Saturday, October 25, 2014

12-Year-Old Girl Gives Stephen Harper A Piece Of Her Mind

This girl has a bone to pick with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

In a video uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, 12-year-old Tori Metcalf delivers a one-minute message eviscerating Harper’s reluctance to launch an inquiry into the country’s missing and murdered aboriginal women.

“Last week, I heard you would protect the rights of girls – but how can we really believe you?” she asks.

On TV, all I hear about is the murdered First Nations girls and that you’re not doing anything about it. Some of those girls were the same age as me,” she says.

“Something’s not right, Mr. Harper.”

Metcalf made reference to a statement Harper made on Oct. 11 to mark the International Day of the Girl Child, pledging his government’s commitment to “giving girls a strong foundation to succeed in life by promoting equality, education and good health in a safe, secure environment.”

But the pre-teen doesn’t think the prime minister’s words match his actions and called Harper out on cutting funding to groups “that have been helping girls.”

“Why the heck would you do that?” Metcalf continues in the video, “All they were trying to do was trying to make our lives a little better.”

The video is part of a social media campaign launched by Operation Maple, an anti-Harper site dedicated to critiquing “the current power structures, reimagine the political landscape, and reignite the passion of other concerned citizens,” according a description on their website.

Other social media campaigns have also tried to advance calls for a national inquiry.

In September, Holly Jerrett of Hamilton, Ont. launched a campaign showcasing women holding signs reading “Am I Next?” to honour and raise awareness about Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women.

According to the RCMP, around 1,180 cases of missing or murdered aboriginal women have been reported since 1980.

This summer, Harper brushed off renewed calls for a national inquiry, saying the cases should be viewed as “crime” and not a “sociological phenomenon.”

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Body of God, by Serge Kahili King

From the Native People of Hawaii


Aka as a Hawaiian word that refers to the essence of matter, or what might be called  divine substance.  It is related linguistically and conceptually to the Sanskrit akasia and can be compared in some ways to  astral matter  or  etheric matter.

Esoterically, aka serves two main functions. One is to take on form in response to thoughts. In other words, the idea is that thoughts give form to the aka. The weaker the thought, the less substantial the form; the more intense the thought (I.e., the more energy that accompanies it), the more substantial the form. The second function is to act as a perfect medium for the transmission of energy.

In the case of aka threads, the idea is that whenever you think of a person, place, or object, you send out a line of force through the omnipresent aka, a portion of which forms itself into what can be called an aka thread. Through this thread you can then send or receive ideas and/or emotional-psychic energy, and information from any of the senses.

A further concept along this line is that whatever you come into contact with through any of the senses results in the automatic creation of a  sticky  aka thread that serves as a continuous link between you which is activated by thought and which makes future contact easier. The people, places, and objects with which you have the most contact produce a multitude of threads, which serves to explain why mental contact is easier with them.

However, the above is a simplistic and pragmatic teaching which serves the needs of non-technological people. If you apply it as a hypothesis it will work, and that is what the practical kahunas are mainly interested in. But there is a more refined approach used by some present-day kahunas in regard to the psychic links between persons, places, and objects. This approach, which also has its basis in the Huna code, teaches that the aka essence of every physical thing acts like a radio/television transceiver. It radiates or broadcasts its own unique frequency or energy pattern and receives and retains impressions from other patterns radiating toward it. When you pick up a rock, for instance, the aka field of the rock retains an impression of your energy pattern and your aka field retains an impression of the rock pattern.

Thereafter, no matter where you are, when you think of that rock it is like tuning in to a unique radio/tv signal and establishing a resonant link with it. If you concentrate your thoughts on that rock, it is then like beaming a specific signal of your own, or  sending out an aka thread.

The more energy associated with such contacts, the stronger the impressions received or the signals beamed. The strength of the impression depends on: (1) the nature of the contact (physical touch leaves a more energetic impression than mere proximity); (2) the frequency of contact (a high number of contacts leaves a stronger impression); and (3) the amount of emotional energy present during the contact (handling the rock while in a highly emotional state would result in a stronger impression). Thus, in picking up objects handled by others, the first and most powerful impressions received would be those which had been impressed with the most energy. Similar principles apply in beaming thoughts outward. Aka can be treated scientifically, but it is important to remember its spiritual nature. I have said elsewhere that  we are the fingers of God sensing His creation.  That part of His creation which most concerns us now is the physical universe, which is formed from aka. If we are His fingers, then know and respect the fact that aka and the physical world of our senses is the body of God.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Native Stories for Public Broadcasting

October 15, 2014

UNO Native American Film Festival 
Nov. 7-9 in Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha's Second Annual Native American Film Festival, November 7-9, 2014, will showcase ten feature films, documentaries, and animations. Co-presented by the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) Native American Studies, Inter-Tribal Student Council, Office of Multicultural Affairs, American Multicultural Students, and Vision Maker Media, the event features special appearances by directors and actors with workshops for local filmmakers and actors.

Cayuga Actor Gary Farmer will be in residence for the weekend. The Festival features a retrospective of his work. Five of his most legendary films will be screened at UNO, including Dead Man, Powwow Highway, One Dead Indian, and The Gift. Cheyenne Arapaho Director Chris Eyre and Actress Irene Bedard (Inupiat/Inuit/Mรฉtis) will join Gary for a panel discussion after Smoke Signals, Saturday evening.

More Info: UNO Native Film Festival Facebook Page | Vision Maker Media List of Events

Vision Maker Media Award Presentation & Film Screening
Nov. 13, 6-8p.m. - San Diego, CA

Please join the Board and Staff of Vision Maker Media as we honor two individuals for their outstanding contributions in advancing opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives in the media.

Named for our founding executive director, Frank Blythe, Vision Maker Media will award this first annual Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence to Michael Smith, founder of the American Indian Film Institute.

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Tribeca Hacks <NDN Country> 
Nov. 21-23 at IAIA in Santa Fe

Tribeca Film Institute and Vision Maker Media are pleased to offer Tribeca Hacks <NDN Country>, an innovative collaborative workshop-event focusing on interactive non-fiction storytelling and exploring new tools and methods of story creation.
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Across the Creek Channels the Cultural Identity of the Lakota People

Across the Creek, a new 30-minute documentary premiering this November from director/producer Jonny Cournoyer (Rosebud Sioux), explores the Lakota people's struggle for the restoration of a cultural legacy.
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Spirit in Glass: Plateau Native Beadwork provides a rare opportunity to experience Plateau culture through the eyes and hearts of the artists themselves. Narrated by Nez Perce storyteller Nakia Williamson, the film focuses on bead artists from the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakama Reservations.  


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Friday, October 3, 2014

Mining Blockade, Sisters in Spirit Vigils, and more


Mining Blockade, Sisters in Spirit Vigils, and more Idle No More

Four days ago the Klabona Keepers and the Secwepemc exercised their natural law and set-up a blockade at the Red Chris Mine to ensure that their land is not poisoned by another disaster like the spill at the Mount Polley mine.  Two days from now over 125 vigils for missing and murdered Indigenous women will be held from coast to coast to coast.  Two weeks ago Indigenous organizers from Idle No More and many other groups joined together for a massive Peoples Climate March in New York.  These are just a few glimpses of the powerful movement that we are a part of, a movement towards self-determination and the protection of our lands and waters.  Read more below!

Indigenous Resistance to Mount Polley Mining Disaster

Blockade at Red Chris Mine

BREAKING NEWS: Blockade at Red Chris Mine
The Klabona Keepers and the Secwepemc [Grandmothers Fireplace] are exercising their natural law, and asserting their jurisdiction to regulate industry in their own Territories by creating a blockade at Red Chris Mine:

VIDEO: Klabona Keepers Shut Down Red Chris Imperial Mine
Klabona Keepers is an organization of Tahltan elders and families who occupy and use traditional lands near Iskut, British Columbia known as Tl’abฤne, the Sacred Headwaters of the Stikine, Nass and Skeena Rivers.

Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp
Secwepemc disaster monitoring checkpoint and encampment at the entrance of the Imperial Metals' Mount Polley Mine.

OPEN LETTER regarding Union of BC Indian Chiefs Resolution 2014-17
“Support for Xat’sull and Williams Lake First Nations, Call for Public Inquiry and Mining Reform in the Aftermath of the Mount Polley Disaster”  Read more: Mount Polley Disaster: Support for Xat’sull and Williams Lake Nations, Call for Public Inquiry and Mining Reform

Indigenous Resistance to Mount Polley Mining Disaster
If you missed this incredible live webinar you can still check out the youtube video.  The third webinar from the #TurnTheTables webinar series organized by Idle No More and Defenders of the Land was moderated by Kanahus Manuel and included powerful testimony from Secwepemc Elder Jean William and Mining Researcher and Educator Joan Kuyak.

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9th Annual Sisters in Spirit Vigils - Saturday October 4 across Turtle Island

Each year, family members, Indigenous community members, and concerned citizens gather for a vigil on October 4 to honour the growing number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. As we do so, we remember the lives of sisters, daughters, mothers and grandmothers tragically taken from us. The SIS vigils educate the public on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, rally support, and compel the government to respond.

Vigils take place on Parliament Hill and in many communities across Turtle Island, as well as internationally.  See a list of the more than 125 vigils happening across Turtle Island compiled by the Native Women’s Association of Canada here.

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Indigenous Adult Adoptees and foster care survivors gathering in Ottawa

For the first time ever, adult adoptees of the “sixties scoop” and foster care survivors  gathered on unceded Algonquin territory. An amazing opportunity to come together and talk, share and support each other on our journeys. Adoptees were astonished at how similar their feelings were, and more events are planned for Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The event was exclusively for adoptees and foster care survivors and created by adoptees/foster care survivors. It was a weekend of sharing, healing, tears, hugs, ceremony, talking, listening, eating and laughter!

Idle No More @ the Peoples Climate Week in New York

Dozens of Idle No More organizers joined hundreds of Indigenous leaders from across Turtle Island and beyond to gather at the Peoples Climate Week in New York.   Together we sent a clear message that Indigenous Peoples are leading the defense of our climate and that violence against the land begets violence against Indigenous women.  Check out the videos below or click here for the full Idle No More coverage of the Peoples Climate Week.

Idle No More organizer Erica Violet Lee gave a powerful speech at the opening plenary of the Peoples Climate Week and also spoke at an event titled: Native American Resistance in the 21st Century: Idle No More and the Climate Justice Movement.

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Idle No More brought down a delegation of 4 Indigenous Women who are leading the fight against extreme energy and co-organized an event with the New School and FrackAction titled: #Frack Off: Indigenous Women Leading Media Campaigns to Defend our Climate.

#Frack Off Video

Idle No More organizers and hundreds of other Indigenous Leaders from groups such as the Indigenous Environmental Network, the International Indian Treaty Council, and the Black Mesa Water Coalition formed the Indigenous Block of the Peoples Climate March. This block included beautiful banners from Idle No More Bay Area as well as a clear call to end C02lonialism and to respect Indigenous sovereignty and treaties.

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