While the eyes of the sporting world are focused on Vancouver as the Winter Olympics pick up speed, the Vancouver School Board has passed an interesting motion urging school districts across British Columbia to ban sports mascots that promote Aboriginal stereotypes. The trustee who introduced it cited a statement from a continent-wide movement to kill […]
The Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues recently issued its first-ever report on The State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, all 370 million of them. Written by seven independent experts — all of them indigenous, according to GlobalPost — chapter topics include self-determination, cultural diversity, health, education, and the environment.
While I have every intention of blogging about the pro- and anti-Olympic arguments kicking up snow within the indigenous corners (and beyond) of the InterWeb, I wanted to draw attention at this time to the two Aboriginal athletes in competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics. (There are also two at the Paralympics, which immediately follow. More on them […]
There’s no denying that the Kahnawake eviction story is complicated and has more than a few twists and turns. It blew onto the front pages a little more than a week ago, then lay dormant for a couple of days until television picked it up. THEN it became a big story… again. And again. But […]
Newsrooms across Canada are all a-twitter with that story out of Kahnawake Mohawk Territory in southern Quebec. (We’ve already dealt with it here.) Why? Well, it has all the elements the mainstream media (msm) loves. It’s got Indians, racism, discrimination, and a “twist” in the story that gives it “legs” (staying power). If it only […]