Category Archives: Decolonization

Native Liberation: The Way Forward

Wolf black packby 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

Indigenous energy bar takes off in U.S., soon to hit Canada

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Karlene Hunter and Mark Tilsen are the owners of Native American Natural Foods, a company based on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that makes the energy bars that are made of buffalo and cranberries. (The Associated Press/Chet Brokaw )

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

Musqueam Indian Band paddles ‘journey canoe’ made from 350-year-old cedar log

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The Musqueam Indian Band along with Indigenous professors from UBC took this canoe, carved over three-months from a 350-year-old cedar, for a first paddle on Saturday, August 6, 2016. (Doug Kerr/CBC)

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

Indigenous Alberta youth reconnect with nature and culture at Ghost River Rediscovery camp

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Ghost River Rediscovery camp west of Calgary teaches survival skills and Aboriginal traditions to kids and teens. (Courtesy of Ghost River Rediscovery)

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

Interview with Dhoruba bin-Wahad: The False Equivalence of Armed Conflict

by imixwhatilike, Published to Youtube on Jul 18, 2016
Dhoruba bin-Wahad, formerly of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, joined us once again to assess media distortions of armed struggle. We discussed the history of the Black Liberation Army, armed struggle, media narratives regarding violence, plus praise of and advice for #BlackLivesMatter and related activists.

5 summer camps that offer chance to connect with Indigenous culture

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Ghost River Rediscovery in Calgary, Alta. offers lessons in Aboriginal lifestyle and survival skills throughout the months of July and August. (Courtesy of Ghost River Rediscovery)

‘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

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun evokes a spectrum of emotions with ‘Unceded Territories’

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Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun takes on corporate bosses in his latest works. Photo by Amanda Siebert.

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

‘This is so powerful:’ Kitikmeot women revive traditional Inuit tattoos

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Millie Angulalik of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, got traditional Inuit facial tattoos done last week in Kugluktuk by her niece Angela Hovak Johnston. (CBC)

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

2-spirited indigenous people: opening up the conversation

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A powwow is held at the 22nd annual International Two-Spirit Gathering in Manitoba in 2010. Elder Wilfred Abigosis holds the Two-Spirit Eagle Staff. (Albert McLeod)

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

Paddle to Nisqually 2016

Nisqually paddle graphicThe Nisqually Tribe welcomes and celebrates all nations and visitors to Canoe Journey 2016! The Tribal Canoe Journeys – Paddle to Nisqually – will take place July 30th through August 6th, 2016. Read the rest of this entry