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Indigenous Politics

  • More Idle No More

    For the moment to become a sustained movement it will have to develop a stronger analysis and better organizational capacity, but the breadth and depth of the social support it has already generated show an enormous hunger for social change pointed towards social justice.

  • Mr Harper’s End Game

    It is telling that the Idle No More movement started with four First Nations women—Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon and Sheelah McLean who gave the first “Idle No More” teach-in. Sylvia McAdam is a lawyer, as is Tanya Kappo, who first tweeted #idlenomore.

  • Idle No More: Journalists on the Wrong Side of History

    A look at the past makes abundantly clear exactly who is on the wrong side of history.

  • What if Natives Stop Subsidizing Canada?

    There is a prevailing myth that Canada’s more than 600 First Nations and native communities live off of money — subsidies — from the Canadian government. This myth, though it is loudly proclaimed and widely believed, is remarkable for its boldness; widely accessible, verifiable facts show that the opposite is true. Indigenous people have been subsidizing Canada for a very long time.

  • #IdleNoMore: A Longer View

    It must also be recalled that Indigenous peoples’ struggles for land, dignity, and greater autonomy are not just recent developments. Those involved in the #IdleNoMore movement will do well to closely examine the history of Indigenous resistance in the Americas generally and in Canada specifically

  • Infernal Wind, Eternal Nodin

    An early winter nodin swishes the spruce, pine, bare aspen. Eternal, as a season turning, a planet spinning, natural as breathing.

    Nearby, an infernal wind charges across treeless ground, rutted with feller buncher tracks, the oxygen supply there growing more and more scarce.

  • Nueva Esperanza

    It’s still not entirely clear why the eviction of Nueva Esperanza took place when it did. The official reason for the eviction was that the people of Nueva Esperanza were illegally occupying private property. Others say it was a move by the Colom government to clear the area as part of Cuatro Balam, a mega-project in Peten that includes the promotion of tourism in the region.

  • Reproducing Order

    In its interim Report, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TR C) noted that “Canadians have been denied a full and proper education as to the nature of Aboriginal societies. They have not been well informed about the nature of the relationship that was established initially between Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal peoples and the way that relationship has been shaped over time by colonialism and racism.”

  • Uranium controversy in Baker Lake

    Since the late 1960s, Inuit in Baker Lake have been contending with uranium exploration, and the possibility of uranium mining, near their community. After more than three decades of resistance to uranium exploration and mining proposals, Baker Lake is faced with a proposal by the French state-owned multinational AREVA to construct a uranium mine upstream from the community’s water supply and in sensitive caribou habitat.

  • Mending the Past

    Inuit must deal with our own healing however we can. We are reclaiming our culture, heritage and language through Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, or Inuit Traditional Knowledge. As communities we must build bridges and open doors to healthy lifestyles. We must encourage, in the strongest way possible, our leaders — politicians, professionals and clergy — to model strong, healthy, respectful lifestyles. But we cannot do this unless we first of all acknowledge and make sense of our past

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