Monthly Archives: September 2012

Acimowin: To Tell a Story

Categories: Native, Politics

Screen Shot 2012-09-20 at 9.22.57 PMLast March Megan Bertasson (Whitebear Woman, Wolf Woman) made a moving talk at TedXYorkU on storytelling and it’s importance for the Cree Nations. Not only for Cree Nations, but this story was one that touched my soul. And if you take the 12 minutes to watch this, it will touch yours as well. I tell this story because I believe that one of the most important defence that Aboriginal Peoples have engaged in has been storytelling.” Megan Bertasson

Native Model Making her Mark

Categories: Fashion

229293_10150161390687443_82275_nBack when I lived in Vancouver, I took a film and wardrobe styling course. I wanted to be a part of the fashion industry, and while in Vancouver, that is a small arena, so I thought film wardrobe was my way to go. I ended up starting fashion styling instead. I really enjoyed it and desired to become a fashion stylist like those I read about and followed in magazines. A lot of the time I was working with young models as they built their book and needed to gain some experience. I remember one distinct day where I was … Continued

Sacrificial Lamb

Categories: Financial

il_fullxfull.211714540Lately my life has seemed to be a series of sacrifices. I’m working hard and focused on my goals but I am seeing some sidesteps here and there for sure. It was really nice when I worked a 9-5 job and saw that regular monthly paycheque deposited into my account. It all felt so safe. And I’m not even used to safe. I was a serial student prior to that job, so I know what it’s like to live life in moderation. Since leaving my safe haven of a well-paying job in February I have seen the highs and the … Continued

#SimplifyStreamline Take II

Categories: Personal

il_570xN.337335222  It was over a year ago that I started this idea of #SimplifyStreamline, where I was going through all of my belongings and rethinking everything I own. I had the notion that I wanted everything I own to be able to fit into a car. Wanderlust much? Anyhow, I am definitely back on that tip. Clearly I haven’t taken off across the country (just yet) and I’m still in Toronto but that feeling of needing to get back to the basics has come upon me once again. It started this week. I was filming in Midland, ON for a … Continued

imagineNATIVE’s Stolen Sister Initiative

Categories: Art

6139223463_c633c377aa_bFirst Contact by Ange Sterritt imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival is presenting the Stolen Sisters Digital Initiative (SSDI) an artistic commission and national exhibition of four, one-minute digital works by award-winning Canadian Indigenous filmmakers celebrating and honouring Indigenous women and their contributions to the Canadian social fabric. This very exciting and cool digital artistic project is the first time the Festival has partnered to present a simultaneous exhibition on a national scale. SSDI will be shown throughout Toronto’s subway system, on 254 digital monitors in malls across Canada, at the Calgary International Airport, and at the TIFF Bell Lightbox leading up to and … Continued

TIFF 2012: Aboriginal Selects

Categories: Film + TV

barefoot_01Barefoot. Written and Directed by Danis Goulet, produced by Christine Kleckner. Programmer’s Notes: “Danis Goulet returns to northern Saskatchewan in the follow up to her acclaimed film Wapawekka. This coming-of-age tale follows sixteen-year-old Alyssa, a young Cree girl whose plans to be a mother are challenged by reality. Assured direction and keen insight deliver a powerful depiction of the pressures youth face in isolated communities and their attempts to take control of their lives.” Alex Rogalski Filmmaker Danis Goulet’s short films have screened at festivals in Canada and abroad, including Sundance, Berlin and Toronto. Her work has been broadcast on CBC, Air Canada, … Continued

Urban Warrior: Jessica Matten

Categories: Urban Warrior

JessShotPhoto by Rob Daly Jessica Matten (Saulteaux/Cree and Metis) currently lives in Vancouver (but is Toronto bound soon) and is an Actor/Model, Owner of the Pilot Aboriginal Youth Magazine – “Forward”, Creative Director for Lemon Cree – Aboriginal Fitness and Wellness Program that travels to communities. She is originally from Edmonton, Alberta and has studied Human Ecology at the University of Alberta, and Fashion Marketing at Central Saint-Martins. She tells UNG the ten things she can’t live without. 1) My iphone – its my alarm clock first and foremost. It is also one of the main things I rely on for business in … Continued

Gill is a Goddess

Categories: Fashion

Tara-Gill-207x3001It’s the 25th anniversary of Fashion Cares, the annual event that builds awareness of HIV/AIDS while raising funds for the Aids Committee of Toronto (ACT), and the campaign is steamy. Tara Gill (Algonquin) was shot by Toronto photog Chris Nicholls in sequined outfits and  body art created by makeup artist Melissa Gibson. She looks simply sparkly. Fashion Cares takes place on September 9, 2012 and it will be hosted by the Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista and design duo Dean & Dan Caten of DSQUARED2. Performing will be none other than Sir Elton John, the Scissor Sisters,  Janelle Monáe and Sky Ferreira. … Continued