Category Archives: Decolonization

B.C. First Nations leaders’ new book calls for native self-determination

Arthur Manuel, former chief of the Neskonlith First Nation.

Arthur Manuel, former chief of the Neskonlith First Nation.

Former leaders say self-determination will help indigenous people become self-sufficient

By Radio West, CBC News, May 21, 2015

Two B.C. First Nations leaders have just written a book that outlines the challenges Indigenous people face and offers solutions that they believe could benefit their people and the rest of the country.

It’s called Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call. Read the rest of this entry

Coastal First Nations used advanced cultivation techniques to intensify clam harvest

Simon Fraser University student Misha Puckett and Louie Wilson (Cape Mudge Band and Hakai Institute) excavate a shell midden associated with a clam garden that was built on a bedrock outcrop in a 2013 handout photo. (The Canadian Press)

Simon Fraser University student Misha Puckett and Louie Wilson (Cape Mudge Band and Hakai Institute) excavate a shell midden associated with a clam garden that was built on a bedrock outcrop in a 2013 handout photo. (The Canadian Press)

Clam gardens call into question hunter-gatherer past of B.C. First Nation

By Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press/CBC News,  May 10, 2015

The discovery of an expansive system of historic clam gardens along the Pacific Northwest coast is contributing to a growing body of work that’s busting long-held beliefs about First Nations as heedless hunter-gatherers.

A team of researchers at Simon Fraser University has revealed that First Nations from Alaska to Washington state were marine farmers using sophisticated cultivation techniques to intensify clam production. Read the rest of this entry

Victory for Ojibway Woman Building Own Home in Northern Ontario

Darlene Necan constructing her house in northern Ontario, 2013.

Darlene Necan constructing her house in northern Ontario, 2013.

Treaty #3 Ojibway woman announces a victory!

Darlene Necan of the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen #258 is happy to announce a victory in her fight to build her own home on her family’s land in Savant Lake, ON, Treaty #3 area.

In October 2013, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry served Darlene a stop-work order, claiming her land was Crown Land. The MNRF forced Darlene to be homeless and jobless for two winters. In a context of thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women, the MNRF put Darlene in a position of having to search for shelter each day, hitchhiking from place to place, without any kind of safety or security.

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2nd N.W.T. mother demands traditional name for daughter

Andrea Heron says six years ago, she had to use a hyphen in her daughter's name Sakaeʔah in order to register her birth​ in the Northwest Territories. (CBC News/submitted by Andrea Heron)

Andrea Heron says six years ago, she had to use a hyphen in her daughter’s name Sakaeʔah in order to register her birth​ in the Northwest Territories. (CBC News/submitted by Andrea Heron)

Like Shene Catholique Valpy, Andrea Heron had to change spelling to register birth

CBC News, March 9, 2015

A second mother from the Northwest Territories says she had to change the spelling of her daughter’s name after the vital statistics office wouldn’t allow her to use a glottal stop, part of her traditional language.

Andrea Heron says six years ago, she had to use a hyphen in her daughter’s name, Sakaeʔah, in order to register her birth​. Read the rest of this entry

Guatemalan rappers promote Mayan language, stories to youth

Video: Wounded Knee`73

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Published on Feb 24, 2013 by Talli Wahyas

Anti-Mascot T-shirts Spark Fistfight at 8th-Grade Basketball Game in Sisseton, SD

Tiospa Zina Tribal School students wearing 'Not Your Mascot' t-shirts. Photo courtesy Tee Drappeau.

Tiospa Zina Tribal School students wearing ‘Not Your Mascot’ t-shirts. Photo courtesy Tee Drappeau.

Indian Country Today, Feb 6, 2015

T-shirts bearing an altered version of a rival team’s Native-mascot logo seem to have led to a restroom skirmish at an eighth-grade girls’ basketball game in Sisseton, South Dakota.

The game was a contest between the Sisseton Redmen and the Tiospa Zina Wambdi. A number of young fans in attendance wore shirts that had been made to protest the “Redmen” name and mascot. Monge Cha Eastman, a Tiospa Zina Tribal School student who was there handing out the shirts and wearing one himself, was jumped by a Sisseton student in the bathroom. The brief fight was captured on video that was obtained by KSFY, and ended in a handshake.

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Australia: Aboriginal rights protest disrupts Australia Day Parade in Melbourne

Hundreds of Invasion Day protesters march at the back of the Australian Day Parade in Melbourne's CBD. Photo: Jason South

Hundreds of Invasion Day protesters march at the back of the Australian Day Parade in Melbourne’s CBD. Photo: Jason South

by Allison Worrall, WA today.com, Jan 26, 2015

Hundreds of people marching for Aboriginal rights have disrupted official Australia Day celebrations in the Melbourne CBD.

The group – holding Aboriginal flags and chanting “always was, always will be Aboriginal land” – followed the parade down Swanston Street, flanked by police.

The rally came after more than 100 special interest, sporting and cultural groups had marched from the Melbourne Town Hall to Kings Domain as part of the Australia Day Parade.

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How to make a traditional Coast Salish Drum: Jorge Lewis Drum Maker

Decolonizing Medicine: Physical, Social and Mental Healing

BLACKFOOT MEDICINE MAN. Blackfoot Medicine Man Performing His Mysteries over a Dying Man. Oil on canvas, 1832, by George Catlin.

BLACKFOOT MEDICINE MAN. Blackfoot Medicine Man Performing His Mysteries over a Dying Man. Oil on canvas, 1832, by George Catlin.

by Camaray Devalos, Indian Country Today,  Dec 23, 2014

de·col·o·nize – verb (of a country) withdraw from (a colony), leaving it independent.

I notice a lot of talk on “decolonizing.” We must decolonize, people say. HashtagDecolonize. Street art murals with a Native woman standing proud with the word “decolonize” defiantly scrawled on the bottom. I knew the dictionary version, and I liked the idea of it. It’s a challenging, powerful word. But as an Indigenous person, I didn’t know how to apply it to my everyday life. How are we supposed to withdraw from colonization when it permeates through our entire way of life, and has been doing so since colonists stepped foot onto the New World? How does an entire group of people literally withdraw from a colony?

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