Sunday, March 26, 2017

Protest Signs: Pro-seal hunt demonstration by Nunavut Sivuniksavut

Last March 17, rather than spending St. Patrick's Day drinking green beer like other students, the students of Nunavut Sivuniksavut held a demonstration on Parliament Hill to show support for Inuit right to hunt seal.

The students wanted to raise awareness about the importance of the seal hunt to Indigenous communities. Even many animal rights activists who argue for a ban on the seal hunt often indicate that they are willing to make an exception for Indigenous subsistence hunting and mainly want to focus on commercial seal hunters. However, it's important to know that the majority of the commercial seal hunt is actually done by Inuit hunters, whose main source of income is the commercial seal hunt, including income to buy the gas, ammunition and other hunting equipment to get the seal meat to feed their families. It's not so easy to separate the two notions, and the seal hunt bans have had a huge devastating effect on the local economies of Inuit communities, even with a supposed Indigenous exception.

You don't need to take my word for it; there's a thought-provoking film by Nunavut filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril called Angry Inuk which does a thorough job of looking at the issue in an informative yet interesting way. It's definitely worth checking out, no matter what your thoughts on the subject are. There's also a great essay analyzing the colonialist aspects of the issues (although, like I said, you gotta watch the movie!)

The rally involved demonstrations of traditional Inuit throat singing, dancing, and even a sealskin fashion show.  I'm always impressed by Nunavut Sivuniksavut students' strong political engagement and eagerness to share their cultural pride with the rest of the world.

Traditional dancing with drums and singing

Acting out a typical seal hunt, including preparing the sled
Sealskin fashion show

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Protest signs: Islamophobia counter rally

Checked out the counter protest to the Concerned Coalition of Concerned Citizens' March for Freedom, Liberty & Justice that was supposedly planned today. Saw only one guy turn up for the original March; the rest of the crowd seemed to be rallying against Islamophobia.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Protest Signs: Women's March on Washington in Ottawa

From January 21, 2017 at the Human Rights Monument, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, while cities around the world marched at the same time.

feminist families

Musician Jamie Anderson performing at the rally
Poet Roua Aljied sharing her poetry at the rally

Monday, February 6, 2017

Protest Signs: Human Chain Demonstration around the American Embassy in Ottawa

Human Chain Demonstration around the American Embassy in Ottawa - January 30, 2017

Some of my photos were also featured on Apt613's coverage of the event.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Protest Signs: Solidarity against Islamophobia Pan-Canadian Day of Action

Lately I've been taking photographs of signs at rallies and protests, because it's an interesting way to capture messages people are expressing. Today I attended the Solidarity against Islamophobia Pan-Canadian Day of Action.

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