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“Skirting the Issue”: a response & call to action

I submitted a shorter version of this op-ed to the Winnipeg Free Press on June 17, 2015, in response to Professor Joanne Boucher's opinion piece entitled "Dress-code message at U of W sexist". After this, the WFP published a response, "Pipe ceremony dress code uncalled for", where Prof. Boucher was quoted once more, along with… Continue reading “Skirting the Issue”: a response & call to action

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For Cindy, For Ourselves: Healing in the context of colonial gender violence

Today is April 2nd, 2015 and across these lands, gatherings will be held for Cindy Gladue. Cindy Gladue was an Indigenous woman, mother, and sex worker. The man charged in her murder was recently acquitted after a dehumanizing trial involving the showcasing of Gladue’s intimate wounds as evidence.  Just today, it was announced that the… Continue reading For Cindy, For Ourselves: Healing in the context of colonial gender violence

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Reflections on “Redmen” and Indigenous Women’s Organizing

I’ve often wondered how our campaign to change the name of my high school’s sports team, the Bedford Road Redmen, would’ve gone differently if there was a man out front. I'm only now starting to think about the implications of notions of masculinity conjured by sports mascots and what it meant for our little group of primarily Indigenous & non-Indigenous women to challenge those notions. What does it do to challenge that silently stoic cartoon "Redman" face and replace it with an image of real-life Indigenous women saying no?

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Care of: the void

TW: mention of suicide, overdose I'm writing this post as part cathartic time filler, part explanation. It seems easier to write about personal topics when it's aimed at the void rather than at any one person. This is probably similar to being able to speak to a crowd of 1000 with ease, but struggling when in… Continue reading Care of: the void

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Good Enough

One way that colonization manifests in our bodies is through a sense of inferiority, incapability, unworthiness, and vulnerability. Oftentimes this occurs regardless of how much evidence and logic we possess on the contrary. A constant, pulsing siren in the back of our heads telling us that we're not good enough, and that we might never be good enough.… Continue reading Good Enough

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Uses of Anger: Reflections from the Indigenous Frontlines of the People’s Climate March

This past weekend, I was invited to speak at the People's Climate March and beforehand, at the New York City Climate Convergence, to discuss Indigenous peoples resistance. The beginning of the march itself was huge and exciting. It is powerful to feel united with hundreds of thousands, and even more powerful to feel that we are here… Continue reading Uses of Anger: Reflections from the Indigenous Frontlines of the People’s Climate March