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A critical assessment of Idle No More

Lerat Wendy Lynn

Wendy Lynn Lerat

By Wendy Lynn Lerat, July 17, 2013

Good evening good people

With all due respect to the opinions expressed here I am in agreement with much of the posts I have read of Ian’s over the past few days. I am encouraged to see that finally there is a growing awareness of the need to challenge the INM ‘movement’ and I would like to state that not only must the position be challenged the significant risk its position places on the true grassroots’ movement be exposed. Read the rest of this entry

Gunfire, Drumming & Singing Mark Wounded Knee 40 Year Anniversary

by Kristi Eaton, Associated Press, Feb 28, 2013

Armed participants at the 40th anniversary of Wounded Knee.

Armed participants at the 40th anniversary of Wounded Knee.

WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. — A Pine Ridge Indian Reservation resident who found herself in the middle of the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation said Wednesday amid ceremonial gunfire and chants that little has changed since the fatal standoff. Read the rest of this entry

Anicinabe Park Occupation 1974: Interviews with 2 Warriors

Participants in the 1974 armed occupation of Anicinabe Park, near Kenora, Ontario.

Participants in the 1974 armed occupation of Anicinabe Park, near Kenora, Ontario.

– reprinted from Oh-Toh-Kin, Volume 1 Number 1, Winter/Spring 1992

The following interviews with Lyle Ironstand and Louis Cameron have been reprinted from Paper Tomahawks: From Red Tape to Red Power by James Burke, published in 1976 by Queenston House Publishing. Read the rest of this entry

PDF: The Wretched of the Earth

PDF: Wretched of the Earth Frantz Fanon

Wretched of Earth book coverFrantz Fanon was born in 1925 on the Caribbean island of Martinique, then a French colony.  He served in the French army during WW2, and after attended the University of Lyon in France, where he studied medicine and psychiatry.  From 1953-56 he served as the head of psychiatry at Blida-Joinville Hospital in Algeria, which was then part of France. He joined the Algerian liberation movement in 1954 and in 1956 became an editor of its newspaper, El Moudjahid, published in Tunis. Read the rest of this entry

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The Economics of Insurgency

Thoughts on Idle No More & Critical Infrastructure

Six Nations, 2006.

Six Nations, 2006.

by Shiri Pasternak, The Media Coop, January 14, 2013

News reports are ablaze with reports of looming Indigenous blockades and economic disruption. As the Idle No More movement explodes into a new territory of political action, it bears to amplify the incredible economic leverage of First Nations today, and how frightened the government and industry are of their capacity to wield it. Read the rest of this entry

Peaceful Protests Profit from History of Militant Resistance

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, January 12, 2013

Warrior at Oka, 1990, standing on top of abandoned & over turned police car.

Warrior at Oka, 1990, standing on top of abandoned & over turned police car.

“Unbelievable how chicken the police are to remove these people from blocking the railway. If it was anybody but natives they would have been arrested a week ago.”

Letter posted by Gerry, Jan 2, 2013, “First Nation blockade in Sarnia coming down,” Canadian Press, Jan 2, 2013

Any time there is a significant Native blockade or occupation, there are demands for its immediate removal by angry citizens. During Oka, 1990, and Six Nations 2006, for example, mobs of non-Natives rallied and sometimes rioted demanding that the military intervene to end the disputes. Read the rest of this entry

Sir John A. Macdonald statue vandalized: ‘This is stolen land’

Statue of Sir John A. MacDonald vandalized, Jan 10, 2013.

Statue of Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada, vandalized in Kingston, Ont, Jan 10, 2013.

The Canadian Press, Friday, Jan. 11 2013

Police in Ontario are investigating after a Sir John A. Macdonald statue was vandalized overnight, saying it may have been politically motivated.

The sculpture, located in a park in Kingston, Ont., was splattered with red paint and the words “This is stolen land,” “murderer” and “colonizer” were sprayed on the statue’s base. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous Grassroots & the Indian Act Band Council

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, January 7, 2013Grassroots fist logo

Debates arising from the recent Idle No More movement have revealed two main interpretations of what comprises the grassroots.  One seeks to exclude band councils, while the other views chiefs & councillors as an integral part of the grassroots, simply by virtue of them being members of the community.  Clearly, we need some basic understanding of what constitutes the grassroots in order to advance our movement. Read the rest of this entry

War of the Words: chiefs issue ultimatums as grassroots dance in circles

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, January 4, 2013

Flash mob in Edmonton mall, December 2012.

Flash mob in Edmonton mall, December 2012.

There are three entities currently struggling for control over the grassroots Native mobilization that has spread across the country: the Idle No More’s  (INM) middle-class founders, Indian Act chiefs, and chief Spence herself.  It is in our interests as grassroots people that all of them fail in their efforts and that the autonomous, decentralized self-organization of our movement become more widespread. Read the rest of this entry

MNN: INDIGENOUS RISING

MNN.  JAN. 1, 2013.  Corporate band and tribal councils are falling.  A new day is

Members of Westbank band council; are they our "leaders"?

Members of Westbank band council; are they our “leaders”?

coming.  Out with individualism.  In with collectivism.  The fraudulent corporations of Canada and the United States of America are duly put on notice that you will be soon dissolved. Your shareholders will be liable for all their crimes.  The strategy of corruption, deceit and death through their band and tribal council apparatus is over.  They are all going down.  There will no longer be a means to apply the genocide program on us and everyone else in the world through this fraudulent corporate business plan. Read the rest of this entry