Day: October 4, 2014

CFP – MANY VOICES, ONE CENTER, Native American Literature Symposium, Due: Nov. 25, 2014

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Call for Proposals
DEADLINE: November 25, 2014

With literature as a crossroads where many forms of knowledge meet—art, history, politics, science, religion, film, cultural studies—we welcome once again spirited participation on all aspects of Native American studies. We invite proposals for individual papers, panel discussions, readings, exhibits, demonstrations, and workshops. We especially encourage presentations and panels on teaching children’s and young adult literature by indigenous writers, as well as current issues in Indian Country such as language revitalization, mascot debates, and academic freedom for indigenous scholars.

New for 2015: Flash fiction contest!

Nominations/Applications for the Beatrice Medicine Award for Scholarship in American Indian Studies due January 15, 2015. See the website for details.

Electronic submissions are preferred but a printable Proposal Form can be found Here

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for an Indigenous Anthology of Horror Stories, Due: Nov. 21, 2014

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for an Indigenous Anthology of Horror Stories. Deadline: Nov. 212014. Previously unpublished short stories and fiction are welcome from established and emerging writers for an anthology to be published in Fall 2016. Email submissions to:

Submissions must be word-processed and sent as an attachment with subject line: HORROR ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION. Send one fiction piece to a max. of 5000 words, and include a brief bio and cover letter.  Only selected works will appear in the anthology, and accepted contributors will receive payment of $250 and a published copy. Kegedonce Press claims North American rights to the anthology only, and copyright remains with individual authors/artists.

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By Debora Steel, October 2, 2014
Photos by Debora Steel

Port Alberni —

“Strength from Within”, a sculpture by Tseshaht’s own Connie Watts, was officially unveiled on Oct. 1, life brought into it through a brushing ceremony.

It stands next to the Tseshaht longhouse and on the site of the notorious former Alberni Indian Residential School. It will serve as a constant reminder to all of the horrors that occurred at AIRS over the decades, to honor all who didn’t return to their families, and pay tribute to the resiliency of all those who survived their time there.

Watts is internationally-celebrated, renowned for such works as Hetux, the West Coast Thunderbird installation at Vancouver International Airport. She donated her time to create the “Strength from Within” project, working with a team of talented individuals.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she said, her voice trembling with emotion. “How dare they call it a school,” she said. “It was a prison. There was no education.” It was “a concentration camp for kids.” Read More.

New Native American Restaurant Promises Amazing “Pre-Colonization” Menu

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New Native American Restaurant Promises Amazing “Pre-Colonization” Menu

By Zak Cheney-Rice  October 2, 2014

There are approximately 990,000 restaurants in the United States. The cuisines they encompass are staggering, from the noodle houses of Southern California to the clam shacks of New England.

But check your local Zagat Guide and you’ll probably find one striking omission: Native American food.Newsweek reports that a search of the rating site’s New York City section yields zero indigenous American results.

It’s a troubling absence, considering the historical context: broken treaties, land grabs and the confinement of Native peoples’ ancestors to reservations where fresh groceries can be as rare as presidential visits.

Enter Sean Sherman, an experienced chef and native son of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. In December, Sherman plans to open the Minneapolis-St. Paul area’s only traditional Native American restaurant, appropriately named the Sioux Chef. …Read More.

BCIT remembers the life of Elder Bob George

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BCIT remembers the life of Elder Bob George

BCIT is saddened by the recent news of the passing of Elder Bob George on September 30.

As BCIT’s very first elder in residence, Bob touched the lives of many students and staff in Aboriginal Services and right across BCIT. All who met him and those who were mentored by Bob remember his big presence, good humour and gentle soul.

Elder Bob George

Over his ten years with us, Bob provided guidance and inspiration through his natural storytelling ability and love of music. He was a passionate advocate of higher education and BCIT was proud to be able to award him with an honorary Doctorate of Technology in 1999 for his outstanding commitment to teaching.

Friends and colleagues lined up to speak at the special tribute that took place in his honour. Brenda Ireland, the coordinator of the BCIT First Nations program at the time said, “He inspires those around him toward greatness with wisdom, humour, and humility. He has so much experience and wisdom, that every minute spent in his company is an opportunity to learn. To all aboriginal people who know him. Bob is already a professor.” This earned him the affectionate nickname ‘Dr. Bob’.

Bob once said, “You must find a path that is right for you, a path in life where you feel good about yourself, a place where you can study, learn and grow.” Bob’s friends at BCIT remember these words and hold them close to their hearts during this sad time.

Flags at BCIT will be lowered to half-mast at the BCIT Burnaby Campus on Friday, October 3 through October 4 to mark the profound impact Bob made on our community.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Bob’s family and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation at this difficult time.