Category Archives: Colonization

Colonialism, Explained

GettyImages-3088694by Jamila Osman, Teen Vogue,

Colonialism is defined as “control by one power over a dependent area or people.” In practice, colonialism is when one country violently invades and takes control of another country, claims the land as its own, and sends people — “settlers” — to live on that land. Read the rest of this entry

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Number of Indigenous people in prison now a human rights issue says Correctional Investigator

hi-bc-120604-prison-cellsby Todd Lamirande, APTN National News, Oct 31, 2017

Canada’s Correctional Investigator said the number of Indigenous people locked up in prisons across the country is now a human rights issue.

“That the incarceration rate for Indigenous people keeps climbing year after year after year, relentlessly,” said Zinger. Read the rest of this entry

In Canada, white supremacy is the law of the land

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Art Manuel at Standing Rock in 2016 during protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

In this excerpt from his recently-released book, the late Indigenous activist Arthur Manuel writes about how the BNA Act that created Canada set the young country on the path to a “race-based democracy”

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Video: Destroy Colonialism

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Columbus Day shines light on growing movement to replace holiday

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Columbus statue in Detroit, Michigan, with a hatchet in his head.

CBS News, October 9, 2017

NEW YORK — Is it time to say arrivederci to Christopher Columbus?

A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day has gained momentum in some parts of the U.S., with Los Angeles in August becoming the biggest city yet to decide to stop honoring the Italian explorer and instead recognize victims of colonialism. Read the rest of this entry

Ottawa to announce settlement with Indigenous survivors of Sixties Scoop

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Sixties Scoop survivors and supporters gather for a demonstration at a Toronto courthouse on Aug. 23, 2016. (Michelle Siu/Canadian Press)

Thousands of First Nations children placed in non-Indigenous care to be compensated

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, October 5, 2017

Crown-Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett will announce a financial settlement with survivors of the Sixties Scoop tomorrow, CBC News has confirmed.

The Canadian Press reported Thursday that survivors would receive some $800 million as compensation, or between $25,000 and $50,000 for each claimant. CBC could not independently confirm that figure. Read the rest of this entry

Toronto book publisher accused of whitewashing Indigenous history

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A page from the school book describing how European settlers acquired Indigenous land…

Parents express outrage over workbook in Grade 3 social studies section

By Philip Lee-Shanok, CBC News, October 3, 2017

Indigo is among bookstores that have pulled a children’s educational workbook that angry parents say glosses over the history of Indigenous people since the arrival of Europeans to North America. Read the rest of this entry

Residential school runaway remembers harrowing journey that killed his two friends

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Bernard Andreason, then and now. Andreason, left, at 11 years old, when he attended Stringer Hall in Inuvik. He’s now 56, and lives in Vancouver (right). (CBC)

‘At the time, as young kids, it sounded good … like we were going to make it in a day or 2’

By Brandi Morin, CBC News, September 21, 2017

When the highway connecting Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk year-round finally opens in November, Bernard Andreason hopes to be there.

But it will be a celebration tinged with loss and regret. Read the rest of this entry

Graphic: Colonization is War

Colonization is War graphicFrom IndigenousAction.org, September 2017

Xenophobic White nationalists and pro-US assimilationist DACA defenders are all waving the same settler colonial flag. Read the rest of this entry