Local aboriginal artist Martha Campiou had her artwork stolen from storage unit
After the death of her son, Campiou, a well-known aboriginal artist and Edmonton resident of 40 years, left the home she shared with him out of grief and moved in with friends for support.
Unable to keep her crafts with her, Campiou moved many of her personal belongings and artwork into a storage locker at Guardian Storage Ltd. at 14350 111 St. to keep them safe until she felt more settled, at least that’s what she thought.
On Sept. 21, while the cameras at the storage facility were out of operation during upgrading, five lockers at the facility were broken into. Of those five lockers, only two had items missing. One reported the loss of CDs and records, while Campiou’s was cleaned out except for an old box spring mattress and an out-of-date sewing machine.
“They took absolutely everything,” said Campiou, adding “I was devastated, I was in shock for about a week, just thinking this can’t be happening, somebody’s played a trick on me.”
Among the missing items were deer skin dresses and a deer skin coat covered in intricate beadwork, as well as beadwork for moccasins, porcelain dolls and jewelry all done in keeping with aboriginal traditions.
Each beaded mukluk takes about one month to make, with larger pieces like coats taking over six months. The theft has set her back years of work and cost her thousands in income.
“This is my livelihood, this is my life,” said Campiou, adding “losing everything that you worked hard over the years for, it’s enough to make you give up.”Active in her community, Campiou shares teachings of her Metis heritage at schools and to community groups, bringing along aboriginal artifacts handed down through family.
These relics, including birch bark baskets and a traditional drum, were also stolen.
“These are irreplaceable,” said Campiou.
Also in the unit were family treasures, photo albums and items collected from her late son’s childhood, items she had hoped to pass on to her grandson who only has a handful of pictures of his father.
“They’re of value to no one else except my family,” said Campiou. “I was keeping a lot of the items for [my grandson] as he grew older.”
Still mourning the loss of her son, the stress of the theft has left Campiou feeling broken and violated, unable to sleep and reluctant to eat.
“I don’t know if I’m praying for strength anymore,” said Campiou, “because maybe if I didn’t have all that strength this wouldn’t happen.”
To make matters worse, as she still struggles to find the emotional strength to deal with her trauma her vehicle was struck from behind in a serious collision last week that damaged her shoulders, back and left side of her collar bone.
“I feel like I have a dark cloud over me, with all of this happening,” Campiou said.
Despite all of the recent hardships she has had to overcome, Campiou is “turning to our way” and is thankful for the support she has received from her family, friends and community.
“I’m grateful for all my friends, and I’m grateful for all my family, and I’m grateful that at least can wake up in the morning and have the willingness to keep going,” Campiou said, “that I have the capacity to take one step at a time and just keep going.”
A fundraiser and silent auction is being held at Ebenezer Hall at 16302 106 Ave on Nov. 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Artists are invited to submit their work. For more information, contact organizer Lyle Donald at 780-910-3625.
Please boost this.
This is horrible.
This makes me feel so sick, boost the hell out of this!
Emotion gives context to the logic of a political argument. Arguing that people without a personal stake in an issue are better spokespeople for that issue because they’re ‘unbiased by emotion’ delegitimizes the real-life experiences and authority of the people affected the issue by constructing them as overemotional reactionaries.
In short: no, actually; I can be pissed off and still dismantle your entire duckfricked argument
THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS
Which ties in so well with the problem of folks who use issues of oppression as debate practice.
They object to arguments about oppression containing emotion, because they don’t feel emotionally invested in them.
You can’t impose Lincoln-Douglas debate standards on someone’s frustrations with their actual circumstances and you can’t logic away people’s genuine suffering.
Basically, fuck you to everyone out there more concerned about how we talk about issues than the issues we talk about. Fuck you to all you “devil’s advocate” assholes. Fuck you to anyone who thinks they can explain away an oppressed person’s oppression.
And most importantly: fuck you to anyone who mistakes cold, detached, contrarianism for logic.
What a creative mom!
2890. Wengenn in Wonderland. Artist and mother of three, Queenie Liao imagines what her son might be dreaming of during his naptimes. These are so cute and artfully crafted!
I think the term “breaking the hymen” should actually be struck from our vocabulary
Because many if not most intelligent, educated women honestly don’t get that when they bleed during their first time (or any other time) it’s actually not supposed to go that way ideally? And that if everything goes as slowly and gently and carefully as your body is meant to go you probably shouldn’t bleed? And bleeding doesn’t result from your hymen breaking as it’s supposed to but tearing as it’s not supposed to during sex?
Like your body is actually tearing and you don’t understand that it doesn’t HAVE to tear and people assume that when they don’t bleed it’s because something is wrong or they aren’t “real” virgins when really it’s because either
A) your hymen has stretched enough already (recently) due to certain activities or
B) IT’S A RARE OCCASION WHERE EVERYTHING IS GOING KINDA WELL NO SRSLY YOU’RE DOING WHAT YOUR BODY EXPECTED YOU TO DO SO YOUR BODY ISN’T TEARING
(But it’s okay of course if it does tear I mean come on a hymen’s gonna do what a hymen’s gonna do)
How is it that even relatively decent sex ed classes in school refer to the hymen “breaking” um nah that thing’s not supposed to break that is actually waaaay scarier than what actually happens
I am suddenly very distressed by this particular sex myth
Until I knew what was supposed to happen I was scared of the idea of being devirginized because seriously when you think of a part of your body breaking it’s fucking terrifying
to add to this:
the reason this isn’t discussed or demystified is because it doesn’t feed into the narrative that “devirginizing” a woman ( not all/only women have hymens ) is an accomplishment for cis men. The bleeding and pain is “proof” that they entered and conquered you. They’ve altered you. They like the idea that they have physical proof that they are the first/only man to enter you. This idea that the first time is painful and bloody is a male ideal. Many men get off on this exact thing. Many probably don’t even realize it’s that aspect that turns them on or how fucked up that is.
It would also mean that we would start to expect gentleness and courtesy and respect from our partners when they want to have penetrative sex with us for the first time, and we just can’t have that!! It’s not about our comfort or pleasure: it’s about their conquest and their pleasure and our pain and discomfort are needed in order for that to be achieved.
That’s rape culture. This is what environments that assume sex is unambiguously a good thing do. Saying, “It’s consensual sex that’s good” doesn’t actually fix the problem. It just creates a situation where you must be consenting to sex, because if you aren’t, you’re not having enough sex and then you’re “sex-negative”.
See, it only fixes a problem where you’re like, “Well I don’t really want to do this right now”. It does not do anything at all to help people who find sex painful. It does nothing at all to help a person who doesn’t want sex, but thinks they do because it’s been so heavily normativized they have to have sex, and have to have it in this specific way. All the, “But make sure it’s consensual!” thing does is tells the person, “Well maybe if you don’t want sex this time it’s okay, but remember you still must be having it some of the time!”
See, to actually fight rape culture you need to say “Sex is always optional. You are never obligated to have sex.” You must always be concerned with consent, and that means you must accept that the answer may very well always be no, despite the fact there’s this belief sex is the greatest thing ever.
And if someone never wants sex, then sex can’t really be a good thing to them, because it’s always unwanted.
Really like this. We need to find ways of transforming real sex positivity to promote choice in sex, not uncritically promote sex itself.
500% sure this is a creepshot.
you people with these stupid ass kawaii blogs reblog this shit all the time and it’s getting really old because if it were 2 white girls in school uniforms there’d be a hoard of white feminists sending death threats to everyone who reblogs this but if it’s an asian it’s ok to exploit, dehumanize, and hyper sexualize them. you people are fucking disgusting and you need to stop.
bobs burgers is an example of how fucking funny things can be when yoU ACTUALLY UTILISE YOUR FEMALE CHARACTERS FOR COMEDY INSTEAD OF HAVING THEM STAND THERE ROLLING THEIR EYES
DO YOU SEE
dang girl are you my appendix because I don’t understand how you work but this feeling in my stomach makes me want to take you out
That is quite possibly the weirdest and most carefully thought out pickup line I’ve ever read. I applaud you.
let’s get this straight. bisexual people are not ___% straight. they are not any percent straight. they are 100% bisexual.
nothing fucking pisses me off more than people automatically defending parents (or slightly less often, the nebulous concept of “family” overall) as if they’re fucking sainted beings
the prime candidates for abusive behavior upon children are WOW NOT SURPRISINGLY their own fucking parents/family members
PLEASE kindly shut your fucking face if you have the urge to say that kind of bullshit
Do you support the LGBTQ+ community or do you support the CGWM (cis gay white male) community? There’s a difference.
also take into account that many disabled people can’t get diagnosed and therefore may not be included in these statistics
(straight dude voice) its just BIOLOGY, its human nature to objectify women without their consent and treat them as sexual objects even if they dont want to be, its EMPOWERING for them, god dont you know anything