Category Archives: Colonization

Military Personnel Trained by the CIA Used Napalm Against Indigenous People in Brazil

Indigenous people of ethnic Pataxo struggle to return their lands. In October 2014, they closed the highway to pressure the government. (Photo: Santiago Navarro F.)

Indigenous people of ethnic Pataxo struggle to return their lands. In October 2014, they closed the highway to pressure the government. (Photo: Santiago Navarro F.)

by Santiago Navarro F., Renata Bessi and Translated by Miriam Taylor, Truthout via Intercontinental Cry on November 11, 2014

TRUTHOUT–For the first time in the history of Brazil, the federal government is investigating the deaths and abuses suffered by Indigenous peoples during military dictatorship (1964-1985). The death toll may be twenty times more than previously known.

Just as in World War II and Vietnam, napalm manufactured in the US burned the bodies of hundreds of indigenous individuals in Brazil, people without an army and without weapons. The objective was to take over their lands. Indigenous peoples in this country suffered the most from the atrocities committed during the military dictatorship (1964-1985) – with the support of the United States. For the first time in Brazil’s history, the National Truth Commission, created by the federal government in 2012 in order to investigate political crimes committed by the State during the military dictatorship, gives statistics showing that the number of indigenous individuals killed could be 20 times greater than was previously officially registered by leftist militants.

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Comic: What is Colonialism?

A four part comic by Zig Zag, originally published in Broken Pencil magazine.

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Fighting for history: Uncovering the truth of residential schools

Native children in Residential School.

Native children in Residential School.

A report from the front lines of the search for “truth” in Truth and Reconciliation, and a look at the people trying to make history accessible to aboriginals and non-aboriginals alike.

WINNIPEG—There are two sacred boxes in the offices of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

One is a bentwood box sculpted from a single piece of cedar by an indigenous artist. Its panels are adorned with the mournful carved faces representing First Nations and Métis who suffered through the residential schools era, when government-sanctioned institutions systemically tried to eradicate indigenous culture, tore apart families and operated havens for child abuse.

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Okanagan National Alliance launches court challenge of B.C. Treaty process

No Justice Stolen Land logoOverlapping land claims at centre of lawsuit questioning the legality of the B.C. treaty process

The Canadian Press/CBC,  Aug 12, 2014

A stack of overlapping land claims by First Nations is a “cancer” within British Columbia’s treaty process, says a prominent provincial chief spearheading a court challenge of the decades-old method of negotiating aboriginal rights and title in the province.

The seven-members Okanagan National Alliance has filed a civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver disputing the B.C. Treaty Process, and centres it legal action around an agreement between the province and Ktunaxa Nation Council.

The incremental treaty agreement was signed in March 2013 and gives the Cranbrook, B.C., nation and its adjoining bands 242 hectares of land in the West Kootenay. The deal is the first stage of forging a broader treaty. Read the rest of this entry

The Logic of Israeli Violence

A massive explosion hits Gaza Strip as Israeli forces bomb heavily populated areas.

A massive explosion hits Gaza Strip as Israeli forces bomb heavily populated areas.

Israeli violence isn’t senseless — it follows a colonial logic.

by Greg Shupak, Jacobin Magazine, July 30, 2014

One could be forgiven for understanding Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip as butchery for its own sake. That’s a plausible interpretation of the killing of 1,284 Palestinians, at least 75 percent of whom are civilians, and injuring another 7,100.

Seeing Israel as engaging in senseless bloodletting might seem an even more reasonable conclusion in light of the massacre of sixty-three people in Shujaiya after “the extensive use of artillery fire on dozens of populated areas across the Gaza Strip” that left bodies “scattered on streets,” or the bombing of United Nations shelters for those fleeing the violence. That conclusion is also tempting based on reports out of Khuza’a, a hamlet in the hinterlands of the Strip that was the scene of another Israeli massacre. Read the rest of this entry

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

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