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

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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 ha…

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 inf…

Native Stories for Public Broadcasting

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October 15, 2014UNO 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/M├ętis) will join Gary for a panel discussion after Smoke Signals, Saturday evening. More Info:UNO Native Film Festival Facebook Page | Vision Maker Medi…

Mining Blockade, Sisters in Spirit Vigils, and more

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Mining Blockade, Sisters in Spirit Vigils, and 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 DisasterBREAKING 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 creati…