At today’s rally I had to focus a bit more on video coverage (forthcoming), but here’s a selection of some of my favourites. There was a special call out to jingle dancers to come and share their healing dance with the hundreds of people gathered in a snowstorm.
Quality : HD
Title : Below Her Mouth
Director : April Mullen.
Release : 2017-02-10
Language : English.
Runtime : 92 min.
Genre : Drama.
‘Below Her Mouth’ is a movie genre Drama, was released in February 10, 2017. April Mullen was directed this movie and starring by Erika Linder. This movie tell story about An unexpected affair quickly escalates into a heart-stopping reality for two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever.
Here’s a selection of photos shot during the #J11 rally from Victoria Island, to the PM’s office on Langevin Block, to Parliament Hill. The day is now infamous for the disappointment of the Chiefs’ meetings with the Prime Minister and the Governor General, and the continuation of Chief Spence’s hunger strike. However, the grassroots energy on the streets prior to the meetings was truly inspirational. Video forthcoming.
Tonight, I’ll be playing a solo set at Zaphod’s as part of efforts to raise money for the continued maintenance of Chief Spence’s camp on Victoria Island, and supplies for her helpers. I wrote this track, which debuted on January 4 on CBC Radio Ottawa’s All In A Day.
The lineup for tonight’s show was put together by Six Nation’s incredible guitarist, Derek Miller. Digging Roots and Jasper are the other musicians, and there will be a stand up performance by comedian Don Kelly. It’s a wonderful lineup for a great cause! Doors are at 8 at Zaphod’s, and cover is $20 with all proceeds going to the camp.
The National Day of Action was truly inspiring to see in Ottawa, as Indigenous Nations converged upon the colonial capital. I marched with friends before heading to the Odawa Friendship Centre with my Red Slam Collective bandmates for the post-rally feast and performances. I attempted to capture some of the spirit of the day across a variety of media.Android
There’s been such a wealth of beautiful writing about the recently that for now, I’ll redirect attention to writings by Wab Kinew and Chelsea Vowel. Robert Animikii Horton wrote a piece in 2010 about an Anishinaabe dream, that reads like it could have been written this week.
I’ve been spending as much time as possible at Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike camp on Victoria Island, and at solidarity and #IdleNoMore events. For me, this is the largest Indigenous mobilization I have seen in my life time, and I am dreaming of the possibilities.
Today, there was a call out for a day-long round dance on Parliament Hill, following the round dance revolution that has been sweeping across Turtle Island. Check the link for Ryan McMahon’s thoughts. I brought along my camera, and here’s some of the action:Watch movie online John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)Movie Fifty Shades Darker (2017)
I went down to New Orleans on October 30 – November 5. The official purpose of my trip was to give a paper and screen a documentary at the Society for Ethnomusicology annual conference, but as a drummer, musician, and lover of music, it’s a trip I’ve long wanted to make. I made sure to maximize my time in New Orleans away from the conference, and quickly fell in love with the city. I was mostly on foot throughout the French Quarter, Warehouse District, CBD, and the Marigny, and tried to travel light, so my proper camera mostly stayed in my hotel room. Here’s all of the photos off of my phone. More to come.
It was my great pleasure to attend the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival this year. I wrote up a recap for my neechies over at RPM.fm with a focus on the music. Artists featured during the festival included my good friend Nick Sherman, who is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter to watch.
Check out the recap here.
Posting the screen shot of my brief appearance on CBC Ottawa’s television news on October 27 seems to have struck a chord (thanks!) so I would like to elaborate on my thoughts. First of all, a huge chi-miigwetch to my friends Jocelyn and Andrea. Jocelyn, whose comments can be read in the initial story on CBC news, got us all together to go visit the public consultation at the Museum of Civilization, and Andrea graciously drove us all to the museum. Unfortunately, Andrea’s interview was edited out of the final piece that appeared on the news, but we all shared equal camera time.
To place this discussion in context, the Canadian Museum of Civilization recently announced that its name and mandate would change to become the Canadian Museum of History. This was an announcement that has taken many people by surprise, and many are concerned that this is a ploy to whitewash Canadian history. Shortly after the announcement of the name change, My History Museum was launched. This website invites interaction from the Canadian public, and asks “What would you put in your national history museum? What stories would you tell? How would you reach Canadians across the country?”
Viewing the website, we noticed many major omissions. As Jocelyn states in the CBC article,
“I looked at this page and immediately I didn’t really see a whole lot of diverse representation … of Canadian history. I saw there were I think about 15 faces or so on the site. I think there were about four or five women on there, one indigenous person, and the rest of them seemed be sort of middle-aged white guys. I didn’t see any people of colour, I didn’t see anybody with disabilities, and I just think that’s so disappointing when I know that there’s such a fuller, more diverse history of Canada that could be represented, and people to represent those communities.”
If it were up to me, this new institution would not be the Canadian Museum of History, but a museum which attempts to portray an (in)complete history of the land upon which we all reside. I introduced myself to the CBC not as a Canadian, but as an Anishinaabe, and I far too frequently see the hundreds of Indigenous Nations which exist within the Canadian nation-state refered to in an assimilate manner as “Aboriginal” or, slightly better, “First Nations”. A history that only portrays the Canadian settler colonial nation-state is wildly inaccurate, and only a miniscule sampling of the histories and cultural achievements exist upon this land – Turtle Island, if you will – upon which we all reside.
The initial attempt at a portrayal of “Canadian” history betrays the intentions of the Museum, and starts its online timeline with “1608: Samuel de Champlain Founds Quebec City”. At the Museum of Civilization, the display of the timeline began with 1670: Establishment of the Hudson’s Bay Company. I don’t have the space here to begin to describe what a sanitized version this account of the founding of the Hudson’s Bay Company is, which stole millions of acres of unceded Indigenous land in the name of King Charles, but Andrea and I accepted their invitation to add to the timeline:
To me, the tactic of beginning Canadian history in the 17th century is completely bewildering. I can’t say I was too optimistic about a nuanced portrayal of pre-colonial Indigenous history – but the omission of well-known prior “explorers” – colonizers, if you will – such as John Cabot, is simply confounding.
Now, where would I like to see the timeline start? Broad, in-depth consultation with Indigenous elders is a must, but the 796AD formation of the Council of Three Fires (the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations) may be a good start. So would the The Great Law of Peace – the founding of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy of the Mohawk, Onedia, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca Nations is estimated by some as dating to the 12th century.
EDIT to add: In the comments, Dr. Alex Wilson made an excellent suggestion to begin a telling of history with creation stories. From a Nishnaabeg perspective, I love Leanne Simpson’s telling. Watch from about 9:30 onwards:
In my comments to the CBC that did not make the news cut, I expressed my deep concern that when Canada is in the midst of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), public understanding of history is vital for any meaningful reconciliation to take place. On June 11, 2008, the Canadian government issued a Statement of Apology for the Indian Residential Schools system. Prime Minister Stephen Harper concluded this apology stating,
“A cornerstone of the Settlement Agreement is the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This Commission presents a unique opportunity to educate all Canadians on the Indian Residential Schools system. It will be a positive step in forging a new relationship between Aboriginal peoples and other Canadians, a relationship based on the knowledge of our shared history, a respect for each other and a desire to move forward together with a renewed understanding that strong families, strong communities and vibrant cultures and traditions will contribute to a stronger Canada for all of us.” (my emphasis added)
Most telling to me was that to date, all material presented by the Canadian Museum of History omits any mention of this major point of Canadian-Indigenous relations. Within the mandate of the TRC, one of the stated goals is to 1 (d) Promote awareness and public education of Canadians about the IRS system and its impacts;
When the Indian Residential School system is completely omitted in a public outreach campaign conducted by a Crown Corporation, how can there be any meaningful reconciliation process?