Aboriginal Advocacy Via Web 2.0 and Social Media

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Social Media Activism – ‘NELLIE’S’ reports on the impact of Social Media

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Social Media Activism was duly noted by ‘Nellie’s’, a Canadian Women’s Shelter, reported on December 10th, 2011, Human Rights Day, that the event’s agenda covered the “transformative power of social media, and how tools like Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and instant messaging are transforming ordinary people into human rights activists. Over the past 6 months at Nellie’s, we have experienced firsthand the power of social media to communicate and engage with our supporters online through our Twitter, Facebook, and blogs and we believe that social media is a great tool to advance important causes.”

Nellies: Shelter, Education and Advocacy for all women and children. “Human Rights Day and Aboriginal Women in Canada Social Media Activism.” December 10th, 2011. http://www.nellies.org/tag/social-media-activism/

Aboriginal young women are being social media activists through their writings that are being shared through social media. One such example is First place winner of the 2014 Aboriginal Arts& Stories Junior Writing Category.
Seen bottom left of picture, Andrea Lanouette, 16, from Surrey B.C. wrote, “Tears”. The young artist states:
“The goal I had in mind when I was writing this piece was not to make it too depressing. I knew the likelihood of having a happy ending was small, but I wanted to express a variety of emotions. The most obvious way to follow through with that was to make it a love story. I wanted to turn the faces of the women we see on the news who died hitchhiking on Highway 16 into characters we could relate to and love. I wanted my readers to remember that the victims had lives, and friends, and families just like ours. I also wanted to make this a tribute to the loved ones of the Native women who passed so horrifically, because it must be awful to have someone torn away from you so suddenly.”

Review Andrea’s work at http://www.our-story.ca/winners/writing/5036:tears

The use of Web 2.0 and social media absolutely promotes contemporary activism while enhancing traditional methods of activism such as group protests.  Aboriginal group protests are now videoed and shown online for all Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal to view and comment or blog.  Web 2.0 and social media has empowered Aboriginal activists and it is these contemporary progressive movements that will ultimately force the necessary social changes required to stop (utopia) hate crimes and hate speech in Canada.

What is your opinion regarding social media activism, will it make a difference?

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