elsewhere · talks

Upcoming Talk, Wednesday May 4: Indigenous Persistence on the Prairie

Tansi friends. I'll be in conversation virtually with the truly brilliant Michelle Brass (who also works with Indigenous Climate Action) on rematriation, reclamation, and repair this Wednesday, May 4. Michelle is one of the smartest people I know, no lie, and the things she's taught me are invaluable. If you want to get connected with… Continue reading Upcoming Talk, Wednesday May 4: Indigenous Persistence on the Prairie

stories

In memory of Colten Boushie, toward Indigenous liberation in our lifetime

Today - February 9, 2022 - marks four years since the colonial court acquittal of Gerald Stanley for the killing of Colten Boushie. Still, few of my days pass without Colten and his family coming to my mind, and I know the same is true for many of our relatives on the prairies and beyond.… Continue reading In memory of Colten Boushie, toward Indigenous liberation in our lifetime

poetry · stories

Red Dress Special: An Indigenous Love Poem for Valentine’s Day and Every Day

Bring me flowers whiles I’m livin’ /Then don’t bring them when I am dead - Peetie Wheatstraw, “Bring Me Flowers While I’m Living” (1941) "They didn't have one, but I wanted a red dress for tonight," Olivia added. "I wanted fire. I wanted blood." "You need a man," Elsie said. "Correct," Olivia said, tilting forward… Continue reading Red Dress Special: An Indigenous Love Poem for Valentine’s Day and Every Day

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My Optimism Wears Moccasins and is Loud: On Paris, Heavy Metal, and Chasing Freedom

Content Warning: attempted sexual assault; Indigenous Feminist anger that cuts like the lead riff in “The Trooper” My optimism wears moccasins and is loud. My optimism sometimes wears moccasins and is always loud. As a Nehiyaw girl growing up in a small prairie city in Canada, I got into punk, hard rock, and metal music… Continue reading My Optimism Wears Moccasins and is Loud: On Paris, Heavy Metal, and Chasing Freedom

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I’m concerned for your academic career if you talk about this publicly

What truths would be written if academics weren't afraid of losing their jobs? What truths would be written if you followed through, in practice, the type of sovereignty and decolonization you theorize in journals? All the times I've heard some version of "I'm concerned about your academic career if you talk about this publicly": that's not concern for… Continue reading I’m concerned for your academic career if you talk about this publicly