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Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto panel talks cultural appropriation

Earlier this month, some of the world's top Indigenous fashion designers shared their collections at the inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. On top of showing collections, there were talks held throughout the week, including one called Cultural (In)Appropriation, which was recorded at the Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.

Indigenous fashion looks beyond fringe, feathers and beads

Indigenous fashion designers are taking on the industry, and looking beyond fringe, feathers and beads. This week on Unreserved, the future of Indigenous fashion.

Snowguard is Marvel Comics' new Inuk superhero from Nunavut

She wears a fur trimmed parka, with matching boots, and has Inuit tattoos on her face and wrists. Inuk teen Amka Aliyak is a new Marvel comic superhero.

Learn four words in four Indigenous languages in four videos

Many Indigenous languages have been lost or forgotten, but many are being reclaimed, revitalized and shared by teachers dedicated to preserving their history. Unreserved's Erica Daniels shot four videos to get you started - four words in as many Indigenous languages.
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Bannock: A brief history

The Inuit call it 'palauga,' it's 'luskinikn' to the Mi'kmaq, while the Ojibway call it 'ba`wezhiganag.' Whatever they call it, from north to south and coast to coast, just about every indigenous nation across North America has some version of bannock.

Snowguard is Marvel Comics' new Inuk superhero from Nunavut

She wears a fur trimmed parka, with matching boots. And has traditional Inuit tattoos on her face and wrists. Amka Aliyak is a new Marvel comic superhero, and she’s a Inuk teen who goes by the name Snowguard.

'Indigenous youth don't get to see themselves as the hero': Author Aviaq Johnston has plans to change that

Aviaq Johnston freely admits the first book she ever wrote as a teen was terrible. But the author from Igloolik, Nunavut has moved on from a "Harry Potter rip-off" to a debut novel shortlisted for a Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature.

Bringing the music biz to the North: Jerry Cans launch Nunavut's first record label

Iqaluit-based band The Jerry Cans created Nunavut's very first record label with a specific goal in mind. To help other Northern acts navigate the music industry.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan inspired Kristi Lane Sinclair to pick up a guitar

Fierce and feisty are two words used to describe Haida/Cree musician Kristi Lane Sinclair and her music. But it wasn't always like that. Sinclair recalled being a little girl hiding in her room with a guitar and a dream - a memory that inspired how she approached her new album - The Ability to Judge Distance.

Vancouver's first Indigenous poet laureate set to share the stories of the Musqueam people

Last year, as part of Vancouver's year of reconciliation, the city reached out to the local poetry scene to find the first ever Indigenous poet laureate. Christie Charles, who is a poet and raps under the name Miss Christie Lee, was awarded the prestigious title.

Snowguard is Marvel Comics' new Inuk superhero from Nunavut

She wears a fur trimmed parka, with matching boots. And has traditional Inuit tattoos on her face and wrists. Amka Aliyak is a new Marvel comic superhero, and she’s a Inuk teen who goes by the name Snowguard.

Art, representation and the importance of seeing yourself reflected in popular culture

Whether it's through comic books, music, or literature, Indigenous artists are finding their voice. This week on Unreserved, how Indigenous artists are reinforcing the presence of their own stories and characters in creative fields where they have often been left out.

Bringing the music biz to the North: Jerry Cans launch Nunavut's first record label

Iqaluit-based band The Jerry Cans created Nunavut's very first record label with a specific goal in mind. To help other Northern acts navigate the music industry.

'Indigenous youth don't get to see themselves as the hero': Author Aviaq Johnston has plans to change that

Aviaq Johnston freely admits the first book she ever wrote as a teen was terrible. But the author from Igloolik, Nunavut has moved on from a "Harry Potter rip-off" to a debut novel shortlisted for a Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan inspired Kristi Lane Sinclair to pick up a guitar

Fierce and feisty are two words used to describe Haida/Cree musician Kristi Lane Sinclair and her music. But it wasn't always like that. Sinclair recalled being a little girl hiding in her room with a guitar and a dream - a memory that inspired how she approached her new album - The Ability to Judge Distance.

Vancouver's first Indigenous poet laureate set to share the stories of the Musqueam people

Last year, as part of Vancouver's year of reconciliation, the city reached out to the local poetry scene to find the first ever Indigenous poet laureate. Christie Charles, who is a poet and raps under the name Miss Christie Lee, was awarded the prestigious title.
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Cherie Dimaline reaches young readers with futuristic, dystopian narrative rooted in Canadian history

The epidemic of youth suicide in Indigenous communities preyed on Cherie Dimaline's mind. But what could she — a writer — do to make a difference and to reach kids who might feel a little hopeless? Her solution: Write a novel where young, Indigenous people save the world.

Lee Maracle stormed CanLit stages to make sure her story was heard

With a career spanning four decades, Lee Maracle is one of the most prolific and respected Indigenous writers in Canada. But when she began her writing career in the 1970s, her voice and her stories were not recognized in the CanLit scene.
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Seven Fallen Feathers: The story Tanya Talaga had to tell

In 2011, Toronto Star reporter Tanya Talaga went to Thunder Bay to write a story about why First Nation people were not voting in the federal election. But while in Thunder Bay she came across a more compelling, and important story: the deaths of seven First Nation children who were living in Thunder Bay to attend high school, which she would later turn into the book Seven Fallen Feathers.

Unreserved Reads: Interviews with award-winning Indigenous authors

This week on Unreserved, we revisit conversations with three authors shortlisted for the Indigenous Literature Award, so you can get your summer reading lists ready.

Illustrating colonization: Painting the link between history and poor health outcomes for Indigenous patients

The images, and colours, are vivid. Bright greens, blues and pinks are contrasted against a black background. The artist, Lisa Boivin, is a member of the Deninu K'ue First Nation, NT. She is also a PhD student studying rehabilitation science at the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto.

Illustrating colonization: Painting the link between history and poor health outcomes for Indigenous patients

The images, and colours, are vivid. Bright greens, blues and pinks are contrasted against a black background. The artist, Lisa Boivin, is a member of the Deninu K'ue First Nation, NT. She is also a PhD student studying rehabilitation science in the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto.

'It tells a truth that has been kept secret': Children of God brings residential school story to the stage

A modern musical that sheds light on the painful experience of residential schools has broken new ground in Indigenous Canadian theatre. Children of God was eight years in the making, and is the passion piece of Oji-Cree playwright and composer Corey Payette.

'It tells a truth that has been kept secret': Children of God brings residential school story to the stage

A modern musical that sheds light on the painful experience of residential schools has broken new ground in Indigenous Canadian theatre. Children of God was eight years in the making, and is the passion piece of Oji-Cree playwright and composer Corey Payette.

'I've come a long way': Beatrice Deer on moving past addiction, anxiety and anger

Writing her latest album, My All to You, was an emotional experience for Beatrice Deer. "I remember feeling that verbal expression is very limited but music is like 1,000 words coming out all at once and you're not even talking," Deer said.