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Connecting Palestinian and Indigenous peoples' struggles for freedom

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Boarded, arrested, impounded, sabotaged and finally shelled from the sea -- the Canadian Boat to Gaza and Gaza's Ark have not given up. Amid the hot-war conflicts today, peace activists are still at work, bringing attention to people who seek liberty and self-determination.

In the Spring of 2015, Freedom Flotilla III will sail, again.

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Decolonization: The fundamental struggle for liberation

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Colonialism for Dummies (a story about chickens to help explain Canadian history)

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Between June 21 and July 1 -- National Aboriginal Day to Canada Day -- we'll be featuring a series of articles examining and critiquing the uses of Canadian identity, the resurgence of Indigenous movements for justice, and the ways in which activists and thinkers across these lands are addressing these fundamental questions. This is part three of Robert Lovelace's contribution. 

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Settler Guilt Syndrome: Awareness is the first step of healing

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Civil disobedience and the truth about Canadian history: Reflections on National Aboriginal Day

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Where is Tom Flanagan's good friend Stephen?

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Well, I haven't heard a thing from the PMO since last Thursday. It has left me wondering, where is Stephen?  I see his name a lot, linked to his old buddy Tom, but he has all but vanished from public view. Could it be that he is avoiding the inevitable question?

The last I heard was a statement form his press secretary.  Usually, I get a daily briefing email or two, mostly to let photojournalists know where they can take Stephen's picture, and sometimes, but not often, because he has something to say.  

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Join the movement: Idle No More

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Movements come and go. Often seemingly unpredictable, they emerge from a social/political soup as a definitive moment signifying that a change is coming. More often than not, whether people believe it or see it, the change is already well underway. Idle-no-more is a movement that has flashed, is burning and like all movements will consume some of history.

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Violence against Aboriginal women and the right to self-defence

Protests were a regular feature outside the Missing Women's Inquiry in Vancouver

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For months now First Nations Leadership has been calling on the Federal government for a commission to study why there are so many murdered and missing Aboriginal women in this country. 

The government of Canada has refused.  Stephen Harper and his government have said that it is a matter for law enforcement, not for politicians or the public. I beg to differ with both positions. 

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First Nations meeting on Jan. 24 is a make-it or break-it moment

First Nations solidarity. Photo: Mary Kosta/Flickr
Leaders of indigenous heritage pack their bags for one more effort to achieve peace and friendship with fellow Canadians.

Related rabble.ca story:

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.

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