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First Nations Culture Club breaks down stereotypes at high school

"Melissa Morrison had always wanted to start a club at her high school, but  there had never been a right time in her busy schedule of sports and  volunteering.

It wasn't until she came up against hurtful stereotypes because of her  aboriginal back-ground that she realized she needed to raise awareness about her  culture.

"It's the typical stereotypes that (we) get our education paid for, we don't  pay taxes and we live off the land for free," said Morrison, 18, a member of the  Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay.

"There was an incident in one of my classes regarding being first nations and  getting stereotyped that it caused me to transfer out of that class."

When she started her final year at Eric Hamber secondary last September,  Morrison figured it was the perfect time to start a First Nations Culture  Club."

 

- By Manori Ravindran, Vancouver Sun

 

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Children’s Show Soars Over the Language Barrier

Children’s Show Soars Over the Language Barrier | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it

"Experts often caution against exposing children to too much television. But  they could be forgiven for making an exception in one case.

 

Tiga Talk!, the only preschool television series in Canada focused  on aboriginal-language, is coming to town. For those who are too young to go to  school yet, a popular educational series with an aboriginal focus is returning  for another season. The fourth season of the series, which includes 11 half-hour  episodes, will be shown nationally on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network  (APTN)."

 

- Sam Laskaris, ICTMN

 

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Ice science meets Inuit legend in search for Franklin's ships - CBC News

Ice science meets Inuit legend in search for Franklin's ships - CBC News | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it
Searchers hoping to find the lost vessels of Sir John Franklin's 1845 expedition are looking at two vastly different sources to guide their quest.
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Ottawa to address Indian Brook water

"The federal government is working with Shubenacadie First Nation to help address issues with the water infrastructure at Indian Brook reserve.

 

An Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada spokesman confirmed Thursday that the department is also determining if assistance is required in light of recent flooding.

 

The band has experienced problems with its water system for the last three weeks.

 

The reserve was under a boil-water advisory at the end of August in response to worries about pumping capacity and a major drop in the levels in the community’s water tower and in the water table."

 

-MICHAEL GORMAN, The Chronicle-Herald

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Rosalie Favell’s quiet, witty portraits of aboriginal life

Rosalie Favell’s quiet, witty portraits of aboriginal life | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it

Aboriginal artist Rosalie Favell is the winner of the City of Ottawa's $7,500 Karsh Award for photography.

 

" There is nothing about the image that obviously says “aboriginal,” which is Favell’s point and, suddenly, my own dismay.

 

I don’t expect aboriginals to be in, as Favell puts it, “feathers” or  “headdresses,” but I’m undeniably, and regrettably, surprised by how many of the aboriginals don’t look, well, like aboriginals. I instinctively expected a collection of portraits of aboriginals to look distinct, or different, from others who are not aboriginal, like me. I know this expectation is absurd and embarrassing, but confessing to it proves that Favell’s portrait project is still necessary in modern Canada, and that it’s effective.

 

“They look like you and me,” she says, with a gentle manner that permeates her work, sidestepping outrage to instead reach out. “There are no feathers on them or a stereotypical outfit or anything. They’re just people that are the energy of the community right now.” "

 

-The Big Beat, Ottawa Citizen

 

 

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University of British Columbia's Law makes Aboriginal course mandatory

University of British Columbia's Law makes Aboriginal course mandatory | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it

"Aboriginal legal education goes mainstream this fall when, for the first time, all UBC law students will take the Aboriginal Rights and Treaties in Canada as a first year course. UBC is one of the first Canadian law schools to make this a requirement for graduation."

 

-Simmi Puri

 

 

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Lesser Blessed | tiff.net

Lesser Blessed | tiff.net | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it

 

"High school is especially harsh for Larry Sole (Joel Nathan Evans), a teenaged metal-head living in a remote community in the Northwest Territories. Shy and ruminative, he’s taunted daily by his town’s golden boy and resident bully, Darcy (Adam Butcher). This is because of Larry’s tortured past, and his aboriginal roots: he, his mother Verna (Tamara Podemski) and her sometime boyfriend Jed (Benjamin Bratt) are all members of the Tlicho First Nation. Larry also nurtures a crush on the popular Juliet Hope (Chloe Rose) — who just happens to be tight with Darcy. Things seem to change for the better when Jed returns from a trip to the bush and a new kid, the Métis Johnny Beck (Kiowa Gordon), arrives at school. Johnny and Larry become fast friends for a variety of reasons — most important among them, Johnny is the only one with the cojones to stand up to Darcy. Little does Larry know that his past and this new friendship are on a collision course that could alter his life." From TIFF program notes.

 

The film adaptation of Richard Van Camp's novel The Lesser Blessed premiers at the Toronto International Film Festival this week.  

 

To read The Lesser Blessed or look at more titles by Richard Van Camp, http://vision.bibliocommons.com/search?q=%22Van+Camp%2C+Richard%22&search_category=author&t=author 

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October 4th 2012 - Sisters In Spirit Vigils | NWAC/l’AFAC

October 4th 2012 - Sisters In Spirit Vigils | NWAC/l’AFAC | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it

"October 4th is a day where we honour the lives of missing and murdered  Aboriginal women and girls. The violence experienced by Aboriginal women  and girls in Canada is a national tragedy. We must take the time to  give thanks to the families who have inspired the SIS movement and who  are our reason we all continue to demand action."

 

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Elizabeth Warren Facing Criticism at Democratic National Convention from American Indian Delegates

Elizabeth Warren Facing Criticism at Democratic National Convention from American Indian Delegates | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it

With the Democratic National Convention (DNC) kicking off today, U.S. Senate  candidate Elizabeth Warren is facing criticism from several American Indian  delegates who are pressing her for a meeting during the event to talk about her  claims of Native ancestry.

- Rob Capriccioso, Indian Country Today Media Network

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Les négociations se poursuivent entre Québec et les Atikamekws | Le Nouvelliste

Les négociations se poursuivent entre Québec et les Atikamekws | Le Nouvelliste | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it

Les chefs atikamekws étaient toujours à la table de négociation avec Québec, hier soir vers 22 h 30. La question des redevances sur l'exploitation de la forêt était au coeur des discussions.

 

L'Association des premières nations du Québec et du Labrador (APNQL) manifeste de son côté son impatience envers Québec. Elle demande la tenue d'un sommet sur le territoire et les ressources naturelles.

 

Le prochain gouvernement du Québec aura 30 jours après son élection pour indiquer son intention d'y participer.

 

-Gabriel Delisle , Le Nouvelliste

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Aboriginal filmmaker gets a big break

Aboriginal filmmaker gets a big break | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it
Kelvin Redversis a multiple award-winning aboriginal filmmaker and one of our own CTV producers, who just got his big break. Redvers' latest project, The Dancing Cop, is making its debut at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.
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Life in the arctic: Where old ways and new collide - CBC News

Life in the arctic: Where old ways and new collide - CBC News | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it

The search for the lost Franklin ships has brought attention to Cambridge Bay, a community in the heart of the North where old traditions and modern conveniences come face to face.

 

-Evan Mitsui , CBC 

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Nepean Redskins name sparks war of words- Ottawa

Nepean Redskins name sparks war of words- Ottawa | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it

"A city councillor drew heat from First Nations leaders Monday after an Ojibway resident was soured by a response to his concerns over the name of the Nepean Redskins football club."

 

- Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun 

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Province approves $18m wind project near Amherst | The ChronicleHerald

Province approves $18m wind project near Amherst | The ChronicleHerald | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it

"An $18-million wind project near Amherst received approval Tuesday.The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, via the Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn (KMK) Negotiation Office, are partnering with Wind4All Communities on a six-megawatt project at the end of Fort Lawrence Road, adjacent to a wind farm built earlier this year.

Approval for the project, under the provincial community feed-in tariff program, was announced Tuesday."

 

- REMO ZACCAGNA, The ChronicleHerald

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Paul Frank Industries Will Take Major Steps to Reconcile With Native Americans

Great news! Update article relating to the Scoop.it post "Paul Frank Offends With ‘Dream Catchin’ Party" from Sept 10th.

 

"Over the past six days, bloggers Jessica Metcalfe (of Beyond  Buckskin) and Adrienne K (of Native Appropriations) have led the protest  against a racially-insensitive party thrown by Paul Frank Industries  called “Dream Catchin.” As Adrienne K giddily reports, Paul Frank Industries has  responded to their concerns and promised major steps.
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The final action Adrienne K describes is perhaps the most interesting: Paul  Frank Industries will pair with a Native designer to produce new designs, and  the proceeds from the sale of these items will go to a Native cause.

For many American Indians who have followed this story, it is hard to imagine  a more satisfying outcome. “This is beyond a best case scenario,” Adrienne K  writes. “This is taking a relatively isolated event, and bringing it to a  history-making level.” "

 

- ICTMN Staff

 

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NEW PLAY- Mi'kmaq youth torn between two worlds

NEW PLAY- Mi'kmaq youth torn between two worlds | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it

"People will sit under the wings of a giant hawk, like being under a tent, for Onelight Theatre’s new play about a Mi’kmaq youth named Hawk.

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Hawk, played by Saskatoon actor Daniel Knight, is a 20-year-old Mi’kmaq torn between two worlds, the traditional one of the reserve, where he lives with his mother, and the urban one of Halifax, where he studies music and where his father is a lawyer running for politics."

 

-ELISSA BARNARD, The ChronicleHerald

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Ulnooweg Development Group – 6th Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Awards Show September 17, 2012

"Ulnooweg Development Group Inc. is the proud host of the 6th Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Awards Show to be held in Halifax, NS on Monday, September 17, 2012. In its 6th year, the Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award Show gives Aboriginal people in Atlantic Canada the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the Aboriginal business sector successes in their region.

 

Awards are presented to outstanding Aboriginal Entrepreneurs in several categories selected by an independent jury.  Two finalists are selected in each category and are invited to attend the show. Awards are presented throughout the evening to deserving individuals and businesses. These entrepreneurs are not only committed to their business, but have also built firm economic support for their families and communities."

 

-NationTalk

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Penguin Canada set to publish book by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Penguin Canada set to publish book by Sheila Watt-Cloutier | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it

"Penguin Canada plans to publish The Right to Be Cold by environmental activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt–Cloutier.

 

Penguin competed against other Canadian publishers to acquire the Canadian rights, a Sept. 10 news release from Penguin Canada said.

 

The Right to Be Cold will be published under Penguin Canada’s Allen Lane imprint in the fall of 2013."

 

- NUNATSIAQ  NEWS

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Paul Frank Offends With ‘Dream Catchin’ Party

Paul Frank Offends With ‘Dream Catchin’ Party | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it

"On Thursday night, in West Hollywood, designer Paul Frank hosted “Dreamcatchin,” as part of Fashion’s Night Out, the global fashion-industry  initiative that sees retailers host shopping parties after hours.

 

The theme of “Dreamcatchin” was Native American culture; Frank’s well-known  monkey mascot donned a feather headdress in promotional material. Guests applied “war paint” and posed wearing feathers and holding tomahawks or bows and arrows.  Vodka-based speciality cocktails, the “Rain Dance Refresher,” the “Dream  Catcher,” and the “Neon Teepee,” were served.

 

A small item on the party appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, and Jessica Metcalfe  of Beyond Buckskin appears to have been the first to bring the event to the  Native public’s attention. Over a thousand images had been posted to Paul  Frank’s Facebook page; Metcalfe put a bulletin on her own page and motivated her  readers to register their disgust at the racially-offensive images. Facebookers  did just that, and within a day the gallery had been taken down."

 

-Indian Country Today Media Network Staff

 

 


 

 

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Les coffres à outils Sœurs par l'esprit 2012 | NWAC/l’AFAC

Les coffres à outils Sœurs par l'esprit 2012 | NWAC/l’AFAC | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it

"Le 4 octobre est un jour où nous honorons la vie des femmes et des filles autochtones disparues et assassinées. La violence que connaissent les femmes et les filles autochtones au Canada est une tragédie nationale. Nous devons prendre le temps de remercier les familles qui ont inspiré le mouvement Sœurs par l’esprit et qui sont notre raison de continuer à réclamer que des mesures soient prises."

 

 

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NWAC Denounces AANDC Funding Cuts - L’AFAC dénonce la réduction du financement d’AADNC

The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s new President, Michelle Audette, denounces Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s (AANDC) funding cuts and pledges to ensure that Canadian society understands how these cuts will impact everyone.

 

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La nouvelle présidente de l’AFAC, Michelle Audette, dénonce la réduction du financement que l’Association reçoit d’Affaires autochtones et Développement du Nord Canada (AADNC) et s’engage à faire en sorte que la société canadienne comprenne quelles seront les répercussions de cette réduction sur chacun.

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APTN Celebrates Anniversary with E-book, Looks to Mobile and Online Programming | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

As APTN prepares special programming for its 2012 news and current affairs fall season, one topic of interest is the anniversary of the country’s national Aboriginal television network.

On September 1, it will be 13 years since the launch of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. To coincide with this anniversary, a new book about the characters, stories and history behind the launch of the APTN has just been released, called Original People: Original Television.

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Élections à Wendake: Konrad Sioui aura de l'opposition | Le soleil

"Les Hurons-Wendat éliront leur prochain grand chef le 26 octobre. Luc Lainé, ancien collaborateur de Max Gros-Louis, fera la lutte à Konrad Sioui, qui sollicite un second mandat de quatre ans.

 

Alors que s'achève la campagne électorale provinciale, le Conseil de la nation huronne-wendat démarre sa propre machine. Cette semaine, chaque cercle familial - il y en a huit - tient une assemblée de mises en candidature. Les intéressés aux postes de grand chef et de chef familial doivent s'y pointer pour faire part de leurs intentions et déposer les signatures d'appui requises. Les candidatures conformes seront officialisées d'ici demain soir et la campagne pourra débuter officiellement."

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CBC.ca | Information Morning Cape Breton | Scanning Mi'kmaq Resources

2nd year BA student Suzanne Patles from Cape Breton University speaks with CBC's Information Morning about 'The Mi'kmaq Language Environmental Scan', which includes finding and make lists of Mi'kmaq language online resources and texts in Mi'kmaq and where they are (non-Mi'kmaq and Mi'kmaq organizations). This is a database.

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An Open Letter to the Nepean Redskins & the National Capital Amateur Football Association:

An Open Letter to the Nepean Redskins & the National Capital Amateur Football Association: | AboriginalLinks LiensAutochtones | Scoop.it

" The Nepean Redskins are located in   Algonquin territory, and you have a responsibility to live there in a respectable way.  My son is ten years old and is actively involved in both Peterborough’s youth soccer and lacrosse programs.  I showed him your website and he thought it was amazing.  He asked if he could sign up.  Then I pointed to your name and your logo.  His response was “Oh, so Anishinaabeg kids aren’t allowed to join?”

 

This is what the name “Redskins” evokes in his mind.  It tells him he is not welcome in your organization.  It tells him, he will not be treated with respect as a First Nation’s boy.  This is also what it tells Indigenous parents."

 

-Leanne Simpson

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