Tuesday, February 12, 2013

STARS teach-in: idle KnoW more Feb 12, 2013

You are invited to attend a teach-in shedding light on one of the most talked about and important social movements generated within Saskatchewan in recent years: Idle No More. While the movement has stirred some controversy in the public domain, the architects' vision is one of unification and collective action toward health and wellbeing now and into the future. INM organizers Dr. Alex Wilson, Erica Lee, Serena Gamble, and Dion Tootoosis will be on hand to share their insights about the movement and field questions from the audience.

Please join us on Wednesday, Feb. 13th at 4:00 p.m. in Education 1004 to discuss the efforts of Idle No More; and, how we can work together to overcome obstacles of life-blind ideology, ignorance, and continued investments in racial/colonial oppression in order to safeguard our world for present and future generations.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Elder Joseph Neytowhow for blessing the event and sharing his wisdom on the subject. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Idle No More links

Unless you have been busy with the holidays to the point that you have not read the paper or watched the news for the past three weeks, you will have heard about Idle No More and the hunger strike of Chief Theresa Spence.  Those of you who plan to teach about Treaties and First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, history, and knowledge this coming year (which is all Saskatchewan teachers as this is mandated by our provincial government), or racism and ongoing patriarchal colonialism, have an amazing opportunity to teach your students about a growing movement that has international support called Idle No More.  There are many ways to incorporate the aims of Idle No More into your lessons and classroom/school conversations, and the Idle No More blog has a page devoted to what youth can do.  Some of the many links to info about the movement...

**Idle No More (official blog): http://idlenomore1.blogspot.ca/
Why We Are Idle No More: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/Idle+More/7753967/story.html
Idle No More Sparks Polarizing Debate: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Idle+More+sparks+polarizing+debate/7756785/story.html
Saskatoon Dec 21 Flash Mob: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Thousands+take+over+Saskatoon+mall+Idle+More+protest/7729333/story.html

Sunday, November 18, 2012

MUSKRAT On-line Magazine

 Check out this on-line Indigenous knowledges magazine. 
"MUSKRAT is an on-line Indigenous arts, culture, and living magazine that strives to honour, investigate, and disseminate traditional knowledges in ways that inspire their reclamation."  
Issue One: http://www.muskratmagazine.com/issue1/
Issue Two: http://www.muskratmagazine.com/issue2/

Thursday, November 15, 2012

STARS Event: Dr. Karla Jessen Williamson

Illuminating the Crosscurrents of Racism and Sexism:
A Practice-Based Approach to Transforming Multiple Oppressions
Thursday, Nov. 22nd
4:00 - 5:30
Education Rm 2001
The Student Teachers’ Anti-Racism Society (STARS) warmly invites you to join special guest Dr. Karla Jessen Williamson in examining the relationship between the lived realities of racism and sexism in Canadian society. While each subject merits in-depth and careful examination, engaging the two forms of violence concurrently bears new understandings about the multiple and shifting spaces in which these forms of violence are played out. The event will include two objectives: the first is to bring into focus the ways racism and sexism are leveled against Women of Color in Canadian society, and the second is to collaboratively engage a selection of resources that may be used by practitioners to address racism and sexism in the classroom. All are welcome to this event. We would greatly appreciate it if you would be willing to share this invitation among your email networks. Refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Racing the Rez: A documentary

Check out this excellent documentary.  Suitable for grades 7-12.

Racing the Rez
In the rugged canyon lands of Northern Arizona, Navajo and Hopi cross-country runners from two rival high schools put it all on the line for Tribal pride, triumph over adversity and state championship glory. Win or lose, what they learn in the course of their seasons will have a dramatic effect on the rest of their lives....A co-production of Wolf Hill Films and NAPT, Racing the Rez moves beyond Native American stereotypes of the past and present by delving deep into the daily grind of these Native teenagers. Over the course of two racing seasons, you'll witness the boys striving to find their place among their Native people and the American culture surrounding them. The film sheds light on the many challenges that these runners face living on a Reservation and how they come to terms with having to make cultural choices that most American youth will never encounter (from: http://visionmaker.semkhor.com/product.asp?s=visionmaker&pf_id=RREZ-11-H&dept_id=23445).

Website & Order Information: http://racingtherez.com/ 
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaXL7bUv1dc

Friday, November 9, 2012

Racism and Mascot Resources

Another post from Carly M! Thank you for sharing :)
I've been following this story for awhile, because I'm a hockey nut, and think it's interesting, especially given the temperature around name and mascot changes in our own city...

‘Fighting Sioux’ sign removed from outside walls of Ralph | The Jamestown Sun | Jamestown, North Dakota  http://www.jamestownsun.com/event/article/id/171979/

Last year, this same team was not allowed to compete in the championship tournament wearing their regular sweaters because of NCAA rules. 

One man who worked hard to eliminate the use of such names and logos died on Monday.  He was one of the organizers at Wounded Knee. http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/article/id/71595/group/homepage/

And lastly, from the other side, a rather ignorant website defending the use of the "Fighting Sioux" name and "tradition."http://savethefightingsioux.com

First Nations Catholic Saint

Hi All.  See the post below from Carly M.  Thanks for sharing Carly!


It appears that the Catholic Church is going to make a Mohawk woman from the 17thC a saint.  I know that some FN groups are looking at it as a positive thing, particularly those who identify as Catholic, and it might go a long way towards healing for survivors of the residential school system.  Despite that the process to make her a saint was begun more than 70 years ago, I still feel a bit apprehensive about it.  It would have meant everything to her, but I can't help but wonder if it isn't a political move on behalf of the Church. 

Is this a genuine gesture of healing, a strategic political move, a tokenization of an individual, or simply the making of a saint and completely unrelated to politics and FN people?


University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
The Student Teachers Anti-Racism Society (STARS) promotes anti-racism education at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan through the support of the College. We work collaboratively to understand, identify, and address individual and systemic racism and its interlocking forms of oppression based on gender, sexuality, ability, class, religion and other socially constructed categories. STARS developed a resource blog because we recognize that although the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education has mandated the inclusion of Treaty education and First Nations and Metis content across grade levels and subject areas, not all teachers have access to the resources and knowledge needed to make this mandate a reality. We also believe that including First Nations and Metis content in classrooms on its own, without anti-racism education, is extremely problematic. This practice takes attention away from the processes that cause, justify and normalize the oppression, exploitation and objectification of Indigenous peoples and knowledge. We believe that anti-racist and decolonizing education, when woven together, can create humanizing and emancipatory change for everyone.

History of STARS

In January 2009 ten students in the Indian Teacher Education Program gathered with one of their instructors to start STARS. The group initially began to create space and opportunities for students to support one another and talk about their experiences, frustrations, and ideas regarding anti-racist and Indigenous education. STARS has grown since 2009. We now have a planning committee (open to all Education students) that organizes monthly professional development opportunities and an annual conference. In 2010 STARS received a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Award.

2008 - 2009 Events
1) Sharing Circle meeting
2) Becky Sasakamoose Kuffner (City of Saskatoon Race Relations Coordinator)
3) Rita Bouvier
4) Sheelah Mclean
5) Tasha Hubbard: Two Worlds Colliding
6) ACTnow (Duck Lake high school)
7) March 21 Workshop (In Recognition of the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination)

2009 - 2010 Events
1) The History of Race (video & discussion)
2) Marilyn Wapass: Racism and Violence Against Women
3) Dr. Marie Battiste: Anti-racism and Decolonization
4) Sheelah McLean: Using Comedy to Confront Racism
5) Sharon Laflamme: Anti-Racism in the Classroom
6) March 21 Mini-Conference (In Recognition of the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination)

2010 - 2011 Events
1) Dr. Alex Wilson (Interconnecting Isms: Race, Gender and Homophobia in Education)
2) Meet the STARS
3) Sheelah McLean (Teaching Students About Islamophobia)
4) Dr. Verna St. Denis (Becoming an Ally of Aboriginal Education)
5) Environmental Racism (Video clips and group discussion)
6) March 26 EraceISM Conference (In Recognition of the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination)

2011-2012 Events
1) STARS Introduction
2) Redmen: Racism and Mascots
3) Blood in the Mobile
4) Dr. Alex Wilson: Love and Leadership
5) March 23 'United' Conference (In Recognition of the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination)

2012-2013 Events

1) A Conversation with Dr. Verna St. Denis and Sheelah McLean on Tim Wise's Looking in the Mirror: A Reflection on Racism
2) Illuminating the Crosscurrents of Racism and Sexism: A Practice-Based Workshop on Transforming Multiple Oppressions
3) STARS Teach in: idle KnoW more
4) STARS Conference 2013: Unpacking the past, engaging the present, and building an anti-oppressive teacher

2013-2014 Events (to date)
1) Why the segregation: STARS Panel Discussion

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