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Language Matters – Part 2

Suzanne  -  Jan 30, 2015  -  , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Language Matters – Part 2
In December 2013, the Canadian Museum of Civilization was renamed the Canadian Museum of History. This is important for several reasons, none of them good, and all of them related to the way Aboriginal peoples are positioned and understood in Canada. The Canadian Museum of Civilization has had several incarnations: it was first known as […]

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Language Matters – Part 1

Suzanne  -  Dec 30, 2014  -  , , ,  -  Comments Off on Language Matters – Part 1
As we near the end of the calendar year and the beginning of true winter, Dragonfly would like to call your attention to two words – “Aboriginal” and “civilization” – and how each word has recently illustrated the power relationships that so often underly the use of language in society. We’ll start this month with […]

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K.M. Hunter Artist Award Nomination

Suzanne  -  Dec 15, 2014  -  Comments Off on K.M. Hunter Artist Award Nomination
Suzanne Methot has been nominated for a K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Literature. The award, which is administered by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), is given to mid-career, professional artists who have a body of work, a fair degree of public exposure, and “have made an impact in their chosen field.” Six awards are presented […]

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Perception Is Not Reality

Suzanne  -  Aug 27, 2014  -  , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Perception Is Not Reality
Winnipeg artist KC Adams is using her new portrait series, “Perception,” to change how Aboriginal people are seen in this country. Adams, an Oji-Cree whose artwork is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery in Ottawa, has taken photos of Aboriginal people living in Winnipeg. On the first of each paired photo, Adams uses […]

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Aboriginal Music and the Juno Awards

Suzanne  -  Apr 07, 2014  -  , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Aboriginal Music and the Juno Awards
A Tribe Called Red – the wicked-in-the-best-way Ottawa-based electric powwow group – won a Juno Award this month for Breakthrough Group of the Year for their CD “Nation II Nation.” In so doing, they have made history: they are the first Aboriginal group to win a Juno outside the Aboriginal music category. Composed of DJ […]

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Sovereignty, Identity, and Labels

Suzanne  -  Mar 30, 2014  -  , ,  -  Comments Off on Sovereignty, Identity, and Labels
Dragonfly’s work is really all about communication. When we work with educators, speak to conference attendees, facilitate student learning, or write curriculum, we aim for mutual understanding – and that starts with a critical investigation of the truth of opinions and the testing of truth by discussion. Sometimes the investigation is characterized by a logical […]

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The Reading List

Suzanne  -  Feb 25, 2014  -  , , , ,  -  Comments Off on The Reading List
Dragonfly often gets asked for book recommendations or a reading list. People want to know what book they should read to learn about Aboriginal peoples and cultures, what book will give them details on certain Aboriginal experiences (such as residential schools), or what book will lay out Aboriginal perspectives on an issue or subject. There […]

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Female Indigenous Firsts

Suzanne  -  Jan 31, 2014  -  , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Female Indigenous Firsts
Wilfred Laurier University student Sally Simpson has updated her list of Aboriginal women trailblazers. First released last year as part of her scholarly research, Simpson continues to add to and revise the list. It now contains 92 entries detailing the accomplishments of Aboriginal women in all walks of life, from academia, justice, policing, arts, and […]

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12 Steps to a Post-Colonial Future

Suzanne  -  Dec 31, 2013  -  , , ,  -  Comments Off on 12 Steps to a Post-Colonial Future
In most of Canada, Mother Earth is wearing a blanket of snow. Accordingly, winter is seen as a time of reflection and rest for many Aboriginal nations, as human beings think about the events that have occurred since last year’s winter count (winter counts are historical documents that record events in pictures, with one picture […]

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“Make It Visible” Indigenous Art Project & Display

Suzanne  -  Nov 12, 2013  -  , ,  -  Comments Off on “Make It Visible” Indigenous Art Project & Display
Amnesty International Canada has a new campaign focusing on indigenous peoples in Colombia. According to the Colombia Constitutional Court, 34 of 102 distinct indigenous nations in Colombia are in danger of physical and cultural destruction due to armed conflict between insurgents, drug traffickers, the Colombian Army, other state security, and the state’s paramilitary allies; resource […]

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