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Indigenous Politics

  • Resistance Towards Resilience: Suicide and the Settler Colonial State

    When we heal which requires our existence, our ancestors will heal as well. We are lovers of life-the ultimate threat we have over the settler colonial state. We must not adopt the identity of the settler colonial state; a self-destructive life-hating way of being. This is why we must resist.

  • Why aren’t Conditions of Life for First Peoples a National Emergency?

    The issue was and remains whether the people have human rights. The fate of First Peoples foreshadows the fate of Canada’s poor who will grow in number as wealth separates from commonality. In Canada, peoples’ fates are interwoven and tied to each other.

  • PM Trudeau’s Nation to Nation Relationship Disppeared with Empty Budget Promises

    If you are the kind that is ok with endless “first steps” or “its a start” or believe “every dollar counts” or “something is better than nothing” or “we better take what we can get” - then I’m sure the budget works for you. However, I think our children deserve better than this.

  • Changing the world with comedy

    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. I recently had the chance to talk with the accomplished Anishinaabe comedian about the power of comedy and how it can be used to confront racism today.

  • The ongoing legacies of Canadian genocide

    The question of whether the horrors committed upon Indigenous peoples by colonial and then Canadian officials can be called genocide often attracts a great deal of controversy. Most Canadians cling to the notion that genocide means something that happens to other people, in far away countries. It is far more difficult to accept that one’s own ancestors participated in the genocide of Indigenous peoples right here at home.

  • First Nations in the Crosshairs

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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