Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Mural NEEDED at Maritime Museum & More

 Updated May 18 2017  See Update at the bottom

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As someone who has lived in Kitsilano off and on the last 20 years I have seen this mural at the Vancouver Maritime Museum countless time and I mostly ignored it. I never found it interesting...it always bothered me but I didn't do anything.

But now it really bothers me. Look at it. 
The First Nations are on the outside and look at how they are depicted in comparison to the the Military dudes. Pleasee help I might vomit...

There's not a single woman represented. 

This mural was created in 1986, probably for Expo 86 and it HAS GOT TO GO!!

So I have sent an email and I hope I get a response. This was part of it...

Please for Canada150+  and for Reconciliation change it to reflect the truth. We know so much more now. Please...that whole area ..has a history no one acknowledges..and yet we occupy it. I challenge you to do something about it for Reconciliation. I hope you will consider my suggestion. Thanks


Here is a write up on it. 
 http://illustratedvancouver.ca/post/3033110457/maritime-museum-mural-by-frank-lewis
 https://www.facebook.com/vanmaritime/




And then while searching their site I saw this. wth...this is for kids...
 WHAT WAR IS GOOD FOR???

OMG...there go my cookies...woof....ralph...Somebody help me please....
 https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/education/school-programs


Today I saw they were trying to raise money for this 

and I suggested on the Facebook page a new mural instead.
 Here is part of the letter I wrote to them, let's see if the respond.
 I was wondering if you are planning on a new mural. I mentioned on Instagram a while back but heard nothing. The mural should represent Indigenous people bigger or as big as the colonialists and should feature women too!. That mural is 1986 and it is a very visual and I think (negative )influence on all who pass.

Please for Canada150+  and for Reconciliation change it to reflect the truth. We know so much more now. Please...that whole area ..has a history no one acknowledges..and yet we occupy it. I challenge you to do something about it for Reconciliation. I hope you will consider my suggestion. Thanks

I know some people who do murals, create beautiful Coast Salish designs and I have reached out to a few. I did a lot of research on Coast Salish designs as well.

Sharifah is working on a mural and I know she did one for the NEC

https://www.instagram.com/salishman73/
Maynard Johnny Jr creates beautiful Coast Salish Designs

https://www.instagram.com/kim_sirrs_tattoo/
Kim is an excellent artist and she went through the Reconciliation Carving with me.

Audrey Siegl 

Justine Wallace is an excellent artist and she went through the Reconciliation Carving with me.

I hope to hear back from everyone, most especially you, very soon.
Sincerely, Tina Winterlik
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Oh and I shared this on there facebook page https://www.facebook.com/vanmaritime/




Related Links
https://mylangaratrccarvingjourney.blogspot.ca/2016/10/chief-robert-joseph-truth.html




Update May 18 2017: So Vancouver Maritime Museum Responded.
Here is what they said.


So I am going to put a proposal together...I imagine anyone can. So if you have  great idea go for it or maybe we can all work together. Let's see what happens.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Challenge for Truth, Tourism, Canada150 & Salmon

I actually started this post a while back. But put it aside. Now that all this talk of Cultural Appropriation has started the conversation and I still see that Yale's main attraction is about the Settlers and Gold Rush and that upsets me to no end. 

So I am going to stir the pot and I may piss a few people off, and I am really sorry if I make things difficult for you but we are going to have to go through a little (or maybe a lot) of sh*t to make things right....or at least better.

So I am going to challenge the people of Hope http://www.shxwowhamel.ca , Yale (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yale_First_Nation ) & Spuzzum ( Nlaka'pamux)  and all the people in between to take rise to this difficult but what will be a rewarding, enlightening and socially justifying moment in the history of this area. This challenge is for everyone living in that area but also for those who love to visit and travel through


Tales from Yale by Everyone
https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=tales%20from%20yale%20by%20everyone

Travel The Canyon
https://www.facebook.com/travelthecanyon/

Historical Yale & Tea house
https://www.facebook.com/HistoricYale/
https://www.facebook.com/HistoricYaleTeaHouse/

Yale First Nation
https://www.facebook.com/yalefirstnation/

Spuzzum First Nation
https://www.facebook.com/Spuzzum-First-Nation-166786686731566/

History & Memories of Hope and the Fraser Canyon
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1903175996570805/?ref=br_rs


A lot of stuff happened right here in Yale and the surrounding area, it was a beginning according to all the settlers but that is a lie, it is not the truth. Beautiful people lived and cared for the area for time and memorial before the gold miners arrived the did horrible things to the First Nations living there but also to the land. Using mercury, stealing young Sto'lo youth, stealing land  and murders of entire villages, atrocities were committed by the settlers on the Indigenous people living there and that must be acknowledged and education of all that visit the area is required. The truth must be known if healing can proceed.

Imagine some men showing up to your yard, pitching tents and setting up camp. Digging and putting strange things in the water, bringing strange things to the area,  poisoning the land & the  people, The Gold Rush- Thing is it is still happening.

The true gold of the time and still is, is the salmon. Imagine the effects on the people where they put mercury and all other poisonous things into the water and land. What was pristine and harmonious with nature was destroyed.


Sadly or however you may view, it but I view it sad that he was part of it,  my Great Great Grandparent- Joao Ignacio d'Almada (John Enos) who married Theresa Eliza Enos (Songhees) he traveled to Yale 1859 and nearly drowned on the Fraser river. 
https://mylangaratrccarvingjourney.blogspot.ca/2016/11/enos-poirier-ancestry-kalapuya-iroquois.html 

I do not know to much about him. M. Azevedo had done a lot of research though. When I found his info I started my own research http://portuguesepioneersofbc.blogspot.ca/2011/08/john-enos-of-nanoose-bay-from-luistania.html

Ya! ya! so what is the challenge.
Well it is the 150+ years ----from time and memorial - documented 13,000 years back and I do not like the way it is playing out in Tourism and Facebook and 150. You see what I am seeing is very settler oriented and the challenge is Reconciliation.

I know I missed some but you get my point. You take the challenge and then challenge someone else. 
https://www.facebook.com/AboriginalBC/
https://www.facebook.com/canada150plus/
https://www.hellobc.com/default.aspx?CC=CA
https://www.facebook.com/marketing/
https://twitter.com/canada150th
http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1471283554300/1471284190952
http://canada.pch.gc.ca/canada150
https://www.facebook.com/HelloBC

What? What is Reconciliation? How do we do it? What do you know? Why should we do this?

I hear you. But I was thinking that this could be a great way to boost Cultural Understanding, Help with the local economy, build the community, heal people.

So I have no idea where those Spirit Caves are... but I remember when I was a kid, 2 friends and someone else went for a hike up there. I didn't make it the whole way...they did though.

Anyways, wouldn't it be cool if you could have a tour...or part of a little bit of the path..if it's bad and have like a traditional home or cedar boards and maybe have some cedar clothing and just like something that would have been normal 200 years ago and back 13,000 years. Be authentic but keep it real. I haven't been to Squamish/Whistler https://www.whistler.com/arts/squamish-lilwat-cultural-centre/ but maybe something like that. Maybe a living museum...
 https://mylangaratrccarvingjourney.blogspot.ca/2017/01/design-ideas-abundance-sustainable-eco.html




Maybe have picnics or even Potlatchs with salmon, camas root (not sure that grows there), berries and have a truly authentic meal that the Coast Salish and the Sto'lo and Spuzzum (forgive me for not knowing the correct names)

So it's a shout out to the youth to research their history and it's a challenge for the parents to really research and it is a challenge for everyone to really do some research find out about your history. You will be surprised(not in a good way), I am sure, there's been so much that was hidden from us. It is the truth we seek and need!!

Hopefully you understand my point. Let's be real. I can't support settlers style tourism unless you truly portray the Indigenous way of life as well. Perhaps you could have carvers come and maybe even ask -  some Elder/knowledgekeepers  if they could graciously come share their time with you and if they can teach you these valuable skills such as language, weaving, how to gather food, cook salmon, dry salmon, who knows how to fish traditionally, who could share would graciously share their experience and wisdom.

There must be lots of funding for this from the 150 thing but I am sure people can be wise and figure out how to keep simple and beautiful.

Right now the salmon are in trouble and so our the youth, the earth, everything is hurting. We must protect the Fraser River and the salmon. In turn the salmon- the life givers will save the people.

Woodcut Print Carving, Print & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017


Here's some links. It's up to you to do the research and reach out to each other.
http://www.yeyeosun.com/lets-talk-spiritual-colonialism/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-truth-and-reconciliation-artwork-1.4111161
http://www.canadalandshow.com/janet-rogers-cultural-appropriation-prize/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/jesse-wente-appropriation-prize-1.4115293?cmp=rss 
https://www.facebook.com/CBC.caIndigenous/videos/10155300825931950/ 
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/entertainment/jonathan-kay-steps-down-1.4114691
http://www.rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/journalism-doctor/2017/05/embarrassing-stone-deaf-whiteness-canadian-media-leaders
http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/balfour-ribbon-project-a-communal-step-to-reconciliation
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/joshua-ostroff/cultural-appropriation_b_16562760.html?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004
http://ohtheplacesyoushouldknow.com/
http://learningcircle.ubc.ca/2016/11/aboriginal-health-and-community-administration-ahcap/




I can imagine your thinking what the heck is she doing. Well I just finished my Reconciliation Carving Program at Langara, I have contacted my daughter's school and I have been asked to speak about my creativity by her Social's teacher (not sure I am up to large groups) and I am going to speak with her principal as well. I was asked if I gave carving workshops and I am looking into that.

The great thing about doing an activity together, be it carving, beading, sewing, painting, what ever the project, it gives you a chance to talk about certain difficult issues and then work through them, hopefully, artistically as a group and individually using it as a form of art therapy.

Okay so that's my crazy idea. I'm throwing it out there...who knows what will happen. Maybe it's all happening and I didn't even know...

https://canada150plus.ca/





So here is a video to help people understand the Cultural Appropriation or Cultural Appreciation: Exploring the Fine Line



So that's it, I hope it makes sense, I hope it sparks ideas and creativity and helps give people a voice.

Poor little Yale. Look what happened to it. People became very very rich from the land that belong to the Indigenous people living there. It is time to make retribution. I think that is the word. Terrible crime of cultural appropriation happened there long ago. It's hard to me to put it into words but basically they ripped off Mother Earth and her inhabitants and made a whole wack of money and did not share it with the people who lived there. They had no right. Maybe my grandpa did that. I don't know but they say he was a savy business man and that he nearly drowned there..I don't know much else.

I do know I will help. What ever you guys come up with I am here for you. I will help promote it and please help me try to help out in this way. I know I have stirred the pot. I hope it's a positive
outcome.

And please I hope you know I respect and honor the time and effort trying to make that Gold Rush setup authentic and interesting and fun. I get that and it is appreciated but let's be really honest here. 

You can do both and you can really rise to the challenge to make things right. Tell the truth. Educate people on the past so that people can learn, understand, heal and help heal and enlighten others. 

Tired now...going to post this. If there are mistakes I will try to come back later to fix. I just don't want to not publish because it's important to get it out there..now.

Homeless & the children are mad at her

Can we get this story to go viral?

I can relate to this so well. We moved 9 times since I had Angel...the rents just got higher...until I just couldn't do it. I could never really do it ...not while she was little and then when she was older...it wasn't any easier.

There was supposed to be a subsidy and I thought I could do that but they had a rule you had to have been in the county the last year...and we had been in Mexico for 5 months. (Because I packed up everything and put it in storage when the decided to jackhammer off the outside of the building...)

Anyways, read this story. Walk in this woman's shoes.

It is NOT SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE THIS!!

We can fix it.
Basic Income to start...Fairness so that everyone can have a home, food, medical...

There is enough for all but some are greedy. Some of the most greedy are the politicians and CEO's. CC she had ALL the power and the time to turn things around but she didn't. She just put her kid in private school and jetted all over...she reminds me very much of the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland. I bet you right now if she would read this she'd be yelling...




Lack of affordable rentals on the Coast: working mom with three kids homeless soon
http://www.coastclarion.ca/lack-of-affordable-rentals-on-the-coast-working-mom-with-three-kids-homeless-soon/

(by Margot Grant)

Excerpt- 
"The family was now homeless. Karen put her stuff in storage. The cat went to a foster home.
A friend of a friend offered her the use of a trailer for $650 a month. It has no bathroom and nothing works. It is dirty and it stinks, she says. The children do not want to be there. The two oldest stay at friends’ houses while the youngest can stay with his father. The children are mad at her, Karen says. “They ask me why other people have a place and we don’t.”

A friend with a small cabin offered Karen the occasional use of his only bedroom, which has bunk beds, so the children can visit with their mother. On the nights they are in his house, he sleeps on a shelf above the fridge because there is no other place for a bed. Full story here
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