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Buying Indigenous-made for the holidays

While the fall-back for holiday shopping is often major online retailers or big box stores (I’m guilty of this too), here’s another option: support Indigenous makers. Why buy Indigenous-made? There are so many incredible makers and a million places to support them. Often they don’t have the benefit of a huge platform to sell from, or get their name out there, so you’ll find collaborations in this list too.

The 29 Game-Changers Who Made The World Better In 2021

What sets these 29 groundbreakers apart is how they stood up to challenges and pushed back against the status quo in 2021. During a pandemic that won’t quit and a bungled vaccine rollout; as Canada continued to confront this country’s racist past and present and the on-going legacy of colonization; as we faced down floods and heat waves and climate-change deniers; as we slogged through a déjà vu federal election, these groundbreakers stood up, stayed inspired, and gave us a reason to be hopeful.

Maple Leafs recognize Indigenous Veteran's Day

Recognizing the contributions of veterans is an ingrained part of being a Canadian, taking a moment to pause and thank them for their services and sacrifices on November 11. From childhood, many of us recite the words to In Flanders' Fields, and in adulthood, it is second nature to sport poppies on our coats. Three days before Remembrance Day, is a day on the calendars that is rarely celebrated, despite it being just as important. Indigenous Veterans Day honours the First Nations, Métis and Inuit volunteers who have enlisted in the armed services.

How parents can talk to kids about residential schools

Recently I visited a major art gallery with my family. Before the winding Frank Gehry-designed spiral staircase in the airy open atrium were countless children's shoes arranged in circles. There were small sparkly running shoes, tiny moccasins, and kids’ sized dress shoes, each representing a Native child who died at a residential school. They represented the little feet that no longer get to run around their Native American communities, playing and chasing one another.

13 Indigenous Candidates On The Change They Hope To See If Elected

The 2021 federal election has brought about the largest representation of Indigenous candidates across all parties ever. In the 2019 election, there were 49 Indigenous candidates, and 23 of those were NDP. With all the votes calculated, only 10 Indigenous candidates were elected to Parliament. Today, there are over 70 self-identifying First Nations, Metis, and Inuit candidates running for a seat to enter the highest levels of the government to make their voices heard.

Park People | Transforming a neglected park to bring a community together

Previously just a neglected space with broken fences, an out-of-order water fountain and eroded slopes that people cut across to get to the Islington subway station, Mabelle Park is now a vibrant park whose lush art gardens, log seating, ice hut, wooden shed and colourful camper trailer bring together the residents within the surrounding Toronto Community Housing buildings, many of them newcomers to Canada, low-income families, and seniors.
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