Delighted to feature this excellent poem by Mi’kmaw storyteller and poet Shalan Joudry of Bear River First Nation. The Nova Scotia Advocate tries to amplify voices that aren’t often heard. Surely we can count poets among those voices.
This weekend we feature a short gritty film by Grassfire Films, Cape Breton-based filmmaker Ashley McKenzie and producer Nelson MacDonald. The film was shot in 2013 in New Waterford.
Today we feature Black Sheroes, a poem by El Jones. “If you’re only telling the history of Black men then there’s a half that you missed.”
Two beautiful hand-printed posters originally made for January’s Halifax Women’s March are now for sale, with 75% of all sales to be donated to the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre in Halifax, NS.
I had this weekend’s video all picked and ready to go. Something really good, but grim, bound to leave you angry. Well, I changed my mind. Instead we offer a big league beautiful documentary on Mi’kmaq artist Alan Syliboy as he paints his mural in the Halifax International Airport.
In June 1734 Marie Joseph Angelique a Black slave woman was hanged in Montreal for burning down much of that town earlier that year. Her last days provide the inspiration for this poem by poet and historian Afua Cooper.
The Passage, a poem from And I Alone Escaped to Tell You, a collection of poetry by writer and filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton. Because it is the start of African Heritage Month, and because it is beautiful.
The line-up for this year’s Mayworks Halifax will be revealed this Monday at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival. We get a tiny little bit of a preview from festival director Sébastien Labelle, and also learn about the launch of a beautiful set of social justice trading cards, chewing gum included. Get them all!
New NS Advocate reporter Rebecca Hussman attended the opening of the Walking With Our Sisters memorial at the Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery. “They were lights, even if their life circumstances were such, and there’s disregard for these women. But in there, that’s taken away, and they’re together, and the light shines there.”
These two video fragments of the great Mi’kmaw poet Rita Joe are definitely worth a look. Check out the last interview with Rita Joe before her death, and her memories of leaving the Shubenacadie Residential School behind forever.