Apologize for the #AppropriationAward tweets & make structural change

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Ayesatta Conteh
5 years ago
No longer can we stay silent for any injustice.

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Judith Silverthorne
5 years ago
This is outrageous behaviour that negatively impacts so many of OUR people in this country by those who have the power to influence. Their comments are shameful and disrespectful.

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Sue Heal
5 years ago
I'm signing because I am First Nation Haida and I do this for my family.

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Marg Scott
5 years ago
Sometimes the most respectful thing you can do as a white person is shut the fuck up. They should really do this. It's not so hard.

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Larissa Fan
5 years ago
The issue of appropriation is a complex one. It can and should be discussed - but not mocked, as it has been by these journalists. Their behaviour shows a profound lack of understanding and consideration.

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Kerry A
5 years ago
No one's against so called free speech here. We ask for common decency and acknowledgement of how white privilege hurts others.. is it too much to ask that neocolonial racism be checked???

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Assimilated Ego
5 years ago
Sarah Scout ~ Assimilated Ego

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Anita Block
5 years ago
I'm remembering this same discussion way back in the '90s. It is very sad and draining that we have to have it all over again, and if I'm feeling that way as a white person, I can't quite imagine how the many talented, yet vastly underrepresented, writers & artists of colour must be feeling! At least this group of journalists outed themselves as boosters of cultural appropriation by so spontaneously & quickly coming to the defense of Mr. Niedzviecki - clearly the lines are drawn.

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Marion Little
5 years ago
There's a significant difference between authentic story-telling and cultural appropriation. Also, there are unlimited stories to tell without falsely presuming to know the reality of an oppressed group or stealing the limited spotlight afforded to their voices and stories.

Assuming a perspective one cannot fully comprehend or articulate with integrity (especially as a Settler) is not empathy, or even sympathy, it's just ignorance.

I hope for Canadian authors (and editors) to be literate enough to distinguish the difference, and courageous enough to genuinely exercise their empathic imagination in regards to real live people who are oppressed and marginalized.

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Marion Little
5 years ago
There's a significant difference between authentic story-telling and cultural appropriation. Also, there are unlimited stories to tell without falsely presuming to know the reality of an oppressed group or stealing the limited spotlight afforded to their voices and stories.

Assuming a perspective one cannot fully comprehend or articulate with integrity (especially as a Settler) is not empathy, or even sympathy, it's just ignorance.

I hope for Canadian authors and editors to be literate enough to distinguish the difference, and courageous enough to genuinely exercise their empathic imagination in regards to real life people who are oppressed and marginalized.