Category Archives: Colonization

Policy changes aimed at reviving B.C. treaty process, gaining support for natural-resource projects: Aboriginal Affairs

Aboriginal Affairs minister Bernard Valcourt.

Aboriginal Affairs minister Bernard Valcourt.

Lawyer Douglas Eyford named Valcourt’s “special representative”

OTTAWA — The Harper government announced Monday sweeping policy changes aimed at reviving the B.C. treaty process and convincing more First Nations they should support major natural-resource initiatives in B.C.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s new approach is in response to numerous criticisms over several years that the government has been inflexible in its approach to treaties, and that it has failed to adequately consult First Nations on controversial oilsands pipeline proposals.

Valcourt appointed Vancouver lawyer Douglas Eyford, the author of a critical government-commissioned report published last December, to lead a process to “renew and reform” a comprehensive treaty process that has produced just four deals in more than two decades of talks.

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Maori commemorate 150 years since Battle of Orakau against British

 

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Provinces hand over aboriginal death records from Residential Schools

Residential School survivor t-shirtDene Moore, CTV News/The Canadian Press, March 28, 2014

VANCOUVER — The death records of tens of thousands of First Nations children who died during the time residential schools were operating in Canada have been handed over to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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3 suicides in Maskwacis, Alta., in a week prompt calls for hotline

Theresia Boysis, a resident of Maskwacis, formerly known as Hobbema, is pushing for a 24-hour suicide hotline for the central Alberta community after three women took their own lives last week. (CBC)

Theresia Boysis, a resident of Maskwacis, formerly known as Hobbema, is pushing for a 24-hour suicide hotline for the central Alberta community after three women took their own lives last week. (CBC)

Central Alberta community, once known as Hobbema, reeling over deaths

CBC News, March 13, 2014

Some members of the First Nation community of Maskwacis say they will push for 24-hour suicide hotline following the suicides of three women last week.  Read the rest of this entry

Wounded Knee Massacre 123 Years Ago: We Remember Those Lost

by Levi Rickert, Native News Online, Dec 28, 2013

An iconic photo from the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee of a dead and frozen Big Foot.

An iconic photo from the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee of a dead and frozen Big Foot.

One hundred and twenty-three winters ago, on December 29, 1890, some 150 Lakota men, women and children were massacred by the US 7th Calvary Regiment near Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Some estimate the actual number closer to 300. Read the rest of this entry

Khelsilem Rivers: Colonialism, not Stephen Harper, is the enemy

by Khelsilem Rivers, The Georgia Straight, Nov 14, 2013

Harper wearing headdress supplied by Blood band council, 2011.

Harper wearing headdress supplied by Blood band council, 2011.

Colonists write the rules on how we are governed, and how we are supposed to resist their control is outlined within these rules —rules that provide a misdirected sense of security and certainty by permitting us to launch our grievances according to these rules. Read the rest of this entry

In Australia, apartheid is alive and kicking

The richest land on Earth writes Aboriginal people out of history and pushes them to the margins. Like South Africa 30 years ago

Aboriginal elders playing cards in their camp near Alice Springs.

Aboriginal elders playing cards in their camp near Alice Springs.

John Pilger, The Guardian, November 5, 2013

The corridors of the Australian parliament are so white you squint. The sound is hushed; the smell is floor polish. The wooden floors shine so virtuously they reflect the cartoon portraits of prime ministers and rows of Aboriginal paintings, suspended on white walls, their blood and tears invisible. Read the rest of this entry

B.C.’s Nisga’a becomes only First Nation to privatize land

The northwestern B.C. First Nation has approved the privatization of 3 homes

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The Nisga’a Nation in northwestern British Columbia has become the only First Nation in Canada to let its people own tribal land privately.

The First Nation’s land registrar says it has now signed off on the first three transfers of property to individuals in the Greenville area of the remote First Nation’s land. Read the rest of this entry

Colonial Oppression at Elsipogtog: Right to Self-determination

First Nation struggle for decolonization versus working within the colonial system to benefit a few peopleNew Brunswick Oct 17 6 defendants

By Arthur Manuel, October 30, 2013

It is important to understand the dynamics of Colonialism and how it manifests itself inside Canada. Colonialism has basically three parts, dispossession, dependency and oppression. Read the rest of this entry

Canadian military expands effort to recruit Aboriginals

Soaring Bird Aboriginal Youth Leadership Camp graduates first students

Army News, July 25, 2013

Graduates of 'Soaring Bird' listen to speech.

Graduates of ‘Soaring Bird’ listen to speech.

Manitoulin Island, Ontario — The Soaring Bird Aboriginal Youth Leadership Camp, a skills development program for Aboriginal youth in the First Nations community of Zhiibaahaasing in western Manitoulin, has completed its inaugural run. Read the rest of this entry

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