Alethea Arnaquq-Baril❄️ Profile picture
Documentary filmmaker, Inuit traditional tattoo enthusiast, Inuit seal hunting activist. 1/2 of @redmarrowmedia. I block bots and bigots like a mofo. She/her
Jul 6, 2021 16 tweets 3 min read
Really proud of Mary Simon being the new GG. Many indigenous nations do not identify as Canadian, but Inuit do. So anyone trying to diss an indigenous woman for taking the role can back off.

Mary has a accomplished a lifetime of *incredible* work and leadership for Inuit. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 P.s. I am personally not proud of Canada, and do not accept what “Canada” even is in the minds of settlers and the colonial government. But I have to respect that my people collectively chose the path of joining this governance system and trying to make a go of it.
May 30, 2021 13 tweets 3 min read
There must be an existing initiative to create something along the lines of the Nuremberg Trials for residential schools, right? If not, I'm certain there must be some good research and arguments for it already. Anyone know where I can read up? In the way the International Criminal Court and war crimes were defined/created via the Nuremberg Trials, can we not make colonial crimes an internationally recognized and condemned thing, with its own court?
May 29, 2021 10 tweets 2 min read
TRIGGER WARNING: Child Deaths

Took me a whole day to decide whether I have the strength right now to even see the replies to any posts about this. Yesterday felt like walking through mud. Today my insides are boiling acid.

Please remember how hard it is to even talk about this. I couldn’t even bring myself to talk about it with close, trusted, native friends who I know are having the same feelings.

I can’t imagine the grief of the families and communities affected directly.

Please know many are silently grieving with you. Sending you love.
May 20, 2021 11 tweets 2 min read
It’s always been bullshit that predominantly Inuit communities that speak predominantly Inuktut are forced to provide federal services in BOTH colonial languages. This mechanism actively/continuously/presently colonizes our lands with English/French bilingual settlers. If the constitution is amended to allow Quebec to remove English as an official language, then this opens the door for ALL indigenous communities to also be allowed to choose only one colonial langauge (or none) in addition to their own language to provide services in.
May 20, 2021 10 tweets 3 min read
All of settler politics and settler journalism just instantaneously forgot all about reconciliation and nation to nation promises with #bill96 and the Quebec colonial government’s desires?!

Articles being written without a goddamn thought given to indigenous nations & languages. “Quebec wants to insert two bullet points into the 1867 Constitution Act — one that says "Quebecers form a nation" and another that says "French shall be the only official language of Quebec. It is also the common language of the Quebec nation."

cbc.ca/news/canada/mo…
May 8, 2021 12 tweets 3 min read
FFS southern settlers stop building your careers by gathering mountains of money to pay yourselves to save the Inuit with greenhouses. How do I have to say this every gott-dam year?! There is a national collective amnesia that allows money to be wasted doing this over and over. It’s been a really hard week. I don’t have the bandwidth to look into this right now and not scream curse words at people. Anyone in #nativejournalism interested in looking at how many greenhouse projects have wasted people’s money in the last 20 years?
Dec 21, 2020 33 tweets 5 min read
THREAD - for the love of Inukness, indigeneity and documentary film:

A lot of very eloquent things have been said in response to the news about Michelle Latimer’s apparently insufficient claims to indigenous identity. After my private phone and email conversations with her over the past couple of months, as well as reading the information publicly available, I have decided that I no longer personally see her as indigenous.
Feb 5, 2020 26 tweets 6 min read
This is an incredibly difficult thing to write and put out there publicly. But I am fucking DONE protecting violent men (TW sexual assault) so here goes: I'm upset that Johnny Issaluk has been chosen to receive an award from the Governor General of Canada, as well as an Indspire Award. I have written to both organizations asking them to retract their awards for him.
Oct 26, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
I am gutted by how bad this article is, and that I ever welcomed the author into my house. She arrived in the north having no idea what to even write about, and I gave her a bazillion ideas. Instead she chose to reinforce stereotypes. As I told her: This piece is severely problematic. It’s poverty and trauma porn. There are ways to shed light on darkness respectfully. But your piece is not it. It is one in a loooong line of many that make privileged folk feel better about themselves by feeling bad for Inuit.
Apr 11, 2019 29 tweets 5 min read
1 - Has anyone ever seen a movie (not doc) that directly challenges the “white saviour” trope? Would love to see one, they must exist.

We have a character in our Grizzlies movie that attempts to be a white savour, but fails and is schooled by native youth. 2 - As Inuk producers @Aarluk and I worked really hard to portray this character in a way that felt real to us, having grown up with many of these white saviour type teachers. It was important to show that person for what they are. Then destroy that white fantasy.