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Revitalizing Knowledge

Eagerly anticipated documentaries by Cree filmmaker Tasha Hubbard and Anishinaabe filmmaker Lisa Jackson are finally being released this spring with recent Canadian debuts at Hot Docs and DOXA. Hubbard and Jackson take Indigenous experts as their subjects, one focusing on the conservation of buffalo in North America and the other focusing on star lore and astronomy. Both films feel urgent, capturing revitalized knowledge before it’s too late.

Ava DuVernay Is Taking a Look at the More Intimate Picture

When Ava DuVernay arrives in Toronto during early winter, her voice is raspy and well worn, but it’s the only indicator of how exhausted she is. Clad in flowing black pants, a turtleneck and a sprinkle of gold jewellery, the acclaimed director looks impossibly chic as she rises from a leather club chair in the green room at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre to warmly welcome me. DuVernay is in town to unveil the Lightbox’s newly christened Viola Desmond Cinema with Origin, her latest film.

Meet the First All-Indigenous Modelling Agency

It’s early October, and Vancouver-based entrepreneur Joleen Mitton is juggling planning the fourth edition of Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week (VIFW) and managing the world’s first Indigenous-owned modelling agency, Supernaturals Modelling. Between programming a slate of Indigenous designers—like Himikalas Pam Baker and Patricia Michaels—and overseeing the construction of the set for the event, as VIFW’s founder and artistic director, Mitton is supporting a lineup of models who will likely walk

Six Miles from the Mouth of the River

I have the fuzziest recollection of the first time I heard a land acknowledgement, likely at an artist talk at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2016 or so. I would’ve been around thirty-five years old, and when the event host recited the acknowledgement, I was…confused. It turned out that this was my first of many land acknowledgements I would experience. They would roll out time and time again, in educational, entertainment and sporting spaces, gaining steam over the last decade.

Indigenous Weaver Naiomi Glasses Is Ralph Lauren’s First Artist in Residence

Southwestern-inspired patterns have been a staple of Ralph Lauren’s iconic designs for more than 56 years, born out of the designer’s fascination with Native American craftsmanship. On December 5, the homage is about to become way more authentic. In a deeply meaningful move towards collaboration, Ralph Lauren unveiled the first drop of a capsule collection made through its inaugural Artist in Residence program, starting with the renowned seventh-generation Diné weaver and textile artist Naiomi Glasses.

Celebrated author Michelle Good expands the conversation about colonialism in new nonfiction work - Quill and Quire

Since her debut novel, Five Little Indians, was released in 2020, Michelle Good has received hundreds of emails from people thanking her for opening their eyes to the residential school experience. One woman even apologized for being a racist all of her life, and she wrote that reading Good’s book – which humanizes five young adults as they navigate life post-residential school – had changed her into a better person.

How Two Young Climate Activists Are Tackling Water and Food Insecurity Across North America

With a name derived from the Lakota tribe’s historical Tokala Society—a group of warriors who showed bravery and leadership from a young age—Tokala is a photography series spotlighting the next generation of BIPOC climate activists. Here, in part three, meet two activists working on the eastern shores of Canada and the US to improve water and food security within their own communities and far beyond.
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