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Attawapiskat and colonialism: Seeing the forest and the trees

If you can cut through the racism, ignorance, and half-baked opinions of pundits, politicians and sound-bite media, most folks will realize that Attawapiskat and many other First Nations have been labouring under the repression of colonialism far too long.

The antidote for poverty is self-determination and no one can give you that. You have to stand up and take action yourself to make it happen. Colonialism does not give way on its own; it must be defeated through vigorous and enlightened opposition.



'Land is a Relationship': In conversation with Glen Coulthard on Indigenous nationhood

Photo courtesy of Glen Coulthard

"Your good words make my ears tingle," says Elaine Durocher as she overhears Glen Coulthard at a diner in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.

In December I had the opportunity to sit down with Coulthard, and in our discussion, he is describing how the granting of certain rights by the state works perfectly within colonialism by effectively masking the ongoing dispossession of Indigenous peoples. Durocher, a Metis grandmother and activist who I know within the Downtown Eastside community, joins our conversation and is nodding along.

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Simcoe Day: How should we celebrate a myopic vision of Canada?

Photo: Lone Primate/flickr

John Graves Simcoe, whose "day" we're celebrating, finally got some serious recognition this year, courtesy of U.S. TV. He appears as a magnificent British villain in Turn: Washington's Spies, on AMC, the Mad Men network. It recounts "America's first spy network," during the American Revolution. Simcoe is played by Samuel Roukin, a U.S. actor with BBC cred: he sneers, he taunts, he tortures, he kills. Every actor knows the real heroes are the villains.


Israel, Canada and struggles for decolonization

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Confronting the ugly truths of Canadian history

Photo: Darren Kuropatwa/flickr

Lionel Pett was a scientist with the precursor of Health Canada, a leader in his field and in charge of the program of apparently half-starving aboriginal children in an experiment to measure nutrition in the 1940s and '50s.

Amid the national revulsion over this revelation, his son has emerged to defend his reputation, telling the Toronto Star that his father "was just trying to do good work" as he was tasked to study the effects of vitamins and minerals in order to keep Canadians healthy, especially in the context of wartime and post-war privation.

A most important gathering: Determining the future for us all

On January 24 a gathering will take place in Ottawa that will define a point in our shared history where, as a nation, Canada will either succeed or fail. Personally, I am not optimistic. As leaders of indigenous heritage pack their bags for one more effort to achieve peace and friendship with fellow Canadians through negotiations with the Federal leader they may be completely unaware that this is a make-it or break-it moment.


Sisters in Spirit vigils light a candle and feed the fire of remembrance

Canada's secret shame happens in plain sight, with 600 Aboriginal women having gone missing or been murdered in 30 years. Today we honour them across the country.

Angeline Eileen Pete, 28, reported missing from British Columbia in May. Roberta Dawn McIvor, 32, found murdered near Lake Winnipeg in July. Kimberley Nolin Napess, 15, last seen in Quebec City in August. And two Friday's ago, Verna Simard, 50, dead after plunging from the sixth-floor window of her residence in Vancouver. 


Is Canada stuck in a colony mentality? II

Cont'd from here

Bachus wrote:
No Im saying that they emigrated to set up their own 'religious utopia' or make money.

Once they were established, others came. Irish immigration of 1847 founded no colonies. It swelled the existing ones

The eighth annual new college conference on racism and national consciousness | land and freedom |

Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 10:00am - 5:35pm


Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 978-5404
43° 39' 43.956" N, 79° 24' 5.8968" W

This year the Annual New College Conference on Racism & National Consciousness will be looking at the issue of land and its relation to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.  Beginning with President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and the beacon of change which is the Bolivarian Revolution in Latin America, our attention will shift to the Indian Subcontinent, where capitalist imperialism, militarism, and genocidal state terror have ravaged the present day nation-states of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka.  Subsequently taking up the issue of African Liberation and the need for a Pan-African National Consciousness, we present a Keynote address delivered by the Chairman of the African People's Socialist Party, Omali Yeshitela, and then conclude the day’s proceedin

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