INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND TWO-SPIRITED PEOPLE: OUR WORK IS DECOLONIZATION!

“Be a Good Girl” by Tania Willard
“Be a Good Girl” by Tania Willard

by Chelsea Vowel, Guts Magazine, July 24, 2014

Indigenous women and two-spirited* people are leading a resurgence movement in iyiniwi-ministik, the People’s Island.* They draw on their traditional roles as protectors of the land and water to inform their work in our communities, and root themselves in their specific socio-political orders to counter colonialism and to revitalize language and culture. Rather than being defined as a struggle against patriarchal gender roles and the division of labour, Indigenous women and two-spirited people’s work combats the imposition of colonial barriers. The goal is not to attain gender equality, but rather to restore Indigenous nationhood, which includes gender equality and respect for gender fluidity.

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Unist’ot’en evict survey crew from TransCanada

Published on Jul 24, 2014

On July 22, 2014, the Unist’ot’en camp evicted a TransCanada crew working on the Coastal Gaslink pipeline within their territories in northern BC. If caught tresspassing again, TransCanada’s equipment will be confiscated.

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Inuit begin battle against seismic testing over fears it endangers marine life

Over 300 Inuit protest fracking on Baffin Island, July 2014.

Over 300 Inuit protest fracking on Baffin Island, July 2014.

By Kent Driscoll, APTN National News, July 23, 2014
Clyde River/Kanngiqtugaapik, NunavutMore than 300 people in the small Baffin Island community of Clyde River, Nunavut, took to the streets Wednesday in protest of proposed seismic testing off the eastern shore of Baffin Island.

Seismic testing is where loud sonic guns are fired into the water and the echo helps to determine what resources are available under the seabed, typically oil.

The National Energy Board announced that the proposed testing has been delayed until 2015, but that didn’t limit the enthusiasm or turnout.

There are only 1,000 people who live in Clyde River and nearly one third of them turned up Wednesday afternoon for a march around the community’s Ring Road. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations rights and title claims: Is it legitimate to call it class struggle?

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Special unit to investigate RCMP shooting of man on Manitoba reserve

Manitoba shootingCBC News July 21, 2014

Manitoba Justice has ordered an independent special investigations unit to look into the shooting of a First Nations man by RCMP.

The special unit, from Alberta, is heading to Norway House Cree Nation to look into the matter, which happened Sunday during a baseball tournament in the community.

Witnesses told CBC News the man, Evan Cromarty, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, appeared to be unarmed and was holding his arms up when a Mountie shot at him. Read the rest of this entry

Oppenheimer homeless camp: First Nations members issue eviction notice to Vancouver

Oppenheimer tents 1City of Vancouver says Oppenheimer Park is a backyard for the neighbourhood, not a campground

CBC News July 20, 2014

A standoff is brewing between the City of Vancouver and a group of protesters camped out in a Downtown Eastside park — but in a twist, the city itself has been handed an eviction notice.

On Sunday, just over a dozen tents stood at Oppenheimer Park. Those living in them tell CBC News they’re homeless with nowhere else to live.

In the past three days, the campers have received two eviction notices from the city, which has bylaws prohibiting sleeping in parks and erecting structures on public property. Read the rest of this entry

Six Nations protesters stop Enbridge Line 9 dig in North Dumfries

Enbridge Line 6 6 NationsCBC News July 17, 2014

Protesters from Six Nations stopped work at a dig on a portion of the Line 9 pipeline in North Dumfries Thursday morning.

According to a statement from protesters, a group marched onto a work site east of Highway 24 near the Grand River between Cambridge and Brantford around 10 a.m. Thursday. They say Enbridge’s employees are working without consent or consultation on land that is on Haudenosaunee territory. Read the rest of this entry

Database Website for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Bella Laboucan-Mclean.

Bella Laboucan-Mclean.

Launch of Website for Community-led Database for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women on Anniversary of Bella Laboucan-Mclean’s Death

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE,  July 16, 2014
As Indigenous peoples, working for justice for #MMIW is a process that starts within our own communities. The launch of this  website is one example of the resurgence of community documentation as justice.

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Timing of election, role of Confederacy of Nations to dominate AFN General Assembly

New Chief rawBy Chris Plecash, Hill Times, July 14, 2014

First Nations leaders will determine the election date for AFN national chief at the organization’s general assembly in Halifax this week, but several other pressing matters will be on the agenda, including the role of the recently-revived Confederacy of Nations.

Chiefs from the country’s 634 First Nations will meet in Halifax on July 15 and 16, where they will determine the timing of the next election of the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations following Shawn Atleo’s resignation from the position on May 2.

Some chiefs will be advocating to hold an election as soon as possible, while others support holding the election in December to coincide with the organization’s special assembly. Another bloc is expected to argue in favour of waiting until next summer when the Chiefs-in-Assembly were originally scheduled to elect the next national chief in Winnipeg. Read the rest of this entry

Northern Gateway pipeline: First Nations outline constitutional challenges

"Grand Chief" Stewart Phillips of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

“Grand Chief” Stewart Phillips of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says at least 9 legal challenges have been launched

By Mike Laanela, CBC News, July 14, 2014

Several B.C. First Nations are launching at least nine court challenges to try to block Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, leaders revealed at a news conference this morning in Vancouver.

The First Nations leaders said they will argue the proposed pipeline and its recent approval by the federal government is a constitutional violation of their aboriginal land rights in their respective territories, particularly in light of the Supreme Court of Canada victory last month by the Tsilhqot’in First Nation. Read the rest of this entry

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