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Indigenous Sovereignty and Human Rights: Idle No More as a Decolonizing Force

After reading an article called “stupid no more” from Kevin Annett posted on MNN I *felt* that it was condescending and simply not getting the real point, my gut feeling was that the man was piqued that attention was being drawn away from his pet project more than anything. The excerpt below gives a very clear and sensible counterpoint to the charges in the MNN piece, and I hope you will all go and read the entire article-I am very grateful to have found this blog!
“At first I was skeptical about the Idle No More movement. I didn’t want to lead my people to the government and beg for rights and responsibilities that the Creator gave to us. But I became involved with Idle No More because I could feel the energy of the youth rising and I did not want this energy to go to waste. I wanted to show them that the energy which we as peoples often internalize in negative ways is better directed to challenging the colonial framework that operates in all our lives. As the movement grows, the challenge of Idle No More is to continue moving beyond rhetoric and towards a fundamental reconfiguration of the colonial structure of Canada. Above and beyond, it must always be more than an emotionally frothy appeal to the Canadian government for justice and morality. We must be strategic, yet we must also act on the nation-to-nation spirit and intent of Treaty. The message of love, peace, and non-violent protest is essential to the movement. With this spirit at the forefront, we must seek to educate Settler populations and heal our Indigenous nations from the processes of genocide which we have experienced. Idle No More means re-establishing ourselves as sovereign nations, and empowering Settler people to fulfill their responsibilities as partners in sacred relationships of Treaty.”

Decolonization

by Kirstin Scansen

Last week I was compelled into a leadership role with the Prince Albert Idle No More rally. Prince Albert is a growing city in central Saskatchewan, with a population of about 35,000. The traditional Nehithaw place name is kistahpinanihk, which means “meeting place”. Prince Albert has a high Indigenous population and is surrounded by key sites in the history of Treaty 6. It would be ideal to say that Indigenous-Settler relations here have been harmonious, a peaceful meeting place of sorts, but the presence of colonialism is heavy. Surrounded by medium and maximum security prisons, housed disproportionately with Indigenous inmates, oppression can be felt strongly. Racism and racialised violence are pervasive. But there is also a strong regional history of Indigenous resurgence and resistance to colonialism; key sites of the Riel Rebellion are within a 30 minute drive from city limits, and Indigenous languages, ceremonies, and land-based…

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This is a great intro to the background of #IdleNoMore, and I would very much suggest checking out the rest of this informative blog as well.

Decolonization

by Glen Coulthard

 

This article is also available in mp3 format.

 

Much has been said recently in the media about the relationship between the inspiring expression of Indigenous resurgent activity at the core of the #IdleNoMore movement and the heightened decade of Native activism that led Canada to establish the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) in 1991. I offer this short analysis of the historical context that led to RCAP in an effort to get a better sense of the transformative political possibilities in our present moment of struggle.

The federal government was forced to launch RCAP in the wake of two national crises that erupted in the tumultuous “Indian summer” of 1990. The first involved the legislative stonewalling of the Meech Lake Accord by Cree Manitoba MLA Elijah Harper. The Meech Lake Accord was a failed constitutional amendment package negotiated in 1987 by then Prime Minister…

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Unite With Us To End Government Corruption

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Across the United States of America, citizens are disappointed in their government.

While the nation grapples with historical debt, a recession, energy dependence, inflation , terrorism, and wars we cannot afford, our politicians are asleep at the wheel.

The system is broken. Our government has been corrupted by money. We need Congress to solve the nation’s problems, instead our politicians are out raising money for re-election. The country is run by lobbyists – fighting on behalf of big oil, pharmaceuticals, military contractors, labor unions, trial lawyers, insurance companies, food corporations, and on and on. We may never get rid of lobbyists and big financial donors. But we all agree: citizens should come first.

Our government is corrupt. We need to fix it. We have a plan. We need your help.

 
 

HERE’S WHAT THE ACT DOES

For more details about the Act, click here.

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It hurts my heart to hear of her passing-even tho I did not really know her. I was signed up for he emails to let me know of things to do like write letters, sign petitions etc so I saw her name and read her words(or someone’s words maybe her assistant?) many many days. I hope that as the leaders who were doing so much pass on, whether thru age or accident like this, many will rise to replace the work of each one so we can fulfill the visions so many like her have worked so hard to realize.

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Cross Posted from Democracy Now!

Leading environmentalist and human rights champion Rebecca “Becky” Tarbotton, executive director of the organization Rainforest Action Network (RAN), has died at the age of 39.

According to RAN, Tarbotton died Wednesday on a beach in Mexico while vacationing with her husband and friends. The coroner ruled cause of death as asphyxiation from water she breathed in while swimming.

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Many thanks to Kauilapele for sharing this uplifting article. I would add that for me I also know it is happening because of what I see in the world, especially #IdleNoMore and the rapidly multiplying solidarity statements and actions around the world. COINTELPRO did not destroy Occupy, and it can not destroy the energy and spirit of the people of Earth who are rising toward their own true inner power as individuals and as collectives-and as the collective of an awakened humanity. The Earth is rising and so are we because we are parts of Her-we always have been. Nothing we have experienced has ever been in the isolation colonized culture taught us to believe we live in. We are cells in the body of Gaia and everything we think, say, feel or do is done as a completely connected part of that larger system-and other even larger systems of which Gaia is a part.
Their internet “kill switches” cannot separate us, nothing can. We are connected to one another, the Earth and ALL living beings at all times and if you look around you and listen you may notice what I have been noticing-more and more are becoming aware of that, and the peace that it brings.

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about_that_fabled_2012_ascension_1_of_3Before the “Important Article” postings of yesterday (number 1, number 2), I’d intended to post a couple three articles that had some input about the fabled 12-21-12 ascension idea. Somehow I felt these would be helpful to some (including me). So here is part 1 of 3.

This is from Graham Dewyea, posted 12-25-12. The original article is here, at 2012 Scenario. Here’s my resonant highlight.

“So while December 21 didn’t bring about some of the desires that I was anticipating and admittedly hoping for, when I think about how I feel and where I’m at, I can say with great confidence and joy that while I may not be fully there yet, I am experiencing the higher dimensional qualities we’ve been talking about right along and I know I am Ascending.

“I know it’s happening for the planet and will continue.”

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I Am…

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This is a wonderful message-and many of the comments are also very helpful. Often change is under the surface and unseen until it comes out fully-like the way land is moving for years before the earthquake releases the pressure and the movement settles into place. I would add to all of the good stuff in aisha’s message and the comments on it-be aware of your dreams, write them down, meditate on them-pay attention to what you are experiencing on other levels whether dreams or “daydreams”-all of our life is not only expressed in the physical.

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This time, the ending of a year and the beginning of a new one will be fraught with many emotions. After all, not many of you have had the chance, or even the wish, to even consider the fact that after the fabled year of 2012 there comes another one marked as 2013. For some, the very fact that everything, including your calendar, will seem to continue as if nothing has happened at all will be a source for great disappointment. But for others, the anticipation for what this new year has in store will be great indeed. For now, you will indeed enter unchartered territory. For never before have mankind been standing before an era like this, where you enter a new year equipped with an arsenal of energies like you do today.

So you stand on the threshold of greatness dear ones, and even if some of you…

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If you have not yet checked out Serenity Spell, please do. This is a blog that will remind Floridians of why it is we put up with 9 months of sweat and mosquitoes;-) and make everyone elsewhere want to come here, if only for a visit. I guarantee you will learn something new, and see something beautiful that lightens your day!

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The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

An always lovely and vibrant Tricolored Heron (Louisiana Heron) peeks out from amid the vegetation of our protected wetlands. Here’s to a new year of saving and protecting more space for these sweet and beautiful creatures!

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