A federal judge has granted an injunction to begin to process of forcing a pipeline through the land of the Unist’ot’en Camp, a healing centre in the territory of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, whose hereditary chiefs have refused to grant access to the pipeline.
“Who exactly do we mean when we say ‘we?'”: It finally sinks in that some people aren’t white
I've been reporting on hieleras, the iceboxes that people (including children) who cross the border are placed in by Border Patrol, longer than any reporter I know. And I'm really bothered about the way the death of the 7-year-old child is being reported.
— Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) December 14, 2018
Cleo’s CanCon issue is here, and it’s editor Kiva Reardon’s last! We at GUTS really admire and appreciate all of her hard work and community building, and are so excited to follow what’s next for her and for Cleo!
Doug Ford’s Conservative government is cutting all provincial funding to the Ontario College of Midwives. To learn more about Ontario midwives’ ongoing fight for pay equity, read Cynthia Spring’s recent piece.
Ford’s government is also planning to cut funding to the Ontario Arts Council, including suspending the entire Indigenous Culture Fund and laying off Indigenous staff. GUTS has been very grateful to receive Ontario Arts Council funding over the past few years, and it is one of the principal reasons we’ve been able to continue our work, and compensate our brilliant authours and artists. We are devastated to hear that the government is planning to cut the Indigenous Culture fund, a new program with enormous potential impacts. Christi Belcourt, Aylan Couchie and others are speaking clearly about the losses that will come with these cuts.
Arts grants build careers.
But they also help to rebuild communities.
Particularly for Indigenous communities who have been devastated and practically decimated by Canada.
Indigenous arts are important for their own people, for Canada and for the world.
— Christi Belcourt (@christibelcourt) December 14, 2018
These are things I NEVER saw growing up. When I see young children speaking the language & singing it brings tears to my eyes. These children/youth have a jump start on the path back to what was almost lost. The ICF had so much potential to nuture these seeds, to help them grow.
— Aylan Couchie (@AylanX) December 14, 2018
“It’s possible to hold two thoughts in your head at once. You can say this is hard and I’m so happy now at the same time without either one being untrue. Some of the reasons trans girls decide to have surgeries make more sense to people than others, but they’re all valid because we’re all valid.” New work from Gwen Benaway
This poem by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza is going to stay with me for a very long time, read it!! pic.twitter.com/GyR6Kyg23J
— Intersectional Papi (@JulianThePoet) December 11, 2018
“It is clear from our review that criminalisation of sex work normalises violence and reinforces gender, racial, economic and other inequalities. Decriminalisation of sex work is urgently needed, but other areas must also be addressed. Wider political action is required to tackle the inequalities, stigma and exclusion that sex workers face, not only within criminal justice systems but also in health, domestic violence, housing, welfare, employment, education and immigration sectors.” A new study confirms what sex workers and others have been saying for many years: criminalisation of sex work makes it more dangerous for sex workers, and increases the likelihood of violence.
Some random person airdropped this video to me during my bio class and it honestly made my day pic.twitter.com/b1CdOYdCWM
— sav❁ (@_savannah_t_) December 5, 2018
Finally, this week we rolled out the final pieces from our Surveillance issue! If you haven’t yet, check out:
The Decentres: In this gripping short story by Nailah King, all eyes are on Marlowe and her friends, the Decentres, after they’re kidnapped from their homes and forced to live in an all-white suburb.
(Indigenous) Governance is Gay: Emily Riddle reflects on the brilliant governance of Indigenous queer and feminist spaces, and why Indigenous women and queerndns need to be included in conversations about ‘official’ governance policies.
Meditated Natures: Surveillance and Animals: Estraven Lupino-Smith explores how wildlife cameras are changing the ways we relate to nature, and offers an alternative approach to forging a more holistic relationship with the land and its critters.
Family in the Time of the Internet: A comic by Jasmine Gui and Grace Kwok on navigating familial relationships in the age of the internet. Read it with your chosen family!
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