As people gathered to mark and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day this past June 21, you may have noticed a land acknowledgement given in recognition of the original caretakers of the land on which these gatherings were taking place. In fact, you may have noticed how ubiquitous these land acknowledgements are at almost every event…

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As January comes to an end we find ourselves in the midst of strange days. The world has marked the anniversary of Trumpism alongside the events of the #MeToo movement. While the politics of division aren’t as pronounced in Canada as they are in the States, make no mistake that divisions do exist. Here in…

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As the leaves change colour and most people are stuffed with turkey, I am hopeful for coming winter months, the promise that a new year brings and the opportunity for renewal. But before we get there, we must cross the most contentious time of year – a time not of innocence, but where casual racism…

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When it comes to the world of fashion, there are countless examples of cultural appropriation ranging from those that profit off of tired stereotypes and the suffering of Indigenous people to others that straight up steal the work of Indigenous artists. Don’t believe me? Go ahead a google ‘appropriation and DSquared’ or ‘appropriation and KTZ’.…

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September is here and in cities across Canada many parents are picking up last minute supplies and clothing for the kids to go back to school. While their thoughts turn to homework assistance and lunch prep, I wonder how many of these parents worry if their kids will make it home from school alive. This…

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By Destine Lord, IRG director and proud Canadian of Afro-Caribbean descent There is no doubt that Julie Payette is an impressive woman with even more impressive credentials. She is an astronaut, computer engineer, and pilot. In her spare time, she’s an accomplished pianist and choral singer who just happens to speak six languages. To say…

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