Robin Parker’s idea for an award fund is in response to the uproar over an editorial published in Write magazine that argued in favour of “cultural appropriation,” and a subsequent scandal involving several media executives — including one from CBC — who tweeted that they would contribute money to an appropriation prize.
“I was watching the ‘appropriation prize’ story unfold on Twitter in real time and it was so upsetting,” said Parker, who started the Emerging Indigenous Voices fundraising campaign on the crowdfunding website IndieGoGo.
“I didn’t want to take up space arguing. I wanted to help create space for creativity and art.”
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Parker said if they can raise the money, she prefers to donate it to an existing Indigenous organization that can manage the award.