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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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INDIGENOUS HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS OF 2020

INDIGENOUS HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS OF 2020

Beaded Apache-Black fringe boots from The Whetung Ojibwe Centre | Image source: Whetung Ojibwe Centre The holidays have arrived and 2020 has been an exceptionally tough year for all of us. Despite not being able to gather with our loved ones in large groups, we can still show our affection in the form o...
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the heart is the river

the heart is the river

dark hair from darker place the drum i remind feel the drum the beat her heart the heart (is) the river gains strength behind the stories behind your story behind her stories behind the drum i remind feel hold tell scream stand loudly   the rush the waters (are life) lead the way the waters ...
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NICK SHERMAN ON STORIES, SONG, AND RACISM IN THUNDER BAY

NICK SHERMAN ON STORIES, SONG, AND RACISM IN THUNDER BAY

Image credit: nicksherman.ca This week on APTN’s, AMPLIFY, Nick Sherman examines the challenges of living in Thunder Bay as an Indigenous person. The northern Ontario city is notorious for being racist towards Indigenous people—and it is deadly. It’s where 7 Indigenous youth died under similar circumsta...
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SHAWNEE ON AWAKENING HER TWO-SPIRITED IDENTITY

SHAWNEE ON AWAKENING HER TWO-SPIRITED IDENTITY

Shawnee | Image source: AMPLIFY Top ‘Gender-Bending’ singer/ songwriter Shawnee (Mohawk) shares her story on APTN’ S Amplify about awakening her two-spirit identity while building a two-spirit sweat lodge in her community led by Ojibwe-Cree Elder and author Ma-Nee Chacaby. Before the airing, she shared...
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