Category Archives: Decolonization

Taíno: ‘Extinct’ Indigenous Americans Never Actually Disappeared, Ancient Tooth Reveals

An ancient tooth has proven Taíno indigenous Americans are not extinct, as long believed, but have living descendants in the Caribbean today. Read the rest of this entry

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Cornwallis rally in Halifax celebrates statue’s removal

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The statue of Cornwallis is removed on Feb 4, 2018, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The bronze monument of Halifax founder was removed from the south-end park on Wednesday

By Anjuli Patil, CBC News, Feb 4, 2018

A small group of people played the drums on top of the concrete square Sunday afternoon where the statue of Halifax founder Edward Cornwallis once stood for 87 years.

They’re celebrating the statue’s removal from the park that’s still named after him. Originally the event was going to be another call to remove the statue, but the municipality took down the bronze monument on Wednesday following a 12-4 vote. Read the rest of this entry

He’s coming down: Halifax council votes to remove Cornwallis statue

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Statue of Cornwallis in Halifax, NS. Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press

The statue will be moved into storage temporarily until council decides how to move forward.

After a lengthy debate, Halifax’s regional council has voted to temporarily take down the Edward Cornwallis statue.

On Tuesday, council passed a motion from HRM staff recommending the statue in Cornwallis Park be taken down immediately.

It will be put in storage while council attempts to revive a stalled committee,approved in October, to assess the use of the city’s controversial founder’s name on municipal property. Read the rest of this entry

Cleveland Indians removing Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms in 2019

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“Chief Wahoo” merchandise; the Cleveland Indians will be changing their logo by 2019, but not their name.

ESPN, Jan 29, 2018

CLEVELAND — Divisive and hotly debated, the Chief Wahoo logo is being removed from the Indians’ uniform next year.

The polarizing mascot is coming off the team’s jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season, a move that will end Chief Wahoo’s presence on the field but may not completely silence those who deem it racist. Read the rest of this entry

Mi’kmaq chiefs want Cornwallis statue ‘removed immediately’

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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.

Panel to discuss the statue of man who offered a bounty for Mi’kmaq scalps has yet to be formed, chiefs say

By Marina von Stackelberg, CBC News, Jan 27, 2018

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs is calling on Halifax regional council to remove the statue of Edward Cornwallis immediately, after a process to discuss the statue’s future became stalled. Read the rest of this entry

‘People are starting to understand’: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne

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Marching in Melbourne … Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Activist Gary Foley tells a crowd of up to 60,000 that ‘if we keep mobilising these numbers, governments cannot ignore us’

Melbourne’s Invasion Day rally begins on the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street, 500 metres from where the city council has blocked off the route of the official Australia Day parade.

The events start at the same time, and until a few years ago only one was accommodated. Before 2015, the Invasion Day rally was seen as just a group of hardcore activists; they didn’t register in the minds of the flag-waving crowd that turned out to watch the official proceedings. Read the rest of this entry

We killed it: Australia Day is officially dead

Australia: Colonial statues vandalized on eve of Australia Day

A STATUE of James Cook in St Kilda and the Burke Wills sculpture in the Melbourne CBD have both been defaced on the eve of Australia Day.

The sculpture of Captain James Cook, erected in the Catani Gardens in 1914, has had pink paint dumped over it and big red letters marked at the base saying “No Pride”.

The statue of Captain Cook is a replica of the one at his birthplace at Whitby in England. Read the rest of this entry

In reclaiming our history of resistance, we can also revitalise decimated languages

Australia callum indigenous xOn the bicentenary of the colonisation of New England, IndigenousX host Callum Clayton-Dixon reassesses the frontier wars

Australia: Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) call for 7 Days of Resistance in the lead up to Invasion Day Jan. 20th-26th

Australia invasion day didjeridooWarriors of the Aboriginal Resistance invite everybody to participate in the 7 days of resistance initiative starting 20th January leading up to January 26th 2018. Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance will host a series of events during the lead up to the Invasion day rallies in various cities, regional and remote spaces across the country. Read the rest of this entry