Category Archives: Decolonization
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
Native plants featured in gardens outside APTN’s headquarters on Portage Avenue
CBC News, June 16, 2015
Downtown Winnipeg has a new garden featuring indigenous plants, including those used in aboriginal cultures.
The first indigenous gardens were planted on Tuesday morning by volunteers from the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, RBC and the City of Winnipeg.
Located in front of APTN’s headquarters on 339 Portage Ave., the five garden beds feature indigenous “planting schemes and materials, based on community ideas and feedback,” the Downtown BIZ said in a news release. Read the rest of this entry
Visiting UMass Amherst lecturer Howard Kimewon and his students built a birch bark canoe during their Ojibwe language course and successfully launched it on Puffer’s Pond. It’s believed to be the first birch bark canoe to sail locally in 300 years.
Anita Sutherland woke up to the sound of her truck honking Thursday morning on the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, only to find a bear cub trapped inside.
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