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Sunday June 18, 2017

A social media campaign called #Resistance150 features Indigenous acts of resistance, resilience and reclamation in response to #Canada150 celebrations.

The hashtag campaign on social media was started by Michif artist Christi Belcourt, Cree activist and advocate Tanya Kappo, Métis elder and author Maria Campbell and Anishinaabe teacher and storyteller Isaac Murdoch.

“I think in Canada there’s been a real important history of Indigenous resistance all along and prior to the Canadian state even existing,” Belcourt said. “The idea of celebrating Canada 150 really flies in the face of our continued history of Indigenous nations in this land that go back 15,000 or more years.”

Isaac Murdoch said the idea began with a conversation about how to respond to the celebration.

They came up with #Resistance150 and invited people to share on social media their acts of resistance.

“Part of this is to create awareness and so some of it to ask people to observe,” he said. “Part of this is to ask people to take action, to stand up.”

150 Heroes

One of those people taking action is Mary Grace Kosta, a librarian and a linguist from London, Ont. She is tweeting 150 Indigenous heroes, one each day. Although Canadians are celebrating the country’s 150th birthday this July 1st, Kosta says she knows Indigenous peoples have a far longer history on this land.

Ellen Neel was the first female totem pole carver. (David Neel)

“I feel that celebrating Canada’s 150th ignores centuries of Indigenous history and the history of colonialism in our country. Recent calls to reconciliation meant to address femicide of Indigenous women have not been met with urgent action,” she explained.

“My main motivation was to share stories that aren’t taught in the school system with a goal of educating, inspiring…

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