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Awwww isn’t that sweet, you could have asked Justin (Yes, Mr. Dreamy himself) a question (or maybe two if you are really lucky). But wait…. you had to pay $250.00 at the door (or to get on the list–not entirely sure). But who cares, it’s the man himself: Justin!

Earlier today as I was enjoying myself (and also my yummy burrito that I was devouring in blissfulness since I was craving a yummy burrito all day), I stopped to take a scroll through my twitter feed. I also noticed earlier one of my followers were RTing tweets that talked about Justin and Lady Questions but I did not know what they were talking about and I didn’t delve into their tweets any further. I mean, they could have been talking about an actual lady and didn’t know how to spell Justine (hence, the use of Lady Question along side Justin instead of Justine). Nope. That was not the case.

About a month or so a go an event was created by a group of sweet and innocent event coordinators as outlined in their statement. Don’t miss the part that they were women! organizers

What concerned me about the event was the fact that it was created by an alleged 20 “professional” women along with the fact that it was set to discuss “women’s issues.” The organizers state it themselves, “A fundraiser designed BY women FOR women.” I think what they really mean is a certain type of women. I mean, $250.00 a ticket to discuss women’s issues? Yes, they organizers are correct, this event will motivate and inspire women. Motivate and inspire them to change the ridiculousness that is so prevalent in politics. If you can pay X amount of money, you can be THAT much closer to your leader(s). The organizers also state that “it is a sad day in politics when an innocuous fundraising event be twisted by a highly partisan agenda to distract from the pressing issues the government face.” I am Liberal and (sometimes) I am proud. I don’t agree with everything that all Liberals do indefinitely (but I am certain that many people also can say the same in their support with other parties).

What upsets me is that the space was advertised as a “safe” space and space for women (who could afford the ticket price) to discuss women’s issues. I could careless if it was an NDP or CPC fundraising event. I would still be upset. Sadly, this is something that I can see the CPC party doing. “Oh but we didn’t mean for it to offend.” Let’s get out the fuckin t-shirts and start the screen printing tomorrow!

This space for this event speaks to the most pressing issue that women face across the country: lack of access to security, safety, justice, health, etc. (just ask any Indigenous woman). But hey, here is a novel idea: Let’s make things more inaccessible by charging $250.00 to hear what they have to say!

One of the organizers even goes on to tweet,

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Get a grip! Yes all you hooting and hollering over their evite that was set out exactly what it meant to do! All of you are reading way too into it. You all should have been in attendance instead of complaining about the evite (you can’t complaign about the event yourself because you probably didn’t attend the event)! But only if you are truly curious though, like the organizer says, then you should have been there tonight. Tsk tsk for all of you who couldn’t make it. You were just not that curious. But that shouldn’t matter because, like I said, they accomplished what they wanted to do. So, let’s just all ignore the fact that many women at the centre of these pressing issues can’t even have their own voices heard.

So ladies, like one of the organizers says herself, you should just all Get. Over. It. and let this type of behaviour go unnoticed and unchallenged because, I mean, how did we, as women, get this far in life by keeping our mouths shut, and not speaking out against such atrocious behaviour (even it comes from one of our own). Another woman can never act in such a way against all women. Nope. Definitely not. Women are too pure and innocent to do such things. Shame on you womens for complaining about another group of women trying to do good!

Maybe they can get 10 points for stealing from the Obama campaign materials with the use of Warhol-esque type edits of Justin’s noggin. Maybe.

And maybe we should also give these cheeky, lighthearted do-gooders a pat on the shoulder (if you can afford it) for doing such a good job at organizing and promoting a fundraising event that excludes many. Hey! It wasn’t their intent to offend anyone! All is forgiven.

 Oh, before I forget, where was my evite to this Justin Unplugged event? I mean, I would have really, really liked to be plugged into Justin.

When you take a moment to see the messages being left by youth, it actually speaks to you. This graffiti was found in the community I am working in. It reads “Who Cares.” Well, we care!

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#ABFlood: Stoney/Siksika (Southern Alberta First Nations)

I thought I would write a brief post on where you can donate/volunteer to assist with the flooding happening right now that is directly affecting Southern Alberta First Nations including Stoney/Siksika Nations. The image attached is information on an event put on by the wonderfully hilarious Ryan McMahon, and you can check out more information on his Facebook and twitter.

Another way to help out is directly donating (what you can and if you can) to this GoFundMe account!

Also, Edmonton Drop Off(taken directly from this FB page):

Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta:
18178 – 102 Avenue (Santa Fe Plaza)
Tuesday, June 25th: 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Wednesday, June 26th: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Ask for Gwen Muskwa

STURGEON LAKE CREE NATION DROP OFF:
Western Cree Tribal Council Office
Tuesday & Wednesday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Closed during lunch 12:00pm – 1:00pm

GRANDE PRAIRIE DROP OFF:
Western Cree Tribal Council Office
104, 9802 – 97 Avenue
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Closed during lunch 12:00pm – 1:00pm

To donate ($$), you can (as taken from same above FB site)
SIKSIKA: Donations at any branch of the Bank of Montreal, c/o “Siksika Nation Relief Fund.”

STONEY (Morley, Eden Valley, Bighorn): Donations at any branch of the Royal Bank (RBC) c/o “Stoney Nakoda Flood Relief Fund 2013”

**UPDATE from SIKSIKA: As of Monday afternoon, primary donation needs identified as cash/gift cards, water, and non-perishable food items. They also are looking for volunteers to help sort the large amount donated items (especially clothes) they’ve received to date. If you are able to go down to volunteer, the donation centre is at Deerfoot Sportsplex (at Hwy 901 and Hwy 547) – volunteers will be assigned shift-work there to help sort items.

And my wonderful friend, Tanya Kappo, has been continuously sharing and updating her Facebook statuses as well as her twitter updates. Here is the latest information:

“Today is the last day to accept Treaty 7 Flood donations in GRANDE PRAIRIE and STURGEON LAKE. Drop off is at the Western Cree Tribal Council Offices.

In Edmonton, donations will be accepted until tomorrow at noon, then its off to Southern Alberta to deliver them!”

You can donate what you can or help where you are able too but don’t stress if you cannot help out (financially or otherwise), prayers are just as important! Let’s keep our brother and sisters in our thoughts and prayers.

Like us!

Well, I know it’s been a while since I’ve last posted but a lot has happened over the last little bit. This amazing experience has been extremely rewarding. Today and yesterday was, what the community calls, Culture Daze. During this time, there are several events/activities that occur at the school and it is really a great way to get to know other people in the community I will be living in for the next few months.

I have also attached a picture here of the Peace River powwow which happened last weekend. It was a really nice powwow (competition too!). The thing I miss about powwows the most is the dancing and the preparation for powwows including making your regalia look real nice. Real nice regalia!

Anyways, I thought I would just write a quick post and share some of the things I am doing so far with you all.

My favorite thing of today so far? Being asked what my nationality is, saying “First Nations,” and then hearing some grandmothers reply, “Like us!” That made me smile and laugh all at the same time, and they smiled and laughed right back.

I love how much our people laugh and smile!