]
Now, if you’re like me, you occasionally find yourself needing to refer to every First Nations person’s favorite piece of legislation, the Indian Act. For many, it can be a bit of a slog to locate the Act in its most user-friendly form. So, to help make that task a little bit easier, we tracked […]
While I must be one of the only people in the world yet to see James Cameron’s sci-fi blockbuster Avatar, I have noted with interest the continuous volley of criticism and praise for the film, especially among indigenous people. (For those who’ve been living under an unobtainium rock, Avatar is the story of a cultural […]