October 21, 2019

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A TAINO DESCENDANT SPEAKS ON COLUMBUS

A TAINO DESCENDANT SPEAKS ON COLUMBUS

Engraving of Columbus arriving at Hispaniola. Courtesy of the US Library of Congress Columbus is my least favorite word. Columbus Day, Columbus statues, towns named after Columbus, streets and circles and squares named Columbus, Columbus parks—I have a problem with all of them, and likely always will. A...
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Encounters at the “Edge of the Woods” Review

Encounters at the “Edge of the Woods” Review

From residential schools to missing and murdered women to environmental destruction to white fragility to lateral violence to colonialism in academia to truth and (re)conciliation there is no issue impacting Indigenous peoples that is not touched upon in Encounters. The opening scene depicts a competiti...
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REVIEW - THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN

REVIEW – THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN

Scene from The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open | Image source: TIFF.net The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open is a deep contemplative film that reflects on the many layers of privilege that exist within Indigenous communities. The film debuted at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival...
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KUESSIPAN IS STUNNINGLY POETIC & ROOTED IN REALISM

KUESSIPAN IS STUNNINGLY POETIC & ROOTED IN REALISM

Film still from Kuessipan | Image source: TIFF Myriam Verreault directs newcomers Sharon Fontaine-Ishpatao and Yamie Gregoire in a poetically written coming of age story that follows the friendship of two Innu girls from childhood into adolescence. Kuessipan means “to you” or “your turn” in Innu, projec...
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