Category Archives: Decolonization
Former leaders say self-determination will help indigenous people become self-sufficient
By Radio West, CBC News, May 21, 2015
Two B.C. First Nations leaders have just written a book that outlines the challenges Indigenous people face and offers solutions that they believe could benefit their people and the rest of the country.
It’s called Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call. Read the rest of this entry
Clam gardens call into question hunter-gatherer past of B.C. First Nation
By Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press/CBC News, May 10, 2015
The discovery of an expansive system of historic clam gardens along the Pacific Northwest coast is contributing to a growing body of work that’s busting long-held beliefs about First Nations as heedless hunter-gatherers.
A team of researchers at Simon Fraser University has revealed that First Nations from Alaska to Washington state were marine farmers using sophisticated cultivation techniques to intensify clam production. Read the rest of this entry
Treaty #3 Ojibway woman announces a victory!
Darlene Necan of the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen #258 is happy to announce a victory in her fight to build her own home on her family’s land in Savant Lake, ON, Treaty #3 area.
In October 2013, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry served Darlene a stop-work order, claiming her land was Crown Land. The MNRF forced Darlene to be homeless and jobless for two winters. In a context of thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women, the MNRF put Darlene in a position of having to search for shelter each day, hitchhiking from place to place, without any kind of safety or security.
Like Shene Catholique Valpy, Andrea Heron had to change spelling to register birth
CBC News, March 9, 2015
A second mother from the Northwest Territories says she had to change the spelling of her daughter’s name after the vital statistics office wouldn’t allow her to use a glottal stop, part of her traditional language.
Andrea Heron says six years ago, she had to use a hyphen in her daughter’s name, Sakaeʔah, in order to register her birth. Read the rest of this entry
Indian Country Today, Feb 6, 2015
T-shirts bearing an altered version of a rival team’s Native-mascot logo seem to have led to a restroom skirmish at an eighth-grade girls’ basketball game in Sisseton, South Dakota.
The game was a contest between the Sisseton Redmen and the Tiospa Zina Wambdi. A number of young fans in attendance wore shirts that had been made to protest the “Redmen” name and mascot. Monge Cha Eastman, a Tiospa Zina Tribal School student who was there handing out the shirts and wearing one himself, was jumped by a Sisseton student in the bathroom. The brief fight was captured on video that was obtained by KSFY, and ended in a handshake.
by Camaray Devalos, Indian Country Today, Dec 23, 2014
de·col·o·nize – verb (of a country) withdraw from (a colony), leaving it independent.
I notice a lot of talk on “decolonizing.” We must decolonize, people say. HashtagDecolonize. Street art murals with a Native woman standing proud with the word “decolonize” defiantly scrawled on the bottom. I knew the dictionary version, and I liked the idea of it. It’s a challenging, powerful word. But as an Indigenous person, I didn’t know how to apply it to my everyday life. How are we supposed to withdraw from colonization when it permeates through our entire way of life, and has been doing so since colonists stepped foot onto the New World? How does an entire group of people literally withdraw from a colony?