Category Archives: Decolonization
by 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
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
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
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
‘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
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
Inupiat tattoo artist passes on traditional hand-poking technique to Yellowknife resident
By Juanita Taylor, CBC News, May 3, 2016
Millie Angulalik broke down in sobs after seeing herself in the mirror.
Her niece had practised her new skill flawlessly, creating an exact replica of a traditional Inuit facial tattoo on her aunt’s face.
“I feel so complete,” said Angulalik. “Like really complete. I feel like flying like a bird.” Read the rest of this entry
Indigenous communities need to begin talking about gender and sexuality
By Lenard Monkman, CBC News, Apr 17, 2016
A welcoming-in ceremony for the LGBT — or two-spirited — relatives in our community is one of the more powerful memories I have of being at a Manitoba Sundance last year.
David Blacksmith, the Sundance chief, spoke of having a place for two-spirited people in our community to pray and be welcomed back into the community.
Offering people an opportunity to decide which side they wanted to go on in the Sundance was necessary, Blacksmith said. Read the rest of this entry