‘Race-Based Censorship’

“Journalist Candis McLean…came to Regina in November to promote her book “When Police Become Prey: The Cold Hard Facts of Neil Stonechild’s Freezing Death”. The book sparked controversy because it criticizes the findings of a public inquiry that cast blame on two Saskatoon police officers {in the death of an aboriginal youth}.

“McLean was to hold a book signing at ‘Chapters’ on Nov. 5 last year, but the store cancelled after learning protesters intended to show up. She re-booked with three different hotels, but each in turn cancelled due to the protest. In the end, McLean stood on the street in front of the ‘Quality Inn’ and spoke about her book. Signings planned for ‘Chapters/Indigo’ in her former hometown of Yorkton, as well as in Winnipeg, were also cancelled.

“In a statement of claim filed this week at ‘Regina Court of Queen’s Bench’, McLean is suing Michelle Stewart, an associate professor in the U of R’s Department of ‘Justice Studies’… Continue reading “‘Race-Based Censorship’”

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‘Segregation: The Antithesis of Art’

“‘Indigenous’ {‘Siberian settler’} activists in Canada have forced the cancellation of an art show in Toronto that drew direct inspiration from ‘indigenous’ art. 

“Six years ago, the Canadian painter Amanda PL traveled to Thunder Bay in Ontario to study art education at Lakehead University. There, she became entranced with a lush, surrealistic form of Anishinabe painting known as the Woodlands style. When she returned home to Toronto, where she was born and raised, Amanda PL began to paint Woodland paintings. Next month, she was to have her first solo exhibition, at the new ‘Visions Gallery’ in the Leslieville district of Toronto.

“That show, however, has been canceled because of accusations of ‘cultural appropriation’ leveled against Amanda PL… Continue reading “‘Segregation: The Antithesis of Art’”

‘Where Has All The Money Gone?’

‘Onion Lake resident calls for release of Band’s financial documents’

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“A resident of the Onion Lake Cree ‘Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 5,032 people and “The country’s top oil producing ‘First Nation’”} is launching a court application to try to get answers about how her Band is spending its money.

“Charmaine Stick, an Onion Lake Band member, launched an application in Regina…asking the court to force her band to disclose its salaries, expenses and financial statements.

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‘Here We Go Again…’

Throughout Canada, Canadians of all backgrounds are encouraged to explore the many cultures that now make up the ‘Canadian mosaic’, and to not just celebrate their own culture but to try out other cultural traditions foreign to one’s own. Aboriginal people have, for the most part, eagerly embraced many aspects of other cultures, from clothing to music to movies to vehicles to guns to electricity to computers to… well, you get the picture.

However, when it comes to others using aspects of aboriginal culture, suddenly it is called ‘cultural appropriation’ and its use meant to be restricted – meaning that ‘permission’ is required. This blatant hypocrisy – with its xenophobic and racist overtones – needs to be called out… SayNO, 'Here We Go Again', 800x800‘Okanagan Indian Band says ‘Ogopogo’ children’s book ‘misappropriates’ culture’

“[The book] misappropriates our culture and our beliefs and our structures,”

said Chief Byron Louis in an interview with ‘CBC News’.

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