Magazine

May/June 2013: The Battle for Canada’s North

Volume 47, Issue 3

Nearly 50 years ago, CD published an article by P.S. Barry entitled “Our Northern Colony.” As the articles in this special issue show, the north remains a colony inside Canada. With its resources being pursued that much more fervently by mining and energy capital in recent decades, it has become even more a contested terrain as indigenous communities organize themselves to protect their traditional lands from being ripped apart by rapacious corporations. All the stories collected in this issue reflect the experiences of indigenous activists. Interestingly, with 75 percent of the world’s mining companies registered in Canada, stories of resistance to mining here are being carried everywhere in the world where indigenous peoples are facing the same companies. And, as described in “From Ontario to Oaxaca” by Jenny Wilton and Liam Barrington-Bush, “the new unity being forged between indigenous communities fighting to defend their lands against foreign corporations has found a home under the broad banner of Idle No More.” Idle is circling the globe. Now there’s a Canadian export worth promoting!

  • The Regulars

  • End of the Penny
    Peter Kulchyski
  • Defeating Harper from Below
    Editorial
  • Around the Left in 60 Days
    compiled by Karen Mackintosh
  • Mother Earth and Being a Parent
    Judy Deutsch
  • Québec Sovereignty and Social Change in Canada
    André Frappier
  • Right to Work
    Herman Rosenfeld
  • Consent: Debatable?
    Julianna Scramstad
  • The North

  • Focus Intro
    Peter Kulchyski
  • The Dissociative State of Nunavut
    Jack Hicks
  • Idle No More Brings a Divided People Toward Unification
    Alexis Lathem
  • From Ontario to Oaxaca: How to kick a mining company out of your community
    Jenny Wilton and Liam Barrington-Bush
  • Canadian mine bosses have bloody hands: Justice for our Guatemalan sisters and brothers
    Steven Law
  • Poplar River First Nation and the Pimachiowin Aki UNESCO World Heritage Site Nomination
    Agnieszka Pawlowska
  • What Happens When the Shale Boom Goes Boom?
    Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
  • When the Workers Sang Union Maid
    Len Wallace
  • REVOLUTION
    Lia Tarachansky
  • All that’s Left

  • Burying Hugo Chavez
    Chris Webb
  • Sports, Militarism and Patriarchal Violence: A conversation with Tyler Shipley
    Simon Black
  • Keep True by Howard Pawley
    reviewed by Victor Olson
  • Digital Disconnect by Robert W. McChesney
    reviewed by Dylan Roberts
  • Creative Subversions by Margot Francis
    reviewed by Dylan Roberts
  • Escape To Gold Mountain by David H.T. Wong
    reviewed by Dylan Roberts
  • The Iraq War and the Media: No apologies, no accountability
    Lesley Hughes

Noam Chomsky, linguist and author

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