what i look for in a person to date:
- hardcore mosher
- can do VARIOUS magic tricks
- is a dragon
- knows all the dance moves to the song “Crank That” by Soulja Boy
- takes proper safety precautions when doing something dangerous
- takes care of snails
Honouring the treaties made between Indigenous nations and Western governments - originally, the British and then the Canadian government - is an important step in enacting transformation. These first treaties outlined what it would mean to sustainably share the land, to respect and protect the land for future generations, respect the autonomy of nations, and live together in respectful and meaningful ways (among other things). They were often understandings of friendship. Indigenous treaties were not just pacts between governments (as we often understand treaties) but something that was lived out on a daily and individual basis, they were meant to guide how settlers and Indigenous peoples were to be in relationship with one another.
These originally treaties have been broken, though. Land was/is stolen and occupied, people exterminated, languages and ways of living denigrated and destroyed – respectful relationships were not maintained. The Canadian nation was built through the destruction of treaties and Indigenous peoples; so, honouring the treaties is important because it challenges the very structures and legitimacy of how Canada came to be. If we recognize Indigenous nationhood (treaties are only made between nations…), that means we recognize Indigenous peoples’ right to self-government and self-determination. By honoring the treaties, we honor Indigenous nations, we honor Indigenous nations’ right to their land, and we honor respectful relationships between settlers and Indigenous peoples. Honouring treaties is about enacting a politics of justice and love. This is in opposition to forceful occupation, genocide, containment, and the stripping of basic human rights – all things that happened (and continue to happen) in the building of Canada.
There were no treaties made between Israel and Palestine, so Palestinians cannot call for change by the honoring of original agreements. So they have tried to call for change in another way, throughBoycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS). This is a similar strategy to what happened when formal apartheid existed in South Africa, and is credited for being part of the change there. Palestinians are calling for BDS and hoping that those of us who wish to see change will honour this. Much like honouring the treaties, honouring BDS is the assertion of Indigenous nationhood and the assertion of more respectful and just relationships.
- M. Jacqui Alexander, “Remembering ‘This Bridge Called My Back’, Remembering Ourselves,” Pedagogies of Crossing (via lamaracuya)
#DecoloninzingStreetArt: Anticolonial Street Artists Convergance
fam please share/support if you can, such an important project for reclaiming + building public space for stories/narratives of resistance, resilience and solidarity that are actively silenced.
“Decolonizing street art: Anti-colonial street artists convergence will take place at the end of august 2014. This project fosters the idea of bringing together street artists of indigenous and settler origins and build an artistic community of shared anticolonial values. The convergence will promote a type of street art that advocates the decolonization of Turtle Island and will remind the montrealers of the city’s colonial history.”
Resolution Copper wants to build a mine in Chich’il Bidagoteel, a sacred site for the Apache people near Superior, AZ. The land now sits on National Forest land. A long-running battle over Native American land rights has the project in a holding pattern. And residents are looking to Congress to have the final say. Resolution and its parent companies have been trying for a decade to trade 5,556 acres they already own for 2,406 acres of the Tonto National Forest, which sit above the massive ore body.
The project owned by foreign mining giants U.K.-based Rio Tinto and Australia-based BHP Billiton — says the mine would create 1,400 jobs and generate $61 billion over its 40-year lifespan, plus construction and clean-up time. Block-cave is a mining process that excavates a large amount of rock and leaves a mountain-sized void underground, making subsidence and collapse inevitable. It would extract enough copper to meet 25 percent of U.S. demand of about 1 billion pounds of copper a year. It would also extract about 132,000 tons of rock daily from the ore body, which is 7,000 feet below ground. It’s projected to produce 1.7 billion tons of waste tailings.
Mine opponents argue that Resolution is pushing the land exchange to avoid key environmental studies that are mandated for mining on public land. The Sierra Club fears the mine “is going to destroy the water table and the biodiversity that exists.”
Voices from Community Members:
Vernelda Grant, archeologist for the San Carlos Apache Tribe, has said “There is a deeply personal, spiritual and visceral relationship between Apaches and the land” and her Apache ancestors fought miners for centuries and died trying to protect “Mother Earth.”
Wendsler Nosie, Former chairman of the San Carlos Apache tribe, wrote in a letter sent to a US Forestry Service official, that mining is inconsistent with conservative, traditional Apache values. “We have been taught to respect the natural world, and to keep it clean and natural. Our traditional relationship with the land is deep and personal. We depend on the natural world for our survival, and our survival depends on maintaining our personal relationships with all living things,”
Nosie has also been quoted saying, “a return to the concept of “Mother Earth” for all Western peoples is ultimately the key to saving the planet.” He continued with,“We have to start deciding when enough is enough. I know Native people have a lot to offer if we are listened to. We know how to save this planet.”.
San Carlos point of contact: Vansler ‘Standing Fox’ at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ana Tijoux feat. Palestina Shadia Mansour - Somos Sur
"Somos Sur’ is about the importance of resistance, not only in Chile, but around the world. Global resistance movements, whether in Latin America, Africa or the Middle East, are fighting against the same patterns of violence that have repeated themselves throughout history. Which means many of these groups share a similar set of demands. We are asking for a free Palestine just like we’re asking for an independent Wallmapu in Chile, without police control.” Ana Tijoux
the UTSC Womyn & Trans* Centre presents the 2nd Annual Conference:
R[EVOL]UTION: existence is resistance
This conference examines the importance of building inclusive and intersectional feminism in our communities. UTSC students, faculty and Scarborough community members are invited to participate and engage in essential conversations around gender, race, sexuality, gender expression, class, ability, power, community and solidarity. The Conference is a day-long event followed by a closing ceremony with Warsan Shire & Leah Lakshmi!!!!!!
#UTSC to buy tickets online go to: www.utscrevolution.eventbrite.ca
The term “PoC” is not meant to encompass all brown and black individuals of the world. Its not a general title for every non-white person; that was never its intention. Its a term that derives within western, specifically US context among like-minded racialized individuals who…