Category Archives: Decolonization

Tribal canoes converge on Tacoma for songs, stories and renewal of culture

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South Africa: Taking farms from whites is justified because ‘it’s not really their land’, says EFF spokesman

South Africa banner eff‘White people ought to accept the crime of apartheid’

by Joe Wallen, The Independent, March 24, 2018

The national spokesman of a key South African opposition party has said redistributing land from white farmers without compensation is justified because “it is not really their land”. Read the rest of this entry

In narrative therapy, Māori creation stories are being used to heal

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Mark Kopua is using Māori knowledge to heal whānau in distress. CHRIS SKELTON/STUFF

by MICHELLE DUFF, Stuff, March 9 2018

The boy sits there, his head down. He feels stink; he knows all the adults are there to talk about him, about what’s wrong with him.

He’s always been told off for being so fidgety, for not paying attention. He knows it’s a bad thing.

But when the talking begins, it’s not about how to fix him. They’re telling a story about atua, the gods, and one of them sounds exactly like him! He’s called Uepoto, and he’s always curious. He’s full a mischief, a tutū. Read the rest of this entry

New research yields berry interesting results on Salal berries

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Salal berries and leaves.

by Valerie Shore, University of Victoria,

Move aside blueberries, cranberries and strawberries, there’s a new contender for the title of healthiest berry for us to eat. And you won’t find it in the grocery store.

Recently published research led by University of Victoria plant biologist Peter Constabel shows that salal—a wild berry common to coastal areas of western North America—is an antioxidant superstar, packed with higher levels of health-promoting plant chemicals than most other berries out there. Read the rest of this entry

Taíno: ‘Extinct’ Indigenous Americans Never Actually Disappeared, Ancient Tooth Reveals

An ancient tooth has proven Taíno indigenous Americans are not extinct, as long believed, but have living descendants in the Caribbean today. Read the rest of this entry

Cornwallis rally in Halifax celebrates statue’s removal

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The statue of Cornwallis is removed on Feb 4, 2018, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The bronze monument of Halifax founder was removed from the south-end park on Wednesday

By Anjuli Patil, CBC News, Feb 4, 2018

A small group of people played the drums on top of the concrete square Sunday afternoon where the statue of Halifax founder Edward Cornwallis once stood for 87 years.

They’re celebrating the statue’s removal from the park that’s still named after him. Originally the event was going to be another call to remove the statue, but the municipality took down the bronze monument on Wednesday following a 12-4 vote. Read the rest of this entry

He’s coming down: Halifax council votes to remove Cornwallis statue

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Statue of Cornwallis in Halifax, NS. Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press

The statue will be moved into storage temporarily until council decides how to move forward.

After a lengthy debate, Halifax’s regional council has voted to temporarily take down the Edward Cornwallis statue.

On Tuesday, council passed a motion from HRM staff recommending the statue in Cornwallis Park be taken down immediately.

It will be put in storage while council attempts to revive a stalled committee,approved in October, to assess the use of the city’s controversial founder’s name on municipal property. Read the rest of this entry

Cleveland Indians removing Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms in 2019

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“Chief Wahoo” merchandise; the Cleveland Indians will be changing their logo by 2019, but not their name.

ESPN, Jan 29, 2018

CLEVELAND — Divisive and hotly debated, the Chief Wahoo logo is being removed from the Indians’ uniform next year.

The polarizing mascot is coming off the team’s jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season, a move that will end Chief Wahoo’s presence on the field but may not completely silence those who deem it racist. Read the rest of this entry

Mi’kmaq chiefs want Cornwallis statue ‘removed immediately’

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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.

Panel to discuss the statue of man who offered a bounty for Mi’kmaq scalps has yet to be formed, chiefs say

By Marina von Stackelberg, CBC News, Jan 27, 2018

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs is calling on Halifax regional council to remove the statue of Edward Cornwallis immediately, after a process to discuss the statue’s future became stalled. Read the rest of this entry

‘People are starting to understand’: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne

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Marching in Melbourne … Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Activist Gary Foley tells a crowd of up to 60,000 that ‘if we keep mobilising these numbers, governments cannot ignore us’

Melbourne’s Invasion Day rally begins on the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street, 500 metres from where the city council has blocked off the route of the official Australia Day parade.

The events start at the same time, and until a few years ago only one was accommodated. Before 2015, the Invasion Day rally was seen as just a group of hardcore activists; they didn’t register in the minds of the flag-waving crowd that turned out to watch the official proceedings. Read the rest of this entry