Terese Marie Mailhot
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Terese Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band. She is Saturday Editor at The Rumpus and is a columnist for Indian Country Today. Her work has been featured in The Offing, The Rumpus, Yellow Medicine Review, and Burrow Press Review.

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Being An Indigenous Woman In Canada Is To Feel Hunted

(40) Comments | Posted April 10, 2017 | 10:27 AM

Editorial contains graphic details.

Previously published at Indian Country Today

Joey English's body was hidden for a day under Joshua Jordan Weise's bed before he dismembered her and threw the body parts in several locations. The man was released on bail

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Self-Help Isn't Enough For Native Women

(25) Comments | Posted April 3, 2017 | 11:43 AM

Previously published at Indian Country Today.

Women say, "You have to love yourself before anyone can love you at all," and that seemed like solid advice until I wondered what that means to a person who is from a collective culture -- a person like me.

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Assimilation Isn't A 'Good Intention' Unless You're White

(130) Comments | Posted March 29, 2017 | 4:48 PM

Previously published with Indian Country Today.

Senator Lynn Beyak, a member of the Canadian senate committee on Aboriginal People, was criticized for saying there were some "good things" about residential schools, where an estimated 150,000 indigenous children were forcibly removed from their communities --

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First Nations Living In Poverty Will Change The World

(3) Comments | Posted March 24, 2017 | 11:54 AM

Living in poverty can feel like being invisible, or worse, they notice you and your shoes, your lack of cash flow, or car, or insurance, or leisure. That lack is the reason why I'm here. Believing in my bright future was the greatest resistance.

Poor was taking the bus...

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The Journey To Connect With My White Roots

(8) Comments | Posted January 27, 2017 | 12:39 AM

There have been family stories about my white roots, something so dark and painful it's hard to articulate the specifics of it. I have a frail, white Victorian era ancestor, which explains my affinity for chaise lounges, large hats, and lethargy. It's a glorious thing to discover yourself in your...

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Society Enables Men To Hurt Indigenous Women With Impunity

(5) Comments | Posted January 26, 2017 | 12:41 PM

Today I realized some men around me are hurtful, including the love of my life. After tonight I'm going to provide myself a safe space to be happy, unhurt and in peace. I can't seem to find that, and I think part of it is because these men don't believe...

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I'm Standing Up To A Lifetime Of Anonymous Online Racism

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2017 | 1:55 PM

Indigenous people are subject to racism, whether they are professors, authors, award winners, self-made or struggling. Our voices won't be silenced. Indigenous women have been subject to a gross amount of pushback online from white people within our communities. I say: name your culprits and give them the exposure they...

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Sexism Lives Within Indigenous And Liberal Organizations

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2017 | 7:15 AM

Indigenous women are asked to fit into their organizations. Sometimes it's with simple questions, and it's uncomfortable to confront something so subtle, systemic, and troubling. The burden of proof to expose disparity typically falls on members who are already burdened enough.

One in three Indigenous women will be raped...

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For My Brother, The Protector

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2017 | 1:43 AM

Previously Published in Indian Country Today Media Network.

Mom thought my brother could intuit the future. Her assumptions weren't baseless; she was a historian. As Nlaka' pamux, we've been known to see things, like the white man before he came, or Jesus before the text. It's all in...

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I'm Sorry Joseph Boyden's Apology Was So Impotent

(21) Comments | Posted January 16, 2017 | 6:57 AM

When Boyden said in a recent interview that he should step back and let more deeply-rooted members of the community speak on its behalf -- and that he had become 'a bit too big' of a deal, my immediate reaction was a shrug. His apologies have felt a little flaccid,...

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Dear Outsiders, Listen Before You Speak About Our Native Identity

(33) Comments | Posted January 9, 2017 | 1:18 PM

This blog originally appeared on Indian Country Today Media Network.

In the midst of the debate over Joseph Boyden's ethnic ambiguity, Konrad Yakabuski wrote a misguided Globe and Mail article in the author's defence originally titled "Joseph Boyden's lynching should set off alarm bells."


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Tell Joseph Boyden You Can't Sell 'Indian' Like A Souvenir

(11) Comments | Posted January 5, 2017 | 9:35 AM

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Canadian author Joseph Boyden. (Photo: BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

This blog originally appeared on Indian Country Today Media Network.

Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda, is a figurehead in native literature and was recently scrutinized for his lack of proof concerning his...

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