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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

Ugly Precursor to Auschwitz: Hitler Said to Have Been Inspired by US Indian Reservation System

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Left, Nazis stand before a mass grave of victims of the Jewish Holocaust; right: U.S. soldiers pose for a picture near a mass grave of dead Lakotas following the Wounded Knee Massacre of December 29, 1890.

Hitler admired the US system, while the ‘greatest nation’ won’t recognize its past

It was 72 years ago that the imprisoned and starved and viciously battered victims of Hitler and his Nazi thugs were liberated by Soviet troops.

Hitler – the coward, who’d later commit suicide rather than face the music – was incontrovertibly one of the world’s most brutal and bloodthirsty bastards to ever walk the globe.

Yet, little is it known that he was also a plagiarist. Read the rest of this entry

Germany: Confronting the colonial roots of racism

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Surviving Herero after their escape through the Omaheke desert in German South-West Africa (modern day Namibia), 1907 [Sam Cohen Library/Colonial Picture Archive, University Library of Frankfurt] By Gouri Sharma

‘The Nazis didn’t fall out of the sky, there is a deeper racist, xenophobic mindset in German history.’

By Gouri Sharma, Al Jazeera, August 16, 2017

Berlin, Germany – Mnyaka Sururu Mboro walks through Wedding, a district in the northwest of Berlin, with an expression of disdain. “It makes my stomach turn every time I go down these streets,” he says.

He is in the African Quarter, so-called because the streets have been named in commemoration of Germany’s imperial leaders and conquests from the end of the 19th century. Read the rest of this entry

‘A great many’ Stó:lō boys kidnapped during B.C.’s Gold Rush

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Terry Horne’s carving honouring the lost boys is now placed at the Chawathil First Nation’s Telte-Yet Campgrounds near Hope, B.C. (Terry Horne)

Canada 150 project unites historian and carver to tell nearly forgotten story of lost boys

CBC News, August 19, 2017

The Fraser River gold rush of 1858 brought disease and hardship to First Nations, but it also included the devastating loss of many young Stó:lō boys who were kidnapped and taken to the United States. Read the rest of this entry

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

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