As a white person in Canada, especially one writing about a topic that intersects with Indigenous issues, I have found Métis writer Chelsea Vowel’s blog âpihtawikosisân invaluable. Vowel is a legal researcher who somehow explains complex issues with total clarity without ever being anything less than gripping or undercutting her politics.
Posts Tagged ‘First Nations’
Here’s yet another condo development framed as a modern repeat of Canada’s 19th C colonial pioneer era. It’s called “Venue” and it’s in Whalley, a small town centre within Surrey, a large, racially mixed Vancouver suburb mostly known for farming. Of all the marketing means at their disposal, Venue has decided to frame its target market as “adventurers and entrepreneurs” and it makes an explicit link between these potential buyers and prior white “adventurers” who apparently “settled” Whalley.
In a direct line from my earlier post on the heritage hipster style as a settler colonial aesthetic, here is another exhibit in the colonial museum of fashion: Ralph Lauren using genocide-era vintage photographs of native men in western dress as part of its recent marketing campaign.
Not surprisingly this campaign has not gone down well.
Settler & pioneer “heritage hipster” styles in the age of Idle No More, Chinatown gentrification, &c.Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Men in British Columbia, 1859, one in a newly discovered collection of early photographs of white settlers and First Nations in B.C. Via Vancouver Sun © Royal British Columbia Museum, reprinted with permission
An abridged version of this essay has been published in the May/June 2015 issue of Briarpatch Magazine
I am probably as bored of casual hipster-slagging as you are.
I am in full support of Idle No More and Chief Theresa Spence’s now perilous hunger strike in a tipi across from Canada’s Parliament buildings in Ottawa. Chief of the beleaguered town on Attawapiskat in Ontario, where inadequate housing has led to a level of misery that attracted even UN censure, Spence is engaged in a desperate gambit to force PM Harper to speak with her.