CHRISTINE'S BLOG

Welcome! I love to write, and I love sharing what I write with my readers. I vary my style as much as I can-posting events, creative non-fiction, prose and poetry and the occasional video. Enjoy!

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Christine

Monday, November 17, 2014

Events

Events:

Thursday November 20, 2014-Bundle Teaching with Amy Desjarlais! This THURSDAY, 2pm-4pm . The teaching will be followed with an activity and sharing circle to learn about what you carry in your own bundle.@ the Native Women’s Resource Centre. Everyone welcome!


Thursday November 20, 2014-3pm- Transgender Day of Remembrance Flag Raising@ Toronto City HallThis year the trans flag will be raised at Toronto City Hall for the first time. Join the community at Toronto City Hall for the proclamation and ceremony.

Thursday November 20, 2014-Explore the challenge with us in a discussion of This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein. Please come even if you haven't had a chance to look at the book.

Thursday, November 20, 6:45-8:45 p.m. (Please be prompt.)
Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. (south of Gerrard)

TTC tokens available upon request.
If you plan to come, write info@eastendnotar.org to receive a short introductory text.
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** At the meeting, connect with our subcommittee on municipal work against Line 9.


Meet us on Facebook: Toronto East End Against Line 9 and our blog www.eastendnotar.org

Saturday, November 22, WORN Fashion Journal will get your inner kitten out of the alley and onto the dance floor with our BLACK CAT BALL. Dovercourt House
805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto
Scratch at the door: 9:00 PM
Meow for a taxi: 2 AM
Black and White Dress desired but not required.

ADMISSION PRICE - $15
Includes admission and a dangerously delicious copy of WORN Issue 19/20.

ADVANCE TICKETS $15 – AVAILABLE HERE

A limited amount of tickets will be available at the door - orders yours now.

THIS IS A LICENSED EVENT.
For more information on this and other WORN events, contact events@wornjournal.com.

Saturday November 29, 2014- 6pm- Speak For Tears: A Vigil for Missing and Murdered  Women, Men and Children. Join Us as we hold a Candle Light Vigil for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Men, and Children on Saturday, November 29th @ Dufferin Grove Park in Toronto.

Speakers Include Jenn Mt. Pleasant, Leighann Ford, actress Tantoo Cardinal and More.


Stay tuned for more details.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekly Events


Events:


November 11, 2014-10:00m Honouring Our Native Veterans on Remembrance Day. Old City Hall
November 14, 2014- 6pm-Shameless Magazine 10th Anniversary Gala and Inaugural Shamie Awards
When: Friday, November 14th, 2014
Where: Urban Space Gallery @ 401 Richmond st. West
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
19+ event
Venue is accessible.

Unfortunately, due to lack of interpreter availability, we regret to announce that there will be no ASL interpretation at this event.

Every dollar we raise goes directly to funding Shameless magazine, helping fuel our mission to bring needed alternative voices to the media landscape.

Tickets are $20, and can be bought online (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shameless-magazines-10th-anniversary-gala-the-shamie-awards-tickets-13402313681) or at the door.


November 14, 2014- 7-9pm- Book Launch: Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition

Historical Materialism Toronto invites you to join us for the Toronto launch of:

Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition
by Glen Coulthard

Joined by: Lee Maracle, discussant

When: Friday, November 14th, 7 – 9 pm
Where: Beit Zatoun - 612 Markham St. (Bathurst subway station)
November 15, 20141-4pm- Spiderwoman Theater – A Retrospective & Panel (FREE) University of Toronto, Multi Faith Centre 569 Spadina Ave. Native Earth Performing Arts, Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA) and Native Women in the Arts present SpiderWoman Theatre-


November 15-16, 2014-9:00am-5pm-INTERSECTION: Entrepreneurship & Indigenous Arts ConferenceCost: Free

Registration: https://intersection-conference.eventbrite.ca/

Program: http://www.research.ocadu.ca/research-and-innovation/home

INTERSECTION will be a unique gathering of Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs, academics and students, telling success stories. The keynote speaker is Dr. Jessica Metcalfe. Stemming from enduring appropriation of Indigenous material culture, Dr. Metcalfe will speak about how her blog Beyond Buckskin applied entrepreneurship as a platform to address local and global social issues. Three distinct panels will expand discussions on emerging business ideas and social innovation approaches. A series of practical workshops using design thinking and a NEW flourishing business model methods will allow attendees to practice and test their ideas for scaling up and sustainability.

The conference will:
- Highlight successful examples of Triple bottom line (Financial, Social, Environmental) enterprise
- Provide practical tools and workshops for students and aspiring entrepreneurs - Provide success stories of income generation for organizations looking for ways to replace government funding
- Address intersections and breakdown barriers between creative and business types

intersection.conference@gmail.com


November 15 2014-9:30pm-Bold As Love Presents: Lal Sweet 16th Anniversary with guest Moe Clark! @ the Gladstone Hotel. Come celebrate lal's sweet 16 anniversary, new video and website launch with special guest Moe Clark (from Montreal)

BOLD AS LOVE is a new music series curated and dedicated to supporting and uniting POC and Indigenous Artists on the same stage! Everyone is welcome!

$8-20 Sliding Scale

djs: Pursuit Grooves / Deejay LEllo Mello L'Oqenz

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review-The Comeback


Review: The Comeback
By: Christine Smith (McFarlane)

The Comeback is a timely book in the sense that it is written at a time in which the political landscape of Canada is changing in both the non-Aboriginal world and the Aboriginal world.

John Ralston Saul delves into many theories and explanations of why Canada is shaped the way that it is in his new book The Comeback. He also calls upon all Canadians to rebuild their relationship with Aboriginal people because it is the centrality of Aboriginal issues and peoples that has the potential to open up a more creative way of imagining ourselves and a more honest narrative for Canada.

In The Comeback, he writes “for the last hundred years Aboriginal peoples have been making a comeback- a remarkable comeback from a terrifyingly low point of population, of legal respect, of civilizational stability, a comeback to a position of power, influence and civilizational creativity” but I beg to differ on this statement and find it to be misleading.

I find it to be misleading because as a First Nations woman, I believe that the current state of affairs in Canada is not about a comeback. First Nations people have always been present and we have always had our rights and have known where they come from. Furthermore, a comeback from a terrifyingly low population is not a result of our own actions, but a result of the dominant takeover of European peoples-colonization.

Our ways of life, our economic well being, social well- being and food sources were jeopardized. European diseases that were brought through contact were particularly destructive and Aboriginal peoples lives were lost. I have always understood that there is a deep contradiction in the reality and the mythology of Canadian life. Saul backs this up by stating “it was in the forty years before the European civil war began that Canadians of European origin decided that “Indians,” “Half-breeds” and “Esquimaux” were among the destined losers when faced by our superiority-our Darwinian destiny.”

Our Canadian history can also be viewed through a racialized lens. Saul writes “The structures within which Aboriginals must work have been artificially put in place by governments, largely by London and Ottawa, actively supported by provincial governments. He goes on to say “And what are these structures?  Treaty versus non-Treaty Indians. Status versus non-Status Indians based on what are effectively complex calculations of blood.”

When looking at history and the definition of who is Aboriginal and who is not, I find it interesting that Saul states in his book A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada that Canada is a Metis civilization heavily influenced and shaped by Aboriginal ideas, but then in The Comeback he states “Canadians who do not think of themselves as Aboriginal will go on misleading themselves as to what is now happening.” This leads me to think that he believes everyone is Aboriginal or maybe I am just misunderstanding this viewpoint, because we (First Nations) are the original peoples of this land, and it is not those who have come and settled in what we now call Canada.

He goes onto to say that “our standard national history portrays the turn of the nineteenth into the twentieth century as an era of creativity and nation building,” but it was also at the exact time, in the same country, Indigenous peoples were dying or suffering or not reproducing because of the terrible conditions to which they had been reduced, and doing most of this in small communities, out of the sight and mind of the largely European Canadian population.”

Another commentary I am uncomfortable with is the idea that Indigenous peoples have made a comeback due to the events of 2012 and the Idle No More Movement. I believe that everything began a lot sooner than that. There are several pivotal moments in Aboriginal history that paved the way for us to be where we are today. You just need to think of the example of OKA and the voices of solidarity then.

John Ralston Saul writes a wide narrative that may seem pivotal when it comes to speaking of citizens rights and the rebuilding of relationships that were central to the creation of Canada, but I believe it will take a lot more work for the general Canadian public to reach a point where they will understand First Nations peoples and the issues at hand. It’s more than just getting the narrative right, and it is more than just being informed and conscious. We do not see ourselves as victims and it is not sympathy that we want. Taiaike Alfred argued that “reconciliation can mean something if it starts from the position of restitution. And I believe that is something to begin with.

Lastly, the whole term 'comeback' rings false because it is the Euro-Canadian opinion of First Nations people where they see us in society.

The Comeback by John Ralston Saul is published by the Peguin Group, Penguin Books Canada and is 294 pages.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Legacy by Waubgeshig Rice


Review:

Legacy Written By: Waubgeshig Rice
Published By: Theytus Books
Pages: 192

Reviewed By: Christine Smith (McFarlane)


“Legacy” written by Waubgeshig Rice is a bold yet haunting story of what can happen to a family when tragedy hits them too often.  The Gibson family has to deal with an unfortunate accident that takes their parents away from them, and then not long afterwards, the oldest sister Eva Gibson is killed in downtown Toronto.

Eva Gibson, leaves the northern community of Birchbark to become a University student in downtown Toronto. The odds seem stacked against her as she struggles with being one of a only a couple of Anishnaabe students trying to make her way through the education system and city life. She is also in a hurry to finish her education so that she can return home to serve her community.

Tragedy ensues when she lets her guard down one night and goes with friends to a local bar. She meets a young man while intoxicated and he ultimately kills her when they leave the bar together, and he brings her into a dark alley to try and take advantage of her.

The death of Eva brings on a string of troubles for the surviving members of her family.  Her brothers and sister already struggling with how to deal with the loss of their parents, are met with more tragedy when they learn of their sister’s untimely death. Some turn to ceremony and some turn to alcohol, but each member is haunted by a creeping sentiment of revenge when it comes to the absolution of their sister’s death and her killer.

Legacy boldly looks at the truths and stereotypes that First Nations peoples often face in their struggle to leave the reservation and move to the big city. The truths can be uncomfortable and make you cringe but it is these truths that Rice speaks of that must be addressed and talked about.

Events


Events:

 Monday October 6, 2014-6:30pm-9pm-Inconvienent Indians: Reflecting on the Past in Canada's Future with Thomas King
Inconvenient Indians”: Reflecting on the past in Canada’s Future
Opening Lecture by Dr. Thomas King

Monday October 6 evening
Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm
Location: TRS-1067 (55 Dundas Street West)

Moderated by:
Hayden King, Director of the Centre for Indigenous Governance & Assistant Professor of Politics, Ryerson

Closing Remarks by:
Dr. Cyndi Baskin, Chair, Aboriginal Education Council, Ryerson

ASL interpretation provided.

For more information on Social Justice Week 2014: A Different World Is Possible:

A week of events, keynote speakers, art exhibits, actions and cultural events to transform Ryerson into a hub of social justice and solidarity in Toronto.

Website: www.ryerson.ca/socialjustice
Twitter: @RyeGindinChair
Email: tsf@ryerson.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/351637421671811/?context=create&source=49#


Wednesday October 8, 2014-7pm-9pm From Ferguson to Toronto: Examining Race, politics and Scholarship with Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry -Mandela EDI Social Justice Annual Lecture
From Ferguson to Toronto: Race, Politics, and Scholarship

A Public Lecture by Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry
Tuesday October 8
7 to 9 pm
TRSM 1067 (55 Dundas Street West)

October 9, 2014-7-9pm Gender & The City: A Mayoral Debate @ YWCA Toronto, 87 Elm Street On October 9th, Toronto's leading mayoral candidates will convene for Gender and the City, a live debate hosted at YWCA Toronto’s Elm Centre and moderated by award-winning journalist Denise Balkissoon.

Candidates will field questions about how their positions on issues ranging from affordable housing to safety and city planning will impact the lives of women and transgender people in Toronto. Olivia Chow and John Tory have confirmed their participation. Doug Ford received an invitation shortly after declaring his candidacy.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for candidates and residents alike to reflect on the gendered implications of city issues. The debate is co-organized by Toronto Women's City Alliance, YWCA Toronto, North York Women's Centre (NYWC), METRAC, Women in Toronto Politics and the Toronto & York Region Labour Council Women’s Committee.

ASL interpretation and live note-taking will be provided, and child-minding will be available on site. The venue is accessible for those with mobility devices.

Wednesday October 15, 2014- Bold As Love co presents: Kinnie Star (CD release) , Janet Panic and d'bi young!

$10-12!

BOLD AS LOVE is a new music series curated and dedicated to supporting and uniting POC and Indigenous Artists on the same stage! Everyone is welcome!

This first show is in collaboration with Kinnie Star's Cd release and national tour featuring Janet Panic and the amazing d'bi young!

COME OUT AND SUPPORT!

Tickets at the Door! PRICE TBA!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Events

Events:

Sisters In Spirit Week 2014 - 5 Days of Events prior to Sisters in Spirit Vigil

Mon. Sept. 29: Art workshop – Understanding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) through art. 10am-12:30pm and 1:30-4pm at NWRCT. Facilitated by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts. ALL WOMEN WELCOME.

Tues. Sept 30: Media Day- raise awareness about MMIW through handing out flyers.

Wednesday, Oct. 1: Hand drumming with Amy Desjarlais. 10am-12pm. Drop in and learn three different women's honour songs.
Sweetgrass Ceremony – Private healing ceremony for families who are affected by MMIW with Grandmother Wanda Whitebird. 1:30-3:30pm at NWRCT. Please contact 416-963-9963 ex. 212.

Thursday, Oct 2: Letter writing campaign with Amnesty International and Button Making with Native Youth Sexual Health Network. 10:30am-12:30pm at NWRCT.
NWRCT Presentation and Teach-in: Dispelling Stereotypes about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. 5-7pm at NWRCT with Dr. Suzanne Stewart and Lee Maracle. Open to general public.

Friday, Oct 3: Social Media Campaign to raise awareness about Sisters in Spirit and MMIW. Tweet, Facebook, etc.

Sat. Oct 4: Sisters in Spirit Vigil. Join us in Allan Gardens from 6:30-8:30pm. All welcome. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1469168156683383/?fref=ts



  
September 30, 2014-The Red Revue presents Midnight Shine with Special Guest Jace Martin and the Pace
The Red Reuve presents an Album Release Party for Midnight Shine- “Northern Man”

Special Guest
Jace Martin and the Pace

Tickets $10

Doors Open 7:30 p.m.
Open Mic 8 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Jace Martin and the Pace 9:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Midnight Shine 10:15 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.

September 30
Tuesday
Hard Rock Cafe
Toronto

For more info, email  millie.andpva@gmail.com.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekly Events


Events:


Thursday September 25, 2014-5:30pm-8pm- Anishnawbe Health Toronto invites you to participate in the feedback session for the design of their new facility. To be held at Daniel’s Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East. ( 1 block east of Sackville Street on Dundas Street East.


September 27, 2014- 3pm-The Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives Presents Cara Krmpotich: Repatriation and the Force of Family. Main Activities Hal, Multi Faith Centre, 2nd Floor, 569 Spadina Ave

September 27, 2014- 11am-Protest to End Violence Against Women. Come one, come all, to a protest on September 27, 2014 at the Gates of St. Paul’s University College University, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada.

September 29-October 4, 2014-Sisters in Spirit Week: Arts Workshop, Sweetgrass Ceremony, Teach-In, Social Media & Letter-writing Campaign

Sisters In Spirit Week 2014 - 5 Days of Events prior to Sisters in Spirit Vigil

Mon. Sept. 29: Art workshop – Understanding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) through art. 10am-12:30pm and 1:30-4pm at NWRCT. Facilitated by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts. ALL WOMEN WELCOME.
Tues. Sept 30: Media Day- raise awareness about MMIW through handing out flyers.

Wednesday, Oct. 1: Sweetgrass Ceremony – Private healing ceremony for families who are affected by MMIW with Grandmother Wanda Whitebird. 1:30-3:30pm at NWRCT. Please contact 416-963-9963 ex. 212.

Thursday, Oct 2: Letter writing campaign with Amnesty International and Button Making with Native Youth Sexual Health Network. 10:30am-12:30pm at NWRCT.
NWRCT Presentation and Teach-in: Dispelling Stereotypes about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. 5-7pm at NWRCT with Dr. Suzanne Stewart and Lee Maracle. Open to general public.

Friday, Oct 3: Social Media Campaign to raise awareness about Sisters in Spirit and MMIW. Tweet, Facebook, etc.

Sat. Oct 4: Sisters in Spirit Vigil. Join us in Allan Gardens from 6:30-8:30pm. All welcome. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1469168156683383/?fref=ts