Category Archives: Decolonization

Moricetown band set to change name

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Part of a mural in the Moricetown community hall.

Posted by Jacob LeBlanc, CFNR Radio,  September 21, 2017

Moricetown band members will now get to say a familiar name as the village is changing their name.

Victor Jim is the newly elected chief and as one of his first acts in office was to return the name of their village to its original name, Witset. Read the rest of this entry

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SANTA Fe: 12 Arrested Protesting Conquistador Celebration on Stolen Pueblo Land

 

Santa Fe Entrada protest 5By Daniel J. Chacón and Andrew Oxford,

A long-running annual pageant recalling the 1692 retaking of Santa Fe by Spanish conquistadors spurred raucous, roving protests Friday that wound through downtown streets and resulted in at least eight arrests.

The clash over the Entrada, anticipated amid heightened racial and ethnic tensions nationally, pushed a simmering conflict over Santa Fe’s own legacy of colonialism to a new level. Coming after city leaders had appealed for reconciliation between organizers of the Fiesta de Santa Fe and Native American activists, the fracas that unfolded on and around the Santa Fe Plaza seemed a big step back from diffusing a controversy at the heart of the community’s very identity.

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Fundraiser: No Pipelines on Unist’ot’en Territory

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Extension being built on the healing lodge at Unist’ot’en, Wet’suwet’en territory.

The Unist’ot’en Clan of Northern BC has established a Camp at the entrance to their Territory. They have declared that no fossil fuel pipelines will cross their land.

All funds contributed will go to completing the Healing Lodge at the Camp. The Healing Lodge – central to the Unist’ot’en Camp – is nearing completion. With a final construction push it will be fully functional. Read the rest of this entry

Graphic: Colonization is War

Colonization is War graphicFrom IndigenousAction.org, September 2017

Xenophobic White nationalists and pro-US assimilationist DACA defenders are all waving the same settler colonial flag. Read the rest of this entry

How To Establish An Autonomous Zone

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Top: Juan Popoca / Bottom: Ángeles Torrejón. EZLN guerrillas circa 1994.

by The Decolonizer, September 1, 2017

An autonomous zone or “liberated” zone is an area or sphere of influence where the people can successfully govern themselves and can defend themselves against an oppressor’s military forces.  Read the rest of this entry

Forget statues — this artist is confronting historic figures on our money

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‘Not So Funny Money’ stickers by Jay Soule, a.k.a Chippewar, puts a critical spin on Canadian currency. (Chippewar)

‘It’s 100 per cent about being honest about history.’

by Christa Couture, August 24, 2017

The artwork of Jay Soule, a.k.a Chippewar, can be found in conventional art galleries — but also painted on concrete, stuck to lamp posts and tattooed on people’s skin.

This summer, Soule, from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Ont., has a new grassroots sticker project taking on the faces that adorn Canadian currency — a timely campaign, as monuments of problematic historical figures are being questioned both in Canada and south of the border. Read the rest of this entry

‘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