power and privilege

CBC Radio One Appearance

Suzanne  -  Jan 23, 2017  -  , , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on CBC Radio One Appearance
On National Aboriginal Day 2016, Suzanne Methot was a featured commentator on CBC Radio One’s Metro Morning. This five-minute documentary piece on the Indigenous history of Toronto began when CBC freelance contributor Aparita Bhandari came across my 2012 blog post “Toronto Is An Iroquois Word.” Dragonfly wrote the original post in response to the oft-heard […]

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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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Costumes and the Colonial Myth

Suzanne  -  Oct 30, 2015  -  , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Costumes and the Colonial Myth
Welcome to October: the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has set up a National Research Centre at the University of Manitoba, the CBC is actually using the word “Indigenous,” and stores in Vancouver, Regina, Sudbury, and Truro, N.S., are selling Halloween costumes that allow people to dress up as a Warrior Chief or an Indian Princess. […]

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Classic Films on Power and Representation

Suzanne  -  Sep 21, 2015  -  , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Classic Films on Power and Representation
Welcome to the start of the new school year! To start September off in a good way, Dragonfly calls your attention to two short films, both of which highlight the ridiculousness of much of the “research” conducted on Aboriginal peoples. The first film, Babakiueria, is an Australian classic from the 1980s. Take a trip down […]

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Five Symptoms of a Culturally Unconscious Educator

Suzanne  -  Jul 06, 2015  -  , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Five Symptoms of a Culturally Unconscious Educator
Dragonfly recently came across an interesting post in the Educator’s Lounge group on LinkedIn. Co-authored by Kimberly McLeod, Academic Dean and Executive Director at Texas Southern University, and Wendy Mackey, School Administration Supervisor for the Halifax Regional School Board and adjunct faculty member for St. Francis Xavier University, the article discusses what happens when teachers […]

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The New National Discussion

Suzanne  -  Apr 24, 2015  -  , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on The New National Discussion
Justice Murray Sinclair, Manitoba’s first Aboriginal judge and the chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, says he wants all Canadians – not just politicians – to take part in a “national discussion” on how to improve the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada. “We need to change the way that people in […]

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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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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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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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