Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Arts Against PostRacialism events will challenge blackface on Canadian campuses
A series of upcoming Arts Against PostRacialism events will respond to and express resistance to the presence of blackface on Canadian campuses. The four events will take place in October and early November at Quebec and Ontario universities including McGill, Queen’s, Wilfrid Laurier and OCAD.
Led by Professor Philip Howard, of McGill’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education, the events will challenge blackface on Canadian university campuses by building capacity for critique and spaces of healing for those negatively impacted by blackface, by creating intra- and inter-campus networks between campus organizations interested in challenging blackface, and by raising the level of critical dialogue about blackface. The project sees Dr. Howard collaborating with a team of artists headed by curator Camille Turner, and involves collaborators from each university.
Blackface, or the act of artificially darkening the skin in an attempt to impersonate Black people, dates back to the days of blackface minstrelsy—a form of 19th and early 20th century entertainment that expressed nostalgia for slavery and racist violence, and employed stereotypical representations of Black people. Contrary to popular belief, blackface minstrelsy was a popular form of entertainment in Canada, much as it was in the United States. Contemporary Canadian blackface employs many of the tropes of anti-black racism associated with minstrelsy, while also reflecting some of the specific forms that anti-black racism takes in Canada today. A large proportion of contemporary Canadian blackface incidents occur on university campuses, with a significant number also occurring in professional entertainment venues in the province of Quebec.
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Charges dropped for Canadian Indigenous activist arrested during Standing Rock protests
Kanahus Manuel was arrested near the construction of the North Dakota Access Pipeline Oct. 22
Brandi Morin - CBC News
Canadian Associated Press
All charges have been dropped against a Secwepemc activist from B.C. after she was arrested during the Standing Rock protests last year.
Kanahus Manuel was among dozens of people arrested near the construction of the North Dakota Access Pipeline Oct. 22, 2016.
She was in a courthouse in Mandan, ND Tuesday to face charges of criminal trespass, engaging in a riot, obstruction of a governmental function, disobedience of a public safety order during riot conditions and disorderly conduct.
She said Tuesday afternoon she was cleared of all charges and free to go home.
"They didn't have sufficient evidence," she said. "I'm feeling relieved."
Manuel said she didn't expect to be victorious against the state of North Dakota. "I feel like this is a victory for everybody who was arrested that day. Hopefully the charges against them will be dropped as well."
On Monday, Manuel called the charges she faced "bogus."
"It wasn't a riot," she said on the phone from Mandan, ND.
"On the day I was arrested, it was during a prayer walk away from the pipeline."
The sun was rising as the police began to make arrests, she said.
"It was really violent," she said. "We had elders, women and pregnant women. It was a peaceful march, we were singing.
"The police started to mobilize...they came over the hill like a war movie. They looked like war machines to us as civilians having not ever seen these machines before. We started to retreat because they were overpowering us."
Manuel spent the day and night in jail and was released the next day. Two weeks later, she plead not guilty to the charges against her.
"I believe that these are major human and Indigenous rights violations. Because when native people stand up to say 'no' to these development projects, whether it's in Canada with the Kinder Morgan project or here with the North Dakota Access Pipeline, if we are really following international standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People then these corporations and governments need the collective free, prior and informed consent of the Indigenous People, and they don't have it. Indigenous People have said no."
This isn't the first time Manuel has faced criminal charges related to defending Indigenous rights.
In 2002 she was sentenced to three months in the Burnaby Women's Institute for protesting the construction of the Sun Peaks Resort in her home territory, citing threats to traditional hunting grounds.
Manuel has also protested on the front lines against well-known development projects in B.C. like the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion and the Mount Polley tailings spill disaster by Imperial Metals.
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Brandi Morin, Métis, born and raised in Alberta, possesses a passion for telling Indigenous stories. Based outside Edmonton, Morin has lent her talents to several news organizations, including Indian Country Today Media Network and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network National News. She is now hard at work striving to tell the stories of Canada's Indigenous peoples to a broader audience.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017
I am pleased to share this incredible news with you. We have an opportunity to represent our Caribbean culture once again through a parade down Yonge St. - just as we did 50 years ago with the very first Caribana in the Canada 150 Parade of Nations!
THIS SATURDAY - JULY 1ST - CANADA DAY
We are responsible for the only Afro/ Caribbean representation in this parade.
Over a dozen other countries will be present and they are coming in full force and we have an opportunity to show the diversity and beauty of our community in this very special Canada 150 Parade on Canada Day!
The parade will end at Dundas Square, where an a entire day of music and culture will be on display on stage.
Our section will be championed by one of the co-founders of Caribana and many supporters who will walk along with us during this historical parade down Yonge street, 50 years after the first Caribana.
So here are the details! We are restricting the amount of people who will join us
on Canada Day as we reenact the first Caribana parade down Yonge St. during this Canada 150 parade of nations!
Date: July 1st
Meeting area : Park and Bloor(Close to Yonge) at 8:30am
Ending area : Dundas Square around 11:30-12pm
- Please arrive at the parade route assembly area Section A by 8:30 am to line up in your appropriate zone
- The parade will start at 10am SHARP!
- Please remember to bring your OWN country or community banner to mark your section
- Please bring lots of you own Country flags, and Canadian Flags
- Please bring/wear mas costumes, any cultural outfits or clothing in your countries flag colours.
- Please remember to bring your own water for the parade route
- There is no FREE parking for any one in the parade, I suggest to take the TTC if possible, or pay for parking.
- We have NO DRESSING ROOMS for changing into your costumes, my suggestion is to come dressed in your parade attire already as you arrive.
- There are 2 official parade senior marshals, our CFAC Chairman FETHI KARAKECILI and ALAN LOUTHE, they will be wearing Parade marshal clothing and caring a walkie talkie and driving in Golf Carts. PLEASE LISTEN TO THEIR INSTRUCTIONS! ( I, Wendy Limbertie, will be down at Yonge Dundas square setting up that portion of the actives )
- Please keep the parade moving at all times, we want to avoid any gaps in the parade.
- We are not providing Washrooms, if you need to go please find a Tim Hortons or something along the route.
- Lastly because of the City of Toronto Health code, NO LIVE ANIMALS SUCH AS HORSES OR DONKEYS will be aloud in this parade.
You can contact me via email or phone at 647-745-6460
Posted by Freedom Time Live at 12:57 PM