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Urban Aboriginal Identities


Film & Video

From Stilettos to Moccasins

YouTube (4:31 min).

A short video showing images of contemporary Aboriginal women, and builds on the idea of walking in two worlds.

Beneath the Surface: Native Roots in the City

YouTube (11:11 min).

A video documenting Aboriginal roots in Urban Centres.  Discusses how urbanization is linked to colonization. Interviews with Elders and youth.  Speaks about the importance of Redwire, a youth cultural movement in Vancouver.

Human Rights and Global Citizens

YouTube (1hr 29:40 min).

Video of Luis Valdez talking of the power of zero, his experience of being an Indigenous person living in poverty, including his experiences with the school system. (American perspective)

Together We Have Clout 

(16:12 mins), Youtube.

From the Youtube description:  Community Led Organizations United Together (CLOUT) is a coalition of nine community-based organizations providing direct service to inner-city children and families. They include: Andrew Street Family Centre, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Community Education Development Association (CEDA), Native Women's Transition Centre, North End Women's Centre, Ndinawemaaganag Endaawad (Ndiniwe) Rossbook House, Wolseley Family Place and Wahbung Abinoonjiiag.

Collectively, CLOUT organizations have been building capacity in the inner-city for many years. Their approach to capacity building is as grassroots as it gets. In the 2010 State of the inner City Report title "We're in it for the long haul" Carole O'brien tells the story of CLOUT.



Urban Aboriginal Peoples Survey

Includes great videos and interviews with urban Aboriginal people. The survey results cover cities across Canada, and were released Winter 2011. 

Toronto Aboriginal Research Project (TARP): Final Report

By McCaskill et al.

The TARP is distinctive in that its approach to research is community-based. That is, the research is overseen from start to finish by representatives of the Toronto Aboriginal community. Specifically, the study was guided by the following principles: collaboration, community benefit and the implementation of results.

Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs: The Urban Indigenous Action Plan

From the website: "How we’re working with Indigenous organizations and communities in urban and rural areas to develop relationships, policies and programs."

Millennial First Nations: 3 Young Aboriginal Canadians To Watch (The Huffington Post Canada)

An article about three aboriginal Canadians to watch: Lisa Charleyboy, Jarret Leaman and Gabrielle Scrimshaw. 

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