National Day For Truth & Reconciliation

Anyone who follows CCIQ Press knows that we are supporters and allies of the First Nations Tribes of Turtle Island. I am not going to write a long article discussing how important Truth and Reconciliation is to the First Nations, instead I am going to post my poem with a bunch of links where supportContinue reading “National Day For Truth & Reconciliation”

BIPOC EXPLORED! Week XI

Colonisation, Genocide, Stolen Culture In order to cohesively understand, one must first listen to the origin of racism and systemic discrimination with regards to colonization, and the impact on Indigenous communities. When colonization first occurred, stifling of Indigenous culture was commonly practised by the settlers. This concept prospered by mandating the First Nations: not takeContinue reading “BIPOC EXPLORED! Week XI”

BIPOC EXPLORED! Week X

Please note Week X brings with some changes. I started this BIPOC Women’s Exploration with Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw Founder of Intersectionality; that being said I am altering my project to be not only a permanent fixture of CCIQ Press but also one that will include anything and everything BIPOC. Once again, I began to thinkContinue reading “BIPOC EXPLORED! Week X”

BIPOC EXPLORED! Week X

Please note Week X brings with some changes. I started this BIPOC Women’s Exploration with Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw Founder of Intersectionality; that being said I am altering my project to be not only a permanent fixture of CCIQ Press but also one that will include anything and everything BIPOC. Once again, I began to thinkContinue reading “BIPOC EXPLORED! Week X”

BIPOC EXPLORED! Week IX

For an open-minded individual there are a myriad of possible ways to not only educate ourselves but all society through first understanding the impact that the Residential Schools housed with regards to intergenerational trauma, cultural genocide, and forced assimilation. The Residential School system being a catalyst for First Nations trauma experienced as a method ofContinue reading “BIPOC EXPLORED! Week IX”

BIPOC EXPLORED WEEK VIII

Turtle Island; Why Indigenous World Views Matter As a human being who has no Indigenous blood, I feel that Indigenous worldviews matter for a number of different reasons. For one the genesis story of Turtle Island is seared to the forefront on my brain as it clearly illustrates the desire for: love, peace, appreciation, andContinue reading “BIPOC EXPLORED WEEK VIII”

BIPOC EXPLORED! WEEK VII

Facts about the Highway Of Tears – 724 km is the length of the Yellowhead Highway 16 in British Columbia. Tragically this space now referred to as The Highway of Tears is where most First Nations women have vanished or discovered as murdered (Sabo, 2016, 2019). – 12-16% of missing or murdered Indigenous Women; makeContinue reading “BIPOC EXPLORED! WEEK VII”

BIPOC EXPLORED! Week VI

There is something about the quality of a good song that can genuinely bring me to my knees. As someone who relishes the concept of music, impeccable song writing skills are never overlooked through my boring brown optics. This week I have selected Singer/Songwriter, Breakthrough Artist of the 2017 Juno’s Ruth B. As someone whoContinue reading “BIPOC EXPLORED! Week VI”

BIPOC Explored Week III

First Nation’s history in Canada does not paint of picture of equity; it is one that infused pure blood into all the rivers of Turtle Island and every single treaty broken. Treaties like the Two Row Wampum Gä•sweñta’ which established that the First Nations and the early European settlers came to an understanding that eachContinue reading “BIPOC Explored Week III”

BIPOC Explored Week II

The REDress Project was established as a direct result of the missing or murdered Indigenous women of Canada. This installation is one that has travelled throughout North America to showcase and add visibility to the Indigenous women who’ve had their lives terminated before their time. The reason that these dresses are placed in very openContinue reading “BIPOC Explored Week II”

BIPOC Explored Week I

As a placement student at the Durham Rape Crisis Centre; I am afforded certain opportunities that I genuinely want to take advantage of. Our world houses a myriad of subjects with relation to women that I would relish a poetic study of; BIPOC women more specifically, and enough content for a layer cake extended latterContinue reading “BIPOC Explored Week I”