The Highlight Reel - April 2017

Instead of looking at one issue in-depth, I decided to include news and events this month that caught my eye, and could be of use in your teaching! 


In the Globe and Mail, food historian Dr. Ian Mosby published an article, "We are what we ate: Canada's history in cuisines" which begins and ends with a look at First Nations staples, and notably, how they are tied to Canadian colonial tactics and reconciliation. Dr. Mosby is known in part for his work confirming that nutrition experiments were conducted on the children in Residential Schools


On March 10, celebrated author Richard Wagamese (Ojibway, Wabaseemoong First Nation, Treaty Three) passed away. 


A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, and the Black Bear Singers opened the Juno awards on April 2, with one of the most exciting performances that night. A Tribe Called Red are known for their "electric pow wow" style and Tagaq (Inuit - Iqaluktuutiaq/Cambridge Bay) has won the Polaris Prize for her music which features her throat singing. The performance brings metaphor and political statement together, and blends traditional and contemporary styles.