Looking for a new coffee table book? “O Canada! A Celebration of 150 Years” explores themes of diversity, culture and growth. The book includes contributions from major political figures such as ex-Gouverner General Michaëlle Jean and the Director of Ottawa's Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, Allison Fisher. A portion of the book’s proceeds go towards the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, which enables underserved youth to make personal and community-oriented changes by means of the arts.
Though the 2018 federal budget’s focus on gender equality is being praised by some, others are writing this year’s budget off as symbolic Liberal feminism. “This budget is bold. What the Liberals did, is that they made the next two years or year-and-a-half about social issues. I, as a whole, like it,” says Erica Ifill, co-host of the Bad + Bitchy podcast and founder of Not In My Colour. “They’re making strides, but it didn’t go far enough in certain areas.”
Though Black History Month has come to an end, the conversation is just getting started. I reached out to several Black public figures to ask them to contribute "reminders" concerning issues that mattered to them, which I have compiled into a list. If you're white, much like me, all I ask of you is to listen and perhaps learn from the advice, experiences and perspectives of these influential figures.
“Canada 150 is a celebration of genocide and colonialism,” says Brendan Copegog White, an Ojibway person and one of the primary organizers of Ottawa’s Anti Capitalist May Day being held on May 1. White is not the only one to feel some animosity toward the celebrations. A social media movement has begun with the hashtag #Resistance150.
OTTAWA – The Individuality Project is a film photography series by local photographer Cassie Even-Hen. Last night, The Individuality Project was exhibited alongside other local talent. The event was in celebration of Black History Month and Canada's diversity of individuals. Canadian rappers Jacob Chin, Ian Lorts and Sleezoe performed, and YouTube personality Fatima Zahra presented slam poetry.