Category Archives: Colonization

Douglas Treaties translated into indigenous languages of Vancouver Island for first time

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Graphic by Gord Hill, Kwakwaka’wakw

‘Our people understood it to be a peace treaty so that we wouldn’t go burn their fort down’

CBC News, Feb 24, 2017

For the first time since they were signed 170 years ago, the Douglas Treaties have been translated into the indigenous languages of the Sencoten and Lekwungen First Nations of Vancouver Island.

But the effort to translate them has also highlighted how differently their meanings were understood by both sides who signed them. Read the rest of this entry

Ontario judge sides with Sixties Scoop survivors

Time to acknowledge hate crimes against Indigenous people as reality, says legal expert

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Barbara Kentner, left, was struck by a trailer hitch thrown from a moving car in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Jan. 29. Her sister, Melissa Kentner, right, witnessed the assault and believes it was a hate crime. (Jody Porter/CBC)

Decade-old recommendation to adopt Aboriginal hate crimes strategy in Ontario never adopted

CBC News, Feb 07, 2017

The assault of an Indigenous woman in Thunder Bay, Ont. who was hit by a trailer hitch thrown from a passing car is evidence that the time for governments, and individuals to address hate motivated crimes against Indigenous people in Ontario is long overdue, says one legal expert.  Read the rest of this entry

‘Apartheid system’ of reserves to blame for Innu suicides: Quebec coroner

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Kids walk down main street in Uashat-Maliotenam. Photo by Phil Carpenter / Montreal Gazette

Report says 5 suicides in Uashat-Maliotenam in 2015 were avoidable

By Jonathan Montpetit, Marika Wheeler, CBC News, Jan 14, 2017

Canada’s “apartheid system” of reserves shares some of the blame for a string of suicides that devastated an Innu community on Quebec’s North Shore in 2015, a coroner’s inquest has found.

Coroner Bernard Lefrançois was tasked last year by the Quebec government with looking into the deaths of four women and one man over a nine-month period in Uashat-Maliotenam, an Innu reserve near Sept-Îles, Que. Read the rest of this entry

Sinixt First Nation’s fight for existence expected to be a long battle

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The Sinixt First Nation has published a handbill proclaiming its existence but has not yet proven it in court. (Sinixt First Nation/www.sinixtnation)

‘They were pushed out by a variety of forces including …a prevailing racist attitude’

By Yvette Brend, CBC News, November 29, 2016

The Sinixt First Nation is in the midst of an unprecedented Canadian court battle to win Aboriginal rights to its wildlife-rich traditional territory in B.C. by proving it is not extinct.  Read the rest of this entry

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

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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

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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

THE PRICE OF FREEDOM

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

By Johnny Hawk,  Anishinaabek.com, 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