Jukasa News Update Monday July 16, 2018
The Calgary Stampede is changing the name of its annual “Indian Village.”
On Sunday, officials announced the village of more than two dozen teepees will be renamed Elbow River Camp.
The village has been a major part of the Calgary Stampede since its inception in 1912.
Each of the 26 teepee owners are from Treaty 7 Nations of Kainai, Tsuut’ina, Stoney Nakoda, Siksika and Piikani. They live inside their teepees during the Stampede and take turns opening them up to the public for viewing, while showing family artifacts and answering questions about Indigenous culture.
A North Carolina car dealership has taken down a 23-foot fiberglass statue of a Native American that has drawn complaints over its 50-year history.
The Asheville Citizen Times reports that Harry’s On the Hill was prompted to take down the statue known as “Chief Pontiac” partly because of a bad experience by a female customer who’s a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
The newspaper said an employee was fired after sending an offensive text message to the customer in June. Even before that, some Native Americans had complained about the statue.
The statue was removed Friday with a crane. It’s being donated to the Pontiac-Oakland Transportation Museum in Michigan.
An Indigenous political activist was briefly detained Saturday following a Trans Mountain pipeline protest in British Columbia’s North Thompson Provincial Park.
Kanahus Manuel, a spokesperson for the activist group Tiny House Warriors, was arrested by the RCMP after allegedly defying an eviction order.
The group’s members belong to the Secwepemc First Nation, which released a statement Saturday afternoon calling Manuel’s arrest a “declaration of war.”
In the release authored by the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society, Manuel is referred to as a political prisoner of “the white supremacist RCMP and Park Ranger goons of the Canadian state,”
An RCMP statement said Manuel was released from custody late Saturday afternoon on a series of conditions and a promise to appear.
Manuel said the RCMP and BC Parks service have no jurisdiction in the park.
Quebec director Robert Lepage is once again being criticized for a lack of representation in one of his stage shows.
About 30 people signed an open letter in Le Devoir today to denounce Lepage for not including Indigenous performers in his upcoming show “Kanata.”
The show, which claims to explore Canada’s history through the lens of the relationship between white and Aboriginal people, will be performed in Paris by a French acting group in December.
The letter’s signatories note that while Indigenous people were consulted during the show’s creation, the performance will not include any indignenous actors.
They add that their goal isn’t to censor anyone, but rather to call for the talents of Indigenous artists to be recognized.
The letter is signed by about 20 Indigenous artists and activists as well as a dozen or so non-Indigenous “allies,” that include lawyers, artists and academics.