Christine Sokaymoh Frederick on Language and Art – Huffington Post

Two videos from Huffington Post

‘Aboriginal’ And ‘Indigenous’ Don’t Mean The Same Thing, Says Artistic Director
Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, co-founder and artistic director of Alberta Aboriginal Arts, says she prefers the term ‘Aboriginal’ to ‘Indigenous’ and is asking Canadians to “look at the meaning of the words we’re using” if you want to be an ally. Click this link or the image below to watch.

It takes some time to build to the full point she makes about language, but well worth watching all the way through. A nuanced presentation.


'Aboriginal' And 'Indigenous' Don't Mean The Same Thing, Says Artistic Director
‘Aboriginal’ And ‘Indigenous’ Don’t Mean The Same Thing, Says Artistic Director

The above video leads into another titled: Indigenous Art Helps Reveal The Truth About Reconciliation, Says Artistic Director
Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, co-founder and artistic director of Alberta Aboriginal Arts, explains why “we will have a much better understanding” about truth and reconciliation when we support Indigenous art.

Click this link to watch the second video separately.

Our People Will Be Healed ~ Our People Will Be Heard~ a film event – Mar 17 @VIU Cowichan

Our People Will Be Healed

In addition to the screening of Our People Will Be Healed, by Alanis Obomsawin there will be a selection of four short films made by BC indigenous youth. Descriptions to follow.

Our People Will Be Healed focuses on Norway House Cree Nation, in Manitoba, and the community-driven actions taken to decolonize educational systems and to restore indigenous cultural practice, particularly for youth.

The event will also include a selection of B.C.-produced film shorts by indigenous youth on related topics.

Growing Up Without a Father – 3min – by Charlie Matias (grade 9) – Port Hardy
This filmmaker bravely and poetically reflects on the effects from having a disappointing & unavailable father figure as a role model and care-giver. Although hard hitting and honest, this film also provides hope for youth in the same position.

Jennifer’s Story – 4 min – by Shaylyn Dupuis (grade 12) – Port Hardy
A short doc about the filmmaker’s mother who is the empathetic employee at the homeless shelter in Port Hardy BC.

The Legend of the Dzunuk’wa – 4 min – by the Grade 6/7 class in the T’lisalagi’lakw School in Alert Bay.
An animated adaptation of the Kwakwaka’wakw legend of the giant of the woods who steals children who do not listen to their parents.

Shown twice, in English with Kwak’wala subtitles & in Kwak’wala with English subtitles, to show the difference in languages

The event will take place on the VIU Duncan campus and is open to the public.

Admission is by donation and a local community organization aiding women in Duncan will be selected as the recipient of any donations received.

Our People Will Be Healed is 1 hour, 37 minutes and the combined running time for the shorts are 15 minutes = approx. 2 hours of screen time.

Cowichan Valley IWD Rally & Festival – 11am, March 3, 2018 at Charles Hoey Park

Cowichan Valley International Women's Day Rally & Festival Poster
Cowichan Valley International Women’s Day Rally & Festival Poster

Home, work, and health, should be safe and secure for all. Hear Us.

On March 3, 2018, at 11am, we will gather for the second annual Cowichan Valley International Women’s Day Rally at Charles Hoey Park, in Duncan, BC, on the unceded territory of the Cowichan People.

In saying this, we are taking on all of it. It includes our understanding of the role of colonialism, the atrocity of the residential school system, the tragedy of child abduction, the challenges of reconciliation, and of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women inquiry, and the need for mutual understanding and support in order to advocate for a world in which all can thrive.

International Women’s Day is truly an international event with over 100 years of history. Beginning in 1909 in the US, it swept across Europe during the early 1900’s and today is celebrated throughout the world. We meet to build a series of events advocating for women’s power, women’s rights, and for social progress for all.

The rally on March 3, will focus on the objectives of being heard, being believed, and being safe.

Join us.