As stories about Indigenous people are rarely covered in mainstream medias, same images about them come back again and again. According to Steve Bonspiel, people tend to be dissociated from their lands and ressources they use. That is why, find a new way to reconcile those two things was the purpose of the Panel about Indigenous People in Mainstream Medias organized at Mc Gill University on March, 21st. Indeed, issues about Indigenous People are often marginalized in mainstream medias where they are portrayed as being primitive, violent and devious, or passive and submissive. Such depictions have become a comfortable frame of reference each time there is a question about Indigenous people, even though very few non-Natives have had the opportunity to meet a Native person in real life.
According to the panelists Steve Bonspiel – Editor at The Eastern Door – , Jessica Deer – Staff Reporter at The Eastern Door-, and Nakha Bertrand – Editor at Ricochet – Français– who attended the Conference, mainstream medias should share stories about Indigenous lives and stories about the community for people to know and understand better communities without judging or producing new stereotypes about the ”un-known”.
On the subject, the final report made by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in June 2015 admitted the lack of knowledges journalists had about Indigenous people implying a bad coverage of their real life. It stated:
The country’s large newspapers, TV and radio news shows often contain misinformation, sweeping generalizations and galling stereotypes about Natives and Native affairs. The result is that most Canadians have little real knowledge of the country’s Native peoples or the issues that affect them.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission found little change in Canadian media coverage in the two decades since, concluding that ” this historical pattern persists “.
As long as journalists won’t ask real questions to Indigenous people as well as give a real critical viewpoint about issues which Indigenous people face in their everyday life, we won’t be able to understand each other and move on. We need to give a voice to the voiceless !
Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli-Russian journalist and moviemaker who produced the documentary ”On the Side of the Road” in 2013. As a former Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network (RNN), she produced short documentary-style reports exploring the context behind the news. She has directed several documentaries that tackle different aspects of social justice struggles in Israel and in Palestine.
Once again with this documentary, she points out what the Israeli government always wanted to pass over in silence and focuses on Israeli collective denial of the events of 1948 that led to the country’s Independance but also to the Palestinian refugee issue. Through two testimonies of veterans Tikva Honig-Parnass and Amnon Noiman as well as her own history – as she grew up in a settlement in the West Bank – Lia Tarachansky wants to broach this burning issue unveiling the opinion and the suffering of people coming from both sides of the road, the two communities.
To know more about the movie and Lia Tarachansky, Here is her website. As part of the Israeli Apartheid Week, she answered to our questions about ”On the Side of the Road” that you can find here and/or on our soundcloud account as well.
As part of Israeli Apartheid Week, yesterday March 6, about 40 people gathered at the conference ‘Profiling of Arabs and Muslims in Canada : an historical perspective’ at Café artere. A conference organized by Tadamon Collective, which reunited the historian, Houda Asal and the activist Mary Foster as part of the BDS (boycott sanction and divestment) campaign.
Chaque année, la journée internationale des femmes est célébrée, occasion de faire le bilan sur les progrès faits en matière de droits des femmes et des avancées qu’il reste à effectuer.
Le 20 Février 2017 à Montréal, une conférence de presse était organisée par Solidarity Accross Borders – organisation qui lutte pour les droits des migrants à Montréal, faisant suite à l’adoption symbolique par la ville d’une motion la qualifiant de ”Ville Sanctuaire”. Initialement, ce terme désigne une ville qui appliquerait une politique de protection des migrants sans-papiers en son sein ce dont la pratique ne témoigne pourtant pas. En effet, cette déclaration n’entraine la mise en place d’aucune mesure effective sinon augmente l’espoir de personnes en situation administrative irrégulière de voir leur statut changer et leur situation s’améliorer.
Ce que demandent aujourd’hui les organisations en lutte pour l’établissement de nouveaux droits pour les migrants au Canada et plus spécifiquement dans la ville de Montréal concerne l’accès à un ensemble de services élémentaires dans les domaines de la santé, de l’éducation, de l’emploi, du logement ou encore la possibilité de passer le permis de conduire et d’ouvrir un compte en banque. Par ailleurs, le mouvement s’attache à dénoncer la collaboration actuelle des services de police de la ville de Montréal (SPVM) avec l’Agence des services frontaliers du Canada (ASFC) leur permettant d’arrêter et de déporter des personnes en situation administrative irrégulière, ce que la motion ne tend pas à modifier.
Ensemble, construisons nos réseaux de soutien, d’entraide mutuelle et de solidarité, au-delà du symbolisme et de l’opportunisme des politiciens. – Avis communautaire préparé par les comités Travail de soutien et Cité sans frontières de Solidarité sans frontières.
Depuis deux semaines, CKUT relaie l’information et donne la voix aux membres de ces organisations en lutte pour rendre justice aux personnes migrantes et sans-papiers.
- Pour revoir la Conférence du 20 Février : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoQjxInxf2HZprLcBL33Ving7ZO3fNE6S
- Podcast ”Re-evaluating Sanctuary Cities” : http://www.rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/rabble-tuary-cities
- Pour en savoir encore plus : http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/community-alert-montreal-is-not-a-sanctuary-city
- Pour re-écouter l’émission Off the Hour: No One is Illegal Radio du 2 Mars : http://archives.ckut.ca/128/20170302.17.00-18.00.mp3
On Wednesday, February 15th was organized the Rap Battle Against Police Brutality at Le Belmont in Montreal. CKUT was at the event and met Montreal emcees, poets, Concordia students and community members to tackle the issue of police brutality. This charity event may raise awareness on this relevent topic and advocate justice to people who have suffered from police brutality. The Rap Battle allowed people to share their stories, encourage people to act and work on new solutions as a group. Instead of competing, the Rap Battle gave voices to everyone upon a same issue rarely mentioned.
“It is a systematic problem that needs to be address and change raising our voices and unit in a peaceful way” – Max
Joshua Clarke – Scynikal (End Of the Weak International freestyle champion), Meryem Saci and Waahli aka Wyzah from Nomadic Massive, UrbN LogiX, Marley C (Voyage Funktastique), Strange Froots, Tshizimba, Shemar Gordon, Sereni-T, Warrior Minded, Shanice Nicole, Dan Parker Montreal, Stel La, Nazim Elnur, Gabriel Duchesneau, Fallon, Sylvia Stewart Artist, Edward Kezber (Nautic), Fenton Benjamin (Boz), Ikey Beauvais (Kahnawake emcee), Nicolas Alpha Deh, Jazor Ollintzin, Tino Sananikonen AKA DJ 0n1t , and Benzo Are O Why performed during this event and all donations went to Montreal Noir and Families of Sisters in Spirit.
CKUT supports this event and invites you to join the next Rap Battle upcoming on March, 29th Against Consumerism at the Belmont.
With the upcoming inauguration of the president-elect down south, CKUT’s News Collective would like to share some thoughts from Masha, a member of Russia’s Pussy Riot.
Pussy Riot is a feminist protest punk-band-meet-art-collective that uses performance and music to disseminate their defiance. The group’s “guerilla performance” in 2012 at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow brought them international recognition and a two-year jail sentence for mocking Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church’s support for the, then, presidential candidate.
In 2016, Pussy Riot again spoke out against the American president-elect. At the time of the interview, Trump was the Republican candidate for the 2016 Presidential election. In response to his success, two songs – “Straight Outta Pussy” and “Make America Great Again” – were released. Both their lyrics and music videos challenged his demonstrated misogyny, racism, and classism.
When asked about Trump, Masha described him as “a crazy asshole.” The interview further explores why tactics employed by feminists in the US and Canada cannot be compared with feminism’s tactics in the Russia, how the rise of Trump resembles that of Putin, and how the media can distort public opinion about struggles against the status quo.
The CKUT News Collective would like to encourage its listeners to go out and show solidarity with DC’s disruptions of Inauguration Day in Montreal.
CKUT and Head and Hands for a 2 hour live broadcast from their Youth drop in NDG, This is a follow up braodcast on issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and new city related attempts to further criminalize, and marginalize youth of colour in Montreal.
Click here to listen (runs 5m25s)
JOURNALIST ARRESTED UNDER ANTI-TERROR LAWS
-Sri Lanka: journalist A.R.Vaama Loshan arrested under anti-terrorism law. Amnesty International says arbitrary detentions and attacks on journalists have increased with rising tensions between government and rebels.
SUIT AGAINST WALMART GOES AHEAD
-Saskatchewan: Labour Relations Board rules that unfair labour practices suit against Walmart will go forward, despite the company’s claim that the Board was overstepping its jurisdiction. UFCW accuses the retail giant of intimidating workers by shutting down a unionized store in QC.
PROTESTORS, WORLD LEADERS CONVERGE ON WASHINGTON TO ADDRESS FINANCIAL CRISIS
– Washington DC: Protestors demonstrate outside World Bank HQ, saying “Money for people’s needs, not bankers’ greed”; Bush defends principles of free-market capitalism; Group of 20 largest economies call for more cooperation on financial regulation and agree to 47-point plan.
DICK POUND CONTINUES TO DRAW FIRE FOR “SAVAGES” COMMENT
-Montreal: McGill Chancellor Richard Pound draws more criticism for characterizing aboriginal people as “savages” in an interview: protestors take to Montreal streets; McGill student’s society votes against calling for his resignation.
Hosted by the NCRA: http://www.ncra.ca/exchange/dspProgramDetail.cfm?programID=78043
The feminist collective, Rebelles Montreal, held a pro-choice picnic this past Sunday to celebrate the forty year fight for the right to an abortion, and raise awareness surrounding barriers still facing women who wish to obtain them. The picnic entailed speeches, workshops, quizzes and music, and reaffirmed the collective’s strong belief in a women’s right to choose, both within Canada and around the world.
Police violence in the United States and Canada has dominated the news over the past year. This violence typically focuses on abuse and excessive force by officers against the public. Recent revelations of police violence against indigenous women in Val d’Or, Quebec, only illustrate the immediacy and severity of this issue. CKUT’s Anna Marchese spoke to Alex Roslin about another aspect of police violence: domestic abuse. Roslin is co-author of “Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence,” an investigative report that explores why officers are 15 times more likely than the general public to be domestic abusers, and why they consistently get away with it.
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In light of the Association of McGill University Support Employee’s (AMUSE) five-day strike, CKUT sat down with one of their executives and bargaining members to address their reasons for their work stoppage from October 29th to November 2nd. 82% of the AMUSE members who showed up for the strike vote voted in favour of strike action on October 20th.
AMUSE, McGill’s contract worker union, represents 1500 workers who work all across campus, including Athletics, the McGill Bookstore, and Enrolment Services. The strike was sparked by an impasse in AMUSE’s negotiations with McGill, specifically on the clause regarding McGill’s Work Study program. However, casual worker dissatisfaction ran much deeper, particularly for employees who were not students. More information in the above embedded interview.
The interview was carried out on Monday, the half-way point of their five-day strike. At that point, AMUSE had disrupted various on-campus operations and events, including sporting events and McGill’s Open House. They had also started a hashtag – #istandwithAMUSE – for people to share their experiences on social media. Or pose for a selfie with a sign.
No employees were hired to scab their work, likely because they had declared an end date to the strike. However, Open House did see various full-time permanent employees and higher-up administrators carrying out their work, such as giving campus tours.
The highest profile event that AMUSE disrupted during their strike was Media@McGill’s video conference with Edward Snowden. Before the talk started, AMUSE marched through the lecture hall, shaming the room for crossing their picket lines. A mixture of cheers, jeers and boos ensued. AMUSE picketed all the entrances, handing out flyers which described their conditions, why not to cross their picket line, and that they did not intend to stand against Edward Snowden’s message. Picketers underscored that their picket lines were to draw attention to Media@McGill’s history of ad hoc, precarious contracts.
Nevertheless, a picket line was set up at the entrance for media. A rally also set up camp among the line of hopeful attendees, pushing the message that their rally was the better activity for the evening (The line for Snowden snaked from Leacock, past the Arts Building, down the stairs to McConnell and up all the way to Trottier).
Ironically, Snowden expressed sympathy for their cause saying that “It’s very very very hard to be the least popular person in the room.” And yet at the same time, he also expressed apprehension about journalists being treated as regular citizens (in the context of recent findings that the SPVM and SQ have been tapping journalist communications for information).
Notably, strike pay was only available to workers who chose to work at least a four-hour strike shift. Strike pay was $53 for a four-hour picket shift if you worked under 20 hours a week and $75 for a four-hour picket shift if you worked over 20 hours a week. If members worked more than one AMUSE job, they were told to combine the hours to calculate the total. Several members expressed to CKUT about their discomfort with being compensated only if they picketed. Interestingly enough, Snowden had brought up the right to being a private citizen in his video conference, specifically the right to understanding how governing bodies made their decisions (“Why shouldn’t we get compensated if we don’t picket?”) and the right to keeping controversial views private (“I don’t want to picket in the rain”).
Casual workers have returned to their posts as of Thursday November 3rd and hope to hear updates with negotiations with McGill that will restart November 10th.
- Dakota Access Pipeline
- Justice For Abdirahman Abdi
– National Day of Reconciliation for Aboriginal Persons Gathering
– 60s Scoop Rally
– Autostraddle’s coverage of the epidemic of murders among the trans women of colour community