‘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’”

‘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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