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[NEWS] Five Indigenous links: Toronto housing, Kahnawake, Mohawk language, archive, Wilson-Raybould

  • CBC reports on the exceptional problems facing Indigenous people hoping to rent housing in Toronto.
  • The Mohawk community of Kahnawake is divided by a new proposal to open up slot machines. CBC reports.
  • Kanesatake has a new app aiming to promote knowledge of the Mohawk language among its users. CBC reports.
  • An Edmonton man is trying to compile an archive of Indigenous audiovisual material for future generations, Global News reports.
  • This article at The Conversation places Jody Wilson-Raybould in a tradition of Indigenous women who were tellers of truths to power.

[NEWS] Five Indigenous links: Akwesasne, Kahnawake, Thunder Bay, totem poles, gay and Heitsluk

  • The Walrus reports on the exceptional difficulty of travelling within the Akwesasne reserve, split between Canada and the United States and even Ontario and Québec.
  • This Global News feature takes a look at the survival of traditions, and their evolution, in Kahnawake.
  • This Toronto Star report tells of Indigenous complaints about continuing police racism in Thunder Bay.
  • NHL-themed totem poles actually are a thing, Global News reports.
  • The Discourse shares the story of out gay Heiltsuk man Steven Hall.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 21, 2019 at 7:30 pm

[NEWS] Ten Christmas links (#christmas)

  • CBC Indigenous reports on how Kahnawake Mohawks celebrate Christmas with a Mohawk-language radio program.
  • Craig Desson at CBC reports on how the Québec cheese-making Orthodox monastery, Virgin Mary the Consolatory, was preparing to meet Christmas.
  • Jason Vermes at CBC’s Cross-County Checkup has a report taking a look at the importance of chosen family for queer people at Christmas time, featuring the experiences of (among others) author Nathan Burgoine.
  • Samantha Allan at The Daily Beast reports on how LGBT bars in the United States often remain open on Christmas, to provide community and family for queer people excluded from said.
  • Carrie Jenkins, writing at Global News, notes how difficult it can be for people in polyamorous relationships to have both (or all) their partners recognized in holiday celebrations.
  • Adam Wallis at Global News reports on some unexpected holiday albums, starting with the Star Wars Christmas album and going through drag and metal, for starters.
  • Adam Gaffney at Jacobin Magazine makes the case for seeing Santa Claus as a hero of the left, doing his best to work wonders within a structurally unequal capitalism.
  • Stephen Maher at MacLean’s makes the case for “Fairytale of New York” by the Pogues being the best Christmas song, ever.
  • Noisey makes the case for the Darlene Love original of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” being the best Christmas song.
  • A Jamie Lauren Keiles interview at Vox with Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut explains how, exactly, American Jews came to make eating at Chinese restaurants a marker of their Christmas day events.

[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 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”.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Mississauga, Kahnawake, Madrid, Helsinki, Mumbai

  • Croatian-Canadian fans in Mississauga were definitely organized and ready to celebrate the Croatian team playing in the World Cup finals. Global News reports.
  • People in Kahnawake are looking forward to an upcoming powwow, as a celebration of indigenous culture and a vehicle for reconciliation. Global News reports.
  • CityLab notes the progress that environmental initiatives in Madrid have had in bringing wildlife back to the Spanish capital.
  • Politico Europe reports on the mood in Helsinki on the eve of the Trump-Putin summit there. Avoiding a repetition of Munich was prominent in locals’ minds.
  • Namrata Kolachalam at Roads and Kingdoms reports from Mumbai on the negative environmental impact of a controversial statue of Marathi conqueror Shivaji on local fishing communities.

[URBAN NOTE] Graeme Hamilton of the National Post on the Kahnawake Mohawks

Graeme Hamilton of the National Post has an extended post looking at how the Mohawks of Kahnawake, outside of Montréal, are taking use of the jursidictional powers available to them to try to prosper. Some of these methods, involving exploiting economic niches, appeal; others, such as bans on intermarriage, are abhorrent to me.

Today, Kahnawake in many ways operates as an autonomous jurisdiction. The band council discourages members from voting in provincial or federal elections. Its economy is driven by cigarette and alcohol sales, and gambling operations outside governments deem illegal but have been powerless to stop. Its membership law forces residents to leave the reserve if they marry non-natives — the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms be damned. The community runs its own schools, court and police force. Traditionalists travel the world on passports issued by the Iroquois Confederacy.

Asked whether the Warriors would once again take up arms to defend themselves against an outside intervention, Deer says simply, “We’re prepared for any incursion.’

On a recent weekday morning, five kilometres from the foot of Mercier Bridge, players sat around tables at Playground Poker with chips stacked high in front of them, eyeing their cards in a scene that would fit in Las Vegas.

Under Canadian law, such gambling is legal only in provincially sanctioned casinos, but Playground Poker does not have a lot of time for Canadian law. Run by a Kahnawake Mohawk and operated on Mohawk land, it and a few other poker rooms on the reserve are the most recent examples of Kahnawake flexing its jurisdictional muscle.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 10, 2015 at 9:52 pm