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‘This is a British colony’: Group disrupts Mi’kmaq ceremony in Halifax

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Some in attendance said the men identified themselves as members of the “Proud Boys,” a U.S.-based ultra-conservative fraternity-like group that believes in “reinstating a spirit of Western chauvinism during an age of globalism and multiculturalism.”

by Jeff Lagerquist, CTV News, July 3, 2017

A First Nations ceremony held in downtown Halifax on Canada Day to honour missing and murdered indigenous women was interrupted by men who identified themselves as part of an alt-right organization — and included two members of the Royal Canadian Navy. Read the rest of this entry

Resistance 150: Why Canada’s birthday celebrations aren’t for everyone

No Justice Stolen Land logoby Jackie Dunham, CTV News, June 27, 2017

As organizers ramp up anticipation for Canada’s big bash honouring the 150th anniversary of Confederation, indigenous activists are rallying their own counter-celebrations.

The #Resistance150 movement was created nearly eight months ago by Anishinaabe traditional storyteller and teacher Isaac Murdoch, Michif visual artist Christi Belcourt, Cree activist Tanya Kappo and Métis author Maria Campbell while they were discussing the government’s planned festivities for Canada 150. Read the rest of this entry

Nine arrested after RCMP blocks teepee raising on Parliament Hill

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Jocelyn Iahtail, centre, requesting the release of nine people arrested for attempting to bring teepee poles on Parliament Hill without a permit. The detainees show of their hand-cuffs inside a tent-turned-detention block. APTN/Photo

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, June 29, 2017
Outside the tent-turned-holding cell along the sidewalk by Parliament Hill’s East Block Jocelyn Iahtail and Elder Sophie Gunner-Sackabuskum wanted to know what happened to someone named “Crow” who they said was arrested along with nine others for trying to carry teepee poles onto the Hill grounds without a proper permit. Read the rest of this entry

‘Frankly, we don’t have any reason to celebrate:’ Indigenous centre opting out of Canada Day celebrations

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Anne Solomon, president of the N’Swakamok Friendship Centre in Sudbury, said the centre’s board of directors decided they would not be celebrating the anniversary of confederation. (Markus Schwabe CBC)

N’Swakamok Friendship Centre says Canada 150 does not recognize enough of the Indigenous experience

CBC News, June 27, 2017

As the rest of the country is preparing to mark Canada 150, others plan to sit out on the celebrations.

Many Indigenous communities will not be taking part in Canada Day festivities, saying the nation has a deeper history than just 150 years, and that celebrations do not recognize Indigenous history or experience. Read the rest of this entry

NoCanada.Info website up and running

no canada website logoA new website focusing on resistance against Canada’s 150th year anniversary celebrations is up and running.  you can check it out at:

http://www.nocanada.info/

Here’s a message from the comrades who’ve set the site up: Read the rest of this entry

Canada 150 banners defaced, destroyed

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Within a week of them being installed as part of the Canada 150 celebration, vandals scrawled profanities across banners lining the Mercier Bridge, and tore them to shreds. (Courtesy David S. Lahache)

June 23, 2017

Within the week of the Jacques Cartier Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) installing banners along the sides of the lanes going in and out of Kahnawake, a couple of them were targeted. Read the rest of this entry

#Resist150: Battleford mass hangings poster

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Not sure who did the poster, but there it is…

“The executions of the Indians ought to convince the Red Man that the White Man governs” Prime Minister John A MacDonald.

Nova Scotia Coffee House Puts Up One Hell Of A Canada 150 Sign

Anti-Canada 150 Poster Pack

Canada 150 genocide posterIt’s Going Down, June 13, 2017

As Canada spends half a billion dollars to celebrate its 150th year of land theft and colonial violence, Indigenous communities across Canada remain without access to clean water and endure acute poverty. Indigenous territories remain coveted by extractive industries and multinational corporations, who receive physical support from the RCMP and other agencies to forcibly steal and contaminate unceded Indigenous lands. From Oka to Elsipogtog, Canadian history shows us that Indigenous people who stand up to protect their homelands from destruction are frequently met with military force. Read the rest of this entry

Six Indigenous scholars share their views of Canada at 150

Idle No More edmonton no justice signMost of them won’t be celebrating.

By MOIRA MACDONALD, University Affairs, June 7, 2017
Confederation has been described as a turning point for the worse in the lives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. Indigenous rights established through Britain’s Royal Proclamation of 1763 and subsequent treaties were not upheld, it’s been well-argued. There was a steep decline in the vitality of Indigenous cultures and languages, and in people’s well-being, particularly after the Indian Act of 1876.

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