Category Archives: Decolonization

‘Offensive and disgraceful’: Protesters cheer as City of Halifax shrouds Cornwallis statue

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Protesters who pledged to remove a statue of Halifax’s controversial founder Saturday say they came away victorious after the monument to Edward Cornwallis was covered. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

Mayor Mike Savage says veil is a temporary measure, will be removed after demonstration

By Frances Willick, CBC News July 15, 2017

Municipal crews draped a black cloth over a statue of Edward Cornwallis in a downtown Halifax park Saturday as protesters gathered with a plan to remove the statue.

After a city truck arrived, crews informed the gathering they would shroud the monument as a sign of good faith. Read the rest of this entry

Cleveland Indians’ logo still under fire from activist

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“Chief Wahoo,” official logo of the Cleveland Indians.

Canadian Douglas Cardinal wants baseball team to drop ‘racist’ symbol

By Jamie Strashin, CBC Sports, July 13, 2017

As Major League Baseball gears up for the season’s second half, one of the game’s most controversial symbols will remain.

Chief Wahoo — the toothy caricature that has long appeared on the Cleveland Indians’ uniforms and other team paraphernalia — will be allowed to stick around. At least for now. Read the rest of this entry

Halifax mayor cautions against protesters’ plans to tear down Cornwallis statue

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A statue of Edward Cornwallis in downtown Halifax. Cornwallis, a governor of Nova Scotia, was a British military officer who founded Halifax in 1749. The same year, he issued the so-called scalping proclamation, offering a cash bounty to anyone who killed a Mi’kmaq person.

Removing statue now will ‘set back progress’ on reconciliation with Mi’kmaq people, says Mike Savage

By Anjuli Patil, CBC News, July 11, 2017

Halifax’s mayor says forcibly removing the statue of Edward Cornwallis in downtown Halifax will set back progress on reconciliation with Mi’kmaq people.

A group of protesters is planning to tear down a statue of Cornwallis in a south-end park this Saturday. Read the rest of this entry

Resistance 150: Why Canada’s birthday celebrations aren’t for everyone

No Justice Stolen Land logoby Jackie Dunham, CTV News, June 27, 2017

As organizers ramp up anticipation for Canada’s big bash honouring the 150th anniversary of Confederation, indigenous activists are rallying their own counter-celebrations.

The #Resistance150 movement was created nearly eight months ago by Anishinaabe traditional storyteller and teacher Isaac Murdoch, Michif visual artist Christi Belcourt, Cree activist Tanya Kappo and Métis author Maria Campbell while they were discussing the government’s planned festivities for Canada 150. Read the rest of this entry

Video: UNsettling Canada 150

Published to Youtube on Jun 29, 2017

In honour of Art Manuel and the integrity with which he always began with the land and honoured the grassroots people, the #Unsettling150 crew are proud to launch this video filled with Art’s words, read by his daughter Kanahus Manuel, to launch the final lead-up to the national day of action, education, and reflection. Respect to Michael Toledano for his work on this video. Please share widely.

Nine arrested after RCMP blocks teepee raising on Parliament Hill

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Jocelyn Iahtail, centre, requesting the release of nine people arrested for attempting to bring teepee poles on Parliament Hill without a permit. The detainees show of their hand-cuffs inside a tent-turned-detention block. APTN/Photo

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, June 29, 2017
Outside the tent-turned-holding cell along the sidewalk by Parliament Hill’s East Block Jocelyn Iahtail and Elder Sophie Gunner-Sackabuskum wanted to know what happened to someone named “Crow” who they said was arrested along with nine others for trying to carry teepee poles onto the Hill grounds without a proper permit. Read the rest of this entry

‘Frankly, we don’t have any reason to celebrate:’ Indigenous centre opting out of Canada Day celebrations

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Anne Solomon, president of the N’Swakamok Friendship Centre in Sudbury, said the centre’s board of directors decided they would not be celebrating the anniversary of confederation. (Markus Schwabe CBC)

N’Swakamok Friendship Centre says Canada 150 does not recognize enough of the Indigenous experience

CBC News, June 27, 2017

As the rest of the country is preparing to mark Canada 150, others plan to sit out on the celebrations.

Many Indigenous communities will not be taking part in Canada Day festivities, saying the nation has a deeper history than just 150 years, and that celebrations do not recognize Indigenous history or experience. Read the rest of this entry

NoCanada.Info website up and running

no canada website logoA new website focusing on resistance against Canada’s 150th year anniversary celebrations is up and running.  you can check it out at:

http://www.nocanada.info/

Here’s a message from the comrades who’ve set the site up: Read the rest of this entry

Canada 150 banners defaced, destroyed

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Within a week of them being installed as part of the Canada 150 celebration, vandals scrawled profanities across banners lining the Mercier Bridge, and tore them to shreds. (Courtesy David S. Lahache)

June 23, 2017

Within the week of the Jacques Cartier Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) installing banners along the sides of the lanes going in and out of Kahnawake, a couple of them were targeted. Read the rest of this entry

Fascism & Anti-Fascism: A Decolonial Perspective

Antifa warrior flagWarrior Publications: Grab your dictionary, we got some “heavy mental” material for you to ponder.  Originally posted back in February of this year on Onkehonwe Rising blog, this is an interesting article concerning the rise of fascism in “Trump’s America” and an Indigenous perspective about fascism and anti-fascism. Read the rest of this entry