The animated film Bigfoot Family has come under fire in Canada – but not because of its stilted dialogue or confusing plot. Instead, a government-funded lobbying group has targeted the movie – a fantasy epic featuring a human family whose father is Bigfoot – on the grounds that it “peddles lies” about the oil and gas industry.
The Decolonial Atlas is a growing collection of maps which, in some way, help us to challenge our relationships with the land, people, and state. It’s based on the premise that cartography is not as objective as we’re made to believe. The orientation of a map, its projection, the presence of political borders, which features are included or excluded, and the language used to label a map are all subject to the map-maker’s bias – whether deliberate or not. Because decolonization is a process of unlearning and rediscovering, we’re especially committed to Indigenous language revitalization through toponymy – the use of place names.
cott Schuyler doesn’t need to see the Skagit River to know something is wrong. As he walks down the river’s steep embankment, wet rock and moss under each step, he can hear the problem. “The river should be singing to us right now, it should be free flowing,” Schuyler says as cold February rain drops silently disappear into his quilted blue jacket.
For Indigenous people in the area, the battle to preserve the land represents the latest front in a long and seemingly endless war. “By protecting treaty rights, we are protecting the land, we are protecting the mountains, we are protecting the wildlife,” says Latasha Calf Robe, a community organiser with the Blood Tribe. “Because these fights never end. If it’s coal mines one day, it’s pipelines the next day, and then it’s logging.”
To the east of the Bluebird Valley ranch, the grasslands of the Canadian prairies extend beyond the horizon. To the west, the fields rise, and then sharply erupt into the Rocky Mountains.
Mexican indigenous resistance
ur latest Guardian documentary tells the story of Lupita, a courageous young Tzotzil-Maya woman at the forefront of a Mexican indigenous movement. Over twenty years after Lupita lost her family in the Acteal massacre in southern Mexico, she has become a spokesperson for her people and for a new generation of Mayan activists.
(CNN) – A northern California Indian tribe’s sacred land is now back under their ownership, thanks to the help of a conservancy group. The Esselen Tribe, one of the state’s smallest and least well known tribes, inhabited the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Big Sur coast for thousands of years, according to their website.
“The old-growth redwoods on this property are genetically adaptive to the warmer dry climate of Big Sur,” Doroff said. “These trees will be important for the future effort to assist in redwood survival.”
Now, Mr. Diyabanza, the spokesman for a Pan-African movement that seeks reparations for colonialism, slavery and cultural expropriation, is set to stand trial in Paris on Sept. 30. Along with the four associates from the Quai Branly action, he will face a charge of attempted theft, in a case that is also likely to put France on the stand for its colonial track record and for holding so much of sub-Saharan Africa’s cultural heritage — 90,000 or so objects — in its museums.
Mwazulu Diyabanza will appear in a Paris court this month after he tried to make off with an African treasure he says was looted. France and its attitude to the colonial past will be on trial, too.
Im doing this course, ‘Indigenous Canada’ that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada
Its fascinating and really really good. The more I see the more I know I’m gonna enjoy the challenge and will learn a lot
available at https://www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada and its free
Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.
Today’s reading Gord Hill’s 500 years of Indigenous Resistance graphic novel.
Read “The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book” by Gord Hill available from Rakuten Kobo. The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book is a powerful and historically accurate graphic portrayal of Indigenous resistanc…
The 15th century papal bulls might be old, but they’ve influenced everything from how we treat the planet to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Steven Newcomb has spent years teaching people about a series of 15th century papal bulls, commonly called the ‘doctrine of discovery.’ Newcomb, who is Shawnee/Lenape and author of Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery , said the bulls might be old, but they’ve influenced everything from how we treat the planet to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
In many history books, Europe’s expansion is remembered as exploration, and the men who helmed ships that landed in foreign countries — and proceeded to commit violence and genocide against native peoples — are remembered as heroes. But
Colonialism is defined as “control by one power over a dependent area or people.” In practice, colonialism is when one country violently invades and takes control of another country, claims the land as its own, and sends people – “settlers” – to live on that land.