Wednesday, March 30, 2016

R.I.P Wolverine- Hero!!



From the Ts'Peten Defence Committee Facebook page

 Today, Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 our Secwepemc War Hero and Elder Wolverine William Jones Ignace passed on to the Spirit World at his home in Secwepemc Territory. Wolverine earned his Battle Honours at Ts'Peten, Gustafsen Lake Siege in 1995, were he and other Warriors successfully survived a military attack launched by the Canadian government, in defence of his unsurrendered Secwepemc Lands. He leaves with us a great legacy of Indigenous Resistance, Struggle and Victory. He is widely respected and loved, not only by his family, community and Secwepemc Nation, but throughout the World as well. Wolverine lit the fires of Freedom in the hearts and spirits of countless Peoples fighting for Indigenous Lives, Lands and Rights. Wolverine will be greatly missed by Indigenous Warriors on the frontlines from Alaska to South America. 


Wolverine sincerely expressed a deep will for the Peoples to continue the important and crucial work in fighting for our unceded Secwepemc Territory, including the demand for a National Inquiry into the siege at Gustafsen Lake. As well as, to carry on his Nourish the Nation Garden, to feed the frontlines.







Tuesday, March 29 2016 @ Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society Secwepemc Elder William Jones “Wolverine” Ignace, who gained international recognition after the 1995 Gustafsen Lake standoff, died March 22 surrounded by family on his home territory.

 
In her first public appearance as Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Kwakwaka’wakw, publicly spoke to the letter I sent on January 4th, 2016 to both her and the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau calling for a National Inquiry into the Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake Standoff 1995. She was asked three times by three women, to take action, to call this Inquiry and to address the ongoing genocide that is taking place on our Territories. Her response, as the Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada was disrespectful and dismissive. You all need a history lesson. Here it is.
The following is an open letter for all of you Canadians out there. My name is Wolverine. I am an 83 year old father, grandfather, great grandfather and Secwepemc Elder. I am a long time defender of the inherent jurisdiction and responsibility of Indigenous Peoples to steward our Homelands, which have never been purchased or surrendered to Canada, Britain or any other entity. Read more here.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/tspeten-defence-committee/wolverine-speaks-tspetengustafsen-lake-inquiry-genocide-and-unceded-territories/199784667042791


http://www.gustafsenlakeinquiry.ca/multimedia/






"The brutal force that was leveled against the defenders, some of which were 14, 15, and 16 years old, [and] young pregnant women, is utterly abhorrent," said Anushka Azadi, a spokesperson for the committee.

Wolverine, now 82, was too sick to provide comment to CBC News, but Azadi spoke on his behalf, saying he wants the following to come out of an inquiry:

"A conversation specifically about his jail time, and why they were persecuted for crimes when what they were doing was enacting their own tribal, traditional laws. Additionally he says he wants the RCMP officially charged for treason.

"Lastly, maybe the most important thing … is a settlement of the land question, that is the question of unceded and unsurrendered territory."
 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/lead-protester-at-gustafsen-lake-armed-standoff-renews-calls-for-a-national-inquiry-1.3407876 



 Related Links
https://www.facebook.com/tspeten/posts/213645502323374
http://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2016/01/wolverines-open-letter-time-for-truth.html 
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/lead-protester-at-gustafsen-lake-armed-standoff-renews-calls-for-a-national-inquiry-1.3407876






http://www.gustafsenlakeinquiry.ca/

This is for you Wolverine! 
Sending LOVE AND LIGHT!!

 http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/davidbowie/heroes.html
I, I can remember (I remember)
Standing, by the wall (by the wall)
And the guns shot above our heads
(over our heads)
And we kissed,
as though nothing could fall
(nothing could fall)
And the shame was on the other side
Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever
Then we could be Heroes,
just for one day

We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes
We can be Heroes
Just for one day
We can be Heroes 

Red Dress Song- Raising Awareness about Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

From Amanda Rheaume's music video for Red Dress. (Still from YouTube)

 
From Amanda Rheaume's music video for Red Dress. (Still from YouTube)


I started to cry when I heard this song, it's very emotional. 


"The song examines how there are two sides to every story. According to a press release, it is a reaction to those who blame the victims, without considering the impact that years of colonization have had on indigenous women"

.http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/red-dress-raises-awareness-of-mmiwg-1.3510739?cmp=abfb




RED DRESS LYRICS:

I see the…
line of all the broken hearts
Lining up to tell their side
To the already one sided told story

Years of cycles in my mind
It seems to be the ones we love
Somewhere I learned to say I was sorry

Take me down to the river
Citylights in my eyes
I've got my red dress on tonight.

Take me down to the river
Citylights are in my eyes
I've got my red dress on tonight
I've got my red dress on tonight

I never wanted to be a drifter
I am a woman with no worth
Somewhere, I learned to say I was sorry

©2016 Amanda Rheaume

BUY ON ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/red...

All proceeds will be donated to the Native Women's Association of Canada, Safety and Violence Prevention Program.

Special Thanks to Jaime Black and the REDress Project.
http://www.redressproject.org

Directed & Edited by CutCartel (http://www.thecutcartel.com)

Red Dress written by Amanda Rheaume and Jim Bryson (http://www.jimbryson.com)

Vocals by Amanda Rheaume (http://www.amandarheaume.com) and Chantal Kreviazuk (http://www.chantalkreviazuk.com)

Dancer: Aria Evans

Costume design by Twiss & Weber (http://www.twissandweber.com)

https://www.facebook.com/REDressProject/

http://www.redressproject.org




Related Links:

 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/red-dress-exhibit-honours-missing-and-murdered-aboriginal-women-1.3438402

http://www.ammsa.com/publications/windspeaker/red-dresses-there-just-not-there
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/red-dresses-honour-canada-s-missing-murdered-aboriginal-women-1.2594856
http://globalnews.ca/news/2257745/red-dress-campaign-looks-to-raise-awareness-about-missing-murdered-indigenous-women/

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/09/29/red-dress-aboriginal-women-redress-project_n_8216104.html

http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1448633299414/1448633350146

http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1448633299414/1448633350146
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/red-dress-exhibit-honours-missing-and-murdered-aboriginal-women-1.3438402
http://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/home/culture/artistic-expressions/jaime-black/about-the-redress-project.html
http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2015/09/28/redress-project-for-missing-and-murdered-aboriginal-women.html

The REDress Project is an “art-turned-protest display created in 2010 by M├ętis artist Jaime Black to represent First Nations women and girls who have been victims of violence, and as a call to action to prevent future violence. The project has been displayed in public spaces across the country including the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. “An empty garment of clothing operates as a marker for those who are no longer with us,” Black has stated.

Although Indigenous women make up four pre cent of Canada’s female population, 16 per cent of women murdered in Canada between 1980 and 2012 were Indigenous. In 2014 RCMP identified a total of 1,181 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
http://www.cowichanvalleycitizen.com/news/367734951.html


The REDress Project INstallation at The Canadian Museum of Human Rights-photo credit: Garry (flicker photostream https://www.flickr.com/photos/24506073@N06/15821893919/)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

More Cherry Blossoms and Signs of Spring

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016
Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016


Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016
Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

"Protect Mother Earth"-Beth Humchitt



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrjeeHmtI-k

 Beautiful and Powerful!



Beth Humchitt performs at the Gitga'at No Tankers Rally in Prince Rupert February 4, 2012 from terracedailyonline on Vimeo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrjeeHmtI-k




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Monday, March 28, 2016

Cherry Blossoms & Sunsets in Kitsilano

And potpourri!

Cherry Blossoms, Sunsets & Potpourri, just a few photos I took today!

Hope you all had a Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

Vancouver is very beautiful this time of year.

Next few weeks the pink cherry blossoms will bloom, that's my favourite time of year!


Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016


Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016