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delusional COMMENCALbicycles's article
Feb 5, 2018 at 9:01
Feb 5, 2018
Commencal Announces BC-Edition Furious and Meta
@jaame: Funny you say "all that" - I think that what I've suggested is pretty minor really. Bear in mind than when we're talking about Indigenous rights issues in North America we're talking about engaging with a history of violent colonialism that waged a concerted effort to eradicate an entire continent of peoples and their cultures: Indigenous children were still being put into residential schools where they were forbidden to show any representation of their own cultures (and often treated in terrible abusive ways) until the late 20th century; from the 60s on (until today) Indigenous children are taken from their parents pretty much as a first step whenever child services are involved; treaties with First Nations are still routinely ignored; Indigenous women and girls are murdered at an alarming rate and barely investigated; and there's plenty more if you want to do some reading. I recommended a book up above that is a great introduction to this stuff. All of that has left many divorced from their culture, their homes, and their families, has created inter-generational trauma which very seriously affects many people today, has threatened many languages and cultures with extinction, and contributed to a deep racism that runs through settlers: people and state. So yes, when a European company comes over here, and releases a BC edition that: takes an approximation of First Nations art, tries to sell a product using a colour that is tied to remembrance for residential schools, pulls from Haida imagery whilst having no actual relation to Haida lands, and then tries to frame this all as a respect for "BC history" (remember that BC itself is a colonial imposition on Indigenous lands) that can well leave a bitter taste for many. The Totem graphics are certainly a bit of an issue, but perhaps somewhat different in that, from what I remember, they were not contextualised within a place as much as this is. But yes, they probably should have worked with Indigenous artists to create those - that they didn't does not excuse anyone else from doing the same.
delusional COMMENCALbicycles's article
Feb 4, 2018 at 22:55
Feb 4, 2018
Commencal Announces BC-Edition Furious and Meta
@jaame: For sure, it's certainly too late to do anything about the bikes themselves, but there are more responses here than not selling the bike, and this is not an issue of consumer choice to be decided by "buy the bike or don't buy the bike". There are many things that Commencal could choose to do here in response that wouldn't be "pull the bike". Even acknowledging that they made a mistake, and saying that they will consult with the relevant First Nations on any similar project in future, would be better than just saying that they'd read the comments. But on the subject of things that wouldn't really cost anything... updating the website copy to actually honour the peoples who's lands we're on would be a good start (and not refer to the Haida as "BC history"), and adding territory acknowledgements to videos filmed on First Nations territories would be fantastic. It wouldn't cost a whole lot to donate the fee that should have been paid to a Haida artist for that art work as well. But really the best thing they could do would be to talk to the relevant First Nations themselves, apologise, and ask them what to do.
delusional COMMENCALbicycles's article
Feb 4, 2018 at 11:50
Feb 4, 2018
Commencal Announces BC-Edition Furious and Meta
@COMMENCALbicycles: Max, Thanks for taking the time to read the stuff here. I'm not entirely clear, but sounds like you're saying that you weren't aware of the significance of using these graphics? As a European immigrant to BC I understand that it's easy to not be aware of this stuff when you come from outside - many people who grew up here are pretty blind to it still, so I don't think anyone here is suggesting that you intentionally ignored the potential issues. The important thing is what you do when you do know. And I can't help but notice that you didn't mention anything about what may happen now that you are aware of the issues? Dan
delusional COMMENCALbicycles's article
Jan 31, 2018 at 21:30
Jan 31, 2018
Commencal Announces BC-Edition Furious and Meta
@nathanbalsdon: Minor point of grammar, First Nations are not "our" indigenous people, the "our" can be kind of offensive in that it presumes a sense of ownership. The term First Nations rather refers to indigenous peoples living in the land now referred to as Canada, who are not Inuit or M├ętis. I highly recommend checking out the book Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel on this topic. https://www.amazon.ca/Indigenous-Writes-Nations-issues-Canada/dp/155379680
delusional sarahmoore's article
Jan 28, 2018 at 19:41
Jan 28, 2018
7 Women's Skills Clinics & Camps Happening in 2018
Damn. I know mountain biking can be kind of a mess at the best of times, but it makes me really sad to see alt-right terminology (e.g. "cuck" and "soyboy") turning up in this community.
delusional sarahmoore's article
Jan 27, 2018 at 17:41
Jan 27, 2018
7 Women's Skills Clinics & Camps Happening in 2018
Dialed In Cycling in Squamish do a whole series of women's skills sessions over the summer for beginners to experts. Nothing posted for this summer just yet, but pretty sure they'll be up soon: http://dialedincycling.com/
delusional sarahmoore's article
Jan 27, 2018 at 17:39
Jan 27, 2018
7 Women's Skills Clinics & Camps Happening in 2018
@poozank: Using the term "cuck" and calling someone else out for having a toxic world view?!
delusional paulaston's article
Jan 17, 2018 at 8:44
Jan 17, 2018
Hope Cuts Price on Made-in-England Carbon Bike
@raditude: I think the millions upon millions murdered, the cultures destroyed, and countries left destitute may not be so keen on any positive mention of colonialism.
delusional pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 13, 2017 at 21:46
Dec 13, 2017
How To Cutty With Brendan Fairclough - Video
Probably the professional trail crew in the bike park.
delusional VorsprungSuspension's article
Dec 10, 2017 at 13:47
Dec 10, 2017
New Products and Innovative Tuning System from Vorsprung
@VorsprungSuspension: It's minor, but not irrelevant. By phrasing it in this way the sentence is conflating women with timid, and male with charging. The sentence doesn't lose any meaning by dropping the gender there, but it does make it marginally less sexist which is better for everyone. It's the same as things like "panty line" for easy options on a trail, stopping using that is granted only a small improvement in perpetuating negative gender stereotypes, but it comes at literally zero cost so why wouldn't you do it?
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