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Indigenous Politics

  • Stephen Harper and the myth of the crooked Indian

    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

    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

    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.

  • Harper v. First Nations: The assimilation agenda

    Last week, in response to this summer’s Supreme Court decision in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, the Harper government quietly put forward an aggressive revision of Canada’s Indian policy. It is the first major revision of Canada’s comprehensive land claims and Aboriginal self-government policies since 1986.

  • How Bolivia is leading the global fight against climate disaster

    We are “ecosocialists” because the climate crisis now bearing down on us is the major issue facing the world’s peoples. It threatens the very survival of human life. It is directly caused by capitalism as a system. The alternative to capitalism is socialism, and our socialism must reflect the centrality of climate crisis in our thinking and actions.

  • Cooperatives on stolen land?

    How central is decolonization to creating a cooperative movement? How can traditional structures of indigenous societies in Turtle Island serve as a foundation and also as inspiration for our current efforts to exit the social, economic and environmental violence of corporate capitalism? Stefan Christoff explores these questions with Indigenous activist Jarrett Martineau.

  • Climate change a central issue at upcoming Peoples’ Social Forum

    The Assembly on Climate Change will be the first initiative gathering forces from all Canadian territories. Indigenous and environmental groups, citizens’ associations, scientists, youth and all those who are active on this issue will be present.

  • Challenging university suppression of teaching on Palestine

    University professors have made a significant step forward in the fight against pervasive attempts to control discourse on Occupied Palestine, via stifling academic freedom on college and university campuses.

  • The 2014 Peoples’ Social Forum: Organizing the fight against the Right

    The first ever pan-Canadian social forum will be held this year in Ottawa from August 21 to 24. More than 10,000 participants from all over Canada are expected to come to the University of Ottawa to discuss ways and means of combating the austerity policies of the Harper regime and the provincial governments. Read activist and organiser Roger Rashi detail the scale of the forum.

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