This Summer in Lloyd: From Up North and Back Again

Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield usually works a ways from the Royal City, but he’s still working for the people in his riding. So what has he been up to lately? This is a special seasonal edition of “This Week in Lloyd.” Continue reading “This Summer in Lloyd: From Up North and Back Again”

In-Person National Indigenous Peoples Day is a Big Success at Riverside Park

Hundreds of people made their way to the bandshell area at Riverside Park to enjoy the first in-person celebration of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Guelph in two years. Demonstrations of Indigenous dance and drumming were presented, craft-makers and artisans showed off their wares, and the settler community got a taste of a culture struggling to be embraced and preserved by the next generation. Continue reading “In-Person National Indigenous Peoples Day is a Big Success at Riverside Park”

Ontario Government Announces $10 Million to Find Remains on Residential School Sites

The shocking (or not-so-shocking) discovery of 215 young Indigenous children buried on the property of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School forced the country to ask a question: How many more kids are out there, unclaimed, and buried in unmarked graves? The Government of Ontario announced today that they’re going to help try and answer the question by offering $10 million to Indigenous communities across Ontario to find out. Continue reading “Ontario Government Announces $10 Million to Find Remains on Residential School Sites”

U of G Students Push Admin to Looking Again at Divestment

Over 100 University of Guelph students led a solidarity process with the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’an territory on Wednesday on campus, and then they went inside to push the administration to divest the university from fossil fuels. Although the U of G Board of Governors voted down such a motion last year, Vice-President of Finance Don O’Leary promised the protestors that he would bring it up again. Continue reading “U of G Students Push Admin to Looking Again at Divestment”

Sacred Fire Space Ready to Open In Royal City Park

As part of the ongoing efforts to promote Reconciliation with Indigenous people in Guelph, the City of Guelph announced Monday morning that a Sacred Fire Space arranged in Royal City Park is ready for ceremony. Continue reading “Sacred Fire Space Ready to Open In Royal City Park”

GUELPH POLITICAST #129 – Xicotencatl Lopez

In as much as the murders of Colten Bushie and Tina Fontaine were shocking, it was somehow even more shocking when those murders went unavenged as both perpetrators were found not-guilty of second degree murder. It’s enough to make you wonder why more Indigenous youth aren’t angrier and more active. Well, this is a podcast about one who is. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #129 – Xicotencatl Lopez”

GUELPH POLITICAST #114 – Voices of First Nations in Protest

In the recently released Vital Signs report (more about that on the next Politicast), statistics revealed that 6,500 people in Guelph and Wellington County identified as First Nations. That’s about three per cent of the population, which isn’t huge, but is far from insignificant. We don’t always see them, but our First Nations friends have certainly been making themselves heard lately. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #114 – Voices of First Nations in Protest”

Guelphites Demand Justice for Bushie, and End to “Colonial Death Machine”

Like so many events held by First Nations people in Guelph, the demonstration Saturday called “Justice for Colten Bushie” began with drumming and song. The tenor though wasn’t entirely somber as several speakers were emotionally upset, outraged, or both when speaking about the death of the Saskatchewan youth, the acquittal of Gerald Stanley the man who shot him, and the feeling that Truth and Reconciliation is just another promise broken after the verdict. Continue reading “Guelphites Demand Justice for Bushie, and End to “Colonial Death Machine””

What’s in a Territorial Acknowledgement?

For the last several months, the City of Guelph has been working on a formal Territorial Acknowledgement that can be read before council meetings and other City of Guelph events, and meetings. Last night at council, it was the first time it was read before the public… Continue reading “What’s in a Territorial Acknowledgement?”