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Resources for Social Justice Education

Suzanne  -  Dec 21, 2016  -  , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Resources for Social Justice Education
Scholastic Canada has just released a new series of classroom resources for grades 4–6. These inquiry-based, magazine-style books focus on ethical citizenship, social justice, and sustainability in Canadian society. Each book in the series is bundled with a teacher’s guide and an accompanying website featuring videos and other resources. The Take Action series is based […]

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Lessons In the Real World

Suzanne  -  Oct 20, 2016  -  , , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Lessons In the Real World
Here we are, Halloween time again – and retail stores are once again trading in racism and appropriation by selling Halloween costumes that allow people to dress up like “Indians.” However, as we saw with this fall’s national conversation about the Cleveland Indians name and logo, the tide is beginning to shift, as non-Indigenous allies […]

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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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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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“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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Critical Literacy and Media in the Classroom

Suzanne  -  Aug 12, 2013  -  , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Critical Literacy and Media in the Classroom
Canadian media recently covered the story of Adam Shoalts, a McMaster University student who discovered a new waterfall on the Again River, which runs along the border of Ontario and Quebec and flows into Hudson Bay. Dragonfly usually has a problem with the word “discovery” – because it’s usually used to describe instances in which […]

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Female Indigenous Trailblazers

Suzanne  -  Jul 19, 2013  -  , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Female Indigenous Trailblazers
Over the past few decades, feminist historians have successfully re-read and re-presented history from a female perspective, exploring a female viewpoint on history and demonstrating the significance of women’s actions and choices. The interdisciplinary field of women’s studies has, for its part, explored politics, society, media, and history from women’s perspectives through a lens that […]

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Gender and Sexuality in Aboriginal America

Suzanne  -  Jun 18, 2013  -  , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Gender and Sexuality in Aboriginal America
Prior to colonization, Aboriginal cultures across the Americas understood that there was a gender spectrum, and Aboriginal societies featured at least three and sometimes four genders: men, women, men-women, and women-men. Men-women and women-men often entered into relationships with same-sex partners, which is why “two-spirit” has now become the accepted term for Aboriginal gay, lesbian, […]

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‘Toronto’ Is An Iroquois Word

Suzanne  -  Aug 20, 2012  -  , ,  -  Comments Off on ‘Toronto’ Is An Iroquois Word
At many gatherings in Toronto, people acknowledge that they are on “Mississauga territory.” That didn’t happen 20 years ago, and that makes it a good thing – non-Aboriginal people are beginning to understand the history of Canada from another perspective, and Aboriginal peoples are regaining a sense of their own history, as well as the […]

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More Than Just Beads and Feathers

Suzanne  -  Apr 19, 2012  -  , ,  -  Comments Off on More Than Just Beads and Feathers
Graphic artist Jason Eagle Speaker calls himself “half buffalo ndn and half salmon ndn.” Let Dragonfly translate that for you: Jason is half Blackfoot and half Duwamish, with ties to the Muckleshoot Nation. The Blackfoot live on the Plains and, before the animals were exterminated, were renowned buffalo hunters. The Duwamish live in the area […]

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