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things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #30

At the Port Hardy Library, we've been hosting visits from the local First Nations school, from the the Gwa'sala-Nakwaxda'xw Nations. (That is pronounced GWA-sala Nak-wah-da.) The children have been absolutely lovely, and although my contact with them is brief, I'm enjoying it so much.It's especially wonderful to have the tweens and teens in the library, which is a change for our library. We've been working on digital literacy, which I've made into a bingo game. (Librarians will turn anything int...
Tags: Travel, Art, First Nations, Indigenous Peoples, Vancouver Island, Port Hardy, GWA, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Gila, Port Hardy Library, Gwa sala Nakwaxda, Gwa sala Nakwaxda xw School, New York City The Door


Ottawa’s National Gallery CEO Steps Down After Ten Years

“I’m especially proud of pumping up the volume on all things indigenous. We’re playing a leadership role in the world here in Canada [recognising indigenous work]. We talked about that since I first got here.” Mayer says it was an “emotional moment” when the museum opened its Canadian and Indigenous Galleries in June 2017, covering 5,000 years of creative output in the region, from First Nations art and objects to contemporary work. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, First Nations, Canada, Ottawa, Visual, Mayer, 01.16.19


Robert Lepage Cancels Second Controversial Production

Earlier this month, the Canadian director’s piece SLĀV, which featured African-American slave songs performed by white singers, was cut from the Montreal Jazz Festival after protests. Now Lepage has called off Kanata, a show about the relationship between European settlers in Canada and First Nations peoples which he created for Ariane Mnouchkine’s Théâtre du Soleil in Paris. Indigenous Canadian artists had objected to work about them being made without their participation, and the controversy l...
Tags: Art, Theatre, First Nations, Canada, Paris, Robert Lepage, LePage, Kanata, 07.26.18


Director of Development - Vancouver Opera

Vancouver Opera is seeking a new Director of Development to oversee all fundraising activities. This leadership position will sit at the senior leadership table of the Opera, playing a key role in strategy-development and execution for the Opera’s future growth and celebration of its 60th anniversary. THE OPPORTUNITY Vancouver Opera is seeking a new Director of Development to oversee all fundraising activities. This leadership position will sit at the senior leadership table of the Opera, playin...
Tags: Art, Jobs, First Nations, Canada, Vancouver, Carmen, Canada Council For The Arts, Fraser River, Carlisle Floyd, CRA, Shane Koyczan, Vancouver Opera, Development Committee, Canada Council, Kim Gaynor, Vancouver Playhouse


Land fight could give tens of thousands of US Native Americans rights in Canada

A land battle in British Columbia could afford indigenous people residing in the United States rights in Canada. Rick Desautel, an American citizen who identifies as Sinixt, shot an elk in Canada 40 miles north of the border, and the British Columbian government decided to bring charges to court. While they lost an appeal in December, they filed papers last month to appeal again — but The Guardian said the fight could have the unintended consequence of giving Native Americans new rights. In 20...
Tags: Design, News, Washington, US, America, First Nations, Canada, United States, The Guardian, Indigenous Rights, Guardian, Native Americans, Court Cases, Court Case, British Columbia, Columbia


International artists on display at open-air museum

An open-air museum will display works by Canadian and international artists, and fly the flags of some 200 countries all summer long. La Balade pour la Paix / An Open-Air Museum is a major public art exhibition on Sherbrooke Street celebrating Montréal’s 375th anniversary, the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 and the 150th anniversary of Canada. Open-air museum in the heart of downtown Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) in cooperation with the McCord Museum, La Balade de la Paix ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Outdoors, Family, Justice, Activities, Summer, Museum, First Nations, Canada, Museums, United Nations, International court of justice, Exhibitions, West Coast, Montreal


Ancient village discovered in Canada is 10,000 years older than the pyramids

The discovery of a 14,000-year-old ancient village in Canada could forever alter our understanding of early civilization in North America. Researchers estimate the settlement is way older than the Giza pyramids, and have found artifacts dating all the way back to the Ice Age. The village is one of the oldest human settlements we’ve ever uncovered in North America – and lines up with the oral history of the Heiltsuk Nation. Researchers from the Hakai Institute and University of Victoria, with lo...
Tags: Science, Design, News, Russia, First Nations, Canada, Alaska, Anthropology, Archaeology, North America, British Columbia, Columbia, Ancient, Carousel Showcase, Giza, Vancouver Island


375 years—and more—of Montréal Indigenous culture

Montréal’s 375th anniversary marks the official founding of Ville Marie by Europeans in 1642, but long before the Europeans arrived, there was a rich tapestry of First Nations cultures all along the St. Lawrence River. Montréal was established on Mohawk (Kanien’keha:ka) land, and in celebrating its upcoming anniversary, the City has partnered with the Urban Aboriginal Strategy Network (UASN) to provide an eclectic array of events throughout the year celebrating Montréal Indigenous arts, cultures...
Tags: Travel, Art, Outdoors, Family, Activities, Summer, First Nations, Exhibitions, Montreal, Place Des Festivals, Special Events, Concerts, Old Montreal, Arts & Culture, Non-profit Organization, Events & Festivals


Pipeline breach spills 53,000 gallons of oil on First Nations land

This is why millions of people around the world are opposed to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines just pushed through by Donald Trump. 53,000 gallons or around 1,260 barrels of oil was reported to have spilled on First Nations land in Saskatchewan, Canada last week, though some local residents warn the spill may have occurred earlier. The oil has leaked onto agricultural land, but the government said it has not infiltrated water sources. The leak is Saskatchewan's largest pipelin...
Tags: Energy, Design, News, Environment, Oil, First Nations, Canada, Oil And Gas, Oil Pipeline, Keystone, Oil Spill, Donald Trump, Environmental Destruction, Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Canada, First Nation


Canadian Author, After Weeks Of Protests And Questions, Says He'll Stop Trying To Speak For The Indigenous Communities

Joseph Boyden got attention for his First Nations ancestry and for his writing about Native peoples for years - but since Dec. 23, the calls for him to be clearer about his specific ancestry and stop claiming to speak for Canada's aboriginal people have grown clamorous.
Tags: Art, First Nations, Canada, Words, Joseph Boyden


Saskatchewan will surprise you

When people think of Saskatchewan , they tend to picture the vast fields of wheat in the south of the province that stretch as far as the eye can see. However, Saskatchewan is so much more than just flat, open spaces. Here are 12 things that will surprise visitors to the province. 1. You’ll ski down some of the highest hills between the Rockies and the Appalachians. Une photo publiée par Saskatchewan (@tourismsask) le 16 Janv. 2015 à 10h14 PST While it is true that Saska...
Tags: Travel, Art, US, Chicago, Birds, First Nations, Canada, Skiing, Orion, Rex, Desert, Northern Lights, North America, Fossil, Ducks, Alberta


Canadian nonprofit builds North America's first urban earthship in Calgary

Since earthships make use of recycled and reclaimed building materials, they can be constructed at a very low cost. Grow Calgary’s volunteers began building this one in 2014, but their project was threatened after the city issued a demolition order due to code violations. After an appeal, the nonprofit won the right to continue and found ways to get the earthship to meet the city building requirements, thus earning proper permits. Scottie Davidson of EcoNerds led a renewed effort this past sum...
Tags: Design, Architecture, First Nations, Canada, Gallery, Agriculture, Sustainable Food, North America, Calgary, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Recycled Materials, Green Materials, Gardening And Plants, Calgary Herald, Year Round Greenhouse


Rainforest Solutions Project saves over 12 million acres of forest, wins 2016 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The Great Bear Rainforest is "one of the largest old growth temperate rainforests on the planet." The region is also home to around 18,000 to 20,000 First Nations peoples, whose spirituality and identities are linked to the rainforest, according to Rainforest Solutions Project. Spirit bears, or Kermode bears, also make their home in the rainforest, and it is the only place in the world where they live, according to the Save The Great Bear Rainforest Facebook page. Related: 6 world-changing fi...
Tags: Design, News, Animals, Environment, First Nations, Conservation, Greenpeace, Nature / Environment, Parks / Wildlife, Rainforest, Great Bear Rainforest, Spirit Bears


BC’s Provincial Museum Launches Global Program For Repatriating First Nations’ Artifacts

“The Canadian province of British Columbia has dedicated C$2m in funding to establish a First Nations department and repatriation programme at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria to help First Nations in the province recover their cultural heritage – including religious items and ancestral remains – scattered in museums across the world.”
Tags: Art, First Nations, Victoria, Columbia, Visual, Royal British Columbia Museum


First Nations community launches the largest community-owned solar power installation in British Columbia

Home to over 1,000 members of the Nlaka'pamux Nation, the Lower Nicola Indian Band is made up of a community of Interior Salish peoples that have lived for thousands of years along the Thompson and Nicola rivers in the Southern Interior of the province. The territory’s location in the heart of British Columbia’s “sun belt” region made it an ideal place for a solar installation. The project is the first phase to make the community more energy self-sufficient and will likely be followed with ini...
Tags: Design, Renewable Energy, First Nations, Canada, Gallery, Solar Energy, Solar Power, British Columbia, Thompson, Carousel Showcase, First Nation, Nicola, Photovoltaic Panels, BC Hydro


6 world-changing finalists announced for the 2016 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Cooperación Comunitaria In 2013, Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid ravaged La Montaña, one of the poorest and most marginalized areas of Mexico. Home to over three-quarters of the Mexican state Guerrero’s indigenous population, the beautiful but devastated area struggled to get back on its feet in the wake of mass destruction. Cooperación Comunitaria was founded to radically improve the population’s living conditions with a comprehensive model that begins with community outreach and...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Africa, Features, First Nations, Burma, Kenya, Nicaragua, British Columbia, Sierra Club, Carousel Showcase, Humanitarian Design, Guerrero, Great Bear Rainforest, UDP, Tana Delta


7 world-changing finalists announced for the 2016 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Cooperación Comunitaria In 2013, Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid ravaged La Montaña, one of the poorest and most marginalized areas of Mexico. Home to over three-quarters of the Mexican state Guerrero’s indigenous population, the beautiful but devastated area struggled to get back on its feet in the wake of mass destruction. Cooperación Comunitaria was founded to radically improve the population’s living conditions with a comprehensive model that begins with community outreach and...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Africa, Features, First Nations, Burma, Kenya, Nicaragua, British Columbia, Sierra Club, Carousel Showcase, Humanitarian Design, Guerrero, Great Bear Rainforest, UDP, Tana Delta


Meet a Montrealer: Street artists MissMe, Zek One and Dodo_ose

Street art in Montréal not only brightens the urban core and surrounding neighbourhoods but reflects the spirit and culture of the city, whether in a colourful two-storey mural downtown for Mural Festival, live group painting at Under Pressure or a wheatpaste print in a side-street alley. Tourisme Montréal recently talked to three of the city’s most intriguing street artists: the mysterious “artful vandal” MissMe – known best for her Portrait of a Vandal print series of a naked woman wearing a M...
Tags: Travel, Art, Usa, France, First Nations, Canada, Street Art, Montreal, Art Festivals, Norman Rockwell, Mickey Mouse, Aren, Losangeles, Planet Earth, Arts & Culture, Events & Festivals


Earthships heading to Canada will provide First Nation communities with low-income housing

Earthships are a unique kind of low-cost homes that are built primarily with recycled materials and produce and provide as much as possible on site. Created and marketed by New Mexico-based Earthship Biotecture, the earthship alleviates the problems of housing insecurity and environmental waste in one elegant solution. These sustainable housing units have been installed in India, Haiti, Sierra Leone, and other countries as a means to empower local communities. The Earthship team are now bringin...
Tags: Design, News, Wikipedia, Environment, First Nations, Canada, Solar Energy, Solar, New Mexico, Solar Power, Sustainable housing, Sustainable Design, Alternative Energy, Resilient Design, Sustainable Building, Water Issues



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