Category Archives: Warrior

Haida raiders to open Nations at War TV series

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Raven Warrior by Bill Holm.

by Andrew Hudson, September 1, 2017

Haida raiders will star in the opening episode of Nations at War, a TV series that tells little-known stories about First Nations warfare in Canada.

“When we started doing the research, we knew immediately that it would be a powerful, eye-catching and engaging episode that nobody would really see coming,” says Tim Johnson, who came up with the idea for Nations at War. Read the rest of this entry

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Kachina Priest Killer Carving

Kachina warrior Pueblo Revolt

From the internet:

PRIEST KILLER Kachina doll, carved from cotton wood root, with severed head of catholic priest and bloody knife. These were a real Hopi Kachina and a real catholic priest who really was raping young women in Hopi Nation land. This really went down in what we now call Arizona while the pueblo revolts were happening in what we now call New Mexico. By William Wildcat, August 17, 2013

Poster: Ts’Peten 1995

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Poster and introduction by Gord Hill

The siege at Ts’Peten (Gustafsen Lake) occurred in Secwepemc territory (in the south-central interior of “British Columbia”) in the summer of 1995, after a white American rancher began harassing an elder and his family at a Secwepemc Sundance camp. Warriors responded to the elder’s call for help, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) began a large paramilitary operation to clear out the defenders, deploying some 450 officers, mostly heavily armed Emergency Response Teams. They also received assistance from the Canadian military, including nine Bison armoured personnel carriers (APCs). Read the rest of this entry

The Oka Crisis in 5 minutes

 

The Oka Crisis was supposed to be a wake-up call. Little has changed in 27 years

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A picture taken during the Oka Crisis on July 11, 1990. (Tom Hanson/The Canadian Press)

By Steve Bonspiel, for CBC News, July 11, 2017

“Just go in there and exterminate them like the rats they are.”

“What are we waiting for? Let’s get rid of them.”

“Put them all in the Big O and blow it up.”

I heard these words from random non-Natives as a 14-year-old boy, 27 years ago to the day. I feel a mixture of pride, anger, sadness and resolve when I think of that fateful summer, and what went on for those 78 days in Kanesatake: the Oka Crisis. Read the rest of this entry

Australia On this day: Pemulwuy is killed

Aaustralia Pemulwuy_aka_PimbloyRemembering the Indigenous resistance fighter determined to maintain Aboriginal traditions by resisting British rule.

BY Angela Heathcote, Australian geographic, June 1, 2017

ON 2 JUNE 1802, Pemulwuy was killed, bringing an abrupt end to his long- fought battles with encroaching British settlers. Two European colonisers shot dead the Indigenous resistance fighter – an original inhabitant of Toongabbie and Parramatta area, determined to Indigenous ownership of the land. Read the rest of this entry

Individual Operational Readiness

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Protesters against Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, January 2017, equipped with as masks, shields and other gear.

by Sakej Ward

Do you have an impact on the “battlefield” or are you a liability? Do you possess a wide range of activist’s conflict skills? Are your skills up to speed? Not all activists are created equal.

The come-as-you are activist, the person who shows up at crisis events with intent to engage in obsolete, ineffectual, passive tactics that requires so very little skill and equipment (gear) is an amateur who treats the struggle for justice more as a social gathering (a crisis pow wow with endless opportunities to get selfies) than a war.

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The Operational Pack

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Warriors at Oka, 1990; the warrior in the centre wears web gear (what appears to be an ALICE belt and suspenders with canteen and pouches), described as level 2 gear in the article below.

by Sakej Ward, May 4, 2017
Can you conduct actions without your mission essential equipment? How long can you stay in the field without resupply? Mission duration in the field (away from camp) is the key to independent or long range actions. How operational ready are you without key equipment? Read the rest of this entry

Tlingit men trained hard to become warriors

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“The Battle of Old Sitka, June, 1802”, © Ray Troll, 2002.

By Mary Catharine Martin

No matter the season, every day from age six began the same way for a young K’inéix Kwáan man training to be a warrior in pre-contact Yakutat — by wading into the ocean and staying as long as he could without passing out. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous activists confront drug dealers at downtown Winnipeg mall

winnipeg-portage-placeGroup says drug dealing around Portage Place is getting out of control

By Austin Grabish, CBC News, March 25, 2017

A group of Indigenous activists are fighting against drug trafficking they say is causing trouble around Portage Place Shopping Centre.

“The women and the children don’t feel safe. The elders don’t feel safe walking through the back [of the mall] so we decided we’re going to shut all this down,” said Vin Clarke, a member of a group called Urban Warrior Alliance. Read the rest of this entry