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Christine

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

U of T Pow Wow a Smashing Success




U of T Pow Wow A Huge Success
By: Christine Smith (McFarlane)


Toronto, ON- The University of Toronto held their first pow wow in 20 years on March 11, 2017 at the Clara Benson Building Sports Gym on U of T’s downtown St. George Campus. It was called “Honouring Our Students” Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival and by the turnout of over 600 people, the pow wow was a huge success. 

Lead dancers were students Buck Neshkiwe, a proud member of Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation who began Grass Dancing in traditional pow wows two years ago, when his cousin gifted him with grass dance regalia, and Nichole Leveck, a proud Wyandot/ Scottish woman who started dancing in 2007 at the Native Canadian Centre  (NCCT) dance classes and has been dancing ever since.  
 
With many different Indigenous nations represented at the University of Toronto, the committee presented many of these nations through their pow wow programming. This meant that there was Aztec dancing, Inuit drumming and throat singing, hoop dancing and various other dances that truly got everyone involved. The great energy was palpable throughout the day.






 For full story, please check Anishinabek News soon!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony in Downtown Toronto on February 14, 2017

Photo Credit: Christine Smith (McFarlane)


Joyce Carpenter with a photo of her missing daughter: Photo Credit by Christine Smith (McFarlane)

Susan Blight-Photo Taken By Christine Smith (McFarlane)
-->   By: Christine Smith (McFarlane)


The crisis of the missing and murdered First Nations women of Canada is both a national tragedy and a national shame.
-->Organized by Toronto’s February 14th Organizing Committee which is comprised of No More Silence, Sistering, The Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Maggie’s and other Indigenous and feminist organizations, these organizations work together to raise awareness about the disappearances of Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two-Spirit people on Turtle Island.
On Tuesday February 14, 2017, the 12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony was held to honour Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two-Spirit people who have died violent and premature deaths at the Toronto Police Headquarters at 40 College Street in downtown Toronto. Close to six hundred people came together on Tuesday to let victim’s families know- they are not forgotten.
            The Government of Canada launched an independent national inquiry into the Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls in 2016. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is independent from the federal government but it’s been regarded with mixed feelings. No More Silence co-founder Audrey Huntley says “that in these times of a government inquiry it is even more important for community to step up and have grieving members backs - their struggle for justice amid terrible pain needs to be honoured and respected. They need to know we love them and will never forget!”

           


Full post can be seen at shamelessmag.com Miigwetch!




Friday, February 17, 2017

CALL OUT FOR WRITERS FOR MY COLUMN "BEYOND THE BOOKS" WITH SHAMELESS MAGAZINE

CALL OUT FOR MY COLUMN- BEYOND THE BOOKS WITH SHAMELESS MAGAZINE

Are you Indigenous? (First Nations, Inuit, Metis) and want to write for the column Beyond the Books with Shameless Magazine? Then this call out is for you! The theme is Mental Health and the ongoing effects of colonization and how this impacts our mental health.

Please send a pitch to Christine at cmcfarlane@shamelessmag.com

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Calling U of T Student Pow Wow Dancers!!

Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival 2017 are looking for University of Toronto students who pow wow dance to be our Head Male and Female Dancers.

It is important for the students to be represented at the pow wow. This event is about Honouring all students who study at University of Toronto.

Please repost and share widely to all tri-campus student groups.

Monday, December 12, 2016

CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS-BAWAJIGAN-STORIES OF POWER

 HEY! I'M EDITING THIS ANTHOLOGY ALONG WITH NATHAN ADLER, PLEASE SUBMIT OR SHARE WITH YOUR NETWORKS. WE'D LOVE TO SEE YOUR WORK WRITERS!

Bawajigan: Stories of Power

Dreams (Bawajigan) have always played a powerful role in Indigenous cultures across Turtle Island: they have changed the course of history, and served as warning, insight, guidance, solace, or hope. In Bawajigan (Anishinaabemowin for Dream) – and the 17th volume in the Exile Book of Anthology Series – we are gathering fictional stories about what it means to dream and be Indigenous, how dreams weave their way through our realities, how they impact history, lived experience, and the stories we tell each other and the world. These can be lucid daydreams, waking trances, hallucinations, reveries, reoccurring nightmares, revenge-fantasies, fever-induced delirium, coma, sleep-paralysis visitations, sleep-walking disorders or sleep deprivation, communication with non-human entities, messages from beyond the grave, cybernetic ghosts, vision-quests, ceremony, or ghost-dancing hopes for the future, all while you just try to make it through the week. We want to hear your stories about the strength and power of dreams!

Are dreams merely wish fulfillment? Can they offer healing, guidance or insight through psycho-analysis? What do dreams reveal or conceal? Are they another level of reality? Do computers, AI entities, or androids dream? Are we living inside of a holographic universe? What do animals or monsters or ghosts or devils dream about? What if two people had the same dream? What if there were predators that stalked our dreams? What if designer-dreams became just another product to sell? Do dream-worlds exist? Are dreams multi-dimensional or cross-dimensional realities? Who is that dream-man or dream-woman? What if a dream came true? What if they always came true? Do places incite specific times of dreaming? Are we our ancestors’ wildest dream come true?

What are we looking for?

We prefer stories to be by Indigenous writers - which means anyone who identifies as First Nation, Inuit, Metis, Status and Non-Status (including those of mixed heritage/ancestry). We’d also love to consider Indigenous writers who are not Canadian, but keep in mind that at least 90% of the authors must be Canadian, or who continue to pay taxes in Canada while living abroad.
We also encourage submissions from New-generation (18-30 years of age) and Two Spirit / LGBTQIAP folk.

Submissions including Indigenous languages are also welcome, although please include English translations.

The stories can be influenced by cultural understanding, traditional knowledge, set in modern day/historical/or futuristic settings, but filtered through a fictional lens. Stories can be in any genre, including but not limited to magic realism, alternative history, literary fiction, science-fiction, fantasy, horror, romantic comedy, erotica, urban-fantasy, mystery, and graphic-forms (comics and/or illustrations; we can even consider including a link to an online animation) — they can also be based on mythical creatures, supernatural entities, or technologies that do not exist in real life, so long as the story is in some way about drawing strength from the power of dreams.

Tropes to Avoid: Think of The Wizard of Oz “it was all a dream” ending, and unless you think your story is particularly awesome, try to steer clear of this sort of ending, it can come across as a trick played on the reader at their expense.

Submission Details: 
Original unpublished work up to 5,000 words, fictional stories only. No novel excerpts, poetry or essays. If you have something that almost-but-not-quite fits the criteria as it is laid out here, but it’s burning a hole in your pocket and you are certain of its awesomeness, please do submit it anyway. Legible 12-point font. Please list your name, contact info, and word count on the first page.

Call open from: Dec. 2nd – March 15th


Payment: .05/word CDN



Editors: Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler
         & Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith

Rights: non-exclusive English World, no re-prints for one year.

Expected Publication Date: November 2017
Submit via submittable: https://exilepublishing.submittable.com/submit/72583/bawajigan-stories-of-power-call-for-submissions