This week’s Activist Toolkit roundup is focused on supporting Indigenous activism and advocating for Aboriginal peoples.
February brings with it a flood of Indigenous campaigns — days of actions, annual marches and protests.
Valentine’s Day is a day for groups across the country to march in solidarity with missing and murdered women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Check out this tool to find a Canada-wide listing of local events in honour of the Annual Women’s Memorial March.
And if you’re looking for a way to lend a hand to the fight for missing and murdered Aboriginal women, check out this guide on supporting families who have lost a loved one. This is a great and practical resource that provides activists with tips on how best to support a family suffering the loss of a sister or mother or daughter.
Young women looking for ways to get involved in local efforts should check out this zine on community organizing. It’s been updated over the past few years to make the advice current and reflect new or radical ideas discussed at meetings and conferences.
Another couple of guides to help community members jump into local organizing: take a look at this Fractivist’s Toolkit for advice on developing anti-fracking efforts, or find out more about Indigenous resistance in this decolonization zine.
Rabblepedia is also home to two website profiles this week. There’s Cultural Survival, which works together with Indigenous partners to protect Aboriginal land, language and culture. They have a super comprehensive site, with everything from an action section to a compilation of recent and newsworthy news stories.
“A Line in the Sand” is the name of the second site — a project dedicated to (you guessed it) drawing those all-important lines in the sand over indigenous cultural property and other struggles relating to identity.
Some other tools from this week with no Indigenous relation:
– This petition to encourage Olympic athletes to stand against Russia’s anti-gay laws.
– A fun post sharing tips for new activists (it’s a must-read even for veteran activists!)
-Amnesty International’s Winter/Spring 2014 Activism Guide — while lots of campaigns don’t run according to a particular date or season, check out the days that pop back up every year around the same time.
So whether you’re marching in the street, or planning an anti-fracking protest, there’s lots to keep you busy in supporting Indigenous rights this week. Let us know what you’re up to in the comments!
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