George Manuel, chief of the National Indian Brotherhood (known today as the Assembly of First Nations), once remarked, “Assimilation is annihilation.” As president of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples from 1975-1981, Manuel’s work was foundational to the Indigenous Peoples Movement we see today. Assimilation of indigenous peoples by corporations, church and state is facilitated […]
UOI OFFICES, Nipissing First Nation – Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee says, if implemented, the Harper government’s First Nations Education Act would repeat mistakes of the past and increase the barriers between government and First Nation relations. “The proposed First Nations Education Act (FNEA) is about control and false accountability,” says Madahbee. “It is a […]
Just one day after tens of thousands people took to the streets of Vancouver in support of reconciliation, the Nanaimo Daily News once again published a racist rant making it clear that for too many Canadians, reconciliation is really about soothing the discomfort of settlers who do not want to take responsibility for Canada’s annihilationist […]
Cultures as artifacts is part and parcel of consumer society. Cultures as political entities disrupts that consumption. Writing at Media Indigena, Sarah Hunt explains why Canada’s National Aboriginal Day is a celebration of assimilation.
An insightful and politically-charged lecture by Dr. Glen Coulthard on “Recognition, Reconciliation and Resentment in Indigenous Politics.” This lecture was held on November 16 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC. Dr. Glen Coulthard is an assistant professor in the First Nations Studies Program and the Department of Political […]
In the early 1960s the Canadian Government conducted an experiment in social engineering, separating three young Inuit boys from their families in the Arctic and sending them to Ottawa to be educated in white schools. All three grew up to be political activists and leaders in the struggle for indigenous rights in Canada. But it […]
Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths examines a controversy not widely known in southern Canada: the historic slaughter of thousands of sled dogs — an essential part of Inuit life and culture — in the Canadian Arctic from 1955 to the late 1960s. For the Inuit, sled dogs symbolized a way of life as well […]
The International Federal Council (CF) of the World Amazigh Congress (Congrès Mondial Amazigh, CMA) recently held its 7th annual meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, to discuss the current state of Amazigh rights. Founded in 1995, the CMA is an umbrella organization that represents the Imazighen, Indigenous Peoples more commonly known as the Berbers and the Tuareg. […]
What do you know about the Third World in Canada? Set in the backdrop of the aftermath of the suicide of three parents, Third World Canada explores the impact of third world conditions on the children left behind and a community’s courage in looking after them. Third World Canada, a new documentary film by Gemini-nominee […]
Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden takes a vital look at the often-harmful effects of Western education on indigenous cultures. “For centuries, missionaries have penetrated every corner of the globe with Bibles in their hands. Today’s missionaries carry algebra, chemistry, English, and computers. But what really happens when we replace a traditional culture’s […]
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