Thursday, May 29, 2008

"Day of Action", in Canada

Sign the petition.
"I support strong First Nations and a strong Canada!
We are calling on the Government of Canada to join us in…
Protecting Our Children...
Investing in Our Future...
Respecting Our Responsibility to One Another..."

Broadest Coalition Since Fight Against Free Trade Gathers to Support Right to Say No.


Canada seeking to join Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement?
"The deal would create a international regulator that could turn border guards and other public security personnel into copyright police. The security officials would be charged with checking laptops, iPods and even cellular phones for content that "infringes" on copyright laws, such as ripped CDs and movies."

Useful article: 5 tings you didn't know Google could do, at

Knee jerk redaction.

Sharing a Story - A Young Metis Man
"After a few pleasantries and a few procedural matters, he told me that I had tested positive for HIV.
My world collapsed. My chest felt heavy and the room began to spin. I got up, kicked the garbage can and rushed out of Michael’s office. I ran down the stairs, got into my car and said to myself "whoever gave me this sickness, I forgive you". I don’t know why I said that, but I believe that it was my saving grace and prayer.
My first phone call was to my adopted parents. My mother answered the phone and when I disclosed, she called me a liar and hung up. She never spoke to me again..."

Phoenix Mars Mission photos.

Some recent visitors to the feeder.
Goldfinch (very common).
Goldfinch. Broken Vulture Art.

Purple finch (few regulars) and sparrow (very common)
Purple Finch, Sparrow. Broken Vulture Art.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak; very exciting! (2 visits) I have never even seen this species until this summer, but I haven't been looking that hard.
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. Broken Vulture Art.

AstronomyCast episode on the "scientific method".


What About the Rights of the Parents?
"... Why some of the men had as many as three or four wives. What kind of damage was this doing to the innocent children?

The Christian community saw only one conclusion. They had to go in and rescue the children. If that meant sending law enforcement officials into the community to forcibly take the children from their parents, so be it. It would lead to a much better life for the children so the parents be damned. After all, what did these backward people know about raising children properly?

No, I am not talking about the fiasco at San Angelo, Texas. I am talking about what happened to the children of Native Americans across America in the late 1800s..."

Arts festivals in Ontario.

Native hip-hop at Folklife: Komplex Kai raps a rez reality.

Art Hostage commentary, on Bill Reid theft.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts hires curator for Native Art.

Selling artwork is sometimes no(t) easy.
"I registered on e-bay and then tried the daunting task of trying to sell. This was new to me. In the end for the final step, it asked me for a PayPal account. Hmmm...sounds easy. Then it asked for a credit card number. From there I was in a slump. I'm metaphorically akin to a starving artist, I don't even qualify for a credit card let alone provide a number for security reasons..."

Edit May 30, 2008: Metis fiddler, Sierra Noble. My apologies commentor; she only claims "Métis musical roots" in her Bio.
"She has been studying classical music as well as fiddle music in the context of her Métis musical roots for most of her life.
Sierra’s breadth of experience is impressive and she has developed a distinctive and comfortable stage presence where exceptional instrumentals, energetic step-dancing and unbelievable pop performances exist in perfect harmony..."



MooseGuts said...

little known, and for some reason, slightly hidden fact - sierra noble is a white girl. it takes nothing away from her talent, but, she was nominated in 2006 for an APCMA in an aboriginal category, only to be outed as a non-aboriginal person. this year, she was nominated in a non-aboriginal category.

why does it matter?

it doesn't. but i go have concerns about how she aped many communities from lots of zhooniya by not coming being up front from the get go. she spent years speaking to aboriginal youth about being aboriginal youth etc. and that kind of sucks.


she has skills. mad skills. tip of the hat to ms. noble.

MooseGuts said...


i'm blogging again.