January 23, 2021

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2020: Taming the Wétiko Virus: 2021

2020: Taming the Wétiko Virus: 2021

“Windigo” by Norval Morrisseau, 1964. MUSKRAT Reflections for a New Year Yes, this is another reflection piece for 2020. No, it will not be a list of events you can easily find with a Google search. Still, no year in review can skip over the impact of the COVID-19 virus that has, at minimum,...
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HOLDING ARTISTS ACCOUNTABLE IS NOT “LATERAL VIOLENCE”

HOLDING ARTISTS ACCOUNTABLE IS NOT “LATERAL VIOLENCE”

Michelle Latimer directed Inconvenient Indian which debuted at TIFF this year | Image source: Toronto International Film Festival All Indigenous people have their own unique experiences living in a colonial state. Some are well connected to their homelands others not, some can speak their languages and...
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Queering the North: Inuksuk High School’s Pride Week

Queering the North: Inuksuk High School’s Pride Week

Students at Inuksuk High School. All photos by Tess Thurber. 2019 was a year to celebrate and reflect in Nunavut. It was the territory’s 20th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Supreme Court of Canada’s decision that began the process to decriminalize homosexuality in Canada. There has bee...
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NISHNAABEMDAA NOONGO: SUMMER TIME NISHNESS

NISHNAABEMDAA NOONGO: SUMMER TIME NISHNESS

Flexing his Nishness, this week Musky covers a whole pile of summer words such as: bagizo bimaadage bakobiigwaashkwani bwezo gaaskanaabaagwe bimishkaa gotaamgot You’ll have to watch the video to learn the definitions. Hehe Miskwaanakwad Rice is Anishinaabe from Wasauksing First Nation, an island a...
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NISHNAABENDAA NOONGO: MUSKY GOES TO TOWN

NISHNAABENDAA NOONGO: MUSKY GOES TO TOWN

Musky teaches us about how to say I’m going to town or NOT going to town. Also how to say “I don’t live at my mom’s anymore.” Miskwaanakwad Rice is Anishinaabe from Wasauksing First Nation, an island along the shores of Mnido Gamii in Anishinaabe Akiing. Like many Anishinaa...
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NISHNAABEMDAA NOONGO: WHAT TIME OF THE DAY IS IT?

NISHNAABEMDAA NOONGO: WHAT TIME OF THE DAY IS IT?

Elements from the Heart Silk Scarf | Image source: Jamie Okuma “Giwiiwaabamin – I am going to see you” ~ Miskwaanakwad Rice is Anishinaabe from Wasauksing First Nation, an island along the shores of Mnido Gamii in Anishinaabe Akiing. Like many Anishinaabek his age, Miskwaanakwad learne...
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NISHNAABEMDAA NOONGO: COUNTING AND OJIBWAY MOONS

NISHNAABEMDAA NOONGO: COUNTING AND OJIBWAY MOONS

“Gwiigindaasomin – We are going to count” ~ Miskwaanakwad Rice is Anishinaabe from Wasauksing First Nation, an island along the shores of Mnido Gamii in Anishinaabe Akiing. Like many Anishinaabek his age, Miskwaanakwad learned a small bit of Anishinaabemowin growing up and in recent ye...
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NISHNAABEMDAA NOONGO - WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

NISHNAABEMDAA NOONGO – WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

In a conversation with himself Miskwaanakwad teaches us how to ask and respond to the question of where we are from – a big thing in Indian Country. Miskwaanakwad Rice is Anishinaabe from Wasauksing First Nation, an island along the shores of Mnido Gamii in Anishinaabe Akiing. Like many Anishinaab...
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NISHNAABEMDAA NOONGO & JIIZAS

NISHNAABEMDAA NOONGO & JIIZAS

With the help of his friend Jiizas and some spectacular sound effects, Musky teaches us (giinwan) must know phrases in Anishinaabemowin. Miskwaanakwad Rice is Anishinaabe from Wasauksing First Nation, an island along the shores of Mnido Gamii in Anishinaabe Akiing. Like many Anishinaabek his age, Miskwa...
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