91 Articles

Timely words of wisdom from a master weaver and graduate of the school of life

Debra Sparrow is a master weaver from the Musqueam First Nation who graduated from the school of life. She was decolonizing before it was cool, she said during a First Nations Forward Facebook live interview. Sparrow followed her grandfather around for 15 years, researched stories of her people in museums, and thread by thread, found herself, and what it meant to be successful.

We desperately need to be talking about food sovereignty

Dawn Morrison has dedicated a large part of her life to educating around the unsustainability of the global food industry, which moved from local place-based foods and traditional harvesting, hunting and fishing after the industrial revolution. She says COVID19 should be a massive wake up call for people to stop placing profit over people, and to return to ways that nurture food sovereignty.

COVID-19 not the first pandemic Indigenous Peoples have quarantined from

Just a few generations ago, Tlaook, a Nuu-Chah-Nulth ancestor of the Tla-o-qui-aht nation led families to a safe place of refuge in their territory to wait out fatal diseases European settlers brought to the coast of B.C. When the people returned, many had died, but the story of the importance of preserving the land during times of pandemics lived on and continues to shape the nation's work.

'The Amazon stays, Bolsonaro goes'

Last Friday, in the streets outside the government buildings in Brazil’s capital city, Emilee Gilpin walked with nearly a thousand people in desperate concern over the relentless and unprecedented burning of one of the most important ecosystems in the world.