My Body Hair Made Me Hate the Skin I'm in

Shailee Koranne | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Living
Shailee Koranne

13-years-old: I get up to get some paper from the cubbies in the front of the classroom and a boy follows me. He loudly asks me why Indian girls are so hairy. I stare at him, shocked, wanting to disappear. He presses on, telling me all brown girls are unattractive and he's only ever met one girl hairier than me. He tells me her name, as though I'd know her. I turn around and ignore him until he goes away. The whole class is quiet -- no one sticks up for me. I learn what it's like to hate your skin. Really, really hate it.

Why Calling Me a Brown Girl Isn't Racist

Reeha Korpal | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Living
Reeha Korpal

Here is the thing -- "brown" is not a derogatory term. It is not a word rooted in oppression, exclusion, bigotry, or hatred of any kind at the social or institutional level. The term is value neutral. It holds no malice, or intent to harm. It is not a powerful reminder of disenfranchisement and racial divisions such as the term"n*****." As wonderful as it is that people want to step up to the plate to help create inclusion and openness, I just wish it was with some context. Instead, get up off your feet when you hear some of the following slurs that are offensive and have been historically directed towards brown people.

15 Plus 6 = A Jilted Groom

The Huffington Post Canada | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Living

Most couples worry about prenuptial agreements, wedding day weather or how their guests will behave. Math should be the furthest thing from a bride or...

Spice Up Your Holiday Party With Indian Appetizers

Samira Nanda | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Living
Samira Nanda

Coming from India, I discovered a new love of eating turkey and all the classic sides that go with it, whether it's candied yams, buttermilk biscuits or silky soft mashed potatoes. But when it comes to appetizers, instead of the usual chips, cheese plates or nuts, I plan to shake things up a bit this year with a few classic Indian appetizers.

Taking a Leap From the Kitchen to the Dragons' Den

Vikram Vij | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Living
Vikram Vij

On October 15, I make my debut on CBC's Dragons' Den as one of two new members of the Dragons team. I'm very proud to be included in such an incredibly illustrious line-up of respected business people and to take my place alongside them on such a great show.

A Conversation With YouTube Stars Humble the Poet and Superwoman #Leh

Raji Aujla | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Raji Aujla

YouTube stars Lilly Singh and Kanwer Singh, better known as Superwoman and Humble the Poet sit down with Raji Aujla to talk about the process of creating their viral music video, #Leh.

Why It Makes Me Want to Cry When Brown Kids Want to Be Blonde and Blue-Eyed

masalamommas | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Living

I always respond with the line that people are like dogs -- we are all the same species but we have different fur colours and no colour is actually better than the other: it just is. And since the two eldest are animal obsessed, this all makes sense to them. Then sometime last summer my seven-year-old son (who always identifies himself as brown like daddy) started telling me how he wanted "yellow" hair because it was better. Maybe it sounds overdramatic but I actually wanted to cry -- I just couldn't bear the idea that despite all the changes, a little brown boy or girl would automatically think that it was better to be the blonde, blue-eyed guy (or girl).

7 Yoga Facts From A Yogini

Anupreet Sandhu Bhamra | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada Living
Anupreet Sandhu Bhamra

The word Yoga means union. As an Indian Philosophy, Yoga is a discipline through which body and mind are brought together in union, in complete harmony. It offers a holistic approach to life: through body poses, breathing, self-control of senses, diet, meditation, selfless actions, devotion and knowledge, to name a few.

Why Are There So Many Stillborn Babies Among First Nations?

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada Impact

MONTREAL - A new study has detected significantly higher stillbirth rates in aboriginal populations than in non-aboriginal ones in Quebec, especially ...

Still Don't Know What #IdleNoMore Is About? Here's a Cheat-Sheet

Gyasi Ross | Posted 03.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Gyasi Ross

The #IdleNoMore Movement is not a new movement. Instead, it is the latest incarnation of the sustained Indigenous resistance to the rape, pillage and exploitation of this continent and its women that has existed since 1492. For those transfixed on race, you're missing the point. Please consider this a fairly exhaustive explanation of the #IdleNoMore movement, what it is not and what it is.

What is the Strategy Behind Idle No More?

James Morton | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Politics
James Morton

If the million or so aboriginal Canadians together realized their joint power, they could change Canada into a totally different society. And there are indications that a strategy is there. Idle No More need not be a confrontational force -- it can be the catalyst to bring about real justice and fairness for all the nations of Canada.