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Queen’s University professor Celeste Pedri-Spade says a basic first question to determine identity is: ‘Who is your grandmother?“ Here a group of Métis children and two women sitting on a large rock, Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, 1931. H. S. Spence, Canada. Department of Mines and Technical Surveys. Library and Archives Canada, PA-014406 /

Stolen identities: What does it mean to be Indigenous? Don’t Call Me Resilient Podcast EP 8 Transcript

Transcript for Don’t Call Me Resilient Podcast EP 8: Stolen identities: What does it mean to be Indigenous?
Two teenaged girls hand over flowers in Ajax, Ont., in March 2015 to a police officer in a show of sympathy for the victims of a triple slaying, a mother and her two children. The woman’s domestic partner was charged in the crime and goes to trial soon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

Federal election 2021: Gender-based violence is an issue we should all prioritize

Politicians who promise to reduce gender-based violence through tough-on-crime strategies are committing to strategies that haven’t been shown to actually prevent violence.
The Picts, the indigenous people of what is today northern Scotland, were documented by Roman historians as having complex tattoos. Theodor de Bry, via Wikimedia Commons

Tattoos have a long history going back to the ancient world – and also to colonialism

The pandemic has made some people rush to get tattoos for different reasons. A tattoo historian explains why tattoos are often seen to be ‘trashy,’ a view likely influenced by colonialism.
The response to anti-Islamic law bills introduced in 2017 included counterprotests like this one in Seattle. Ted S. Warren/AP Photo

What is Sharia? Islamic law shows Muslims how to live, and can be a force for progress as well as tool of fundamentalists

Day 6 of our Understanding Islam series. Sharia constitutes a broad set of rules that guide Muslims on how to lead an ethical life. The way Sharia is interpreted depends on who is using it and why.
Shoes are placed at the base of the vandalized Egerton Ryerson statue at Ryerson University in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ryerson’s reputational crisis: What to do about its namesake and his legacy

Discussions on the renaming of Ryerson University must prioritize the public interest and meet the collective responsibility to engage with Canada’s history of Indigenous oppression.
A man hangs a protest banner where the Egerton Ryerson statue used to sit at Ryerson University. The statue was toppled in June by those protesting the discovery of graves at Indian Residential Schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Suburban monumentalism: How do we change Indigenous-settler relations when there are no statues to destroy?

The suburban-built environment whitewashes the violence and theft on which Canada is built.

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