Category Archives: Decolonization

‘Warning!’: Regina activists label indigenous Halloween costumes as dangerous materials


Warning label attached to Native Halloween costume. Photo: Colonialism No More.

Labels warning shoppers to “avoid contact” with a number of revealing Halloween costumes depicting indigenous women were on display at Regina’s Spirit Halloween location.

On Sunday, members of the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism (SCAR) entered Spirit Halloween and added two-sided labels to costumes named “Reservation Royalty” and “Wolf Dancer”, among others. Read the rest of this entry

Five treated after driver hits Reno Columbus Day protesters

columbus-day-drive-thruKOLO TV, October 10, 2016

RENO, Nev. Officials with REMSA said five people were treated for minor injuries after being hit by a pickup driver during a confrontation in downtown Reno. It happened during a Columbus Day protest put on by the American Indian Movement of Northern Nevada (AIMNN). Read the rest of this entry

First Nations artist wants to #RenameBC with native name

Photo: CBC News

Photo: CBC News

Jenni Sheppard, The Daily Hive, October 5, 2016

A First Nations artist wants to change the name of British Columbia to a native name, and has launched a contest with the Museum of Anthropology to find one.

In a #RenameBC video Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent, says British Columbia is traditional native land. Read the rest of this entry

Native Liberation: The Way Forward

Wolf black packby Nick Estes, The Red Nation

These were the concluding remarks to the first annual Native Liberation 2016 Conference convened at the Larry Casuse Center in Albuquerque, NM on Aug. 13, 2016. Nick Estes is a co-founder of The Red Nation and a member of the Leadership Council.

The Red Nation formed in November 2014 out of a collective desire to create a platform for revolutionary Native organizing and to fight back against this settler colonial system that seeks our annihilation. That very summer, two Navajo men, our relatives Allison “Cowboy” Gorman and Kee “Rabbit” Thompson, were brutally murdered by three non-Native men. The story is familiar to most of us. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous energy bar takes off in U.S., soon to hit Canada

Tanka Bar owners

Karlene Hunter and Mark Tilsen are the owners of Native American Natural Foods, a company based on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that makes the energy bars that are made of buffalo and cranberries. (The Associated Press/Chet Brokaw )

It’s a small company ‘with a huge mission,’ says president of Native American Natural Foods

By Stephanie Cram, CBC News, August 23, 2016

An energy bar produced by an Indigenous company is taking the U.S. natural food market by storm, and will soon hit shelves here in Canada. Tanka bars combine buffalo meat and dried fruit — a combination which might surprise some, but has been a staple dish in First Nation diets since before colonization.  Read the rest of this entry

Musqueam Indian Band paddles ‘journey canoe’ made from 350-year-old cedar log


The Musqueam Indian Band along with Indigenous professors from UBC took this canoe, carved over three-months from a 350-year-old cedar, for a first paddle on Saturday, August 6, 2016. (Doug Kerr/CBC)

Boat took three months to carve and is part of cultural revitalization project with UBC

By Chad Pawson, CBC News, August 6, 2016

Members of the Musqueam Indian Band and Indigenous professors from UBC blessed and launched a canoe carved from a 350-year-old cedar tree on Saturday as part of a cultural revitalization project.

“Yeah I’m a bit out of breath,” said Corrina Sparrow after paddling the boat in the Fraser River off 4000 Musqueam Ave.

“Overwhelmed, so good, it glides like glass after awhile.” Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous Alberta youth reconnect with nature and culture at Ghost River Rediscovery camp


Ghost River Rediscovery camp west of Calgary teaches survival skills and Aboriginal traditions to kids and teens. (Courtesy of Ghost River Rediscovery)

City kids sleep in teepees and learn Aboriginal traditions from Blackfoot, Cree and Metis elders

By Danielle Nerman, CBC News July 27, 2016

The Ghost River Rediscovery camp west of Calgary can only be reached by gravel road and a river crossing.

While the journey through the wooded forest of the Stoney Nation is not super strenuous, it can be daunting for campers who have never lived off the grid.

“A lot of these kids are pretty city-based. So we’ve got kids who have never camped before, never built shelter, don’t know how build fire,” said Kristie Schneider, the camp’s director of operations. Read the rest of this entry

Interview with Dhoruba bin-Wahad: The False Equivalence of Armed Conflict

by imixwhatilike, Published to Youtube on Jul 18, 2016
Dhoruba bin-Wahad, formerly of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, joined us once again to assess media distortions of armed struggle. We discussed the history of the Black Liberation Army, armed struggle, media narratives regarding violence, plus praise of and advice for #BlackLivesMatter and related activists.

5 summer camps that offer chance to connect with Indigenous culture


Ghost River Rediscovery in Calgary, Alta. offers lessons in Aboriginal lifestyle and survival skills throughout the months of July and August. (Courtesy of Ghost River Rediscovery)

‘To speak Ojibwe is to really know myself, it’s who I am,’ says language camp participant

By Oscar Baker III, CBC News, June 12, 2016

Camping can be a way for people to disconnect from technology and take a break from the modern world. But cultural and language camps offer campers a chance to reconnect — to Indigenous cultures, elders and to the land. Read the rest of this entry

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun evokes a spectrum of emotions with ‘Unceded Territories’

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Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun takes on corporate bosses in his latest works. Photo by Amanda Siebert.

Aboriginal artist’s new Museum of Anthropology exhibition grapples with Canada’s colonial past

By Matt Meuse, CBC News, May 10, 2016

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun has been an artist since he was five years old, living in a residential school.

When the law was finally changed to allow him to leave the school, he encountered the work of artists like Rembrandt, Vermeer and Michelangelo for the first time.

“We’re not talking about some other foreign country,” he told The Early Edition‘s Margaret Gallagher. “We’re talking about Canada, that had to change the law for a native to leave the reservation. What kind of democracy are we really talking about?” Read the rest of this entry