• Choosing Not to Look Away: Confronting Colonialism in Canada

    Canada has “no history of colonialism.” So said Stephen Harper in 2009. Today the Idle No More movement is shouting down this lie through actions both creative and courageous. In its place, it is telling Canadians at large what some of us have always known: that the country we live in was founded as – … Keep reading »

  • The High Stakes of Native Resistance

    The blossoming of the Idle No More movement signals the return of native resistance to the political and social landscape of Canada and Quebec. With its origins in Saskatchewan in October 2012, this mass movement has taken on the federal government and more specifically the adoption of Bill C-45. Its origins lay not in the … Keep reading »

  • The Greatest Swindle in Toronto’s History

    Toronto exists because of one of the biggest swindles you can think of. In 1787, the British Crown first made what was known as the Toronto Purchase from the Mississaugas who were the Indigenous Peoples in the region. However, this was no tidy real estate transaction, the deed for the original purchase was left blank, … Keep reading »

  • Austerity and Aboriginal Communities

    An Interview with David Newhouse David Newhouse is Chair of the Indigenous Studies Department, and Associate Professor of Business Administration at Trent University. His works include Improving the Aboriginal Quality of Life: Changing the Public Policy Paradigm (2006), From Woundedness to Resilience: Urban Aboriginal Health (2006), Hidden in Plain Sight: Aboriginal Contributions to Canada (2005), Not Strangers … Keep reading »

  • Harper Launches Major First Nations Termination Plan

    As Negotiating Tables Legitimize Canada’s Colonialism On September 4th the Harper government clearly signaled its intention to: 1) Focus all its efforts to assimilate First Nations into the existing federal and provincial orders of government of Canada; 2) Terminate the constitutionally protected and internationally recognized Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty rights of First Nations. Termination in this … Keep reading »

  • Shared Hardships and Concerns Bind the Fates of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and Haitians After the Earthquake

    A social and political rights movement of Indigenous people is rising across Canada and making international headlines. Protests by the ‘Idle No More’ movement began last month and continue to grow. The movement has rallied daily across the country in shopping malls, at U.S. border crossings and on major railway lines. Three days ago, it … Keep reading »

  • Decolonization Against Austerity

    Support Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug’s Battle Against Mining! The community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) poses a challenge and opportunity for the left in Turtle Island to (re)think strategic alliances between leftist anti-austerity struggles and indigenous anti-colonial struggles taking place in the area commonly called “Canada.” KI is a small fly-in Anishaninii (sometimes called “Oji-Cree” or “Severn Ojibwa”) community … Keep reading »

  • First Nations Under Surveillance

    Harper Government Prepares for First Nations “Unrest” Internal documents from Indian Affairs and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) show that shortly after forming government in January of 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had the federal government tighten up on gathering and sharing intelligence on First Nations to anticipate and manage potential First Nation unrest across … Keep reading »

  • Indigenous Struggle, Ecology, and Capitalist Resource Extraction in Ecuador

    An Interview with Marlon Santi Jeffery R. Webber On July 5, I sat down with Marlon Santi, President of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), in his office in Quito. We discussed the increasing contradictions between the demands of the indigenous movement, on the one hand, around water rights and anti-mining resistance, and the positions … Keep reading »

  • The Mexican Crisis and the Oaxaca Commune

    The Oaxaca Commune was an extraordinary experience of popular insurgency and democratic self-governance. Though its rise and fall was conditioned by the particularities of the Mexican political crisis of 2006, the forms of the struggle have a universalistic relevance. “Assembleist” forms of direct democracy were developed in order to organize both the rebellion and the … Keep reading »

  • Canada’s Latest Political Prisoners

    On March 18, 2008, the Ontario Superior Court’s Judge Patrick Smith sentenced Chief Donny Morris and six other council members from the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (or KI) First Nation, a community of about 1200 people in northern Ontario, Canada, to six months in jail for ‘contempt of court.’ They defied a court order to stay away … Keep reading »

  • June 29, 2007: AFN Day of Action

    On May 31, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) called for a national day of action on June 29, to force changes in key features of federal aboriginal policy. On June 12, the Harper Conservative government responded with an important reform of “specific claims” settlement policy. Now as the day of action approaches, the AFN’s … Keep reading »