“Decolonization means bringing the safety back and means living in a society where we feel safe and where we respect each other as people.” (excerpt from article)
As Derrick Jensen showed so well in A Language Older Than Words, colonization constructs a world and a worldview based on and in violence, at all levels of society.
In what we know as “modern” or colonized society, violence is inherent, it is as essential as the carbon based fuels, the “overall meaninglessness” and the seemingly terminal obsession with profit above all else.
This is one reason I have long attempted to expand the idea of decolonization beyond it’s obvious utility to people who still HAVE lands and cultures to return to, and preserve, to everyone.
Every person on Earth right now is the descendant of an indigenous, non-colonized family, tribe and society. Some of them, many of them in fact, were colonized so long ago they no longer know who they once were, or for many, even where the land and waters of their ancestors ARE.
But this article and especially the sentence above highlight for me the need for everyone to decolonize, because in decolonizing we return to a worldview based in respect, in caring, in mutuality and common cause-the so called altruism that allowed our species to survive the Ice Ages, and everything else we have encountered in order to thrive and spread to all parts of our planet.
We are not a successful as a species because we have the long vaunted opposable thumbs, but because we have the ability to work together, and to consciously work within and become functioning parts of the systems in which we live.
Indigenous societies have always known this, and carefully preserved the “original instructions” for living on Earth. Colonization is not just an attack on extant indigenous societies, and on indigenous women although they are bearing the brunt of the attack-it is an attack on LIFE on Earth.
Colonization is a meme, and like a biological retrovirus it is attacking the only parts of the system that are capable of stopping it the hardest.
So, even if you aren’t quite ready to decolonize your self, your life and your part of the world; it is still essential to stand up for indigenous societies and indigenous women to stop the violence and oppression going on right now. Much like the Russians who sacrificed so much to save us all in WWII, the indigenous women are the heroes on the front lines of the war that must end soon. Whether we stop the juggernaut of colonization and it’s destruction of all life on Earth, or it achieves it’s long term goal; it simply can’t go on too much longer now.
The time has definitely come for us all to be Idle No More!
by Beverley Jacobs
I have been working in the field of anti-violence since recovering and healing from experiences of violence in my own personal life for the past 20 years. I write this with lessons I have learned in dealing with every type of violence that exists including the most extreme use of violence; that being murder. My family is still recovering from the murder of my cousin Tashina General (who was 21 years old and pregnant), who went missing in January, 2008 and found murdered in April, 2008. The trauma experienced as a result of her murder still resonates in me, in my family and in my community. I write this for Tashina and her mom, who not only lost a daughter but a future grandson, who was already named Tucker.
During my professional life as an entrepreneur, lawyer, consultant and professor, my focus has been on understanding the…
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