Category Archives: Decolonization

Canada’s rejection of Aboriginal passport an insult of the highest degree

Australia aboriginal passportby Aboriginal Provisional Government, Intercontinental Cry, August 5, 2014

In mid-August, four young Aboriginal people [from Australia] will fly into Vancouver to begin their month long journey of meeting with the Native peoples of Turtle Island (Canada).  Secretary of the Aboriginal Provisional Government Michael Mansell (Pakana) advised Canada’s Consulate General of the delegation’s intentions to travel on Aboriginal passports. The Canadian government responded on the 4th of August, stating the delegation “Cannot enter Canada on Aboriginal passports”.

The four members of the delegation are Meriki Onus (Gunnai), Callum Clayton-Dixon (Nganyaywana), Pekeri Ruska (Goenpul) and Bogaine Skuthorpe-Spearim (Gamilaraay).

According to Melbourne based lawyer Pekeri Ruska, using Aboriginal passports would “Show Aboriginal independence from the Australian government”.

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Navajo Nation Turns to Plant-Based Foods to Reverse Diabetes

Vegetable boxby Lee Allen, Indian Country Today, July 30, 2014

Diabetes in Indian country is an on-going theme—as are the efforts to combat the disease. One of the most recent steps forward took place recently (July 18-19) at the inaugural International Conference on Diabetes where global researchers weighed in on a surge in Type 2 diabetes—and the role of dietary intervention as a first-line treatment. Nearly three dozen researchers from six countries and leading research institutions presented the current-day status of their investigations involving risk factors and lifestyle interventions as a starting point toward better health.

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Copper broken on Parliament Hill in First Nations shaming ceremony

The copper in Saskatchewan, June 2014, during its cross country journey to Ottawa.

The copper in Saskatchewan, June 2014, during its cross country journey to Ottawa.

Western Canada First Nations representatives want government to address troubled relationship

By Martha Troian, CBC News, Juyl 27, 2014

A traditional shaming ceremony held today on the steps of Parliament Hill is meant to challenge the federal government to renew its troubled relationship with First Nations, says a prominent West Coast artist.

Beau Dick, 59, a master carver and hereditary chief from the Namgis First Nation, says the ceremony involves cutting or breaking a large copper shield.

“Breaking copper is a challenge, it is also a shaming, and it is also about banishment,” Dick explained. Read the rest of this entry

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

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First Nations Target Copper Shaming Ceremony At Canadian Government

Awalaskenis copper cutting 1by Stephen Hui, Georgia StraightJuly 3, 2014

When Haida copper is smashed on Parliament Hill on July 27, the ancient shaming ceremony won’t just be sending a message to the federal government.

On the first day of the Awalaskenis II journey from Vancouver to Ottawa, Kwakwaka’wakw hereditary chief and carver Beau Dick told the Georgia Straight that he sees performing the copper cutting ritual as a “challenge” to all Canadians as well.

“It’s about consciousness and about waking up to realize that, as human beings, we have a lot of things to sort out,” Dick said on Wednesday (July 2), as he marched with about 40 people on West Broadway. Read the rest of this entry

Survivor’s Totem Pole to symbolize resistance, persistence, and inclusion in Vancouver

Haida carver Skundaal.

Haida carver Skundaal.

By Matt Kieltyka, Metro Vancouver,

Like the Bear Mother at the base of a totem pole, a Vancouver artist hopes her latest community project will provide strength to the Downtown Eastside.  Skundaal, Bill Reid’s only female apprentice, and three apprentice carvers have been whittling away on a survivor’s pole dedicated to communities that have struggled for survival in Vancouver.

After the totem’s completion, it will be installed somewhere in the Downtown Eastside (the location has been kept secret) as a lasting symbol of inclusion between Aboriginals, Chinese Head Tax survivors, victims of Japanese internment during the Second World War, the homeless and those currently facing gentrification and other issues in the DTES. Read the rest of this entry

Confronting Canada Day Rally and March in Vancouver

Confronting Canada Day march down Commercial Drive, July 1, 2014.

Confronting Canada Day march down Commercial Drive, July 1, 2014.

By Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, July 2, 2014

Approximately 100 people attended a “Confront Canada Day” rally and march in Vancouver, BC, on July 1, 2014.  The rally began at Clark Park in East Vancouver with Natives drumming, singing and speaking against the colonial history of Canada.  There was also a contingent of anarchists dressed in Black Bloc and carrying black flags.  The group then marched down Commercial Drive behind a large black banner that proclaimed “Decolonize Means Attack”, chanting slogans such as “No pipelines on stolen Native land” and “Fuck Canada”  with fireworks and flares being lit periodically. Read the rest of this entry

‘Building rage': Decolonizing class war

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Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex

Indigenous Action Media, May 4, 2014Accomplices not Allies graphic

This provocation is intended to intervene in some of the current tensions around solidarity/support work as the current trajectories are counter-liberatory from my perspective. Special thanks to DS in Phoenix for convos that lead to this ‘zine and all those who provided comments/questions/disagreements. Don’t construe this as being for “white young middle class allies”, just for paid activists, non-profits, or as a friend said, “downwardly-mobile anarchists or students.” There are many so-called “allies” in the migrant rights struggle who support “comprehensive immigration reform” which furthers militarization of Indigenous lands. Read the rest of this entry

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