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Attawapiskat: Break Our Hearts For What Breaks Yours

As the Native friend in my circles, I’m often asked what we could do better when it comes to Canada’s Native Nations. And the fact is, I don’t know. I don’t have any one solution to a centuries-old colonial mess. Being Native is still a very cloudy experience for me. I struggle with my own… Continue reading Attawapiskat: Break Our Hearts For What Breaks Yours

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Like a Boomerang: Navigating Referred Trauma as a Native

Referred trauma is a relatively new science. It’s actually so new, most people don’t know what it is. I can only explain it insofar as how it’s affected me. Referred trauma is the science of trauma changing your DNA. It happens when your parents, or grandparents, or their grandparents, undergo a traumatic experience that then… Continue reading Like a Boomerang: Navigating Referred Trauma as a Native

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Coachella & Cultural Appropriation: Please Just Stop

I’m pretty fond of the indie music scene, and am known amongst my friends as a hipster-in-denial (only when it comes to music, I swear). Coachella was something I became aware of last year, a music festival taking place in California. It usually is one of the biggest parties of the year and sets the… Continue reading Coachella & Cultural Appropriation: Please Just Stop

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The Paradox of the Outspoken Woman & Why She Bothers Men

I am an outspoken woman. I’m outspoken in real life, and I’m outspoken on the Internet. I don’t shy away from a debate. I have Opinions, big ones, on anything from TV shows to social justice. I like discussions, and I am happy to sit down and go through a subject with a fine-tooth comb… Continue reading The Paradox of the Outspoken Woman & Why She Bothers Men

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Breaking the Silence & Stigma: Living #TheAnxietyDiaries for #BellLetsTalk Day

I struggle to give myself permission to fall asleep, most nights. I could be extremely tired, as I am this week, after working a trade show and getting my introverted self to act flawlessly and fool everyone into thinking I’m a bubbly extrovert. I could be falling asleep in my armchair, the sound of whatever… Continue reading Breaking the Silence & Stigma: Living #TheAnxietyDiaries for #BellLetsTalk Day

Cultural Appropriations · General Ramblings · Rants For Thought

The World’s Resolution for 2015: Do Better

Every year, it seems like the months go faster and faster. I don’t know if that’s just because every year, I’m a little older, or if it’s because time really does move faster. Either way, I’m glad, from a social justice perspective, that 2014 is finished. I learned this year that time is a social… Continue reading The World’s Resolution for 2015: Do Better

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Ending Misogynistic Killing Forever: The Legacy of the Montreal Massacre

Feminists are so often accused of being sexist, as if fighting for our rights and safety is somehow taking something away from men. And a good amount of the time in 2014, it’s fairly easy to ignore statements that insist that we’re somehow being “misandrist” towards men by talking about issues that affect us daily.… Continue reading Ending Misogynistic Killing Forever: The Legacy of the Montreal Massacre

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The Toronto Ferguson Protest Wasn’t About You, White People

I attended a protest last night in Toronto, hot on the heels of the Ferguson grand jury decision about whether or not Officer Darren Wilson should stand trial for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown. The protest itself was passionate and attended by those who want to see change in our society when it comes to people… Continue reading The Toronto Ferguson Protest Wasn’t About You, White People

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The Insidious Culture of Othering: Neurodiversity and Stigma

Facebook can be an interesting place, not just for the amount of information and stories shared, but also for the drama. A friend of mine posted today about getting a puppy for her family – she was going to go and look at a dog to see if it would fit in with her family.… Continue reading The Insidious Culture of Othering: Neurodiversity and Stigma