Tag Archives: Aboriginal

News: Occupy Wall Street is Coming to Canada, RCMP Assault an Aborginal Teenager Looking for Help, More on Redford

Links: Trans Women + Feminism, Ethical Online Shopping, Canada’s Water Crisis, Pickup Artists, and Jack Layton

-On how beauty work, gender policing, and ideals apply to cis women in the same way, if slightly less harshly, as they do to trans women.

And yet. The act of striving towards “looking like a woman”, so fraught for cis women, is often turned against trans women, held up as an example of our unreality. It’s one of your classic double-binds: look more like the world expects you to look, if you ever want to have a chance of not having an assessment of your gender be public speculation on the morning subway ride–not to mention getting a job, having police/medical/social workers take you seriously, etc.–but if you do, you’ve somehow invalidated your gender anyway because you’re simply confirming the patriarchal expectations that we all know and love. (Confession: we don’t love them. At all.)

But I rarely see that get linked to the same double-bind all women find themselves in, except in Bindelesque refightings of the lipstick wars of past generations.

-A new online toolbar seeks to illuminate the ethics behind different online products so that shoppers know more when deciding to buy.

The best part is that the categories in the toolbar aren’t based on GoodGuide’s preferences, but your own. Once you download the toolbar, you set your own values filter, which can tell you how products are ranked on criteria including nutrition, energy efficiency, animal testing, and labor and human rights. It will let you know which products pass or fail your own standards.

-On Canada’s dismal record on protecting the safety of our water, not only for those living here, but for the larger environment as well.

Before contact with the Europeans, First Nations communities were able to rely on natural, local water sources. Now because of corporate interests from mining and logging, infrastructure needs to be built and/or maintained in order to filter the water before its use by First Nations. This is what water rights = human rights refers to.

According to two studies commissioned by Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan and released on July 15, 2011, it has been predicted that Ottawa will need to invest nearly $5 billion in First Nations water and sewage systems over the next 10 years. And that investment is just to keep the water safe for humans.

-A new study suggests that the women who are actually interested in “pick up artists” also hate women.

According to their research, pickup artist techniques are strongly linked to “men who have negative attitudes toward women and believe women are a threat to male dominance,” guys who get off on “putting women in their place.” As it turns out, women who respond positively to these attitudes tend to hate women, too. “Women who have negative attitudes about members of their own gender find men who treat them in a dominant way during courtship more desirable because it is consistent with their sexist ideology,” Hall and Canterberry found. Apparently both “men and women who believe women can be isolated and teased into sex have a low regard for women in general.”

-Rabble has a tonne of great stuff on Jack Layton, especially in their blog section, for those who want to read more about him.

Rabble Round-Up

Lots of good stuff up on Rabble today. Here’s some of what you should check out:

“Empower young people to define themselves and their communities” – on better representations of diversity in the media

“Equity in a time of economic crisis: Addressing First Nations people’s access to education”

“Time for progressives to explode monetary myths”

Indigenous Young Women National Gathering


The Native Youth Sexual Health Network and Girls Action Foundation are proud to announce the Indigenous Young Women Speaking Our Truths, Building Our Strengths national gathering and project!



What is the project about?

The Indigenous Young Women: Speaking our Truths, Building our Strengths project focuses on Indigenous young women’s leadership, empowerment, building solidarity amongst each other and stopping violence. The project will focus on skill sharing and facilitation, emphasizing the fact that youth ideas matter and that youth are experts in their own right! We will also have opportunities to learn important teachings from our Elders and other traditional teachers, with an understanding that women’s strength has always existed in our communities and continues to grow.

This project is for and by:
Self- identified young Indigenous Women, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, status or non-status, beneficiary or non-beneficiary. Those who identify as women, Trans, Two Spirit, or gender non-conforming are welcome.

This project will culminate in a national gathering in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan November 18th to 21st 2011 as well as 10 community leadership projects!

Registration deadline for the gathering is September 9th. There is NO cost to attend.

To register online and for more information go to:

Or contact the Project Coordinator, Natasha Latter at:

Natasha@girlsactionfoundation.ca or call 1-888-948-1112.

Registration forms attached can also be faxed to (514) 948-5926 or mailed to:
24 Mont Royal West Suite 601 Montreal, Quebec H2T 2S2 CANADA

News: Man Catches Sexual Assault Perpetrator, Better Housing Needed on Reserves, and Preserving Languages


  • A boy was sexually assaulted today in Edmonton. While this is obviously terrible (and it would be better if it could have been prevented before anyone was harmed), the fact that a bystander, after being told by the child what happened and who did it, went after the perpetrator, chasing him down and holding him until police came is really great news. Too often children (and other survivors) aren’t believed when they disclose about a sexual assault. This man didn’t spend any time doubting the account and took the attack very seriously. Good job, and thank you!

An evaluation of the federal government’s involvement in housing on First Nations reserves over 13 years confirms what critics have long contended: Ottawa is not keeping up with housing support, and conditions are actually getting worse.


At the same time, housing is often sub-standard and quickly falls apart. The audit says there is not enough funding to pay for maintenance and upkeep.

There are serious health and safety consequences for communities when housing is allowed to crumble, the report warns.

Overcrowding is still a major problem, although not as bad as in the past, the report adds. The proportion of houses considered overcrowded has dropped by a third over 13 years, but it is still six times higher than for non-aboriginal Canadians.

  • University of Alberta’s Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute graduates are working to protect and sustain their traditional languages. Maintaining different languages is important because they are not value neutral – other languages bring other worldviews. As well, losing language is linked to many other social problems.