Treat me right for January 30

taking it back

Sport team names. I don’t know why we are even fighting over this point. If it offends the group it was named after than I am guessing the group did not give permission to have their culture used. If they did not give their permission then there likely was not a conversation between the two parties and if you are not in the mood to talk to the people you are named after than why in the world would you want to be named after them?

Great point of view from DJ NDN from the group a Tribe called Red.  Do you think we’ve actually hit that turning point? This answer woke me up to something I knew but did really understand.

I am happy to see what is occurring now that the barriers to education, society, health care etc are being broken down.

Proud to be

Treat me right for January 23

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This is the first photo that I am posting that I did not take. It is done by an artist named Mervin Windsor. I found it on Facebook and fell in love.

Tuesday night I came up with a business outline for my up coming work conference. The idea came from a signature on my good friend’s email.

minaademowin, as I understand it in words, is a way of communicating with another being. It comes from the heart and a place of recognition that we are all connected. It comes from the heart, straight out and outward for the purposes of going up, for the purposes of growth and growing. In english, it means ‘respect’.

I love that business models are coming to me from this culture. I love that Harper is getting one of his biggest push backs from our First Nation’s communities. Their actions are inspiring us to speak up for the parts of Canada we love but forget we have to protect. I think the other side of the 2015 election is going to be beautiful.

Treat me right for January 16

noloitering

Today in support of the fight against Harper and his lack of respect for our Treaties with I am emailing prominent Canadian musicians and asking why they are staying silent. Sarah McLachlan, Bryan Adams,  kd lang, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sarah Harmer received the email below so we will see if there are any replies.

Hi There

I am writing prominent Canadians singers to ask why they are staying silent and not coming out in support of Neil Young and his Honour the Treaties tour.
In the past you have used your position to speak out on issues that concern you and I am surprised that you have remained silent on this one. I might be wrong so please feel free to  send me the links of what you have said.

Thanks in advance
Tanya

ps- not one Liberal Premier got back to me.

Treat me right for November 14

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI took this photo in an alleyway in Toronto. I love it. Not everyone does thou. Sometimes I think there is something really beautiful in the way the world works, even when it is working in destructive ways, but maybe that is just me trying to make my peace with the fact one day I will cease to exist. Right now I have absolutely no peace about the destruction that we are being inundated with. The idea of breaking down is only okay when what is left behind can be used to start anew. I don’t even know what to call what we are leaving behind and I no longer understand what it is we are building.

This coming Saturday is a national day of action to protest pipeline expansion. “Defend our Climate, Defend our Communities.”

Thank you as always to the First Nations Communities for being on the front line and raising your voices. Thank you to the people at Leadnow. Thank you to the people at Desmog Canada and finally thank you everyone who is trying to get in the way and slow this system down.

Get involved.

Treat me right for November 7


TREATY RESPECTI took this photo a few years ago at a Luminato event in Queen’s Park. I love the art in Toronto. Last month I set up my own “installation” in Trinity Bellwood Park on Nuit Blanche to talk to Canadians about the Idle No More Movement and changes to our Environmental Policies. Last Sunday I went for a beautiful fall walk thru Parkdale, Queen West and Kensington. It appears that there is a lot of Idle No More installations in these neighbourhoods. One might also call it graffiti. I am going to attempt each month to do something to help keep this in people’s minds. If you are so inclined scroll thru my Wednesday (Harper) and Thursday (First Nations and our Environment) posts to see what changes are happening to Canada. If you want to have a great source of updates become Facebook friends with
Idle No More and Desmog Canada. If you ever feel romantic about the ’60s and what was accomplished, get excited you are living in the same moment. This will be a time in our history when future generations will ask you “Where were you when all of that was happening?”

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