Human rights activist Ellen Gabriel, a Mohawk artist from Kanesatake, will was the last speaker at this week's hearings of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Quebec City.
A First Nations advocate for children in care says she’s not confident the Manitoba government will act on recommendations in a new report that calls on the province to reduce the number of kids in the system.
A designated stage for Indigenous voices will host a full day of programming at Canada's largest free outdoor book and magazine festival in Toronto on Sunday.
By Mark Trahant
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How do we measure legacy? One act? Two? Can we assess the complete life or is our memory caught by the last thing we remember?
John Sidney McCain III has a legacy that defies answers to those questions. He is remembered as a patriot and a hero by many in Indian Country. Indeed, the list of his legislative accomplishments is long. Others say “no,” he forfeited being a hero when he inserted language into a defense bill to give sacred Apache land to a mining company.
A group of Indigenous women is headed to Washington DC next week to elevate the importance of free, prior and informed consent from Indigenous people in big energy and industry projects.
By Winona LaDuke
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“Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is one of the most important principles that Indigenous Peoples believe can protect their right to participation. It is embedded in the right to self-determination. The duty of States to obtain Indigenous Peoples’ FPIC entitles Indigenous people to effectively determine the outcome of decision-making that affects them, not merely a right to be involved.” --UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
By Kayla Bointy
Two short films made by Haskell Students are being featured at the Free State Film festival. The student films will be shown at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, September 23; Admission is Free! The film Did Anything Wrong was a complete Haskell effort, and has already achieved such accolades as the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Filmed, produced, and written entirely on Haskell campus. Starring Haskell Students now alumni; Damon Peak (Main Actor) Keaton Guess (detective 1) Roman Yearby (rookie cop) Tylynn Broncho (bank teller) and Michael Begay (Director). Indian Leader interviewed their very own staff member Chris Talkalai; who wrote the film and goes by the nom de plume, Kriss Velvet.
KRISS VELVET /CHRIS TALKALAI
Graduated with an AA in Media Communications is currently a Junior in the IAIS program.
How do you feel about your work of art being featured?
Its surprising! I usually just write to write.
Congratulations, the film won the People’s Choice Award up at A.I.H.E.C, does this come as a surprise?
I was amazed we got any recognition, usually the first work you create is for fun. But after we won The People’s Choice Award it feels like I’ve earned that title of being a “writer”.
What was your inspiration and the process of writing this piece?
It took about a year and there were about nine to twelve rewrites.
I don’t think a lot about inspiration, this idea just came to my head. After the Welcome Back Powwow that’s where I originally intended it to be set, but after production started we moved it to the cultural center parking lot.
So, you wrote it with the intention of filming on Haskell?
Yes, I did.
Do you write everything with the intentions of it being made into a film?
I write outlines, not everything I write is in a screenplay or manuscript format. I’ve written a few theater scripts for thunderbird theatre rehearsals.
What made you want to make it into a film or how did it happen?
My roommate at the time, Michael Begay picked my script. I did a few rewrites, then we did a read through, later he pointed out some flaws in the story line, after that he added his additional notes and scenes. I wrote the main part and Michael came on as a co-writer during the story boarding process.
I know you wrote, collaborated and pieced it all together all in your room, so this was basically born in Roe Cloud. What’s your fondest memory from the making of the film?
(Laughs) Yeah after all the rewrites we had our whole dorm wall covered with the story board scenes throughout the project. The fondest memory was on filming the first day, where we filmed the cop car scene, we were there, had our script and storyboard, with the main actor. For me it was that moment of let’s stop talking about and do it. If you believe, you can make it happen.
Do you think you’ll be doing any Haskell collabs in the future?
Actually, we are working on something currently, we’re in the planning phase before pre- production. I just finished the short story for it.
It’s nice KU is highlighting student films however; do you think Haskell should have an outlet for their own student filmmakers?
The film club is working towards that, we’re just trying to get more people involved to hold film fests.
Do you have any plans after you graduate?
I think I’m going to stay in Lawrence, I have family coming here and I’m saving towards doing my own independent films.
Another film being highlighted made by a Haskell student is ANXIETY by Roberts Hicks Jr., Pyramid Lake Paiute; who is a Senior in the Indigenous American Indian Studies Program.
The province's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) says there are "no reasonable grounds" to lay criminal charges against a Thunder Bay police officer over the death of a 50-year-old man in July 2017.
The federal government spent $2.3 million over the past five years in court battles with survivors from a notorious residential school in northern Ontario, according to information released by Justice Canada.
Alberta's education minister apologized Thursday for what he calls "hateful material" — an online social studies question that asked students about the "positive effect" of residential schools.
The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is raising concerns that a promised Indigenous chapter in a renewed North American Free Trade Agreement "may not come to fruition."
Indigenous women are more likely to be incarcerated because of systematic racism and conjugal violence, a Laval University professor said at today's hearing of the federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Amber Tuccaro’s family say the results of an independent federal review confirm what they have said about the RCMP investigation from the outset.