Category Archives: Colonization

BC Treaty Commission aims for more First Nations deals with expedited process


Leaders of the Tla’amin Nation celebrate their final agreement in 2014, one of few First Nations to complete the modern-day treaty process in British Columbia. (Tla’amin Nation)

WP Note: every few years the governments and BC Treaty Commission attempt to revitalize the “modern day” treaty process, which began in 1993 and has seen over half a billion dollars paid out to band councils involved in negotiations, most of which must be repaid once a treaty is completed.  Many grassroots Natives oppose the BC treaty process because it’s 1) a fraudulent process negotiated between government funded and imposed band councils and the provincial and federal governments (meaning these are not treaties between sovereign nations), and 2) it is part of the state’s long term strategy of legal, political and economic assimilation through which bands will no longer be under the Indian Act and reserve lands are transformed to fee simple property which can be bought, sold or leased like any other property, and 3) it is part of the overall “self-government” policy which ends with bands self-managing their own oppression.

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Simpcw First Nation marking 100th anniversary of forced relocation

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An image from 1912 identifies “Shuswap Indians” at Tête Jaunce Cache. (Photo by F.A. Talbot, from the Simpcw First Nation Archive)

Simpcw forced from from Tête Jaune Cache to a reserve in Chu Chua, 300 kilometers away

By Andrew Kurjata, Jenifer Norwell, CBC News, August 12, 2016

The Simpcw First Nation are making a symbolic return to their traditional land in Tête Jaune Cache this weekend — marking 100 years since they were forced to leave.

“The settlers, the miners, in those days had very racist kind of ideas about First Nations people,” said chief Nathan Matthew of the relocation.

“And they just didn’t want First Nations people around there, sort of getting in the way of the settlement of the land or the use of the resources.” Read the rest of this entry

60% of First Nation children on reserve live in poverty, institute says


Children from Neskantaga First Nation greet Carolyn Bennett, minister of indigenous affairs, at the airport in the northern Ontario community on Friday, April 15, 2016. (Jody Porter/CBC)

Indigenous children in Canada more than twice as likely to live in poverty than non-Indigenous kids

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press, May 17, 2016

Indigenous children in Canada are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than non-Aboriginal kids, according to new findings released Tuesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The study, which delves into poverty rates on reserves and in the territories as measured by income, documents the dire conditions being experienced by status First Nations children, including 60 per cent of those who live on reserves. Read the rest of this entry


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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets FHQ Leadership (File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council) April 26, 2016.

By Johnny Hawk,, April 29, 2016

With the recent attention mainstream media has given to the on-going genocide within our communities that is sugar coated as “emergency crisis” and as grassroots and INAC leadership call for an abolishment of the Indian Act we must question and look at some truth’s that can help us find solutions to our liberation.

A key solution lies within our perspective of our condition as the majority of our people may not see that genocide is still being waged on our Nations where just because guns, smallpox and residential schools are no longer being used, war is still being waged  nonetheless through the sophistication of liberal economic and judicial warfare as relatives fall in love with Trudeau 2.0 as he visits our communities.  The boiling frog dilemma. We must also acknowledge the RCMP and Army are always on standby and present when our peoples assert who we really are and protect what we have to. Read the rest of this entry

Philippines: Anniversary of Battle of Mactan

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Battle of Mactan mural in Cebu, Fort San Pedro painting, Philippines;  scene depicts the leader of the Mactan warriors, Lapu-Lapu killing Magellan, commander of the Spanish forces.

On this day in 1521 Indigenous peoples on the island of Mactan in present-day Philippines defeated a heavily armed Spanish force and killed their commander, Magellan.  This was the first Spanish attempt at colonizing what would eventually become the Philippines. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Frontier Wars Graphic

From our Aboriginal brothers and sisters in Australia:

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De Beers’ Colonial Plunder in Attawapiskat

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Graphic: Rebel Youth Magazine

by Jay Watts, Rebel Youth, April 15, 2016

In 1995, a report issued as part of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples called suicide “one of the most urgent problems facing aboriginal communities.” 22 years later, Canada’s ongoing colonial project is still taking a staggering and gruesome toll on the health and lives of First Nations. In Attawapiskat, a community of close to 2,000, there were 11 suicide attempts last Saturday [April 9, 2016], on top of 100 suicide attempts since last September. Read the rest of this entry

Healing Continues 125 Years After Wounded Knee Massacre

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Chief Big Foot (Spotted Elk) lies lifeless in the snow near Wounded Knee Creek following the Wounded Knee Massacre on December 29, 1890. One hundred and twenty-five years following the Wounded Knee Massacre of December 29, 1890, indigenous peoples continue to heal.

Sarah Sunshine Manning, Indian Country Today, Dec 28, 2015

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Wounded Knee massacre. On December 29, 1890, as many as 300 innocent and unarmed Lakota men, women, children, infants, and elders were gunned down by the United States 7th Cavalry at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. After the bloodshed, Chief Big Foot (Spotted Elk) and his band lie dead in the snow where they remained frozen for three days, until all were buried in a mass grave.

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Aboriginal children at residential schools often buried in unmarked graves, report reveals

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Native children in a residential school.

by Marlene Leung, CTV News, Dec 15, 2015

Aboriginal children attending residential schools died at a higher rate than school-aged children in the general population, and were often buried in unmarked graves, according to the final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The commission released its final report Tuesday afternoon, marking the culmination of six years of research and interviews with more than 6,000 residential school survivors and their families. Read the rest of this entry

Maskwacis rallying in response to ‘suicide crisis’


Randy Littlechild, executive director of health services in Maskwacis, says there is hope now that the Alberta government will help fund a crisis line. (CBC)

Alberta child advocate adds voice to concerns about ‘alarming’ suicide rate among aboriginal youth

By Gareth Hampshire, CBC News, Dec 3, 2015

First Nation leaders in Maskwacis say they are pleased there appears to be growing awareness at the provincial level about the shocking number of indigenous youths taking their own lives.

They were responding to a report released Tuesday by Alberta child and youth advocate Del Graff, which said that more than half the deaths or cases of serious injury under investigation by his office this year involved aboriginal youth who attempted or died by suicide. Read the rest of this entry