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Musqueam Indian Band paddles ‘journey canoe’ made from 350-year-old cedar log

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The Musqueam Indian Band along with Indigenous professors from UBC took this canoe, carved over three-months from a 350-year-old cedar, for a first paddle on Saturday, August 6, 2016. (Doug Kerr/CBC)

Boat took three months to carve and is part of cultural revitalization project with UBC

By Chad Pawson, CBC News, August 6, 2016

Members of the Musqueam Indian Band and Indigenous professors from UBC blessed and launched a canoe carved from a 350-year-old cedar tree on Saturday as part of a cultural revitalization project.

“Yeah I’m a bit out of breath,” said Corrina Sparrow after paddling the boat in the Fraser River off 4000 Musqueam Ave.

“Overwhelmed, so good, it glides like glass after awhile.” Read the rest of this entry

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5 summer camps that offer chance to connect with Indigenous culture

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Ghost River Rediscovery in Calgary, Alta. offers lessons in Aboriginal lifestyle and survival skills throughout the months of July and August. (Courtesy of Ghost River Rediscovery)

‘To speak Ojibwe is to really know myself, it’s who I am,’ says language camp participant

By Oscar Baker III, CBC News, June 12, 2016

Camping can be a way for people to disconnect from technology and take a break from the modern world. But cultural and language camps offer campers a chance to reconnect — to Indigenous cultures, elders and to the land. Read the rest of this entry

THE PRICE OF FREEDOM

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets FHQ Leadership (File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council) April 26, 2016.

By Johnny Hawk,  Anishinaabek.com, April 29, 2016

With the recent attention mainstream media has given to the on-going genocide within our communities that is sugar coated as “emergency crisis” and as grassroots and INAC leadership call for an abolishment of the Indian Act we must question and look at some truth’s that can help us find solutions to our liberation.

A key solution lies within our perspective of our condition as the majority of our people may not see that genocide is still being waged on our Nations where just because guns, smallpox and residential schools are no longer being used, war is still being waged  nonetheless through the sophistication of liberal economic and judicial warfare as relatives fall in love with Trudeau 2.0 as he visits our communities.  The boiling frog dilemma. We must also acknowledge the RCMP and Army are always on standby and present when our peoples assert who we really are and protect what we have to. Read the rest of this entry

Decolonizing Medicine: Physical, Social and Mental Healing

BLACKFOOT MEDICINE MAN. Blackfoot Medicine Man Performing His Mysteries over a Dying Man. Oil on canvas, 1832, by George Catlin.

BLACKFOOT MEDICINE MAN. Blackfoot Medicine Man Performing His Mysteries over a Dying Man. Oil on canvas, 1832, by George Catlin.

by Camaray Devalos, Indian Country Today,  Dec 23, 2014

de·col·o·nize – verb (of a country) withdraw from (a colony), leaving it independent.

I notice a lot of talk on “decolonizing.” We must decolonize, people say. HashtagDecolonize. Street art murals with a Native woman standing proud with the word “decolonize” defiantly scrawled on the bottom. I knew the dictionary version, and I liked the idea of it. It’s a challenging, powerful word. But as an Indigenous person, I didn’t know how to apply it to my everyday life. How are we supposed to withdraw from colonization when it permeates through our entire way of life, and has been doing so since colonists stepped foot onto the New World? How does an entire group of people literally withdraw from a colony?

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INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND TWO-SPIRITED PEOPLE: OUR WORK IS DECOLONIZATION!

“Be a Good Girl” by Tania Willard
“Be a Good Girl” by Tania Willard

by Chelsea Vowel, Guts Magazine, July 24, 2014

Indigenous women and two-spirited* people are leading a resurgence movement in iyiniwi-ministik, the People’s Island.* They draw on their traditional roles as protectors of the land and water to inform their work in our communities, and root themselves in their specific socio-political orders to counter colonialism and to revitalize language and culture. Rather than being defined as a struggle against patriarchal gender roles and the division of labour, Indigenous women and two-spirited people’s work combats the imposition of colonial barriers. The goal is not to attain gender equality, but rather to restore Indigenous nationhood, which includes gender equality and respect for gender fluidity.

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First Nations rights and title claims: Is it legitimate to call it class struggle?

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‘Building rage’: Decolonizing class war

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Colonization: A War for Territory

By Zig-Zag, WarriorPublications.wordpress.com

(Originally pub. 1999 as Colonization is Always War, Revised 2012)

“If anyone is trying to destroy you, STOP HIM!”
Karoniaktajeh – Louis Hall, Warrior’s Handbook p. 1

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

A Public Statement of Apology From the Organizing Committee of Defenders of the Land

April 22, 2011.

Ottawa (Sovereign Algonquin Territory)

[Note: this statement is false and was never issued by the group Defenders of the land, please see the article “Why We Wrote the Statement of Apology” posted by Indigenous Women of the Movement]

A Public Statement of Apology From the Organizing Committee of Defenders of the Land

This April 22-25th 2011, ALL indigenous land defenders are warmly welcomed to join the 3rd ever Defenders of the Land Gathering in Ottawa. We want to especially honour the women who stand on the frontlines every day protecting our families, and the land and water and those who face racism and brutality by police, …military and settlers. We respect you, not just in our words, but in our actions. Read the rest of this entry

Colonization and Decolonization Manual

A manual for Indigenous liberation in the 21st century.

To view or download manual click here:  Colonization Decolonization

There is also an online version of this text at http://www.fistinthemouth.com/colonization-and-de-colonization-by-zig-zag/