“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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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).
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."
Image: Reclaim Turtle Island
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.
The White Paper
Published in 1969, The White Paper was the Trudeau Government’s clumsy attempt to address the systemic inequalities between Indigenous people (referred to as Indians) and Settlers (referred to as Canadians). The proposed plan of action was intended to replace The Indian Act. Instead of actually dealing with problems of entrenched institutionalized racism The White Paper proposed that the government should eliminate the category of “Indian” over a five-year period.
What it meant