Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Featured

The Insane Realities of Indigenous Politics – A Prayer for Social Transformation, By Colby Tootoosis

The Insane Realities of Indigenous Politics – A Prayer for Social Transformation, By Colby Tootoosis

I wanted to write about my experience. I need to let this out. I need to liberate myself from the repeated patterns of thoughts that have been dominating my psyche since becoming an elected official. I know that ‘elected officials’ need to be conscious of how they carry themselves and what they put out there into the social media world. There are rules, expectations, reputations that need to be respected and achieved in order to be successful in the political realm – smiles, handshakes, hugs, basic rhetoric speeches and glamorized conversations with people. But I’m not a politician and nor have I ever thought myself to become one. There are changes that are occurring through out the planet and as of lately the system has been occupying and owning the indigenous presence for too long. If any revolution needs to occur is that of the indigenous – and political rules, boardrooms, and negotiation tables will do nothing to assist a revolution. I’m frustrated, no, I’m enraged. And I’m enraged at...

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Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Featured, News

Release from Colby Tootoosis on Upside Down Canadian Flag

Release from Colby Tootoosis on Upside Down Canadian Flag

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RE: EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE AT MANITO-AHBEE 2013 & A MESSAGE TO NON-INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLETS By: Colby Tootoosis The Indigenous reality found within media is often constructed by outlets which contain strong colonial discourse and lack the Indigenous presence which is needed when speaking our truths. Yet, we see a resurgence of Indigenous actuality beingconcentrated through social media and a partnership with independent Indigenous media sources beginning to transpire. On August, 20th during Grand Entry at Manito-ahbee 2012, the Canadian flag was brought in upside-down in order to demonstrate overcoming the agenda of oppression which is often inflicted upon us as Indigenous peoples. I honour and respect our First Nations Veterans who have sacrificed their lives to defend our Treaties and Indigenous presence. Many of whom have engaged in war for Canada globally and have faced opposition in regards to receiving compensation for their efforts,have been denied benefits, and have been racially discriminated against. If it was not for their sacrifices, our future generationswould not have...

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Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Featured, Press Release, Uncategorized

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: RE: EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE AT MANITO-AHBEE 2013 & A MESSAGE TO NON-INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLETS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: RE: EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE AT MANITO-AHBEE 2013 & A MESSAGE TO NON-INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLETS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RE: EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE AT MANITO-AHBEE 2013 & A MESSAGE TO NON-INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLETS By: Colby Tootoosis   The Indigenous reality found within media is often constructed by outlets which contain strong colonial discourse and lack the Indigenous presence which is needed when speaking our truths. Yet, we see a resurgence of Indigenous actuality being concentrated through social media and a partnership with independent Indigenous media sources beginning to transpire. On August, 20th during Grand Entry at Manito-ahbee 2012, the Canadian flag was brought in upside-down in order to demonstrate overcoming the agenda of oppression which is often inflicted upon us as Indigenous peoples. I honour and respect our First Nations Veterans who have sacrificed their lives to defend our Treaties and Indigenous presence.  Many of whom have engaged in war for Canada globally and have faced opposition in regards to receiving compensation for their efforts, have been denied benefits, and have been racially discriminated against.  If it was not for their sacrifices, our future...

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Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Featured, News

Canadian Flag Hung Upside Down in a Powwow Grand Entry, By Colby Tootoosis

Canadian Flag Hung Upside Down in a Powwow Grand Entry, By Colby Tootoosis

A humble statement on the events that transpired at Manito Ahbe. [Normally I don’t write or talk about myself as far as what I do or have done in the past.  Given the circumstances, I was encouraged by Last Real Indians, along with friends, to highlight a perspectives on what really happened at Manito Ahbee 2013 2nd Grand Entry – since there was speculation that what had happened was an accident… it was not. Enjoy and reflect.] “Calling all flag carriers! Your names have been called, you know who are!” the MC announced as the arena prepared for the 2nd grand entry at 2013 Manito Ahbee powwow in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  The thing about contesting powwows these days, is that they have gotten political.  They have gotten political not only within the contesting of dancers and singers, but more so in grand entries being an avenue for the public speaking of political agenda’s and ideals (even though I have travelled to various powwows in different territories, I can only speak from my experience...

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Featured, Videos

Politics and Moral Justice within the Indigenous Struggle

Politics and Moral Justice within the Indigenous Struggle

By: Colby Tootoosis “It is not power that corrupts but fear.  Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”― Aung San Suu Kyi, Freedom from Fear  Often used to describe various levels of challenges and travesties of Indigenous presence, the Indigenous struggle can often become a core foundation of identity, and strive.  Whether people are aware of it or not, everyday we awaken to the Indigenous struggle- it is a good life.  What makes the Indigenous struggle a good life?  And what does the Indigenous struggle mean in its entirety?  Obviously, the answers to these questions cannot be broadened.  The answers are catered to each individual based on their unique circumstances.  I can only describe and articulate what the Indigenous struggle means to me, from my own experiences and understandings.  No one can articulate what the Indigenous struggle is for you.  We all have our own unique experiences and awareness.  The invitation is to reflect upon your...

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