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❤🖤💛✊RP from my personal account @brooklynpeach
Today's esthetic; serving solemn resistance from work ❤🖤💛✊
#wearestillhere #honouroursisters #chippewar #resistance150

For those going out to be with the land this weekend. #Resistance150

Anybody else see those Pepsi ads coming through their feed?
🖌: @sweetloo35
#canada150 #canadont150 #colonialism150 #resistance150 #truth

Oh *Kanata, our home *ON Native land.
We can't stop people from celebrating 150 years of Indigenous genocide and white supremacy but we can hope that the next 150 years is full of reconciliation and justice for Indigenous Peoples in "Canada". #resistance150 #strongresilientindigenous

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday since confederation today. Many Canadians are expressing pride and celebrating. Others are fastidious, demanding that we pay more attention to the rights and respect of Indigenous people, as this land was theirs before colonization. I believe this day is most important to give us an opportunity to speak and to be heard, and to continue to open the conversation with each other.

Our past mistakes are teaching moments for the way we presently act. We must respect the land we inhabit with the Indigenous people. Our Prime Minister @JustinPjTrudeau acknowledges that we have a long way to go, which is a great sentiment, but I would love to see his party do even more, and reconsider plans for pipelines and projects that assault Indigenous lands and our environment.

I’m grateful to be in a place where I feel safe, heard, and cared for. And I’d love to one day see a country where all of the people feel that way. #Canada150 #Resistance150

I love Canada and I feel very fortunate to have grown up in this beautiful country. But what are we really celebrating when we celebrate "Canada 150"? 150 years of colonialism, of erasure and cultural genocide against indigenous populations that have been here for tens of thousands of years.
Look at "Canada 150" in context: More than 1000 aboriginal women went missing or were murdered between 1980 and 2012. The federal government has actively undermined efforts to equalize child and family services for First Nations children. Many reserves still don't have potable water.

Make this Canada Day about more than just "150": let's celebrate our country's best, proudest and most progressive moments. But let's not forget to acknowledge Canada's worst moments, how deeply flawed and shameful the past 150 years have been. Let's educate ourselves about the truth of the past 150 years and make this Canada Day a step toward reconciliation and a better Canada.

T-shirt + Artwork by Eric Ritskes "[The Canada] 150 reflects the colonial history of Canada and the historical trauma that Indigenous people face" -- Lillian Howard, Co-chair Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee
When celebrating Canada Day this year we encourage you to consider the entire history of this land and the peoples who have lived on it. Contemporary science and First Nations oral history support that early humans settled in North America at least 13,000 and as much as 75,000 years ago. The First Nations of this land were the Woodland First Nations, Iroquoian First Nations, Plains First Nations, Plains First Nations, Pacific Coast First Nations, and First Nations of the Mackenzie and Yukon River Basins. It is said that the First Nations and indigenous people that settled the land currently called Canada were able to satisfy all of their material and spiritual needs through the resources of the natural world around them.
From the early European settlement up until the 20th century governments, businesses and Canadian people have systematically destroyed the First Nations people and culture committing genocide. The most recent attempt to destroy the First Nations people was the Residential School System. The last federally operated residential school closed in 1996.
When you celebrate Canada this weekend remember the land that we walk on, live on, work on and love on is the land of the First Nations people. Remember that European colonialists, our governments, businesses and many Canadians committed genocide against an entire people to make this civilization and land Canada. Finally, please remember that because of the genocide and oppression today the First Nations people face living conditions comparable to Haiti, incredibly high rates of unemployment, incarceration, poverty, substance abuse, health problems, and homelessness, with much lower levels of education than the average Canadian.
#Resistance150 #Canada150 #Canadaday

From @beccaleat — I hit the big stage at 8:10 to deliver my poem "What Good Canadians Do." Are you a good Canadian? #resistance150 #canada150 #decolonize #poetry


"The federal government is suing an Ontario company over allegations it diverted and misappropriated millions in health-care funding intended for one of Canada’s most impoverished First Nations.

The lawsuit also reveals that Health Canada repeatedly renewed its contract with the company even while it was the subject of an investigation by both the government and RCMP over concerns it was fraudulently managing funds intended for the Kashechewan First Nation.

In September 2016 the RCMP charged one of two brothers named in the suit, Giuseppe Crupi (who goes by Joe), for fraudulently obtaining and misappropriating $1.2 million meant to feed 400 elementary school children in Kashechewan. He faces eight counts related to fraud and laundering the proceeds of crime.

But a lawsuit filed Oct. 2 by Health Canada against Crupi and his brother Franco contains a new allegation involving a further $1.4 million in Health Canada funds, including undocumented payments to companies run by the brothers and “Christmas bonuses” paid out of money designated for Kashechewan health projects.

In an interview, Franco Crupi — who has not been criminally charged — told the National Post he will be fully defending himself. “I had nothing to do with that file. I am the president of the company, but I had nothing to do with the file. What can I say right now? It’s going to be looked into, because many of those expenditures had been authorized by Health Canada.” (The National Post was unable to reach Joe Crupi for comment.) Kashechewan, located on James Bay in Ontario’s far north, is one of Canada’s most isolated and troubled reserves, dealing with annual flooding, a chronic suicide crisis and other severe health and infrastructure issues..." #humanrights #firstnations #wayoflife #ontario #toronto #government #corruption #canada150
#resistance150 #vancouver #britishcolumbia #edmonton #calgary #winnipeg #saskatoon #halifax #thunderbay #awareness #poverty #decolonize #nunavut

"Canada may have lost one of its most beloved musical icons with the passing ofGord Downie, but the frontman of The Tragically Hip is also being remembered as a passionate advocate for Indigenous rights and reconciliation. “Gord knew this [reconciliation] wouldn’t be easy, but I pray that my friend has inspired us all to get moving,” said Alvin Fiddler, Grand Chief of the Nishbawbe Aski Nation, in a statement.
A year ago today, Downie released Secret Path, his fifth solo album, and the last to be released before his death Tuesday night.

Secret Path chronicled the life and death ofChanie Wenjack, a First Nations boy who fled a residential school in northern Ontario in 1966, only to die of hunger and cold exposure while trying to find his way home.

The concept album was accompanied by the launch of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, set up to “jumpstart reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.” The fund offers grants up to $10,000 to grassroots projects working to further Indigenous rights. “Gord restored the dignity and innocence of a little boy who only wanted to go home, and we have been humbled by his determination to share the story of Chanie and all of our youth who never made it home,” Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said of the Secret Path/Chanie Wenjack Fund project, which blurred the line between creative undertaking and social justice venture..." #humanrights #tragicallyhip #gorddownie #Indigenous #firstnations #humanity #canada150 #resistance150 #residentialschool #toronto #ontario #vancouver #britishcolumbia #awareness #farewell #edmonton #calgary #winnipeg #saskatoon #halifax #thankyou #nunavut #socialjustice

"We Are All Treaty People" at Robarts Library, UofT. "The University of Toronto's three campuses are situated on the traditional lands of Mississauga Anishinaabeg. The downtown St. George campus and the Mississauga campus are on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. UTM is actually located on the original Credit River reserve. The Mississaugas moved west in 1847 to near Hagersville when the colonial government refused to give them title to the reserve lands. The University of Toronto Scarborough is on the most eastern part of Williams Treaties lands. The Canadian government finally signed Williams Treaty in 1923 after decades of protest against improperly executed and incomplete treaties created a century earlier."

🙌🏽Nahnebahwequay (Upright Woman) or Catherine Sutton. "Indigenous leaders continue to try to secure their treaty rights and land title through peaceful means. Nahnebahwequay [Upright Woman] and Kakewaquonaby [Sacred Feathers] took their cases directly to Britain. Kakewaquonaby brought his case to King William IV in 1832 and again to Queen Victoria in 1838. Though she was heavily pregnant, Nahnebahwequay also travelled to England to discuss her concerns with the "wholesale theft" of lands to Queen Victoria in 1860."

"Concerned members of the Mikisew Cree First Nation have launched a petition to remove their chief and council, citing a lack of consultation with the use of funds from an upcoming treaty settlement.

On Oct. 15, Mikisew Cree members will vote on a $136-million federal government settlement. The settlement is under Treaty 8, which was originally ratified to give agricultural benefits to First Nations that wanted to take up farming. At least 21 First Nations, including the Mikisew Cree, have made claims under the treaty. Advanced polls for the vote are already taking place. "Of my understanding, they [the signatories of the petition] believe that they have not been properly consulted by the leadership or their best interests have not been reflected and they're not being heard for what their concerns are," says Trista Simpson, a Mikisew Cree member.

According to member Roy Vermillion, many members don't have an issue with the settlement itself, but rather with the Whachask Trust, which was designed with the Royal Trust Corporation of Canada to manage the money awarded to the Mikisew Cree.

The Whachask Trust has been presented as a special agreement "to ensure that present and future generations of Mikisew members will benefit from the settlement of the claim."..." #firstnations #decolonize #resistance150 #canada150 #Indigenous #halifax #quebec #toronto #ontario #saskatoon #saskatchewan #winnipeg #manitoba #edmonton #calgary #alberta #britishcolumbia #vancouver #wayoflife #awareness #humanrights #government #chief

⭐🌙 Next Rehearsal ⭐🌙 Thursday, October 12, 2017

@ St. James Church Hall
entrance at 230 Gore Ave.

ONLY 8 rehearsals until
⭐🌙 #Hoobiyee2018 ⭐🌙
in Ts'am̓iks

@Wal_Aks_ @Adiiyoox
@Anmogam_Dilx @Ksim.Hatsalt

#KGNDancers #Kwhlii_Gibaygum
#Dance #DanceIsLife
#Indigenous #NorthwestCoast
#Aboriginal #Native
#SimAlgax #NassRiver #Nisg̱aa
#Vancouver #Vancouver_BC

So much thanks for my family and friends on this beautiful territory ❤️ this is my famous brown butter pumpkin layer cake w cream cheese frosting 🎃🍰 #thanksgiving #ourhomeONnativeland #ojibweterritory #anishinaabeterritory #muskoka #dorset #instafood #layercake #diy #baking #pumpkinspice #brownbutter #pumpkincake #canada150 #ontario150 #resistance150

"Some of the records detailing painful abuses suffered by residential school students will be destroyed as soon as two years from now following a Supreme Court ruling that settles the documentation’s fate.

The 7-0 high court ruling released Friday brings clarity to an issue that pitted the privacy of victims against the importance of documenting a dark chapter in Canada’s relations with Indigenous Peoples.

For over a century, tens of thousands of Indigenous children were required to attend residential schools, primarily run by religious institutions and funded by the federal government. Students were not allowed to use their languages or cultural practices.

Former pupils provided accounts of physical, sexual and emotional abuse as part of an independent assessment process to determine compensation — a program that flowed from a major 2006 settlement agreement aimed at ensuring a lasting resolution of the residential schools legacy.

The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that said the sensitive material collected for the independent assessments should be destroyed after 15 years, though individuals could consent to archival preservation of their stories.

In its reasons for the decision, the Supreme Court said the negotiators of the settlement agreement intended the assessment process to be a confidential and private one, and that claimants and alleged perpetrators relied on these confidentiality assurances..." #awareness #humanrights #firstnations #Indigenous #inuit #privacy #canada150 #Canada #canadian #decolonize #residentialschool #resistance150 #wayoflife #halifax #toronto #ontario #saskatoon #winnipeg #edmonton #calgary #vancouver #britishcolumbia #abuse

"Jack Anawak was eight years old in 1956, the year the doctors came to his family's home in their tiny Arctic community and took his mother south to treat her tuberculosis.

Two years later, she died in hospital and was buried … somewhere. The family was never told where and for nearly 60 years the mystery has sat in Anawak's heart like a dark hole in the sea ice that never freezes smoothly over. "It left a question mark," said Anawak, who became a prominent Inuit leader and Liberal MP. "Where is she buried? Where did this happen? "You're always wondering where your loved one is. To me it's really important we close that final chapter of our lives, to finally realize you can go and visit your mom or your dad." Anawak may finally get some answers.

After nearly 10 years of work, the federal government is preparing to release a database holding everything that is known about what happened to people who were taken south for tuberculosis treatment. "The database is a little bit imperfect, even as we launch," said Elizabeth Logue, who runs the Nanilavut program, Inuktitut for "Let's Find Them." Since 2008, Logue and a team of researchers have been pouring over records from federal departments, provincial and territorial archives, church files, records from cemeteries, sanatoria and hospitals as well as from individual informants. They now have a database of records on about 4,500 Inuit who were taken south.

Some detail treatment and return. Some only describe treatment, without any information on whether the patient survived. Some record a death, but no burial..." #awareness #humanrights #inuit #canada150 #resistance150 #tuberculosis #government #genocide #humanity #quebec #halifax #nunavut #firstnations #Indigenous #ontario #toronto #saskatoon #winnipeg #edmonton #calgary #vancouver #britishcolumbia #arctic #wayoflife #Canada #canadian

"The federal government has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to survivors of the ’60s Scoop for the harm suffered by Indigenous children who were robbed of their cultural identities by being placed with non-native families, The Canadian Press has learned.

The national settlement with an estimated 20,000 victims, to be announced Friday by Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, is aimed at resolving numerous related lawsuits, most notable among them a successful class action in Ontario.

Confidential details of the agreement include a payout of between $25,000 and $50,000 for each claimant, to a maximum of $750 million, sources said.

In addition, sources familiar with the deal said the government would set aside a further $50 million for a new Indigenous Healing Foundation, a key demand of the representative plaintiff in Ontario, Marcia Brown Martel.

The sources said the government has also agreed to pay the plaintiffs’ legal fees — estimated at about $75 million — separately, meaning the full amount of the settlement will go to the victims and the healing centre, to be established in the coming months, sources said.

The settlement would be worth at least $800 million and include Inuit victims, the sources said. The final amount is less than the $1.3 billion Brown Martel had sought for victims of the Ontario Scoop in which at-risk on-reserve Indigenous children were placed in non-Aboriginal homes from 1965 to 1984 under terms of a federal-provincial agreement..." #awareness #humanrights #wayoflife #government #canada150 #Canada #firstnations #Indigenous #inuit #halifax #toronto #ontario #saskatoon #saskatchewan #winnipeg #edmonton #calgary #vancouver #britishcolumbia #decolonize #resistance150 #ottawa #culture #adoption #fostercare #childhood

The theme of reconciliation, and the ability to build resilience and resistance are very close to my heart. Some friends will recall my contribution to Toddcast, "a podcast for and about public servants which focuses on the human side of the Government of Canada", on the occasion of #canada150.

My story was informed by seemingly contradictory, but cohesive issues as the granddaughter of #armeniangenocide survivors who experiences intergenerational trauma and as an uninvited guest on traditional and unceded Algonquin lands. I have been reflecting and defining what it means for me and my role in perpetuating it.
So #Canada150, to me, is #Resistance150. You cannot have one without the other: there is no Canada without reconciliation and inclusion.

Earlier in the spring, we celebrated Aboriginal Awareness Week at work, participated in a Blanket Exercise facilitated by @kairos.canada, @hubottawa hosted a fantastic panel on reconciliation and resistance in August, and @nac.cna's English and French Theatre (Gabriel Dumont et Le Wild West Show is coming up) have been bringing such inspiring, difficult, life affirming, and haunting stories about Indigenous Peoples to the stage that I have been privileged to experience, discuss, learn from, and reflect on.
This week, @nac.cna returns with Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion #SirJAM. "Filled with humour and sorrow, this bittersweet sesquicentennial story is about finding life’s purpose, knowing when to hang on, and when to change direction." While this afternoon, I attended "Indigenous Writers' Gathering: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience" hosted by Library and Archives Canada and @gcindigenous. It is our responsibility to learn, listen, unlearn, take an active part in reconciliation and bring it back to our own lives and communities, and then as Tracey Lindberg said today, step away from the story. #reconciliation #indigenous #cdntheatre #indigenousreads #mykindofdayoff

"High rates of food insecurity, difficulties accessing traditional foods and water contaminated with trace metals and pharmaceuticals are prevalent among Atlantic Canada's Indigenous communities, according to a new study.

In the fall of 2014, researchers asked more than 1,000 people from 11 communities in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland about their health and diet. "We should stress more the rights to food and that being a human right. We're sad that Canada, a rich country, still allows these high rates of food insecurity to be occurring in particular communities," said Dr. Malek Batal, one of the principal investigators in the First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Study. "It's the story across the country. People on reserves do not have access to good quality food," Batal said. "So the diet suffers. There's a high intake of … saturated fats, and low intake of fruits and vegetables, dairy products and grains. But also what is most striking has been the rates of food insecurity." The study found that of the Indigenous communities surveyed in Atlantic Canada, 31 per cent of households were food insecure, and nine per cent severely food insecure.

For comparison, a report published in 2015 done on food security levels across Canada said Nova Scotia had the highest levels of food insecurity in the country with 17.3 per cent of food-insecure households in the province..." #awareness #firstnations #Indigenous #humanrights #decolonize #resistance150 #canada150 #halifax #health #toronto #ontario #vancouver #edmonton #calgary #winnipeg #saskatoon #hunger #food #poverty #wayoflife #genocide #novascotia #Canada #canadian #eatwell #diet #food

"First Nations, environmental groups and local governments appeared in the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver Monday continuing their fight against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish First Nation says the federal government failed to consult or gain consent of First Nations for the expansion of the oil pipeline, so they have little choice but to try to protect their land and water in the courts. "Sixty years ago when this project was established, we had no legal recourse. That era has come and gone in this country," he said. "We're going to demand a higher bar of engagement that leads to true environmental assessments that look to First Nations consent." First Nations, the cities of Burnaby and Vancouver, and two environmental groups are asking the court to overturn the federal government's decision to approve the expansion of the $7.4-billion pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby.

Both the B.C. and Alberta governments are interveners in the court action, on opposing sides of the argument. A decision against the project would send it back for assessment, a move that would cause lengthy delays. It is rare for Canada's judiciary to review pipeline approvals.

Ahead of Monday's hearing, First Nations and other groups outlined their reasons for opposing the project at a news conference. Tsleil-Waututh Chief Maureen Thomas called Burrard Inlet the "heart and soul" of the Nation's food supply and way of life..." #humanrights #firstnations #Indigenous #wayoflife #decolonize #resistance150 #canada150 #awareness #pipeline #britishcolumbia #beautifulbc #alberta #edmonton #vancity #vancouver #yvr #culture #tradition #government #Canada #genocide #water #burrardinlet #eastvan #kitsilano

"More B.C. schools are observing Orange Shirt Day as a way to teach students about the history of Indian residential schools, and the event is also catching on in the rest of the country. “Kids nowadays probably know more than their parents did about Indian residential schools and the history of aboriginal people in Canada, and that’s what we want,” said Gordon Powell, vice-principal of aboriginal education at the Surrey School District and member of the Qalipu Nation in Newfoundland. “We want to build the kind of Canada where something like Indian residential school would never happen.” Orange Shirt Day was inspired by a story told by residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Webstad, a member of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation near Williams Lake, talked about how she was devastated when a new orange shirt her grandmother had bought her to start school was taken from her.

Surrey was an early adopter of Orange Shirt Day: most schools in Surrey participated last year, and this year the district started to organize with schools even earlier to make sure the event does not get lost in September’s back to school rush. Some schools from eastern Canada are now requesting French-language material that Surrey has prepared.

Last year, Vancouver schools were not in session on Orange Shirt Day because of a professional development day. But this year several schools are participating, said Chas Desjarlais, vice-principal of aboriginal education at the Vancouver School Board. Desjarlais is Cree-Metis and a member of the Cold Lake First Nation and Treaty 6 First Nation..." #orangeshirtday #residentialschool #resistance150 #decolonize #vancouver #vancity #britishcolumbia #canada150 #awareness #firstnations #Indigenous #edmonton #calgary #saskatoon #winnipeg #halifax #toronto #ontario #school #humanrights #children #culture #saturday #september #30 #cree #metis

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