Category Archives: Decolonization

First Nation’s clay kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria in lab tests

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Shovel of clay from Kisameet Bay, B.C. (Kisameet Glacial Clay Inc.)

Further study required before hospital use feasible

CBC News, Jan 26, 2016

Clay from Kisameet Bay, B.C., used by B.C. First Nations for centuries for its healing properties could be a new weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, says new research from the University of British Columbia.

The research, published today in the American Society for Microbiology’s mBio journal, recommends the rare mineral clay be studied as a treatment for serious infections caused by the so-called ESKAPE pathogens — a who’s-who of bugs that cause the majority of U.S. hospital infections and “escape” the effects of antibacterial drugs. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Invasion Day March Brisbane

Published to YouTube Yupster2501 on Jan 26, 2016

Warning, Some shaky video.
On the 26th of January 2016 we are linking in with other cities and small towns around the country to be heard as one voice and let Australia know that we don’t support CONstitutional reform and the Recognise campaign. It’s about time that we started our own national discussion on what we want weather it is Treaty/Treaties, Independence, A 7th State or a Republic. It is only us who can change our future and let make a future that we all can live in.

 

Australia Day: Invasion Day rallies held across nation

Australia invasion day 2016 9ABC News, January 26, 2016

Invasion Day rallies have been held across the nation to remember the First Fleet landing in Australia and the ensuing killings of Indigenous people.

For many Aboriginal people, Torres Strait Islanders and activists, there is little to celebrate on Australia Day, which is seen as the dispossession of Indigenous land and a day of mourning over the First Fleet’s arrival at Port Jackson, Sydney, in 1788. Read the rest of this entry

Ottawa researcher helps design traditional foods program in Inuvik

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As part of a traditional foods program in Inuvik, students in all grades are taught how to harvest and cook country foods. (East Three School in Inuvik, via CBC News)

Tiff-Annie Kenny left spreadsheets behind to study food security up close and personal

CBC News, Dec 31, 2015

A researcher from Ontario says she’s studying food security in the North up close and personal.

Tiff-Annie Kenny, a PhD student at the University of Ottawa, has started a traditional foods program in Inuvik. She says she didn’t want to analyze facts and figures from afar. Read the rest of this entry

Stores urged to stop stocking ‘Indian’ Halloween costumes

Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour found 'Native Beauty' and 'Chief Long Arrow' costumes for sale at Halloween Alley in Kamloops, B.C. He complained to the store and posted photos to Facebook. (Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour )

Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour found ‘Native Beauty’ and ‘Chief Long Arrow’ costumes for sale at Halloween Alley in Kamloops, B.C. He complained to the store and posted photos to Facebook. (Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour )

Costume names include everything from ‘Noble Warrior’ to ‘Huron Honey’

By John Bowman, CBC News, Oct 29, 2015

Aboriginal people across Canada are urging stores to stop selling what they call racist Halloween costumes, and they’re posting photos of the costumes to social media to turn up the pressure.

From coast to coast, stores are stocking costumes with names like “Reservation Royalty” and “Chief Long Arrow,” and some customers are telling them that they’ve had enough.  Read the rest of this entry

Caribou hunting trip a learning experience for N.W.T. students, teachers

When Chief Julius students returned from the hunt, they finished butchering the animals and put some of the meat in their school freezers. (Submitted by Justin Cormier to CBC News)

When Chief Julius students returned from the hunt, they finished butchering the animals and put some of the meat in their school freezers.  The community of Fort McPherson is primarily Gwich’in (Submitted by Justin Cormier to CBC News)

Large groups of caribou have been hanging out along the Dempster Highway near the N.W.T./Yukon border

By Northwind, CBC News, Oct 25, 2015

If a recent school hunting trip along the Dempster Highway was a learning experience for the students, it was even more so for one of their teachers.

“I don’t think I’ll ever top that experience in terms of being a teacher and having that student-teacher relationship,” said Justin Cormier, a teacher at Chief Julius School in Fort McPherson. “That was one of the best experiences of my life.” Read the rest of this entry

Detroit’s Christopher Columbus statue vandalized

Columbus statue in Detroit, Michigan, with a hatchet in his head.

Columbus statue in Detroit, Michigan, with a hatchet in his head.

By Lee DeVito, Metro Times, Oct 12, 2015

It’s Columbus Day — the annual time of year where Americans take the day off of work to reflect upon the problematic legacy of Christopher Columbus.

In the spirit of the holiday, it appears that someone has vandalized the bust of Columbus located outside of Detroit’s Renaissance Center. A photo posted to Reddit shows what looks like a bloody hatchet blow to the statue’s head. Read the rest of this entry

These 8 US Cities Just Abolished Columbus Day

Columbus Day is a federal holiday in the US and the target of protests since at leas the 1950s.

Columbus Day is a federal holiday in the US and the target of protests since at leas the 1950s.

Dylan Sevett, USUncut, October 8, 2015

Following a growing trend, the city council of Albuquerque, New Mexico has voted six to three to recognize October 12th – typically known to most as “Columbus Day” within the USA– as Indigenous Peoples’ day in a new proclamation. Albuquerque has the highest concentration of Indigenous people in New Mexico.

In the past two months, eight cities got rid of Columbus Day in favor of adopting Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Three of those cities adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day this week. Read the rest of this entry

The Great Quake and the Great Drowning

Thunderbird and Whale had a terrible fight. Illustration by Jeffrey Veregge (Haika Magazine)

Thunderbird and Whale had a terrible fight. Illustration by Jeffrey Veregge (Haika Magazine)

Mega-quakes have periodically rocked North America’s Pacific Northwest. Indigenous people told terrifying stories about the devastation but refused to leave.

Redskins’ trademark registration cancelled by judge

Thousands of Natives have protested against the racist name of the Washington Redskins over the last few years.

Thousands of Natives have protested against the racist name of the Washington Redskins over the last few years.

Ruling says team name may be disparaging to Native Americans

CBC News/The Associated Press, July 8, 2015

A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans.

The ruling by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee affirms an earlier finding by an administrative appeal board. Bruce ordered the federal Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the registration. Read the rest of this entry

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