This map should be included in every history book.

Oh wow! I’ve been wanting this for ages!

This needs to be in every history book along with a map showing where those nations have been pushed to now.

A map of the major (indigenous) linguistic groups in North America.

“Do you think it helps to ask these questions? […] Suppose it’s the humiliation, I want to be humiliated? What good will it do to me to know that?” – “I don’t know. What do you think?”- “I think these conversations are fine when you’re mildly troubled and interested but not when you’re desperate.”- “You’re desperate?” She felt suddenly tired, almost too tired too speak.

Alice Munro. “Dulse." Selected Stories. London: Vintage (2010) p.167

Basically my experience with psychoanalytic therapy.








The mayor of Mississauga, Canada is a badass. via

Hazel McCallion, everbody.

92 years old,

34 years in office,

$0 in debt

$700 million in reserve

Eight prime ministers

One truck.

But women aren’t strong leaders… OH WAIT.

Now I’m sure somebody’s gonna tell me something but

  • supports a Palestinian state
  • supports Aids CHarities
  • told her city well if we cant get money y’all need to pay taxes and maintains a 76 approval rating
  • nick named Hurricane Hazel
  • and is so boss lady that she don’t run she’ tells  folks to give that money to charity

I will always reblog this lady.

This woman is officially my new hero.

In regards to the flooding in the GTA yesterday, she apparently said that she hasn’t seen rain like that since her neighbour Noah was building a boat.

Acimowin: To Tell a Story

(TW for video and linked article: sexism, racism, sexual assault, murder)

Megan Bertasson  (Whitebear Woman, Wolf Woman; Cree woman) gives a talk on the importance and impact of Cree storytelling – including storytelling as resistance – and proceeds to tell a horrifying story about the treatment of Cree people, especially Cree women. Delivered at TEDxYorkU 2012. 

The talk is a powerful reminder of the abysmal of First Nation/Native American/aboriginal women in the past – and today. On this topic I can also recommend this Guardian article on how today, 1 in 3 Native American women report being sexually assaulted at least one in their lives – mostly by Non-native men. 

As the USA celebrates Thanksgiving today, a holiday inextricably linked to the initial contact and ensuing violence between European settlers and Native Americans, it is important to remember the past and current condition and treatment of aboriginal people in America. It’s a situation that quite frankly leaves me feeling powerless, speechless and terrified. And I’m a European white male outsider. I can’t even  begin to imagine how it must be for the women (and men) affected. The video above might give a glimpse into how that feels. 

 (via  / by TEDxTalks)





Conservatives react to the Affordable Care Act on twitter.

Is anyone gonna tell these people that Canada uses provincial government healthcare systems and public health insurance or is everyone just going to sit back and watch these people make asses of themselves?

Wait, don’t answer that.

Funniest thing of the week! And, er, commentators like Ben Shapiro apparently think more health insurance is the worst thing since slavery.

Native American Childhoods

Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education, edited by Robert Bensen, is a great anthology of stories – autobiographical, fictional, traditional, – poems and other texts about growing up Native American. In a time when the so-called neo-colonial behavior by the US in the middle and far east draws heavy criticism, this book is a strong reminder of how the US (and Canada) acted in a more ‘traditionally’ colonial way against Native Americans. Colonizing was and is not limited to the take over of land, but also tries to diminish or even erase and destroy the colonized’s culture. In very recent North-American history, this was achieved by taking children away from their respective cultures, by entering them into the boarding-school system and  or forcing them into adoptive (white) families.  I especially liked that all texts are written by – and not just about – Native Americans. The book includes texts by a broad range of authors with different backgrounds and upbringings, portraying a variety of issues and histories of Native American childhood. At times the stories are post-colonial in a “writing back” sense: Using the colonizers language (which in this case English is) to write of distinctly Native American (colonized) experience and identity. But apart from giving a glimpse into the horrific stories attached to boarding schools or forced adoptions, the combinations of stories traditional and new, the anthology shows how, despite the US government’s ‘best’ efforts, distinct Native American cultures and nations still exist. 

 Bensen, Robert. (ed.) Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education. Tucson:Arizona University Press, 2001.