Controversy Brews Anew Over Koff “Indian” Beer Ads

The always interesting Blue Corn Comics by Rob Schmidt has recently come across a TV ad for Koff “Indian” Beer (a Carlsberg product) that Schmidt believes “emphasizes the uncomfortable connection between Indians and alcohol.”  See for yourself: Huh. You don’t see that very often: teepee-as-nightclub. Here’s another spot in the series, which I believe came […]

Innocent Indigenous Women Finally Released From Mexican Prison

Al Jazeera‘s Franc Contreras files this report on the release of Alberta Alcántara and Teresa González Cornelio, two Indigenous Otomi women falsely charged with holding federal police officers hostage. Additional background on their case is available through Amnesty International. The Associated Press also filed a story about their release. But the women’s convictions were only overturned […]

Mapping the Missing and Murdered

In an attempt to both raise awareness and possibly assist with the investigation of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in this country, I have drawn on the power of Google Maps. It is simply scandalous that, as of July 2009, the past three decades have seen over 520 indigenous women disappear or die violently in […]

Women and Children First (to Go)

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, […]