Politics

SEEKING Youth Submissions: HOME

Categories: Books, Health, Native, Politics

2769692138_5bcd3c2c8b_z1I’m co-editing a book with Annick Press about Indigenous youth called The Things That Shaped Us. As a part of this book we will be exploring the concept of HOME. What we are looking for: -Pictures, poems, artwork, and quotes from Native American, First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth (under the age of 35) that explore the concept and feeling of home -An artist statement (150 words or less) -Please email to lisa@lisacharleyboy.com before August 30, 2013 *UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 What the book is about: The book is intended to educate and inform high school students about the Indigenous youth experience in both … Continued

Seeking #IdleNoMore Youth

Categories: Politics

Screen shot 2013-07-06 at 3.05.30 PMI’m co-editing a book with Annick Press about Indigenous youth called The Things That Shaped Us and as a part of this book we want to have a four page spread showcasing the voices of youth activists who are/were involved in #IdleNoMore. What we are looking for: -Pictures, poems, artwork, and quotes from Native American, First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth (under the age of 35) who participated/are participating in the #IdleNoMore movement -Please answer one of these three questions with a three sentence answer with your submission: Why did you choose to participate in Idle No More? How do you think your participation in … Continued

Northern Nurses Needed

Categories: Native, Politics

Disccovery-College-Photo11Back on my reserve in the Interior of BC, if you wanted to see a nurse you went to the trailer by the snack shop. It looks a bit dilapitated, and the trailer seems slightly askew, as if one of the four wooden blocks holding it up is a few inches short, giving you the uneasy feeling when trying to balance beverages on top of a wobbly table. This is the nursing station, where one person is there to service the entire community’s varied health needs. The nearest hospital is an hour and a half away, and for those without … Continued

Idle No More Research

Categories: Politics

740622_10151286987087513_1908590496_o11I wrote a piece recently for The Guardian on Idle No More, and I wanted to share the research process a bit more and give some suggestions if you’d like to learn more about the movement. There’s lots of information out there and I’ve spent a lot of my holidays reading a few hours every day. This are the pieces that resonated the most for me. This is also only reflective of my research up to January 9, 2013. I’ve taken a few days off reading to fulfil other obligations, but once I sift through my Instapaper I’ll add new pieces to this list. … Continued

Aboriginal Aids Awareness Week 2012

Categories: Politics

AIDS Infographic 600World AIDS Day took place on December 1, which was the same day that the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network launched a national awareness campaign in Winnipeg on Saturday. Their goal is to reduce the number of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths. “It’s estimated that 390 Aboriginal people became infected with HIV, so basically one Aboriginal person per day becomes HIV infected in Canada,” says Art Zoccole, the chair of the Canadian Aboriginal Aids Network to CTV. In Manitoba, it’s worse, 27% of HIV cases were among Aboriginal people, as stated in the CTV piece. In Saskatchewan, 58% of the HIV cases … Continued

Seal skin ban hurts Inuit way of life

Categories: Politics

arctic1Photo by David Kilabuk Photography Today Inuit are challenging the seal ban in the European Unions’s highest court, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. “The basic regulation prevents any seal products from being put on the market in the European Union,” said Hendrik Viaene, ITK’s European lawyer. “This means that no seal product can be sold in the European Union in any member state.”  ”Even though Inuit were exempt from this ban, we are highly affected,” said Paul Irngaut, wildlife communications advisor with Nunavut Tunngavik. In the November/December issue of Spirituality & Health I wrote a piece called ‘In the … Continued

Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

Categories: Politics

tumblr_mdog7jOHUo1qgc2tqo1_500  Photo by Alexandra Cameron I’ve been thinking a lot about the missing and murdered woman all across Canada. So when this article ‘On the front lines of the missing and murdered women tragedy, pain never fades (which talks about the women in Winnipeg) came across my radar, I delved in. “If native women are constructed as ‘easy squaws’ and are locked into this imagery through the behaviour of individuals, they will continue to be rendered worthless in public institutions such as courtrooms or hospitals,” wrote aboriginal author and researcher Kim Anderson, in A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood. “If we … Continued

Let’s give the headdress a rest

Categories: Native, Politics

US-VICTORIA'S SECRETPhoto from Mail Online. It’s only been one week since No Doubt took their video down after the outcry from Native Americans, First Nations, and their allies after their ‘Looking Hot’ video was released. I wrote about it on Tuesday for The Guardian. After the posting, there was still outrage from Indigenous people as to how the video was made in the first place, and from non-Indigenous people still wondering what the big deal is. ”It’s just a music video.” “It’s artistic expression.” “I’m Native, and it doesn’t offend me.” Oh great. Even after reading numerous posts and explanations on why … Continued

Indigenous Peoples Day

Categories: Native, Politics

217857_10151143673432904_1688503646_nJohnny knows what’s up This year, just like every year, I was asked to join in on some Thanksgiving feasts here in Ontario. My brothers and their children are in the interior of BC, and my mom is now in Arizona, so there is no real family turkey dinner for me, and there hasn’t been for some time. Over the years, I have mostly not taken part in Thanksgiving dinners, and the few times that I have joined families, it has been nothing short of awkward. This one time I had agree to “celebrate” Thanksgiving at this Muskoka mansion cottage … Continued

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

Don’t Need Saving Video

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Native StereotypesLast summer I took part in the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC) video ‘Don’t Need Saving: Aboriginal Women and Access to Justice’ directed and produced by Audrey Huntley of Wolf Dog Prodductions. METRAC wanted to investigate why Indigenous women have greater reports of violence. There are currently over 600 women who have gone missing or murdered in Canada. Native women are 5X more likely than other women to die a violent death. Startling facts. This is a short video that probes the conversations around violence against Indigenous women and the issues surrounding this epidemic. It features … Continued

First Nations Millionaires Club

Categories: Politics

Ezra LevantWhile a lot of us were getting all  bent out of shape about Justin Bieber’s comments, Ezra Levant went on a tirade on Sun News in a typical Fox News North style on the day of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) election. “What’s the most exclusive club in Canada? An elite fraternity that’s limited to 633 millionaires, and even then you can’t just buy your way in. it’s like one of those exclusive golf clubs in the deep south, if you are not the right race you are not allowed to join at any price, except of course maybe as … Continued

A chat about Attawapiskat

Categories: Politics

Screen-shot-2011-11-22-at-1.53.52-PMI remember sitting in my marketing research class at Ryerson University where my professor was telling the class that the true measure of a home’s worth was more readily told by the number of bathrooms and not the number of bedrooms. I was just a young student then, fresh from BC and not that far removed from seeing conditions on my home reservation. I naively spoke up and asked “What about homes with no bathrooms?” He haughtily laughed and said that such a thing does not exist in Canada and that it was simply not possible. I didn’t want to … Continued

The great Aboriginal education debate

Categories: Politics

native-educatio_1344107cl-8Kenzie Wilson of Clear Lake, MB. Photo from the Globe & Mail. As some of you might already know, my full-time job is in Aboriginal education. I have been working as an Aboriginal Recruitment Officer for a Canadian university for the past year and a half. This means that I travel all throughout Ontario talking to First Nations peoples about their options in post-secondary education. This often includes many high schools located on or near reservations. During my time in this position I have learned a lot about the gaps in education for First Nations peoples in Canada which I … Continued

Kanata Kvetch

Categories: Politics

YouareonIndianLandYou’ll have to excuse me today. I am never quite right on a day like today. Happy Canada Day he says, she says waving their red and white flag high and proud. Does anyone wonder what this kind of celebration means for a Native Canadian? This week I have felt like Native people are so invisible and like I have to constantly fight to represent Native people in a modern and positive context. It hasn’t been an easy week on my soul to say the least. Wednesday evening I got back from the Assembly of First Nations Summit at the … Continued