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How Top Chef Canada's Siobhan Detkavich spends her money

Last year, 22-year-old Siobhan Detkavich became the youngest chef—and first Indigenous woman—ever to compete on Top Chef Canada. This summer, she’ll be back in the kitchen as the chef de partie at Mission Hill Winery in B.C. Detkavich spent a little more than usual this week, just for fun. For someone who cooks, I’m weirdly okay with eating the same thing every day. This week’s meal prep involved ground turkey, sweet potatoes, broccoli, apples and oranges, all of which I bought at Costco ($100)

Redefining Indigenous cinema

Oftentimes, with Indigenous stories on screen, there is the burden of sliding in decades of context into a film. The effects of colonialism to current day systemic racism, and everything in-between, often seeps into films created and written by us. Indigenous filmmakers have to consider who their audience is – someone who inherently knows this history, or someone brand new, which shifts the approach. Must they explain XYZ in an organic way or will it drag out the story they came to tell?

Indigenous Filmmaking Now: An Overview

Although Canada’s media establishment may claim things are better, where are the opportunities for Indigenous film and TV creatives this year and next? It’s still a tough slog as a producer or filmmaker to receive funding, get opportunities to be employed in higher and mid-level positions where the decisions are made, or to have any control. There are success stories, but many Indigenous filmmakers in documentary, film, and TV are struggling to get the support they need from the major Canadian funding bodies.

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.
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