Indigenous Rights


Rally for Nishnawbe Aski homeland

Sep 15, 2010 to Sep 16, 2010
Queen's Park Toronto , ON
43° 39' 9" N, 79° 22' 54.0012" W
Ontario CA
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Chiefs in Assembly and the people of NAN request your support of their unanimous opposition to Bill 191 - The Far North Act.

Rally for Mapuche Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike

Sep 15, 2010
Chilean Consulate
1185 West Georgia St.
Vancouver , BC
49° 17' 13.5528" N, 123° 7' 29.5752" W
British Columbia CA
A rally in solidarity with Mapuche hunger strikers fighting for an end to Chile's repressive anti-terrorist laws and denial of Mapuche autonomy.
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Save Fish Lake, Support survival of Tsilhqot'in First Nations

ALERT: Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to make final decision on Taseko’s Prosperity mine at Fish Lake by September 10, 2010. Please write to save Fish Lake and to support  Survival of Tsilhqot’in First Nations in central British Columbia, Canada.

The proposed Taseko gold-copper mine threatens the survival of the Tsilhqot’in people.  Tsilhqot’in Fist Nations will lose their Homeland if Fish Lake is destroyed for the proposed mine.


Film screening: Remembering Iinninimowin

Sep 29, 2010 to Sep 30, 2010
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street (by Bathurst subway)
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 53.2584" N, 79° 24' 44.6868" W
Ontario CA
The work addresses the impacts of genocide on the Inninuwak, who have been systematically severed from their ancient language, Inninimowin.
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Indigenous Justice: Apologies and accountability are two separate things

Indigenous Justice: Apologies and accountability are two separate things

August 21, 2010 | By Krystalline Kraus |

The Canadian government has apologized to First Nations and Inuit communities, but an apology without accountability and action towards change is meaningless.

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Natives' sacred cave destroyed

I post here as a guest to this forum. Hopefully, a welcome one. With the following, I want to honour the intent of the "aboriginal issues and culture forum" and will try, in walking my talk, not to stumble.

In a thread about the arrival of a boat in Esquimalt Harbour, E.Tamaran raises the question - What do First Nations peoples have had to say about the issue? It's a good one. I began to see what I could find online.

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Jewish right of occupation, thread drift continuation

I though i'd start this to continue the discussion from here:


There was an interesting debate about immigration as in "we live in canada as a settler poulation, so do the israelis....what's the difference?"

I don't think there is one except the timeline.  We're a few hundred years into this occupation while the israelis are pretty recent occupiers by historical standards.  Actually it seems the israelis are borrowing tactics from us such as reserves/bantustans, negotiations in bad faith, token political positions etc.  


Citizen Media Rendez-Vous Montreal

Aug 23, 2010
Palais des congrès de Montréal
201 Avenue Viger Est,
H2Z 1X7‎ Montreal , QC
45° 30' 18.5616" N, 73° 33' 39.2004" W
Quebec CA
A collaborative exchange to advance the practices of citizen media that cultivate inclusive participation and social justice.

The Art of Decolonization workshop series

Aug 3, 2010 to Aug 25, 2010
University of Toronto - OISE (Room 2198)
252 Bloor Street West
M5S 1V5 Toronto , ON
43° 40' 4.4004" N, 79° 23' 54.1392" W
Ontario CA
These workshops will explore how Indigenous peoples express the experience of colonization across artistic disciplines and how art contributes to the maintenance and recovery of culture.
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New Version: On Legitimate and Illegitimate Protest

Ok all you babblers,

I have heard from many people who read the original version of this piece. In response to all your thoughts, I significantly reworked it to include new ideas that people shared with me and to clarify the most important ways we need to build solidarity right now.

Given the ongoing need for unity as we continue to work to get our friends out of jail, get all the charges dropped, and build the movement from within, seems like a good time to post this new and updated version.


Toronto and Vancouver: On legitimate and illegitimate protest

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Read, Share, and Endorse the Vancouver G8/G20 Solidarity Statement!

See the full statement, updates on arrests and charges, additional comments, and how you can help at:  

We, a broad-based network of Vancouver and BC civil society organizations and individuals, call for the immediate release of all those currently being held as part of the G8/G20 Summit police operations, and for all charges against community organizers to be dropped.

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On Legitimate and Illegitimate Protest

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
Frederick Douglass, 1857


This page grows out of dialogue with many community members between the Vancouver Olympics in February and the Toronto G8/G20 in June. It needs saying.

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Aboriginal Issues Primer

I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread with some good background facts for people coming into this forum.  There is an awful lot left out of Canadian education when it comes to even the most basic of issues pertaining to Aboriginal peoples.  The majority of Canadians do not even understand Status, much less more complex issues like Aboriginal title, or duty to consult. 

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Why There Are No “Israelis” in the Jewish State


The head of the campaign for Israeli nationality, Uzi Ornan, a retired linguistics professor, said: “It is absurd that Israel, which recognises dozens of different nationalities, refuses to recognise the one nationality it is supposed to represent.”

The government opposes the case, claiming that the campaign’s real goal is to “undermine the state’s infrastructure” — a presumed reference to laws and official institutions that ensure Jewish citizens enjoy a privileged status in Israel.

Mr Ornan, 86, said that denying a common Israeli nationality was the linchpin of state-sanctioned discrimination against the Arab population.

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Immigration and Indigenous solidarity and how they intersect

Recently, I helped out at a No One Is Illegal event that was held last weekend in Toronto.  There was an amazing line-up of speakers, and one in particular really clarified some things for me around the issues of immigration and Indigenous rights.

I've occasionally wondered whether there is a disconnect between advocating open immigration, and also advocating Indigenous rights in Canada, in particular, land claims.  It seems to be contradictory: colonizers from outside Canada stole land from the First Peoples here, and are now treating them like unwanted guests on their own territories.  The first invaders could be considered "immigrants" - so how is it that immigration wasn't okay then, but it is okay now?


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