• 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 »

  • Glen Coulthard – Red Skin, White Masks

    Studies in Political Economy Book Prize Toronto – 31 May 2017 Glen Coulthard spoke on issues arising from his celebrated recent work and from subsequent developments in academe, activism and the links between the two. Glen Coulthard is Yellowknives Dene and an associate professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science at the University … Watch video »

  • UNsettling Canada 150

    Idle No More & Defenders of the Land call to action: In the spirit of Arthur Manuel, we want to make July 1st a National Day of Action. This day of action is to celebrate our Indigenous and human rights to self-determination, our lands, territories, and resources. It is also to educate Canadians about how … Watch video »

  • 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 »

  • Refusing Settler Colonialism, From Turtle Island to Palestine

    Toronto – 15 March 2017. The keynote event of Israeli Apartheid Week 2017 focused on articulating connections between ongoing struggles against settler colonial violence and dispossession across Turtle Island (North America) and in historic Palestine. The panelists reflected on the history and current state of these anti-colonial struggles. Erica Violet Lee is a Nēhiyaw (Cree) … Watch video »

  • Arthur Manuel

    Art Manuel: Defender of the Land

    Arthur Manuel (1951 – January 11, 2017) was a First Nations political leader in Canada. He was four times elected chief (1995–2003) and three times elected chair of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council (1997–2003). Since 2003, he served as spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET), a network of indigenous nations working on the international level to achieve recognition of Aboriginal title and rights. Watch video »

  • 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 »

  • The Struggle at Standing Rock: Pipeline Protest, First Nations’ Uprising

    “What white man can say I never stole his land or a penny of his money? Yet they say that I am a thief.” — Sitting Bull, Lakota Holy Man, Grand River. For the past few months, an encampment has sprung up on the banks of the Cannonball River in North Dakota in opposition to … Watch video »

  • 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 »

  • The Culture of Conquest and the Doctrine of Discovery

    The U.S. as a Colonial Settler State Toronto — 6 October 2015. A roundtable discussion with Professor Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and York University scholars focusing on her latest book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Introduction by Rob Albritton, moderated by Lee Maracle. Boyd Cothran History, York University Victoria Freeman History, York University Bonita Lawrence … Watch video »

  • 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 »