Right now, I live on Kanien’kehá:ka territory, very close to the American border, where thousands of refugees cross every month to be arrested by the RCMP, in hopes that they will be able to live safely, within these borders. Last night as I fell asleep, I heard my neighbours celebrating, setting off their Canada Day fireworks. A few hours later, I was awoken by a thunderstorm that was 1000 times more powerful, complex, awe-inspiring than the fireworks. I don’t know what it means but that’s my Canada Day reflection.
To watch while you melt – Alanis Obosamwin’s Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance :
“Because in the wake of every used and abused wellness trend is an endangered plant, a knockoff shaman, an exploited Native community, and an unregulated economy of spiritual hustling in which the sacred is reborn as obscene.” Bani Amor’s The Heart of Whiteness: on spiritual tourism and the colonization of ayahuasca
This Canada Day I am remembering Colten Boushie, Tina Fontaine, Jason Lafonde, Jon Styres and so many others. I am recognizing their kin who continue to demand justice. And reminding Canadians that their country runs on racism.
— Hayden King (@Hayden_King) July 1, 2018
Kyrell Grant writes about the rise and fall of Big Dick Energy ™
“You are unstoppable as you are — and the future of our community is a future beyond the gatekeeping of identities and labels. You deserve to be here, and your contributions matter. You know what lights a fire inside of you, and that’s real.” Tyler Ford’s NYC Youth Pride speech
Canada Day should just be renamed turtle day and everyone should just spend the day helping turtles not get squshed on the roads. #CanadaDayAlternatives
— Christi Belcourt (@christibelcourt) July 1, 2018
“We are thinking of you because you matter.” High school students are sewing moccasins for Indigenous children in foster care
A running thread of things to do on "Canada Day" that are more in tune with the violence of the Canadian state + Canadian settlers instead of celebrating a settler colonial state that is literally built on some of the most horrific violence imaginable:
— Monique Flores Ulysses (@mfulysses) July 1, 2018
Don’t forget to eat some ice cream and stay hydrated!
drink some water you beautiful and capable but dehydrated bitch
— SZRP (@trvpism) June 9, 2018