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[NEWS] Five Indigenous links: Cree NHL, Mi’kmaq, US-Mexico border, Australia, reconciliation

  • APTN is broadcasting NHL hockey games with Cree-language commentary, a first. Global News reports.
  • New funding and authority has been given to Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq educational authority. Global News reports.
  • The National Observer notes the significant damage that the Trump border wall could cause indigenous peoples bisected by the US-Mexico frontier.
  • A school in Melbourne, Australia, is doing interesting work trying to help Aborigine children bridge the cultural divide in their lives. The Toronto Star reports.

  • Natan Obed writes in MacLean’s about how the press following Trudeau in Iqaluit failing to deal with his apology to the Inuit reflects a failed implementation of reconciliation.

[MUSIC] Five music links: Peter Hook, Aimee Mann, Mongolian hip-hop, Bruno Capinan, John Lennon

  • Dangerous Minds notes that Peter Hook has put his vast personal collection of music-related memorabilia up on the market.
  • Dangerous Minds notes that the Aimee Mann song “No More Crying” was inspired by her relationship with Al Jourgensen of Ministry.
  • Ozy reports on the thriving Mongolian hip-hop scene.
  • NOW Toronto notes the importance of the music of Bruno Capinan at this fraught time for Brazil.
  • Folio reports on the possibility that the lyrics for the famous John Lennon song “Imagine” were inspired by a conversation with the Cree activist Lillian Piché Shirt about her grandmother.

[NEWS] Five Indigenous links: Ainu, Mayan cards, food culture, hip-hop, translation

  • Japan Today notes that the Ainu, the indigenous people of the northern island of Hokkaido, are set to be recognized by the Japanese government as indigenous.
  • Atlas Obscura looks at the decks of Mayan playing cards created by the Soviet Union.
  • The Conversation reports on how Indigenous food cultures in Canada can be used to better understand the environment and its changes.
  • Brielle Morgan at The Discourse reports on the Indigenous, political hip-hop of Diana Hellson.
  • CBC reports on the experiences of Priscilla Bosun, official Cree-language translator in the House of Commons.

[NEWS] Five Indigenous links: Cree, Attikamekw, roots workers, climate, Niviaq Korneliussen

  • With new translation facilities in place, MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette has delivered the first speech translated from the Cree delivered in the House of Commons. Global News reports.
  • La Presse looks at the newly-lodged land claim of the Attikamekw to much of the Haute-Mauricie region.
  • Brielle Morgan at The Discourse looks at the necessary, but neglected, role of “roots workers” in keeping indigenous children in care in British Columbia connected with their cultures.
  • Tanya Talaga at the Toronto Star looks at the serious impact of climate change on many Indigenous communities, starting with the High Arctic.
  • The New Yorker takes a look at the literary success of queer Greenlandic writer Niviaq Korneliussen.

[NEWS] Five indigenous links: Innu, Kahnawake, Cree, genetics, Andes

  • CTV News reports on how Kahnawake, a Mohawk reserve near Montréal, is trying to learn from mistakes with tobacco in legalizing marijuana sales.
  • La Presse reports on a case lodged before the Surpeme Court of Canada by an Innu group regarding their homeland on the Québec-Labrador border.
  • CBC reports on efforts to preserve the Cree language as a vibrant community language in northern Québec.
  • Enlisting indigenous groups in studies of their genetic history is becoming imperative for scientists active in the field. CBC reports.
  • Scienceblog reports on a study of DNA from indigenous populations in the Andes that reveals not only how they adapted to the extreme environments of the area but resisted Eurasian diseases better than other groups in South America.

[NEWS] Five Indigenous links: Okichitaw, Nunavik, Cree, architecture, Tŝilhqot’in

  • This CBC feature on the Indigenous martial art of Okichitaw, and of leading teacher George Lepine, is fascinating.
  • Facing an intensified suicide crisis among its young, Nunavik is looking for a way forward. CBC reports.
  • Chelsea Vowel at CBC writes about how giving her children Cree names is a profound act of reclamation.
  • NOW Toronto takes a look at the emergent field of indigenous architecture.
  • National Observer reports on what Justin Trudeau learned from a recent meeting of apology and reconciliation with the Tŝilhqot’in of British Columbia.

[NEWS] Five first nations links: tobacco, yaupon tea, Kahnawake cannabis, Cree fiddling, Indigenous

  • D-Brief notes evidence that indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest smoked tobacco long before Europeans arrived.
  • Atlas Obscura looks at “yaupon tea”, a caffeinated beverage brewed from the leaves and stems of the cassina plant of the southeastern United States popular among indigeous peoples but mysteriously neglected in recent years.
  • The Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake is facing a referendum over whether or not to legalize the sale of cannabis products. CTV reports.
  • Cree fiddler Byron Jonah is the first person to win a new fiddling award of Eeyou Istchee, the Cree region in northern Québec. CBC reports.
  • Mathieu Landriault at The Conversation looks at how, in the Justin Trudeau era, the term “Aboriginal” has been replaced by “Indigenous”.

[NEWS] Four First Nations links: Colten Boushie, Poundmaker, Ullivik, statues

  • The fact that a jury–carefully selected to have no jurors of First Nations background–found the killer of Cree man Colten Boushie innocent is a horror. The Toronto Star reports.
  • MacLean’s takes a look at the reasons for Cree sensitivities regarding the inclusion of Chief Poundmaker as a character in the new iteration of Civilization.
  • The Inuit of the northern Québec region of Nunavik, when sent south to Montréal for medical treatment, have an enclave in the city, the building of Ullivik. The Toronto Star reports.
  • This opinion piece in The Globe and Mail makes an excellent case for the removal of the statue of General Cornwallis from Halifax. Societies evolve; statues, alas, cannot.

[NEWS] Five links: meat tax, Civilization VI, Mount Washington, Niagara Falls, Soviet fall

  • Is a sin tax to discourage meat consumption a good idea, at least environmentally? CBC considers.
  • The use of Chief Poundmaker and the Cree as players in the new game Civilization VI is controversial among the Cree, who wonder why they were not asked first. The National Post reports.
  • Mount Washington, in New Hampshire, sounds like a particularly frigid place. The New York Times describes the environment.
  • Despite appearing frozen, water still flows underneath the ice of the Niagara Falls. CBC explains./li>
  • How could the fall of the Soviet Union, and the inclusion of successor states in the international order, have gone differently? What was possible? Transitions Online considers.

[NEWS] Five links about ethnic conflict: language in Canada, wilderness, Catalonia, Czechs on Tibet

  • CBC notes that major First Nations languages in Canada like Cree and Ojibwe may soon be supported by translators in the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa.
  • Julian Brave NoiseCat at VICE argues against an imagining of wilderness that imagines territories without indigenous peoples. Such too readily can enable abuse of the natural world.
  • Bloomberg notes how the Spanish authorities in Catalonia have overriden local governments and populations by transferring dispute art objects to a different Spanish region. This won’t end well.
  • Transitions Online notes how traditionally strong Czech support for Tibet and Tibetan exiles has been fading in recent years, with China becoming a bigger player.
  • Paul Wells at MacLean’s takes a look at what might be the latest round of the language debate in Montréal. How important are greetings? (I think, for the record, they might be more important than Wells argues.)