By Zainab Amadahy - rabble.ca
While I can't generalize about what Indigenous or other racialized peoples mean by the words "decolonization", anti-racist or "anti-colonial", I can certainly observe how SOME philosophies and action strategies employed in leftist movements relegate anti-colonial and anti-racist struggles to the periphery...[L]eftist philosophies are like a one-size-fits-all dress that only a very small minority feel comfortable wearing.
July 8, 2011 - The Dominion
This walk was started by people heartbroken by what has happened to their traditional homelands. One of the organizers...helped to start the Memorial March for the Murdered and Missing Women when she lived in Vancouver years ago. She spoke of the murdered and missing waters in northern Alberta: an eerie, disturbing connection between the violence against Indigenous women and against Indigenous land. Colonization is not a thing of the past; it continues today in virulent, violent forms and materializes in the increased rates of cancer found in communities downstream from the tar sands.
By Ward Churchill - Znet
This essay was first published September 20, 2000.
In the sense that I use the term, indigenism is...the outlook that guided our great leaders of the past: King Philip and Pontiac, Tecumseh and Creek Mary and Osceola, Black Hawk, Nancy Ward and Satanta, Lone Wolf and Red Cloud, Satank and Quannah Parker, Left Hand and Crazy Horse, Dull Knife and Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, Roman Nose and Captain Jack, Louis Ríel and Poundmaker and Geronimo, Cochise and Mangus, Victorio, Chief Seattle, and on and on.
Sunday, June 26, 2011 - People Of Color Organize!
Generally known to settler historians as the Battle of the Little Bighorn...what is known to us as the Battle of the Greasy Grass was an attempted massacre of what was thought to be a primarily civilian Indian encampment by the Amerikkkan 7th Cavalry commanded by one of the most cowardly butchers in the employ of the expanding white settler colony, George Armstrong Custer.
By Dan David - The Dominion
Consider how police conduct drug raids elsewhere. They obtain warrants naming specific individuals. They isolate the address specified in the warrant. They execute the warrant with a minimum of inconvenience to the neighbourhood...A raid at Kanehsatake is different. The whole community...has a police roadblock. All Mohawks are considered suspect and potentially dangerous. This explains why the police presence is massive...The disruption to the community is huge.
By Jared Nyberg - June 25, 2011
When researching this article, it came to light that after the 2006 Bear Mountain cave incident (in which a sacred shamanic cave was blown up by developers and the Archaeology Branch) the Tsartlip were no longer being consulted in land use decisions. The BC Archaeology Branch explained to this writer that the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations had declared the Tsartlip did not have “first tenure” to the area and did not need to be consulted.
Climate Justice London at a Car Free Festival, during Stop Tar Sands Day.
The 'oily' zombies walked to raise awareness about the many impacts from tar sands operations — from Alberta, to Ontario, and beyond. This tar sands sludge is being pumped into Sarnia-Lambton. And, if the Enbridge Trailbreaker project proceeds, very dirty tar sands bitumen would be pumped through a pipeline that already crosses the Thames River, just north of London. In Alberta, toxic tailings ponds have been leaking into the Athabasca river, each and every day. The residents of the area also are threatened by pipeline spills. In one incident this spring, millions of litres of tar sands crude and diluent spilled into the territory of the Lubicon Cree.
Just over a week after a report was released...on how the Harper government has been using INAC to “manage potential First Nation unrest” since 2006, a native community named as a “hot spot” for “aboriginal unrest” was raided by no less than 500 members of the “Aboriginal Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. The day before the raid, the Mohawks of Kanehsata:ke sent a warning letter to the municipality of Oka over a mining deal signed earlier in the month...Coincidence? Not in these times.
By Russell Diabo and Shiri Pasternak - June 7, 2011
Internal documents from Indian Affairs and the RCMP show that shortly after forming government in January of 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had the federal government tighten up on gathering and sharing intelligence on First Nations to anticipate and manage potential First Nation unrest across Canada...[T]he Department of Indian and Northern Affairs...was given the lead role to spy on First Nations. The goal was to identify the First Nation leaders, participants and outside supporters of First Nation occupations and protests, and to closely monitor their actions.
By Krystalline Kraus - May 23, 2011
In the spirit of our ancestors, honouring the memory of all those youth who have died unjustly and in respect to all our relations, We the Six Nations Youth Movement are TAKING ACTION and RECLAIMING the old police station as the temporary site of the Onkwehon:we Youth Centre...We declare that the Band Council superstructure...cannot handpick our representatives nor determine the direction of the Six Nations Youth Movement.
By John Graham - May 16, 2011
After a week long trial and several inconsistent and contradicting prosecution witnesses...a South Dakota jury found me NOT GUILTY OF THE PREMEDITATED 1975 MURDER OF ANNA MAE AQUASH...[T]he same South Dakota jury found me guilty of the lesser charge of felony murder kidnapping...Felony murder carries the same sentence as premeditated murder so the judge had no alternative but to sentence me to life with no possibility of parole.
Friday, May 13, 2011 - People of Color Organize!
Two recent news articles from APTN National News highlight US involvement in counter-insurgency operations against Indigenous peoples in Canada, and other social movements. One concerns the 2004 confrontation at Kanesatake when a corrupt band chief brought in dozens of outside Native cops to conduct raids on the territory...Both articles are derived from US diplomatic cables that were recently revealed through Wikileaks.
May 15th, 2011 - No One Is Illegal-Vancouver
We are writing this statement only two weeks into the recent federal election, where Stephen Harper’s Conservatives attained a majority in Parliament...[T]he specific context of the Conservative government...requires us to analyze our strategies and our struggles accordingly...Over the next several years, we can expect to see a more aggressive anti-immigrant campaign by the Conservatives.
May 15, 2011 - Vancouver Media Co-op
No One is Illegal-Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories is a grassroots immigrant and refugee rights collective with leadership from members of migrant and/or racialized backgrounds...We oppose the settler policies of Israel, which have and continue to be supported by the Canadian state, and stand against the continued displacement of Palestinians and the confiscation of their land and homes since 1948. We call for an immediate end to the Israeli occupation of all Palestinian territories and the system of apartheid that characterizes life in Palestine; the recognition of the right of return for all Palestinian refugees; and full political, social and economic equality for all people in historic Palestine.