Today, I was a part of and bared witness to the first day of #Reoccupy . I'm still processing everything that happened this evening, but as I write this, there are dozens of water protectors, indigenous peoples, and allies on parliament hill trying to have ceremony. Trying to heal from the ongoing violence of colonialism. Trying to challenge the narrative of #Canada150 and all the layers of hypocrisy and lies that it embodies. Fighting for indigenous rights and sovereignty. They want to hold ceremony on their land and the state won't let them. While a bunch of tents are set up for colonial/Canada day this weekend, we were not allowed to put up a tipi for ceremony and healing. People were arrested as soon as they crossed on to parliament. Violently arrested. Dragged by police. The cultural and spiritual rights of Indigenous peoples were aggressively denied. Again.
What do we have to be proud of this weekend? Based on the events I witnessed tonight - not much. This country is built on, and benefits from, genocide and colonialism and racism and systemic oppression. I overheard someone saying it was the minister of heritage who said we couldn't put up the tipi. I find that oddly fitting, since it perfectly sums up the heritage and legacy that we as settlers have created.
Keep these legacies and realities in mind moving into this weekend of fabricated nationalism. 🇨🇦 #Colonialism150
A former Catholic residence school for Aboriginal children now converted to an upscale hotel with a golf course ... #sainteugene also offers a great place to dine and spoil the special person who tolerates your close company while driving across #canada150#cranbrook
Somehow this #Filipino kid from Rexdale found himself representing the Equity Advisory Group as Chair and invited to the @LawSocietyLSUC's End of Term Dinner, introduced by the Treasurer as a special guest, and tearing up the "dance floor" at Convocation Hall with benchers. Also, in lieu of the ceremonial toast to the Queen, the Treasurer acknowledged the traditional territories on which we stood and raised a glass to #Canada and all its peoples. There are some moments in life that can only be described as surreal. Tonight was one of them. || #TBT#latergram#lawyerlife#letrightprevail#AVPadventures#OutOnBayStreet#FlipCanadian#Canada150 #🇨🇦 #🇵🇭
Next stop on the O Canada Portage Show Map is @elevationgallery & @hivegalleryandgatherings in beautiful Canmore Alberta! After I went to Trafalgar Square in London, the first place I wanted to go back to for Canada Day was Canmore. It has to be one of my favourite places in this old country of ours! Cheryl and company have new works & old favourites for Canada Day! & I have to admit, I can't wait to come back for another Canada Day in person soon. #canada150#canmoreart
This is our girl and BA Olympian, Team Canada skeleton racer, Cassie Hawrysh ☠️ (@cassiehawrysh)!
Cassie was originally born & raised in Brandon, Manitoba.
She lived in Windsor, Ontario and Regina, Saskatchewan (both for school) before moving to #YYC in 2009.
Fun fact about Cassie: On a whim, she recently took up (MuayThai) Kickboxing. Not only did she pass the grading for her first belt in the first 4 months, Cassie has been welcomed into one of the raddest, most supportive family/community of humans ever. 👊🏼❤️
Talk about #bossbabe ! Killin' it girl!