167 billboards | No Joke! | Be The Good

Something interesting in going on in Canada’s parks in 02018: Mohawk curator and scholar Lee-Ann Martin has participated in all of these modes of support in the past. But this summer, she is taking a very different approach—namely, putting the art of 50 Indigenous women artists on 167 billboards from coast to coast to coast. […]

Change Is Coming: Youth Suicide Pacts, Canada’s Move Away from the 141 Year Old Indian Act and more news

By Lara Trace Hentz I am still on my hiatus, of course, but these stories I have covered on this news blog before (kinda). I will be back later in 2017. That is, if we don’t suffer a nuke someday soon. *** From Steve Russell • August 11, 2017 at Indian Country Today Wawatay News […]

The Secret Path on Remembrance Day

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGd764YU9yc From Jay at Assholes Watching Movies: You may have noticed there was a day this summer when Canada “went dark.” It was August 20th, the day the Tragically  Hip performed for the last time. Hip lead singer, front man extraordinaire, Canadian superstar Gord Downie had recently announced that he had a brain tumour […]


By Lara Trace (called Lala by her sister in Austria) Am I the only one?   Every. SINGLE. DAY…  I feel like I’m overreacting to an insane horror flick.  YEEGADS, what the hell is going on in this world?  It’s like a very very very bad movie, between X RATED and profane.  If I turn […]

Stolen Generation

Image: The Indian Residential School hockey team of Maliotenam, Quebec, circa 1950 (Library and Archives Canada; Flickr.com/The Commons/)  READ MORE   Austalia’s national broadcaster ABC news on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the parallels to the experiences of Aboriginal peoples in Australia during the Stolen Generation. Posted by Touchstones of Hope on Monday, January 4, […]

Soul Wound: The Legacy of Native American Schools

U.S. and Canadian authorities took Native children from their homes and tried to school, and sometimes beat, the Indian out them. Now Native Americans are fighting the theft of language, of culture, and of childhood itself.

A Deafening Silence On Aboriginal Issues #TRC

Over the weekend, author and university administrator Wab Kinew, Rwandan genocide survivor Eloge Butera, Broadbent Institute director Jonathan Sas and 19 honorary witnesses to the TRC issued a call to action, urging Canadians to “make reconciliation an election issue.” Kinew told Maclean’s he remembers NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau “immediately in […]

Witness Blanket: Carey Newman

A small collection of contributed material Master Carver Carey Newman used to create a large-scale six-foot tall and 30-feet wide red cedar installation titled Witness Blanket, designed using items reclaimed from residential schools, churches, government buildings and other traditional structures. ( Photo: CHAD HIPOLITO/THE GLOBE AND MAIL) Master Carver Carey Newman holds a prototype 3×3 […]

Headlines: trafficking, adoption, Indian Child Welfare

House Passes Bill To Prevent Sex Trafficking, Strengthen Vulnerable Children and Families Posted on July 29, 2014 On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the House of Representatives unanimously approved H.R. 4980, the “Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.” This bipartisan, bicameral bill reflects agreements reached between House and Senate leaders on three separate bills designed […]

Not Forgive: Why anger is necessary to heal

Published by Beverly Engel, L.M.F.T. in The Compassion Chronicles http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-compassion-chronicles/200803/forgive-or-not-forgive-is-the-question Is forgiveness always necessary, or even possible? Many people believe that forgiveness is necessary if we are to put the past behind us and move on. Twelve-step programs teach the philosophy that we should forgive others because they, like us, were doing the best they […]

haplotypes and migrations

I wonder seriously about this science knowing what I know now about Human Trafficking and the Atlantic Slave Trade and migrations. I just attended a conference at Yale that discussed this intensely. One thing: Every slave ship carried Indigenous People from the Americas to Europe, Africa, France and beyond. This would skew the results of […]

First Nations Helps Ensure the “Dream”

Sneak Preview of TV Spots That Will Air in November and December! You can get a “sneak preview” of two new television spots for First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) that will begin airing Nov. 17 on Comcast/Xfinity cable TV systems in 13 markets around the United States. The previews are available at this link: […]

Canada crimes against First Nations was genocide

By PHIL FONTAINE AND BERNIE FARBER Special to The Globe and Mail On Monday, Oct. 14, we have the unique and historic opportunity to meet with Professor James Anaya, the Special United Nations Rapporteur for Indigenous People. It is our conviction that Canada’s history with First Nations people was not just dark and brutal, but […]

An estimated 16,000 Indigenous children were taken from their families as a result of the 60’s Scoop

An estimated 16,000 Indigenous children were taken from their families as a result of the 60’s Scoop.   “We are still here”… Watch this video… Trace/Lara