Aboriginal Advocacy Via Web 2.0 and Social Media

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The Walking with our Sisters Exhibit

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The Walking with Our Sisters Exhibit – Jan 9 through to Jan 24, 2015 – Yellowknife

This is an Aboriginal activist movement in Canada.  Various people created moccasin vamps, ‘tops’ representing over 1808 creations representing Canada’s Aboriginal missing or murdered women.



This blog will discuss the specific Aboriginal activist discourse art in tribute of Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women and how through the use of Web 2.0  and social media Aboriginal activists are not only further empowered; non-aboriginal people are given the ability to view Aboriginal civic movement through an Aboriginal lens.  One extremely important facet of the Aboriginal lens is their relationship with art and this specific blog will display one art form that is being utilized to create an awareness and pay homage to Canada’s missing and murdererd Aboriginal women.

Various Aboriginal art forms that advance the mandate of “no more stolen sisters” are now readily found on Web 2.0 and/or social media and have now become “part of the landscape…and the lack of freedom and oppression is over…it is time to restore imagination” (Maracle, YouTube, 2014, Truth and Reconciliation Talk).  This blog argues that Web 2.0 and social media has enabled and advanced Lee Maracle’s desire to ‘restore [the] imagination’ of Aboriginal and non-aboriginal people and through the sharing of activism on the internet will indeed enable mobilization of the oppressed, promote freedom of expression, awareness and enable democracy one blog, one text, one song, one student’s essay, one oil painting, one crafted “faceless doll” or one “beaded moccasin” at a time.

Volunteer Aboriginal civic social change activist groups, such as; Red Robe Women drumming group, strive to deal with the losses of culture, language, their young women, socio-economic disparities and perils resulting from the narrow and short-sightedness of the Canadian state and its people through the art of drumming and singing. These activist actions and their loud, clear voices have been deliberately been captured on dozens of YouTube videos so that they may be shared with the private and public sectors in the hopes of shattering the ignorance and racism found in contemporary society. Their drumming; solid and strong, speaks to their determination to promote social change in a positive manner through art. They drum and sing to celebrate the lives of the missing and murdered members of their sisterhood, to the protection of our environment, to the enforcement of human rights, socio-economic justice and peace for all minority communities.


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