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11 Indigenous resistance movements you need to know

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"Time is not on our side…leaders must act," Fortunately, Indigenous people have been organizing against the negative impacts of resource extraction since contact...

The Fifth Assessment of the Synthesis Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released on November 2, 2014. The report confirms yet again what Indigenous people have been warning for years: If we do not respect the relationship between humans and the natural world, catastrophic impacts will result.

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Burnaby Mountain: Latest wall of opposition against tar sands

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An injunction and a $5.6-million civil suit in damages is what corporate energy giant Kinder Morgan is seeking against blockaders at a court hearing this week.

Since August of this year, a determined group of Burnaby residents have been stopping Kinder Morgan work crews at a designated conservation area within Burnaby Mountain. SFU professor and defendant Stephen Collis explains, "Many of us are increasingly concerned about climate change, issues relating to Aboriginal title, and the erosion of our democratic rights."

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Decolonization: 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance

“Decolonization, the liberation of an oppressed and colonized people, must ultimately mean the liberation of land and territory.” 

This decolonization zine, called "500 years of Indigenous Resistance," gives a really thorough look at colonialism. Starting with history and definitions, the resource moves to examine the impact of colonialism on Indigenous peoples in particular.

There are tons of examples of recent and current colonial actions and structures, as well as the consequences on individuals and communities. These consequences include genocide, assimilation, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and violence. 

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First Nations resist fuel and mining developments to protect us all

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Last June, I spent three days in a Vancouver courtroom watching the Hupacasath First Nation argue their case against the federal government. The Hupacasath came robed, just like the judges and the lawyers. They weren’t wigged-out like the Department of Justice benchmen. They wore cedar woven headbands and hummingbird embroidered regalia (and underneath, comfortable blue jeans).

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Kahsatstenhsera: Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sands Pipelines

Reclaim Turtle Island released this great new video documentary on the Indigenous resistance to the pipelines. "This short documentary details contemporary Indigenous resistance to tar sands pipeline expansion, in particular the Line 9 and Energy East pipelines, which threaten the health of our territories in the northeast of Turtle Island. It includes the voices and perspectives of Dene, Wolastiqiyik, Mi’kmaq, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Wet’suwet’en land defenders."

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AnOther Story Of Progress (film screening and discussion)

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Location

Camas Books
2620 Quadra St.
Victoria, BC
Canada

anOther Story Of Progress covers various issues, such as environmental destruction, indigenous resistance and insurrection - from a primitivist perspective. It also features primitivist thinkers such as John Zerzan and Layla AbdelRahim, as well as activists Vandana Shiva and Ana Maria Lozano from Justicia y Paz - to mention just some of the people appearing in the film.

Aside from footage shot with a home video-camera, material has been drawn from various documentaries to emphasise the thesis presented in the film: western civilization is a violent, destructive culture that has to be fought against.


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