indigenous history

Atrocities Against Indigenous Canadians #4: Cultural Appropriation

Colour illustrations of children wearing Indigenous regalia overlaid with the text "Atrocities Against Indigenous Canadians presents Cultural Appropriation, by Jenna Rose Sands"
In this zine I try to convey as simply and clearly as possible why culture appropriation is absolute trash. So many folks don’t see the issue with appropriating other cultures and often say “well what’s the big deal?” which is some thing that makes me feel like I’m gonna puke in my mouth when I hear it. It’s a big deal for many and it’s time that we start stomping out the idea of cultural appropriation for commercial gain. Read my annoyance in print form and then send it to your local shop that insist that it’s not a big deal that they sell cheap dream catchers and smudging items.

Atrocities Against Indigenous Canadians for dummies #3: The Sixties Scoop

Black & white illustrations of feathers with handwritten text saying "Introducing... Atrocities Against Indigenous Canadians for DUmmies Issue 3: The Sixties Scoop, Created by Jenna Rose Sands"
Coming in at number three is a zine about another atrocity that many consider to be ongoing, The Sixties Scoop. I find that a few more people around me know about this atrocity more than the others discussed because the media has been talking a bit about it. The conversation seems to centre around Indigenous folks getting compensated for what occurred and where there is news that Indigenous people will receive compensation for some awful thing the government did, the trolls will be out saying "how bad can it be?" or the classic "THAT WAS SO LONG AGO HOW CAN IT EVEN MATTER?!"

Atrocities Against Indigenous Canadians for dummies #2: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Black & white illustrations of feathers with handwritten text saying "Introducing Atrocities Against Indigenous Canadians for dummies Issue 2: MMIWG, Created by Jenna Rose Sands"
Issue #2 of this zine series introduces folks to the current national crisis of thousands of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. That this crisis has been allowed to continue for so long is baffling. This zine is 22 pages long, in full colour and is full of my love and heartbreak.

Atrocities Against Indigenous Canadians for dummies #1: Residential Schools

Black & white illustrations of flowers with cursive text saying "Introducing... Atrocities Against INdigenous Canadians for dummies, issue #1"
The first zine in this series discusses the awful practice of the Canadian government with help from various churches, to steal Indigenous children away from their families in order for the "Indian" to be removed from them at industrial schools across the country. Many Canadians feel this is ancient history but this zine lays the foundation for every rebuttal to people who think we should all be over it by now.