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I am Canadian! (because of treaties with Indigenous nations)

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As Chief Theresa Spence continues her hunger strike, her request that Prime Minister Stephen Harper meet with Chiefs to discuss treaties has many Canadians wondering what relevance treaties could possibly hold today.

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Criminal injustice: Idle No More, the prison system and Indigenous people in Canada

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Idle No More is forcing many Canadians to be Willfully Blind No More. 

Ostensibly, the movement spearheaded by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence is about the protection of First Nations' treaty rights. At its core, though, might be something more profound, perhaps best described as a demand for all of us in this country to re-think the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians. The relationship is, of course, an uneven one, though it might be far more uneven than most of us in this country care to acknowledge. 

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Idle No More: On the meaning of Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike

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Native peoples in this country have endured much worse than the disrespect Prime Minister Harper showed on Dec 21, tweeting about "mmm… bacon" while Attiwapiskat Chief Theresa Spence was on Day 11 of a hunger strike that won't end unless he agrees to a meeting between himself, the Governor General and First Nations leaders including Spence.

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Anxious apocalypticism, meaningful millennialism

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There are two main camps concerned with the Mayan apocalypse.

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2012 at Queen's Park: A year of eroding democratic rights

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The last year has been a tumultuous one for education politics in Ontario and one that has seen democratic rights and principles die on the altar of political expediency.

The Liberals' approach to education sector collective bargaining, its draconian legislation (Bill 115), and Premier McGuinty’s decision to prorogue the Legislature just four weeks into the fall session are all examples of a government flouting democratic principles for political convenience.

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Community Corridor, Part II: Front line allies and the new solidarity

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 As the world teeters on the brink of catastrophic climate change and societal collapse, it is clear that those of us with the knowledge and capacity to resist have a responsibility to do so. It is not enough simply to withdraw or make lifestyle changes -- that is selfish and cowardly.

Rather we must turn to the front lines, where the battles which are determining our futures are actually being fought. One of those places is the Unist'ot'en Camp which rests along the bank of the river Wedzin Kwah (known in colonial society as the Morice River) on sovereign Wet'suwet'en Territory (in what you may know as Northern B.C.)

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Organize together to defeat the corporate agenda: The Port Elgin Coalition Proposal

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Ghosts of Indigenous activism past, present, future: The transformative potential of #IdleNoMore

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Earlier this week, from Goose Bay to Yellowknife, thousands of Nehiyaw, Dene, Metis peoples (joined by Canadians supportive of them) gathered in front of provincial legislatures, constituency and Aboriginal Affairs offices. They sang honour songs, danced jigs, and waved their flags and homemade protest signs out in the cold and the wind.

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Queer visions at the World Social Forum: Free Palestine

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On Saturday 1 December, at the final general assembly of the World Social Forum: Free Palestine -- the first time this annual gathering of the global justice movement had devoted a special Forum to the cause of Palestine -- the Queer Visions delegation presented a statement targeting pinkwashing.

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Noam Chomsky: On the UN Palestine vote and recent violence in Gaza

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An old man in Gaza held a placard that reads: "You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back." 

The old man's message provides the proper context for the timelines on the latest episode in the savage punishment of Gaza. They are useful, but any effort to establish a "beginning" cannot help but be misleading.

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