Decolonization

Decolonization

BEYOND TERRITORIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS by âpihtawikosisân

An article on fully recognizing Indigenous homelands from the blog âpihtawikosisân.com, Law, language, life: A Plains Cree speaking Metis woman in Montreal.
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FREE, PRIOR & INFORMED CONSENT A Fact Sheet on FPIC

Indigenous peoples have the right to participate in decisions that could affect their rights, property, cultures and environment. They have the right to determine their own priorities.
Download: Freepriorconsent.pdf (PDF)

THE NEO-LIBERAL IDEOLOGY: A Historical Context 

Adapted from PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP: Training Manual by Jojo Geronimo
Neo-liberal ideology: underpinnings and assumptions.
Download: Neoliberal_context.doc (MS word)

THIS ISSUE with Sherri Mitchell

Sherri Mitchell,a Penobscot Attorney speaks on the show This Issue about the legal and social pressures on Indigenous people as stewards of their ancestral land and water.
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UNSETTLING AMERICA: Decolonization in Theory and Practice

Unsettling America is a blog for a network of autonomous groups and individuals dedicated to mental and territorial decolonization.
Visit Blog: unsettlingamerica.wordpress.com

WHITE PRIVILEGE Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Peggy McIntosh

“I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group.”
Visit Website: www.beyondwhiteness.com

Reconciliation By Rebecca Tabobodung We are waking up to our history from a forced slumber We are breathing it into our lungs so it will be part of us again It will make us angry at first because we will see how much you stole from us and for how long you watched us suffer we will see how you see us and how when we copied your ways it killed our own We will cry and cry and cry because we can never be the same again But we will go home to cry and we will see ourselves in this huge mess and we will gently whisper the circle back and it will be old and it will be new Then we will breathe our history back to you you will feel how strong and alive it is and you will feel yourself become a part of it And it will shock you at first because it is too big to see all at once and you won’t want to believe it you will see how you see us and all the disaster in your ways how much we lost And you will cry and cry and cry because we can never be the same again But we will cry with you and we will see ourselves in this huge mess and we will gently whisper the circle back and it will be old and it will be new

Rebecca Tabobodung, a member of the Wasauksing First Nation (Parry Island, Ontario), is a poet, activist, and filmmaker. She lives in Toronto. This poem appears in A Healing Journey for Us All, United Church of Canada, page 11.

Book CoverA HEALING JOURNEY FOR US ALL:

Uncovering the Wounds of Empire

A Response of The United Church of Canada to May 26
A National Day of Healing and Reconciliation

 

 

 

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CANADIAN TIMELINE:
A brief history of Canada & the Residential School System

A 22-minute video about colonization which begins in 1491 and gives a succinct timeline of wars, treaties, reports, acts, apologies, etc. until 2010.
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JOURNEY IN RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
Canadian Journey in Restorative Justice

3 Videos: Archbishop Prendergast sent an invitation to the Archdiocese of Ottawa to join the Canadian Journey in Restorative Justice.
This link takes you to three videos: catholicottawa.ca

 

 

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MOMENT OF RECKONING:
Turning the Page on a Dark Chapter in our Shared History

This video is produced by the AFN and is an excellent resource, featuring former AFN National Chiefs Phil Fontaine and Shawn Atleo.
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Ishbel Munro

National Steering Committee

 

Ishbel MunroISHBEL MUNRO

Ishbel Munro has been an activist and community builder for over 40 years. Much of her work has been building bridges between peoples. She developed projects like On Common Ground which brought together the African Nova Scotian, Mi’Kmaq, Acadian and fishing communities to learn about each other’s culture and histories. She was coordinator of the First Nations Environmental Networking organizing a youth-elder gathering that brought youth across Canada to Cape Breton.

The thread that has run through-out her life is the creation of a more balanced, just world, a world where people can heal and grow to become the people they dream of being.

 

 

 

 

 

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Reflections on Canada 150

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REFLECTIONS ON CANADA 150

Stories from across the nation to build a more just society

This year commemorates the 150th Anniversary of Canada and we are taking this opportunity to pause and reflect on where we are coming from and where we are going.

A country born out of settler-colonialism and treaty relationships with First Nations, welcoming people from around the world, Canada has a complex history, which we continue to navigate to this day. We are a country, which both respects and upholds civil liberties for some whilst denying the fundamental rights of others. As a government and a people, we are unclear about how to uphold our treaty relationships with First Nations and continue to carry the burden of Canada’s early structural foundations. How do we participate in building a nation, which leverages what is working for all people, and shifts what is not?

Righting Relations believes in the power of an engaged and empowered civil society towards building and re-building a country, which truly reflects and supports us all.

We are genuinely curious to hear Reflections on Canada 150 from a truly diverse collection of people across Canada. We are collecting stories from coast to coast that can hopefully inspire and help move us towards the Canada we want to live in and need to co-create.

We invite you to join this conversation. Please share your reflections on the following questions through video, article, poetry, photography, dance, theatre, collage – all forms of creativity are welcome! Please keep videos to 2 minutes maximum.

1) What Canadian values do you believe in, and how do you live them into being?

2) What do we need to do to build a more politically and economically just society in Canada? What part are you playing in building that reality?

3) What does Righting Relations mean to you? What is needed in order to Right Relations now and into the future in Canada?

Please email your reflections to us at info@rightingrelations.org

Many thanks!

 

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