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By Zig-Zag, WarriorPublications.wordpress.com
(Originally pub. 1999 as Colonization is Always War, Revised 2012)
War & Colonization
Just slightly over 500 years ago, in 1492, three European ships under the command of Christopher Columbus arrived on the shores of what has come to be known as the Americas. With this began a genocidal war aimed at destroying Indigenous nations, occupying our ancestral territories, and plundering the natural wealth of the earth. How many tens of millions of Indigenous people were killed in this war will never be known, although the methods of massacres, biological warfare, executions, torture, and the enslavement of entire nations, has been well documented by historians. Read the rest of this entry
By Warrior Publications, Warrior, No.3, Summer 2007
“Act when it is beneficial, desist when it is not.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has called for a ‘National Day of Action’ to occur on June 29, 2007. The purpose of this is to pressure the federal government into providing more funding for Native programs & services. Specifically, it is in response to the recent federal budget, which did not allocate enough funding for Native peoples, according to the AFN. Read the rest of this entry
The Violent History of Colonization in ‘British Columbia’
In history, the colonization of what would become British Columbia is presented as largely peaceful, even friendly. Like Columbus’ ‘peaceful’ invasion of the Americas in 1492, this history is a colonial myth. Like all colonial myths, it seeks to conceal genocide and legitimize colonialism. Read the rest of this entry
The FBI’s infamous Counter-Intelligence Program (COINTEL-PRO) should serve as a chilling reminder of the length to which our enemy will go to crush our resistance. This is especially true since veterans of this time are still with us, & many remain in prison to this day as a result (inc. Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abu-Jamal, etc.).
Many are also dead, killed by the FBI, police, & paramilitaries during the 1960’s & 70’s. Our failure to learn from this time would not only leave us vulnerable to the same tactics, it would be a dishonor to the sacrifices made by the previous generation. Read the rest of this entry
Ipperwash, also known as Stoney Point & Aazhoodena, was one of two confrontations in the summer of 1995 between Indigenous people & Canadian police-military forces. While events in Stoney Point unfolded, the siege at Gustafsen Lake/Ts’Peten was already underway. In the BC interior, 450 heavily-armed RCMP had laid siege to a small group of Secwepemc Sundancers. Read the rest of this entry
“We cannot call ourselves a nation if we don’t want to defend what is rightfully ours.”
Wolverine, Defenders of the Land, 1995
In the summer of 1995, a month-long standoff occurred between Indigenous peoples & police near 100 Mile House, in the southern-interior region of British Columbia (BC). This land is the ancestral homeland of the Secwepemc (Shuswap).
Altogether, over 450 heavily-armed officers from various RCMP Emergency Response Teams (ERT), with military assistance, including 9 armoured personnel carriers, were deployed against some 24 defenders of a Sundance camp. In the end, it would be the largest RCMP paramilitary operation in Canadian history, costing over $5 million. Nearly half of this, $2.3 million, was for RCMP overtime. Read the rest of this entry
Book Review by Zig Zag
Whenever I hear or read Taiaiake’s thoughts on Native peoples & our struggles, I think of a quote by the Chinese word-lord and all-around wise-guy, Lao Tzu: “The wise leader knows that the true nature of events cannot be captured in words. So why pretend? Confusing jargon is one sure sign of a leader who does not know how things happen.” Read the rest of this entry
A history of Native blockades in the province of british columbia, from the 1980s to 2006.