Thursday, June 29, 2017

Go to the KANATA FESTIVAL- Free, Fun & Enlightening!

The Kanata Festival is a 13 day festival running from June 19-July 1st. It is a cultural festival featuring food, music, art, workshops, and performances. It takes place on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish people of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish nations, in Larwill Park, bounded by Cambie & Beatty streets and Georgia and Dunsmuir streets in downtown Vancouver, BC. While taking place in BC, the festival will feature aspects of Indigenous culture from across Canada

Go down to the Kanata Festival, bring your kids!

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Kanata Festival 2017- now til July 1


An initiative led by Vancouver Native Housing Society, we're a 13 day multidisciplinary festival in the heart of unceded Coast Salish Territory -Vancouver, BC

Hey have you been down to the KANATA FESTIVAL?
I have a challenge for you. What are you doing for Reconciliation. I challenge you to go there and visit and listen and learn and most of all have FUN!!


What is Kanata Festival? Happening from June 19 through July 1, Kanata is a cultural festival featuring food, music, art, workshops, and performances. General Admission to all performances and activities at the Kanata festival is FREE! Authentic Indigenous vendors and food will be available onsite for purchase.

Kanata takes place on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish people, in Larwill Park, downtown Vancouver. The festival will feature aspects of Indigenous culture from across Canada.

First check the schedule and see what is happening when you want to go.

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017
Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017
Painted Doll Productions- Brandy McCallum
Aboriginal Beadwork, regalia, jewelry, art and custom orders(inquiries welcome)
Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017
Carol Rose- Artist A Marrying Of Cultures
Carol Rose A.M.O.C


Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

I am just going to mention about the Turtle Island. Turtle Island is not creation story of the West Coast as far as I know because there were no turtles here...(I may be wrong) so I found that a bit confusing but the whole concept is really beautiful and we had such wonderful conversations with everyone.  

And Attawapiskat I have a surprise for you!!

Suzette Amaya
Big Brother CA 1 Houseguest/ Owner Of @SAMAYAEntBiz /Brand Ambassador
Radio Producer/ Host @ThinkNDN 100.5fm/ Indigenous Artist Mgt/ Curator/ Publicist/ Keynote
Vancouver BC

Be Sure to Check the schedule. I blew it, I missed seeing some people today :(
So much to see and do.  We are going back on July 1. It's my #Resistance150 as I am not celebrating that other holiday this year...I just can't, not after everything I have learned. But I had a lovely chat today with someone and they told my how their spouse came here from a war ravaged country and they really love Canada and this persons life wouldn't be the same, so for each of us we must find our way...most important thing is Respect and Love each other. 

These were posted there and I photographed them but you need to check the schedule on the website to make sure its up to date.

Okay I am posting this, if you haven't been credited I apologize but I didn't get everyone's name but I am happy to add anything here so please reach out to me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or even email

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

 I like the sound of that. I was having issues with the Happy National Aboriginal Day!

It definitely should be a holiday, and definitely needs renaming!!

Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

"Education and awareness are two steps that lead to understanding that should lead to action," he said. "Having a statutory holiday for Indigenous Peoples Day is a way of educating Canadians, it's an opportunity to listen and learn. I think we've got to really interact more together and learn from each other because there's just not enough integration either way. We still live in solitudes."

Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! 

Art & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Monday, June 19, 2017

No Clark or MASS HYSTERIA in the streets!!

 I heard that Clark is going to raise the welfare rates..what a joke...lie... and John Horgan ...a big $100 a month is nothing and WILL NOT HELP!! So many poor are not on welfare, can't get it, refuse it and if they need disability or IE they are not eligible SO GET WITH THE PROGRAM!! Many would rather live on the streets, and horrible often dangerous situations than be screwed over and over and over by the welfare system.

No Clark or MASS HYSTERIA in the streets!!

Let me tell you how really F*K'D things are here in Vancouver. There is a lovely Filipino lady who has just returned to her job after taking a year off to look after her newborn child.  Guess what!! She has no day care, she can only work when her husband isn't working.

Now let's look a little closer.  She has looked around but she can't find anyone she trusts or will work for a wage that even makes it worthwhile to work.

I mean think about it, you have a child you can ACTUALLY raise it yourself, NOT some lovely Filipino nanny, which by the way is how this lovely woman came to Canada. She looked after another poor woman's child, that couldn't do it herself...because she had to WORK to support herself and child and possibly with the help of a husband.

So now we've come FULL CIRCLE. The Filipino nanny immigrated, married, had a child but she can't afford to stay at home and raise the child herself, as is, it's 1. 5 hour commute to the job she is returning to.. and so you need someone to work 8 hours + another 3 or more for traveling time.

People must charge $15 an hour to survive, Daycares were outrages in the early 2000's, I can't imagine now... I remember it being $700 a month if they were potty trained, $900 for babies...something insane.

So even at ...minumum wage is $10.45 (I think it is) but that's not going to happen.

Any they wonder why women and children are having a problem with POVERTY & HOMELESSNESS. 


Any of this sound familiar...right here in good ole' BC with CC!

The irony of the whole thing is if people get helped out now, with daycare and housing and stuff. AGAIN I fall through the loophole.  I was born and raised and worked my whole life here, in BC and had and raised my child  here. When I needed, whether is was WCB, Welfare, EI ( I had to cash my RSVP's to take a course) , banks (Student loans ) they have SCREWED me over and over.

So when people come here and get the benefits and they buy homes and they go to nice schools it pisses me off a bit.  

Then I look at the abuse First Nations, their land- unceded territories, the treaties, the DTES, the Opoid Crisis and I get really pissed.  I guess they figure if they can't force us into poverty and /or jail then they will build a pipeline and poison us and the land and take are the rights and money.

I think about my Gr. Gr. Grandma who was actually from here and her family the last 13,000 + years and how she felt when she saw what was happening.. What did my grandparents think... what damage was done by my immigrant grandparents...

But let's fast forward to 2001 and onwards....

 I have ALWAYS believed that all of us women who were victimized by Gordon Campbell's cuts and continued with Christy Clark's antics WE DESERVE COMPENSATION!!

We deserve compensation for undo stress, suffering, pain, anguish, harassment (I was harassed by bill collectors ) and our children, they have paid with their mental and physical health. I believe that Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark should pay. I think politicians should pay for their #CrimesAgainstHumanity

They should be charged and made to pay and made to do some hard labour. Like clean people homes and toilets, vacuum, wash floors on hands and knees and  really see how the other side lives because if she ever understood it, she forgot...and if not then she needs to experience it.

Oh I as an extra give her a nice dose of bed bugs.(not really- I wouldn't wish them on my worse enemy...but then again she may be my worst enemy...) I remember that someone said that of  poor they said "you truly haven't lived until you've experienced that. "

I could share tons more but better stop. 

Yah...that's how F*k*d things are.

Hey Hey Ho Ho CC has got to go!

I do not like her,
I do not like her here, I do not like here there,

I don't want my kids to
As so sadly they did

Please Save My Kid from #Poverty & #Homelessness
Please #SaveMyCoast





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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Do it for every child taken- June is National Aboriginal Month

Where do we start.
First I want to acknowledge that I live on the UNCEDED TERRITORIES of the
Tsleil-Waututh Nation   Squamish Nation   Musqueam   

The UNCEDED TERRITORIES of Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Squamish Nation, Musqueam is what has become know as Vancouver.  

I acknowledge that have led a privileged life compared to my gr. grandma's grandma and my gr. gr. grandma and so many others of  Indigenous Ancestry. I know that my gr. grandma's grandma attended a convent school in the Oregon,

 "Probably not many women in the history of the west coast of North America could rival her, when it comes to generations of grandchildren.  (my gr. grandma's grandma)Mary Ann was born at Marysville (Corvallis) in the Willamette Valley of Oregon in 1834.  Her parents were of Iroquois and Kalapuya blood; she was raised to age 15 at the Catholic Mission at St. Paul." 

Early documents in our possession read “… I was married there to Joseph Brulé, a French Canadian and went to Cowlitz and later to Victoria, British Columbia.  Lived there till he died and had six children by him … only two are living now, (my gr. grandma's mom)Ellen and Cecile.  Two years after my husband died, I married Jean Baptist Vautrin, a Canadian … by Mr Vautrin I had nine children …

Ellen, the daughter Mary Ann(my gr. grandma) mentions above, married Joseph Poirier, a voyageur from Quebec (the man for whom Ecolé Poirier is named) and raised a large family, in a cabin by the Sooke River and later a home on Grant Road. ”


 and I know that my  gr. gr. grandma was Songhees (Theresa Eliza) married a Portuguese settler (Joao Ignacio d'Almada- name changed to John Enos) and lost all her rights and privilege to land and anything else. Her child,  my great grandpa Joseph Enos was spared residential school because he was part Portuguese. Due to these events, my life could have been very different and I am blessed it wasn't, but it doesn't make it easier to know truth. 
It is to horrible to imagine but it happened in the place that everyone loves to call "their home", "their Canada". Indian Agents came and stole children and forced them into schools, often far away from home where their parents could not help. If they tried THEY were send to jail.  Stop and imagine IF that was YOUR child. They tortured many of children physically, mentally and sexually. It was warfare. Crimes against humanity.

But time passed and people just went about their business and they taught and told other untruths and so nothing was learned. Many many people never knew the truth. Many people today who are  in their 50's & 60's never knew anything about it, still don't or simply refuse to acknowledge the what actually occurred or the legacy left behind.

An evil legacy which is
  • huge numbers of children in the Foster/Welfare system and
  • many Indigenous people incarcerated, 
  • drug addiction caused by TRAUMA from the Residential schools and their legacy. 

Sadly people would rather blame people than to acknowledge the ugly history of this so called Canada.  

The time has come,  it's out there, the truth, the knowledge, the way to learn and to heal. Please if you do not know, educate yourself. Take the bag off your head and WAKE UP!  Stop saying hurtful evil things like I saw in the comments on some of these posts.

 Imagine if  "you" were one of those children. Imagine your life today if you are the child or a grandchildren of one of those children. THINK, put yourself in their shoes.

For those of you that understand please help and reach out to others. Challenge others.

Celebrating Canada day is wrong if you do not acknowledge the past and make every effort to correct the horrible wrongs done to the children and to parents. 

We have so much work to do, it's hard to know where to start but everyone must do something....start with yourself.  

Do it, do it for every child taken.

It is National Aboriginal History Month.

"In 2008, the federal government established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine the abuse inflicted on Indigenous people through the Indian residential school system. In this clip, Senator Murray Sinclair discusses how participating in the commission impacted him."

Reading the comments is so sad, so many unempathetic people that can not grasp what really happened. It was 150 year war on children. A war on children. Right here. Right in Canada. It was evil. That evilness carried on and lives until we acknowledge the crimes against those children. Only then can we move forward.

This is why EVERY person must learn the TRUTH!
It is a ugly uncomfortable truth but nevertheless to ignore allows for ignorance and hate to grow.

The legacy of the colonialism lives on and is thriving  in the pipelines, fish farms, LNG, Site C, Mount Polley, lack of housing, addictions from trauma, our health care,  the education and political system. We need a complete overhaul in everyway we think.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Help Alexandra Morton!! #FishFarmsGetOut

Marine Harvest has narrowed its lawsuit claiming protestors trespassed on a fish farm, abandoning a claim that could involve members of the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation while pressing its lawsuit against biologist and activist Alexandra Morton.

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016
 Alex needs help!!
It is just craZy. We live in the strangest world.

We live in the most AMAZING place that has an INCREDIBLY RICH FOOD SOURCE that has been SUSTAINING a culture for more than 13,000 years but we are so frigging stupid, apathetic or blind we let a foreign company come in here and destroy it.

Our politicians, police, citizens just sit back and watch this insane genocide happen. 

It is. Murdering Salmon. When you wipe out the salmon you murder everything that relies on it.
Let that sink in a minute because people need to see the ramifications of their action or inaction.

You are letting this happen. If you are not with us then you must be against because doing nothing is the same and taking the fish farms side.  

I think I first heard about Alex in some posts she wrote but the movie Salmon Confidential opened my eyes to the truth of the situation. Fish farms were and are a sick manipulation of nature and nothing healthy will come from it. Farming is warped.

Salmon Confidential from Twyla Roscovich on Vimeo.

Seriously, I have worked in the farming industry, and where ever you are mass producing something there is tons of waste and disease. That's exactly what Alexandra documented but good ole' Harper and his crew he made sure no one knew or if they did they couldn't do anything.

#FishFarmsGetOut- first and foremost the point...the REAL POINT is the people of Dzawada’enuxw First Nation do NOT WANT YOU THERE. GET OUT!

So now Sweden gets it why can you?

For Our Children's Children
#CleansingOurWaters  #FishFarmsGetOut  #WildSalmonMatter  #LinkArmsWithUs
#SeaSheperd #WildSalmonMatter

The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Nation have stood in opposition to fish farms in their territory for nearly 30 years. Since time immemorial they have protected their salmon and herring for future generations.

"Our people have spoken."

Fish farms must be removed from our territories.
ATPN interviews chief Willie Moon and his lawyer, Greg McDade about Marine Harvest dropping case. Marine Harvest drops the portion of trespassing case against First Nations Dzawada'enuxw while continuing portion of case against Alexandra Morton. Approximately 60 Dzawada'enuxw boarded the farm (so-called trespassing) but only Morton is sued! 

"They (Marine Harvest) have effectively conceded First Nations have the right to board these facilities" Greg McDade

Chinatown Victory! Hurray!!


Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

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Paddle for the Peace- Vanier Park July 8th

Repost from here. Paddle for the Peace- Vancouver
On July 8th, our friends up north will be hosting the 12th Annual Paddle for the Peace to celebrate and defend the beautiful Peace River ( Why here?

Here in the Lower Mainland, we want to give people who cannot make it to the Paddle an opportunity to show their solidarity with the Treaty 8 First Nations and the farmers who are losing their land to Site C - as well as their opposition to a project that will affect all of us for years to come!

You're invited! Please join us on July 8th at 1 pm at Vanier Park in Vancouver to stand in opposition to this ridiculous dam and to enjoy a fun, family-friendly carnival themed afternoon of entertainment.

Want to paddle? The BC Sea Wolves will lead a symbolic paddle from Granville Island to Vanier Park. If you would like to join the paddle, please be prepared to launch from Granville Island at 12 pm sharp. You can rent kayaks from Ecomarine Paddlesports. Sign up to paddle here:

Hivemind: We are also issuing a call for acrobats, street performers, puppeteers, and entertainers of all kinds, especially those related to carnivals! If you would like to perform at this event, please email

More details to come - stay tuned, and invite your friends and family to help STOP SITE C!

To help with the organizing, or if your organization would like to endorse or support this event, please email

We acknowledge that this event takes place on unceded and occupied Coast Salish territory, specifically that of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and mi ce:p kʷətxʷiləm (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.