reconciliation

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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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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Cree Student Named Rhodes Scholar

Suzanne  -  Jan 12, 2016  -  , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Cree Student Named Rhodes Scholar
The news went national in November 2015: Billy-Ray Belcourt, a 21-year-old Comparative Literature student at the University of Alberta, has been named a 2016 Rhodes Scholar, one of 11 Canadian students to receive the prestigious scholarship for post-graduate studies at Oxford University. What makes Belcourt’s award notable is that he is the first First Nations […]

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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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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 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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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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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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