Tuesday, 31 March 2015

CBC's #IndigenousEyes photo contest for aboriginal youth now accepting submissions that focus on elders

#IndigenousEyes photo contest puts lens on aboriginal elders

CBC's photo contest for aboriginal youth now accepting submissions that focus on elders

CBC is launching its #IndigenousEyes photo contest, and this year the lens is focused on the role of elders in aboriginal communities.

Lisa Charleyboy, the editor of Urban Native Magazine, will join me and CBC's Gloria Macarenko on the judging panel to choose a winner for the photo contest.

For Charleyboy, the role of elders in aboriginal communities came into focus in 2013, when she took part in an indigenous writing residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

There she met Pahan Pte Ste Win, a Lakota woman from Winnipeg. She asked Pte Ste Win for guidance on her writing, and the two hit it off.

"She had mentioned that she was interested in adopting me, so we did a formal adoption ceremony as we closed the residency," she said.


Saturday, 28 March 2015

Call for Application: Artist in Residence at the Swedish National Museums of World Culture

Call for Application: Artist in Residence at the National Museums of World Culture


The Swedish National Museums of World Culture in Stockholm and Gothenburg are opening their archives for an artist in residence. The residency includes a grant as well as workspace and access to collections and exhibitions at the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm during September through November 2015.

The residency is positioned within the EU-project 'Sharing a World of Creativity, Inclusion and Heritage' (SWICH), an initiative of ten museums of ethnography and world culture that aims to develop collaborative and inclusive practices which investigate the potential of shared authority in the museum context.

We encourage artists with a diaspora background who want to develop historical as well as inventive relations to the archive and its (im)possible futures. The artist is selected on the basis of his/her social engagement and critical reflection, and his/her awareness of power imbalances embodied in the museum archive. Potential material fields of knowledge and experimentation are for example photography, textile and body ornaments.

The residency is offered during September through November 2015. The Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm provides a workspace on site along with technical assistance in explorations of the fragile collections.

We need your application at the latest on 1 May 2015. Please send a 500 word project description with your CV and six art works in digital form to residency@varldskulturmuseerna.se. The selected artist will be announced on 1 June.

See this document (PDF-document, 219 kB)for a full description of the residency.

About the collections at the museum of ethnography

The Museum of Ethnography manages a wide variety of collections mainly from regions outside of Europe. Consisting of 220,000 objects, more than 500,000 photographs and substantial archival material, the collections pertain to academic disciplines like archaeology, anthropology, ethnography, ethnology, art history and history as well as to diverse collectors active in colonial military/administrative, missionary, trade, diplomatic, scientific and adventurer/explorer contexts.

The collections are to a large extent searchable in an online digital database (mostly in Swedish, use google translate).

Search the collections

Information about searching the collections

Some of the museum's permanent galleries are also available online

The Storage - An Ethnographic Treasury

Friday, 27 March 2015

Only bold action will end food insecurity in the North


Only bold action will end food insecurity in the North


Contributed to The Globe and Mail

Published Sunday, Dec. 14 2014, 8:00 AM EST

"..Joshua Gladstone is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University and co-founder of Northern Public Affairs. http://www.northernpublicaffairs.ca/index/
As Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq​ flipped casually through her newspaper in Parliament recently, she did so in the face of deep anger and frustration over her woeful handling of northern Canada's food security crisis.
Southern Canadians should be distressed, too. Research has shown that 70 per cent of Inuit preschoolers live in food-insecure homes, a reality that is as much a national disgrace as it is a troubling indicator of our collective disregard for the basic human rights of our fellow citizens.
Disturbing reports of food insecurity in Inuit communities going back at least as far as the early 1990s show that problems of hunger and malnutrition are enduring. Even more disturbing are the two manifestations of the same problem today: people scavenging at landfills and incoherent food security policy.
The Nutrition North program is the Conservative government's solution to the high cost of store-bought food in the North. Other causes of food insecurity, including the impacts of climate change on the Inuit food system and the high cost of harvesting country food, are conspicuously absent from the government's plans...."


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Falvo – Ten Things to Know About #Homelessness in Canada’s #North

Falvo – Ten Things to Know About Homelessness in Canada's North

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Northern Economy, Poverty, Public Policy, Social Justice

Nick Falvo on the state of homelessness and housing in Northern Canada. Falvo is a PhD Candidate in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University.

On March 5, I gave a presentation on homelessness in Canada's North at a panel at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association. The other presenters on the panel were Peter Collings, Carmen Springer, Josh Louwerse and Sally Carraher. My presentation was loosely based on previous research I've done in the Northwest Territories (NWT) and the Yukon.

Here are 10 things one should know about homelessness in Canada's North:


David Radcliffe spouse of former ‪#‎NWT‬ MLA (and #Con Party candidate) Sandy Lee is being called a racist

"A Yellowknife Catholic School Board official is being called a racist, after comments made on social media.
David Radcliffe is the board's aboriginal activities coordinator.
This week, he referred to Tlicho caribou hunters as "animals" and their community hunt as a "slaughter."
But as the CBC's Richard Gleeson reports, he's fallen silent since the criticism erupted."
See also "'Animals' – racism row over NWT caribou hunt on Facebook"
See also "Aboriginal Program Coordinator & spouse of former ‪#‎NWT‬ MLA (and Con Party candidate) Sandy Lee calls northern indigenous ppl "fuckers" ‪#‎cdnpoli‬ http://t.co/TcRrR18FcC "

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Inuit Drumming

"...Stan Nochasak, a Drummer & Visual Artist from Nain, Newfoundland & Labrador, gives honor to the Creator and his Ancestors through a traditional Inuit song. Stan channels his talent for creative art into keeping his aboriginal roots alive and proudly represents his people in various events within the Capital of our Province..."

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Second Annual Northwest Territories Anti-Poverty Roundtable

"...[R]epresentatives from community organizations, Aboriginal and community governments, non-government organizations and the private sector..." but no one on income assistance or living in social housing it seems...

Second Annual Northwest Territories Anti-Poverty Roundtable

"YELLOWKNIFE (November 5, 2014) - More than 100 delegates from across the Northwest Territories came together in Yellowknife over the past two days to hammer out an action plan to combat poverty in the NWT.

Participants in the Second Annual Northwest Territories Anti-Poverty Roundtable included representatives from community organizations, Aboriginal and community governments, non-government organizations and the private sector, representing every region of the NWT.  The event was hosted by the Department of Health and Social Services.

Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy, who also chairs the Social Envelope Committee of Cabinet, said that the purpose of the roundtable was to develop a territorial, multi-stakeholder action plan to combat poverty.  "Government is part of the solution but government can't be the entire solution - we can beat poverty by creating partnerships, creating relationships and working together."  Discussions at the session built on work initiated at a roundtable held in November 2013, following the publication of Building on the Strengths of Northerners:  A Strategic Framework toward the Elimination of Poverty in the NWT.

MLA Alfred Moses, Chair of the Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee on Social Programs, congratulated the gathering for a productive two days.  "With the passion and energy in the room, the expertise of people who have done great things in their communities and the attention of the leadership who are listening, we can make great progress."

Meeting Co-Chair Jim Antoine noted that an important theme was the sense of partnership, collaboration and cooperation.  Common themes that emerged from the discussion focused on homelessness, food security, the need for on-the-land programs, early childhood and wellness.  The commitments to action from the group will be incorporated into a draft territorial action plan document early in 2015.

The meeting began with a tribute to Chief Minnie Letcher of the Liidlii Kue First Nation in Fort Simpson, who served as co-chair of the Minister's Anti-Poverty Advisory Committee until her unexpected death last month.

Media inquiries:

Brenda Norris
Media Liaison
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: 867-669-2302
Email: brenda_norris@gov.nt.ca "

Building on the Strengths of Northerners - A Strategic Framework toward the Elimination of Poverty in the NWT

Publication Date: 
June 2013

Building on the Strengths of Northerners is a strategic policy framework, the first step in a long-term plan to eliminate poverty in the NWT. It provides an overview of what we are doing now and what we need to do in the future to realize our vision of a poverty-free NWT.