Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Aboriginal Angel Doll Project

This is an initiative undertaken by a recent acquaintance of mine, Gloria. I will be interviewing her later this week for next weeks radio show. In her own words, "100 Dolls to promote a vision of the Aboriginal women who are missing or have been murdered, to one of dignity and honor. British Columbia must stop housing conditions that are conducive to Native Women being hunted down and killed."

I commend Gloria for her efforts to address this vital issue in her own unique way, through art. As an Indigenous man, I feel that we have a sacred responsibility to do everything in our power to respect, uplift and care for our Indigenous grandmothers, mothers, aunties, sisters, daughters, and nieces. Find out more about her project and the gathering she is organizing here.



Friday, November 11, 2005

Remembering Indigenous Veterans

Thousands of Indigenous men and women have served in the Canadian and American Militaries. I don't know nearly enough about their contributions but I have heard that Indians serving in the first and second world wars endured disproportionately high casualty rates (due to the relative danger of thier missions). And of course most people know that Indigenous veterans lost their Indian status and were not afforded the same considerations as non-Indigenous veterans upon returning home.

One day a year is not nearly enough but I believe it is important to pay respect to the sacrifices they made. You will notice that I did not finish that last sentence with something like, "to serve their country." Ironically, that is as political as I'm going to get today.

"War is the continuation of policy (politics) by other means."
- Karl von Clausewitz