Category Archives: Colonization

Alberta: Dramatic rise in Maskwacis suicide rate creates ‘critical crisis’

"Death wish" graffiti in Maskwacis, formerly known as Hobbema, near Edmonton, Alberta.  Photo: CBC News.

“Death wish” graffiti in Maskwacis, formerly known as Hobbema, near Edmonton, Alberta. Photo: CBC News.

‘It’s beyond crisis. It’s an epidemic,’ says Cree culture and education teacher

By Terry Reith and Briar Stewart, CBC News, May 20, 2015

On the hilltop beside a tiny chapel, Rick Lightning gazes at the fresh grave of his 20-year-old daughter.

The youngest of 11 children, Amber Lightning died March 4, one in a series of suicides that has shaken the small Cree community about an hour’s drive south of Edmonton. Read the rest of this entry

Missing, murdered aboriginal women crisis demands a look at root causes

Roxanne Marie Isadore.

Roxanne Marie Isadore.

New CBC database highlights some patterns behind violence

By Connie Walker, CBC News, April 10, 2015

Roxanne Isadore was already a survivor by the time she reached her sixth birthday.

“She used to scream at night … ‘That guy is after me.'” Her grandmother Angeline recalls how the sexual abuse Roxanne experienced as a child haunted her for years.

As she got older, she continued to struggle. There were suicide attempts, addictions. And when she was 24, she disappeared. Read the rest of this entry

Survivors witness demolition of dreaded First Nations residential school in Alert Bay

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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