Category Archives: Colonization

The colonial history behind the Governor General’s “quote-Indigenous-people-unquote” comments

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Six Indigenous scholars share their views of Canada at 150

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By MOIRA MACDONALD, University Affairs, June 7, 2017
Confederation has been described as a turning point for the worse in the lives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. Indigenous rights established through Britain’s Royal Proclamation of 1763 and subsequent treaties were not upheld, it’s been well-argued. There was a steep decline in the vitality of Indigenous cultures and languages, and in people’s well-being, particularly after the Indian Act of 1876.

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Australia On this day: Pemulwuy is killed

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BY Angela Heathcote, Australian geographic, June 1, 2017

ON 2 JUNE 1802, Pemulwuy was killed, bringing an abrupt end to his long- fought battles with encroaching British settlers. Two European colonisers shot dead the Indigenous resistance fighter – an original inhabitant of Toongabbie and Parramatta area, determined to Indigenous ownership of the land. Read the rest of this entry

Inside INAC’s ‘coup d’état’ that decapitated Algonquin leadership system

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Algonquins of Barriere Lake hold protest in Ottawa, 2010

By Shiri Pasternak, APTN National News, May 27, 2017

Before the axe dramatically fell on Barriere Lake’s customary government in August 2010, there were many forewarnings that the customary band’s days were numbered.

As early as 1995, during the first leadership crisis with the IBC, the Department of Indian Affairs debated imposing Section 74 of the Indian Act onto the community as an exit strategy to the Trilateral Agreement. In March 2008, an internal report summarizing impact scenarios of Ratt council recognition over the Nottaway council also offered the possibility of not recognizing both councils and instead imposing Section 74 on the community. Read the rest of this entry

Reconciliation Is the New Assimilation: New NAIPC Co-Chair

Tamara Starblanket (Spider Woman), Cree, from Ahtahkakoop First Nation in Treaty Six Territory, Canada, recently accepted the international appointment as Co-Chair of the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus (NAIPC). She was nominated by Indigenous participants from the U.S. and Canada attending the NAIPC gathering last March, there to discuss critical issues, find common ground and create a collective platform in preparation for the 15th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the UN Headquarters in New York City in May.

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B.C. First Nations say fentanyl crisis disproportionately affecting their communities

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Splatsin First Nation Chief Kukpi7 Wayne Christian says fentanyl is having a devastating effect in communities across the Secwepemc Nation, where a state of emergency was declared in March 2017.

But leaders say they don’t have data to confirm suspicions

By Linda Givetash, The Canadian Press, April 30, 2017

First Nations leaders in British Columbia say they suspect fentanyl is having a disproportionate impact on their communities, but they can’t get the numbers to prove it.

Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit said he’s been asking the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and other provincial authorities for the data since last fall, but nothing has yet been delivered. Read the rest of this entry

Canada 150 is a celebration of Indigenous genocide

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The Scream, on the cover, The Subjugation of Truth, by Kent Monkman.

This year, the federal government plans to spend half a billion dollars on events marking Canada’s 150th anniversary, prompting a great deal of debate about its historical treatment of Indigenous peoples. The majority of Canadians don’t have all the facts about that, while First Nations continue to live the crisis-level effects of that legacy. Perhaps Canada should cancel its celebrations and undertake the hard work necessary to make amends.

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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