Articles Indigenous Politics

  • Changing the world with comedy

    Culture

    Ryan McMahon’s path is an important one and, by sharing his experiences through his work, he is clearing the way for others interested in using humour to be heard and change the world with comedy. For more on McMahon’s hard-hitting and hilarious work, including his comedy specials and Red Man Laughing podcasts, check out his website at rmcomedy.com.

  • The ongoing legacies of Canadian genocide

    Canadian Politics

    There is room enough for all of us to live in Canada, share the wealth and responsibility for protecting the lands and waters which sustain us, and make a good life for our families, communities and Nations. We have the collective power to end genocide against Indigenous peoples and restore justice in Canada — our very lives depend on it.

  • First Nations in the Crosshairs

    Canadian Politics

    The Harper government’s agenda of aggressively expanding and accelerating resource extraction projects has identified Indigenous Peoples as the primary obstacle to this vision. As a result, since 2006, the Canadian state has intensified surveillance of Indigenous people, groups, and peaceful political action. This surveillance is carried out by a web of police, intelligence agencies, government bureaucracies, regulators and private corporations.

  • Violence against Indigenous women and the case of Cindy Gladue

    Canadian Politics

    If we are unable to have violence acknowledged that Indigenous women face when physically ripped apart and with body parts on display before a jury, how confident can we be with the statistics that tell us how many of us have actually gone missing?

  • KC Adams: Perception, imagery and the fragility of prejudice

    Culture

    Perception demonstrates the malleability of attitudes and the fragility of stigma. Its use of photographs, a medium central to our understanding of human faces and identity, serves an emotional and cognitive purpose: it allows one to transcend the shell of appearance and grasp the essence of others.

  • Nunavut is still a colony

    Indigenous Politics

    An examination of contemporary struggles over mineral extraction suggests that Nunavut is still being governed as a resource colony.

  • Chiefs should stand with their people against Harper’s plans to destroy Indigenous rights, identity

    Indigenous Politics

    Two years ago, Idle No More burst onto Canada’s political scene as a celebration of Indigenous spirit and an expression of mass anger at the Harper government’s attacks on Indigenous and Treaty rights, its dismantlement of environmental protections and consultations, and its indifference to the plight of murdered and missing Indigenous women.

  • Stephen Harper and the myth of the crooked Indian

    Canadian Politics

    Can you think of any Prime Minister, President or World Leader that would withhold food, water, or health care as a bullying tactic to force its citizens into compliance with a new government law, policy or scheme? Can you ever imagine this happening in Canada? I don’t think most of us could.

  • On the 12th Anniversary of the Grassy Narrows Blockade

    Indigenous Politics

    We, the women of Grassy Narrows, make a statement on behalf of our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on resource extraction on our traditional harvesting lands since time immemorial.

  • On violence and vengeance

    Indigenous Politics

    Indeed, Rhymes for Young Ghouls is less about reconciliation, per se, and more about vengeance as a means to deal with colonial trauma; its Fanonian “the last shall be first” energy offers a unique perspective.

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