power and privilege

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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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nations, as human beings think about the events that have occurred since last year’s winter count (winter counts are historical documents that record events in pictures, with one picture […]

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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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Amanda Berry, the Media, and Her Mother

Suzanne  -  May 22, 2013  -  , ,  -  Comments Off on Amanda Berry, the Media, and Her Mother
By now, you’ve heard about Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, the three Cleveland, Ohio, women rescued this month after years in captivity. What you haven’t heard is that Amanda Berry is Native American. According to the Native Women’s Association of Canada, there are currently 582 Aboriginal women missing across Canada – and that […]

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Pop Culture, Power, and Privilege

Suzanne  -  Mar 07, 2013  -  , , ,  -  Comments Off on Pop Culture, Power, and Privilege
Dragonfly doesn’t watch a lot of TV, but we were waiting for a nerdy PBS documentary last week and happened to catch the tail end of the sitcom Mike and Molly. There we were, minding our own business, trying to drown out the laugh track, when Molly’s snarky mother-in-law says, “Arizona? Why would I move […]

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