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KC Adams and the Art of Disarming Racism  by Shawna Dempsey
KC Adams and the Art of Disarming Racism

KC Adams and the Art of Disarming Racism

KC Adams stood before her father and wept. Despite what had been a thriving career as a visual artist, she had no exhibitions scheduled for the future. She had no ideas for new work. She feared that there was nothing left for her to do or say. She was in a deep depression and truly believed her career was over.

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Tanya Tagaq Takes Flight  by Cindy Filipenko
Tanya Tagaq Takes Flight

Tanya Tagaq Takes Flight

Tanya Tagaq and her music are genre-defying.

But, then again, that’s what makes them both so great. Tagaq is great because she’s talented, real, warm, funny and not above using a few well-placed curses for emphasis when needed.

The fact that her music is great was recognized in September, when her latest album, Animus, won the Polaris Music Prize. For the Inuit throat-singer, winning the Polaris wasn’t as much mind-blowing as it was validating.

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Rise Up! Idle No More's Pam Palmater  by Kaj Hasselriis
Rise Up! Idle No More's Pam Palmater

Rise Up! Idle No More's Pam Palmater

When First Nations leaders and their supporters descended on Parliament Hill in January, some choosing to meet the prime minister in his office with others beating the drums of dissent outside, breathless pundits all asked the same question: Will the Idle No More movement last?

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Filmmaker Tracey Deer  by Tara Michelle Ziniuk
Filmmaker Tracey Deer

Filmmaker Tracey Deer

Tiffany Deer is giggling uncontrollably. Her sister, filmmaker Tracey Deer, is holding the camera and laughing along. The laughter is contagious, the intimacy compelling. This is the opening sequence from Club Native, which, during its 78-minute running time, entertains viewers even as it educates and often challenges them.

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Reach for the Stars  by Cindy Filipenko
Reach for the Stars

Reach for the Stars

Fair-skinned girls who want mainstream acceptance aren’t singing about gender politics or First Nations’ issues, either, but that’s exactly what makes Kinnie Starr stand out.

Favourably compared in the music press to Lauryn Hill, PJ Harvey and Ani Difranco, Starr has spent her 10-year career on the edge of mainstream success. Her first album came out in 1996 and she has worked steadily—albeit often independently—since then.

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Pump up the Volume: Tanya Tagaq Adds New Sound to a Centuries-Old Women’s Cultural Tradition  by Megan Perry
Pump up the Volume: Tanya Tagaq Adds New Sound to a Centuries-Old Women’s Cultural Tradition

Pump up the Volume: Tanya Tagaq Adds New Sound to a Centuries-Old Women’s Cultural Tradition

Throat singing isn’t a sound that’s easy to describe, even for Tanya Tagaq, so she relies on comparisons.

“It’s breath, it’s rhythm. To be very, well, pompous about it, it’s like the sushi of sound.”

She shakes her head, laughing. “When you hear it, you either love it or you hate it.”

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The Charter of Rights and Freedoms 20 Years Later  by Debra Parkes and Sara Lugtig
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms 20 Years Later

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms 20 Years Later

The federal government wants you to mark April 17, 2002 on your calendar. On that day, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms will turn 20. There will be ceremonies on Parliament Hill, academic conferences and media retrospectives commemorating this milestone in Canada's constitutional history.

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Six Ways to Kick-Start a New Policy Agenda for Women   by Shelagh Day
Six Ways to Kick-Start a New Policy Agenda for Women

Six Ways to Kick-Start a New Policy Agenda for Women

Now that Canada has a government in which 50 percent of cabinet ministers are women, feminist expectations are running high.

At the top of any feminist wish list will be initiatives to repair the damage done under former prime minister Stephen Harper, a decade that a featured a series of program assaults that set back advancements on equality in Canada.

What follows are some policy initiatives that feminists will be looking to the new Liberal government to undertake, in the short term, to ameliorate some of the damage that has been done.

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The Powerful Influence of Iroquois Women  by Jan Noel
The Powerful Influence of Iroquois Women

The Powerful Influence of Iroquois Women

The Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois, allocated a degree of importance to women which was quite singular.

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Daphne Odjig  by Jann L.M. Bailey (Spring 2011)
Daphne Odjig

Daphne Odjig

Daphne Odjig’s career as an artist and her ongoing work as an advocate for Aboriginal artists, women and children has been a lifelong story of inspiration.

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