Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy Canada Day! Feel The Inukness

Happy 150th Year Since Confederation, Canada!

Red Canada 150 Logo
Created by Ariana Cuvin



Maybe if it's a hot day this video will help cool you down:

This film was shot, directed and edited by Becky Qilavvaq, a Nunavut visual artist, designer and film-maker.

Becky Qilavvaq in Ilulissat, Greenland 2016

Becky sells Inuk-inspired clothing and decor items at her website:

 Ulu-Stripe Leggings (black/white)  Ulu Mug (red/blue)

The joyful and energetic dancer in the video is Anguti Johnston, a Nunavut-born, Iqaluit-based actor and part-time CBC-er who is also a good sport.

On a different but similar note, watch this short video shot on Peggy's Cove. Also guaranteed to make you smile.

Finally, it must be noted that we are celebrating 150 years since Confederation, not Canada's 150th Birthday a thought which is insulting and distressful for our Native Peoples, many of whom trace their roots back well over 10,000 years. Some First Nations are instead celebrating Canada 150+ and using the occasion to bring awareness and education around First Nations issues. Others are outright refusing to celebrate Canada 150 in any way at all which is not really surprising, given the treatment and difficulties they have endured since colonialists arrived in the 15th century: the illegal appropriation of their lands, enforced segregation, abuse, cultural genocide to name just a few. 

Canada is a mix of ancient and new cultures and we need to embrace them all, learn from them and use the best of them to make Canada truly great.

I hope you have enjoyed these little pieces of Canadiana. Happy Canada Day!