Friday, September 04, 2009

First taste of Autumn linkypost

Local peace activeist Gene Stoltzfus with some thoughts on low-level racism ("Our Way of Life") in the Northern Ontario hinterlands. (@ Gene Stoltzfus website, PeaceProbe.)
"... in the late 50s as a student at Eastern Mennonite University (Virginia) I wrote and delivered a speech for an oratorical contest condemning segregation and racist thinking... After the speech a few people came to me to suggest that I may have stepped over the line and some people were offended by my speech. It was all very polite. Nothing like the doomsday, “Our Way of Life” protests I felt in Alberton last week..."

Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services launches FIMUR; Assisted Home Ownership Program.

Stephen Harper and Conservative governmentthreaten popular tax credit. This craven act extorts MP's to not vote against confidence vote and out-of-pocket Canadians to lobby against killing bill.

FBI investigating ads offering Maine Indian scalps.
"... The seller offered six scalps and related artifacts from a private family collection said to have been obtained by bounty hunters in the 1700s. Back then, bounties were offered for Penobscot Indians or for their scalps, Francis said. One proclamation, dated 1755, offered 50 pounds in British currency for every male Penobscot above the age of 12 and 40 pounds for their scalps... A 1990 federal law makes it illegal for museums to have Native American remains and requires institutions to return remains to their rightful tribes, said Jason Brown, spokesman at Bar Harbor's Abbe Museum, which is devoted to Maine's Native American heritage..."

Alberta, Shell try to quash aboriginal challenge to oilsands leases.

Canada's Sickest Lake. (
"... The putrid green mat, twice the size of P.E.I. and clearly visible from space, is jaw-dropping evidence of an ecosystem in deep trouble. Already, Lake Winnipeg, the world’s tenth-biggest lake, is in worse shape than notorious Lake Erie..."

57 Years Of Silence (
"... Only three years ago they found out their loved ones were buried in a mass, unmarked grave at the reserve, ending 57 years of mystery surrounding the crash there. Now, they've been given the answer -- or likely the closest thing to it -- to the mystery behind that decision, some explanation for why the bodies of the seven Inuit were treated differently than the 13 others, all white, all from Southern Canada, and taken with care and respect south to Winnipeg, then transported across the country to the hometowns for burial..."


New York Times editorial, Waiting For Crazy Horse.


RebellionJohn Horse and the Black Seminoles, The First Blacks to beat American Slavery.

Design a T-shirt for a chance at $2500.00; Threadless Tees.

Interview with Ojibway artist Christian Chapman, at Wawatay News.

Native artists to discuss identity issues Sept. 11 at Fred Jones museum; Norman, Oklahoma.
"Eight Native Oklahoman artists are gathering for a public panel discussion about survival strategies and identity issues during a special event at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Friday, Sept. 11. At 10 a.m., the artists will begin a session titled "Art as Identity: The Operative Principles of Affirmation, Accommodation and Appropriation in the Native American Artistic Pursuit of Self."

First Nation's retreat offers authenticity, elegance. (

How to Make Your Own Peyote Stitch Toggle Clasp (

Canada Council award nets Regina gallery new art (
"... MacKenzie officials chose to add six of the 11 pieces from Cuthand's "hauntingly beautiful" Trading series to its holdings. The series explores the goods and diseases that European traders introduced to the Americas. Individual pieces show the diseases — as seen under a microscope — rendered in intricate beadwork..."

"... is a dynamic website that brings Inuktitut learning to the world wide web. It was created by the Pirurvik Centre, an Iqaluit-based company dedicated to enhancing Inuit language, culture and well-being."


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