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CBC Radio One Appearance

Suzanne  -  Jun 21, 2017  -  , , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on CBC Radio One Appearance
As we celebrate the 2017 summer solstice, let’s flash back to last year’s solstice, when Dragonfly appeared in a CBC radio documentary reminding folks in Toronto about the city’s Indigenous history. Back then, Metro Morning host Matt Galloway introduced the piece with a note that “Toronto was once part of the vast Ojibwe nation.” We […]

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Coming Soon – New Non-Fiction Book

Suzanne  -  Jul 05, 2016  -  , , , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Coming Soon – New Non-Fiction Book
Suzanne Methot has received a $12,000 Ontario Arts Council Works-In-Progress grant to complete a non-fiction book on intergenerational trauma in Indigenous peoples and communities. Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing (the new working title) discusses intergenerational trauma at the individual, family, and community levels, with a focus on mechanisms of transmission and approaches to healing. […]

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The Textbook You Need To Have

Suzanne  -  May 08, 2016  -  , ,  -  Comments Off on The Textbook You Need To Have
Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations is an absolute must-have for educators, literacy practitioners, direct-service workers, community engagement workers, and anyone working with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. First published in 2011 to support the Ontario Native Studies 11 curriculum, and available in both English and French, the textbook was so well received that it […]

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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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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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The Urban Aboriginal Reality

Suzanne  -  Jan 15, 2013  -  , , ,  -  Comments Off on The Urban Aboriginal Reality
A few weeks ago, The Globe and Mail published a story about the housing crisis on the Attawapiskat First Nation, with the headline “Why Don’t They Just Leave?” When Dragonfly saw the title, we heaved a sigh and rolled our eyes at the media’s persistent boneheadedness. Truth is, “they” have already left. The majority of […]

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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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