Category: Indigenous

  • First Nations and Ontario’s Ring of Fire

    Ontarians for a Just Accountable Mineral Strategy (OJAMS) condemns the Wynne government’s recent decision to begin road construction to the Ring of Fire mineral deposit in 2019 without obtaining the free, prior and informed consent of the Matawa First Nations. This decision is not only in violation of the constitutionally-recognized rights of Aboriginal peoples, but … Keep reading »

  • Indigenous People and Resource Extraction

    In February, the government of Alberta signed a ten-year framework agreement with the Métis Nation of Alberta, emphasizing a relationship based on recognition, respect, and cooperation. In March, Alberta and the Blackfoot Confederacy signed a protocol agreement on how they will work together on economic development and other areas of concern to both parties. These … Keep reading »

  • Standing Rock Solid with the Frackers

    Are the Trades Putting Labour’s Head in the Gas Oven? If anyone were looking for further evidence that the AFL-CIO remains unprepared to accept the science of climate change, and unwilling to join with the effort being made by all of the major labour federations of the world to address the crisis, the fight over the … Keep reading »

  • Protesters demonstrate against a new pipeline.

    Standing Up At Standing Rock

    Some 1,000 Native American activists from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and across the country faced off against police and security forces protecting the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline project. Dozens of people have been arrested and assaulted by police while attempting to stop the project, and many more continue to risk arrest to … Keep reading »

  • Eagle and Condor Meet in Oneida

    On Sunday, October 25, a 10 person delegation headed by Irene Leon, advisor to the Ecuadorian foreign minister, was welcomed at the Kayanere’ko:wa longhouse within the K^onthyokwanhasta on Elijah Rd, on Oneida Nation territory. This gathering was the latest step in the development of an ongoing relationship between three traditional Oneida Nation clan families who … Keep reading »

  • Land Claims: An Indigenous People’s History of the United States

    With a large part of Indigenous nations’ territories and resources in what is now the United States taken through aggressive war, outright theft, and legislative appropriations, Native peoples have vast claims to reparations and restitution. Indigenous nations negotiated numerous treaties with the United States that included land transfers and monetary compensation, but the remaining Indigenous … Keep reading »

  • From Wounded Knee to the United Nations

    Rob Albritton interviews Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States (Boston: Beacon Press, 2014) presents a much needed history of the United States as a settler colonial-state from the perspective of Indigenous Peoples. In it she argues: “The form of colonialism that the Indigenous peoples of North America have experienced was … Keep reading »

  • Ecological Economics and Changing Everything

    This talk was delivered at a forum at Beit Zatoun, in Toronto on January 11, 2015, on Naomi Klein’s recent book, This Changes Everything (2014) [see video at LeftStreamed No. 245]. Patricia Perkins teaches in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto. I would like to thank and acknowledge the First Nations of the … Keep reading »

  • Colonialism and the Working Class in Canada

    It’s good news that in a number of cities people “are meeting together in growing numbers to explore what it means – and doesn’t mean – to stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples within Canada,” as journalist Meg Mittelstedt wrote recently. As Mittelstedt notes, this is happening because of the recent upsurge of protest and … Keep reading »

  • The Blossoming of Idle No More

    The First Nations-led movement Idle No More emerged in Canada in December 2012 to protest legislation that threatened both the rights of First Nations and environmental protections. The movement has since spread into the U.S. and beyond – and has become one of the central voices in the struggle for Indigenous and ecological justice. Alex … Keep reading »

  • First Nations Fight Against the Frackers

    After facing months of protest led by the Mi’kmaq people of the Elsipogtog Nation in New Brunswick, the frackers of Houston-based Southwestern Energy Co. (SWN) have left the province and announced they won’t be back before 2015. SWN said its teams had finished seismic testing and provided no timeline for when – and if – … Keep reading »

  • Seize the Moment, Stand with Elsipogtog

    “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” — 1984 by George Orwell Canada’s colonial past is present, however much Prime Minister Stephen Harper seeks to obfuscate the reality of the history of this land. This week has served as a prime example of how denial of … Keep reading »