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Category: Indigenous


Ottawa’s Black and Indigenous communities hope mourning of Queen’s death will spark new era of apologies and social change

On a dreary Monday in downtown Ottawa, mourners recently gathered to mark the death and commemorate the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Members of the RCMP marched down Elgin Street to the steady beat of drums and the piercing timbre of bagpipes. While many are saddened by the Queen’s passing, Ottawa’s Black and Indigenous communities are grappling with complicated emotions…


Bad vibes: Critics decry the cultural appropriation of Indigenous plant medicines and smudging

It’s a sunny day inside the Garden of Light spiritual shop and magic is in the air. Rays of light bounce off the glinting crystals stationed by the window, brightening the room and entrancing passersby. Past the glimmering crystals, a customer circles the display of metal sound bowls. She picks up a wooden mallet, or ‘striker,’ and gently taps the…