MITAKUYE OYASIN  – WE ARE ALL RELATED. So say the astronauts.

Interestingly, the perspective of astronauts who have seen our planet from above can be summarized by Mitakuye Oyasin – We are all related.

All is related. Earth is a system, a living organism. It is a spaceship. Our atmosphere is very thin and it is all that is protercting us from the harshness of space.

EARTH IS MOST LIKELY THE ONLY PLANET WE WILL EVER HAVE.

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Canada’s First Nations – A List of Resources for Interested Settlers

As agreed at the LUUC Social Action Committee meeting of Aug. 10. 2014, here is a list of books (and other resources, see below) one can read to learn more about the history of Turtle Island (what we settlers call North America), its original inhabitants, the successive waves of European settlement, etc.

I have not read all of these books, but a lot of them are considered classics and have been highly recommended.

I will add stuff to this list when I have time (the dates will be indicated). There are modificationsI put them in red.

Internet Audio-Visual Presentation (with PDF transcripts of the audio) – multilingual/multilingue

Books

In English

  • First Peoples in Canada, by Alan D. McMillan and Eldon Yellowhorn ©2004 Douglas &Mcintyre ISBN 13: 978-1-55365-053-9
  • The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, by Thomas King© Aug. 13 2013 Anchor Canada ISBN-13: 978-0385664226
  • Stolen From Our Embrace, by Suzanne Fournier © June 1, 1998 Douglas & Mcintyre ISBN-13: 978-1550546613
  • A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879 to 1986, by John S. Milloy © May 17, 1999 University of Manitoba Press ISBN-13: 978-0887556463
  • Kill the Indian, Save the Man: The Genocidal Impact of American Indian Residential Schools, by Ward Churchill © Nov. 1 2004 City Lights Publishers ISBN-13: 978-0872864344
  • The Winona LaDuke Reader – A Collection of Essential Writings © Oct. 15 2002 Theytus Books ISBN-13: 978-1894778077
  • Struggle for the Land: Native North American Resistance to Genocide, Ecocide, and Colonization, by Ward Churchill (Author), Winona LaDuke (Introduction) © Sept. 1 2002 City Lights Publishers ISBN-13: 978-0872864146
  • Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto by Taiaiake Alfred © Aug. 22, 2008 Oxford University Press; ISBN-13: 978-0195430516
  • Broken Circle: The dark legacy of Indian Residential Schools, by Theodore Fontaine © Sept. 1, 2010 Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd. ISBN-13: 978-1926613666
  • First Peoples in a New World: Colonizing Ice Age America, by David J. Meltzer © Nov. 30, 2010 University of California Press ISBN-13: 978-0520267992

You can check here if a specific library has a book you want http://www.worldcat.org/

En français

  • Histoire générale du Canada, sous la direction de Craig Brown, édition française dirigée par Paul-André Linteau © 15 août 1990 Boréal ISBN-13: 978-2890523432 (pas vu d’édition plus récente)
  • Histoire du Québec contemporain (en deux tomes), Paul-André Linteau, René Durocher, Jean-Claude Robert, François Ricard; nouv. éd. refondue et mise à jour © 1erseptembre 1989 Boréal; tome 1 : ISBN-13: 978-2890522978; tome 2 : ISBN-13: 978-2890522985
  • Premières nations du Canada (Les), par Olive Patricia Dickason, © 19 février 1996 Septentrion ISBN-13: 978-2894480526

Films

There are so many (39) excellent NFB films on First Nations https://www.nfb.ca/subjects/aboriginal-peoples-in-canada/  that it is difficult to choose. Many can be downloaded directly on one’s computer. I will recommend 3 in particular: Attawapiskat; We Were Children; The Invisible Nation

There is also this one you can watch for free on Vimeo: The Abenaki: People of the Dawn (no password required)
The dramatic story of Joe Obomsawin and the Abenaki First Nation.
http://vimeo.com/58408388 (added September 13, 2014).

Television Series

Blogs

Chelsea Vowel http://apihtawikosisan.com/

Dr. Lynn Gehl http://www.lynngehl.com/ and http://www.lynngehl.com/black-face-blogging Black Face Blogging

Dr. Pam Palmater http://indigenousnationhood.blogspot.ca/

Media

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) http://aptn.ca/

Government Websites

Other Websites

Idle No More
I am settler, I live in a colony (Míle Gaiscíoch)

Journals

TBD

Scholars (besides those already named)

Art

Norval Morisseau http://www.norvalmorrisseau.com/

Aaron Paquette http://www.aaronpaquette.net/

There are many others!

Universities

Cape Breton University http://www.cbu.ca/unamaki/faculty

Concordia University http://artsandscience.concordia.ca/programs/interdisciplinarystudies/electivegroups/nativestudies/

First Nations University http://www.fnuniv.ca/

Institut d’études internationales de Montréal (UQAM) http://www.ieim.uqam.ca/spip.php?mot100

McGill http://www.mcgill.ca/study/2014-2015/search/apachesolr_search/indigenous%20studies

St. Thomas University http://w3.stu.ca/stu/academic/departments/native_studies/default.aspx

Trent University http://www.trentu.ca/academic/nativestudies/welcomeB.htm

Université de Montréal http://anthropo.umontreal.ca/departement/nouvelles/une-nouvelle/news/ludem-se-lance-dans-les-etudes-autochtones-11969/

Université Laval http://www2.ulaval.ca/Chercher/google.html?cx=009405401152640571181%3Aw4fk0843-vk&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&as_sitesearch=ulaval.ca&q=%C3%A9tudes+autochtones&sa=Chercher&siteurl=%2Fchercher.html

Online Free Courses

Coursera, Aboriginal Worldviews and Education, OISE, University of Toronto, course given by Dr. Jean-Paul-Restoule, Ph.D., (Anishinaabe), 2013 https://www.coursera.org/course/aboriginaled I have taken this class, I have copies of the video lectures and materials, I could make copies for people who are interested (on a DVD).

 

More books

  • Dancing On Our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence, and a New Emergence, by Leanne Simpson © April 15 2011 Arbeiter Ring Publishing ISBN-13: 978-1894037501
  • Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States, by Audra Simpson © May 9 2014 Duke University Press ISBN-13: 978-0822356554
  • An Illustrated History of Canada’s Native People: I Have Lived Here Since the World Began, by Arthur J. Ray © Aug. 18 2011 McGill-Queen’s University Press; 3rd Revised edition edition ISBN-13: 978-0773539709

The Doctrine of Discovery

I would like to thank Susan Czarnocki for mentioning one very important point if one wants to understand the whole issue of First Nations (and colonialism, if I may add), that is, the Doctrine of Discovery. (Added September 5, 2014).

What is it? Basically, « [p]apal Bulls of the 15th century gave Christian explorers the right to claim lands they ‘discovered’ and lay claim to those lands for their Christian Monarchs. Any land that was not inhabited by Christians was available to be « discovered », claimed, and exploited. If the « pagan » inhabitants could be converted, they might be spared. If not, they could be enslaved or killed ».

Ms. Czarnocki also suggested this:

Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies

Robert J. Miller, Jacinta Ruru, Larissa Behrendt, and Tracey Lindberg

Print publication date: 2010

« Contemporary Canadian Resonance of an Imperial Doctrine »

Chapter: 5    Contemporary Canadian Resonance of an Imperial Doctrine    (p.126)

Source: Discovering Indigenous Lands

Author(s):Robert J Miller Jacinta Ruru Larissa Behrendt Tracey Lindberg

Publisher:Oxford University Press      [Miller, Ruru, Behrendt and Lindberg 2010 p.129]

DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579815.003.0005


Here is the material I found on the Doctrine of Discovery (I may add later): the UUA.org has some, but the Committee finds the workshops are not exactly adapted to the Canadian viewpoint. For the sake of completeness, they are here.

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Free Gaza, Free the NDP

Free Gaza, Free the NDP.

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Dear friends,

We write to inform you that there is currently an occupation under way in solidarity with Gaza at NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar’s constituency office in Ottawa, unceded Algonquin territory. Please read about what you can do below – we need your urgent solidarity now.

We believe silence is complicity. It is time we help free the NDP from its deafening silence on the massacre taking place in Gaza.

Thousands of Palestinians are being murdered while Canada’s politicians remain silent about massive and escalating human rights violations being committed by Israel. Schools, hospitals, UN shelters, playgrounds. Anything and everything is a target.

The NDP must speak out against Israel’s war crimes. The silence of the main federal parties, including the NDP, offers a cloak of impunity to Israel, shielding it from accountability for its criminal actions.

Unless and until our political parties take meaningful action to oppose Israel’s massacre of Palestinian civilians, there will and there must be a heavy political price.

We support universal human rights. We oppose war crimes. We vote.

But more than that, we will not sit idly by while the NDP and other parties take our votes for granted because they think that politically we have nowhere else to go. The people that Israel is massacring in Gaza really do have nowhere else to go and they are counting on the world to intervene.

Join us.

WHAT YOU CAN DO IN OTTAWA

  1. We ask you to join us for a solidarity gathering outside Paul Dewar’s constituency office at 12pm today, Thursday July 31 at 1306 Wellington Street (Midway between Holland and Island Park).

WHAT YOU CAN DO WHEREVER YOU ARE

  1. Join the pan-Canadian virtual occupation. Contact Paul Dewar’s office by email (paul.dewar@parl.gc.ca), phone (613-946-8682), AND fax (613-946-8680).

  2. Share our social media updates and add your own comments. On twitter, use the hashtag #Voters4Gaza and follow @Voters4Gaza. Tweet directly to @PaulDewar, @ThomasMulcair, and @NDP_HQ. On Facebook, like the Voters4Gaza page.

  3. Contact your Member of Parliament (Pay a visit to your local NDP MP’s office if you can): www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members

SAMPLE TWEETS

  • Dear @NDP_HQ: be a genuinely progressive voice. Support Palestinian human rights. Oppose war crimes. #NDP #Voters4Gaza #cdnpoli

  • Israel is committing war crimes. Until the #NDP speaks up against this it is supporting impunity. #Voters4Gaza #cdnpoli

  • .@PaulDewar: Israel is occupying power & refuses to abide by international law. #NDP must demand accountability. #Voters4Gaza #cdnpoli

  • This war isn’t about Hamas, religion, or rockets. It’s about land, racism, & ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. #NDP #Voters4Gaza #cdnpoli

  • “In the end, we remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” #NDP #Voters4Gaza #cdnpoli

In solidarity,

Voters for Gaza

https://www.facebook.com/Voters4Gaza

https://twitter.com/voters4gaza

 

https://voters4gaza.wordpress.com/

To Elizabeth May: YOU ARE KILLING YOUR PARTY

I no longer care, because Elizabeth May has been caught lying so many times, I don’t trust her anymore.

I am talking about this Zionist « gem from the president of the Party : Why Gaza makes me sad.

Her attitude is anything but clear on Palestine.

And she lied about it.

Her discourse is the classical pro-Israel boilerplate. According to which a false equivalency is made between what Hamas* has done and what the Zionist government** has done.

B’nai Brith Canada speaks of her in glowing terms

She said that « Prime Minister’s Office Full Of ‘Ruthless, Cutthroat Psychopaths‘ ». BUT SHE SUPPORTS THE SAME POLICIES!!

Maybe you should get your nose out of your Bible studies a bit?

We are going to start a new party, sweetie. AND BEAT YOU FLAT OUT.

MOTHER EARTH, HUMANKIND’S SURVIVAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS REQUIRE IT. YOU ARE NOT UP TO THE TASK.

Être QuébécoisE, qu’est-ce que ça veut dire?

 
VELH

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In solidarity with Elsipogtog

From Idle No More
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Today, settlers and Indigenous protestors and Warriors were subjected to violent action from the RCMP for their participation in a legitimate peaceful nonviolent action defending their lands and asserting their sovereign duty to protect the land and the people. Stand in solidarity with the protestors by taking action below!
http://www.idlenomore.ca/30_actions_in_solidarity_with_mi_kmaq_anti_fracking_protestText « SOLIDARITY » to 306-994-7009 to receive text updates and alerts related to the Mi’kmaq Anti-Fracking Actions and other solidarity actions.TAKE ACTION:

Organize a Solidarity event or action – many actions and events are being organized around the world – see the list below! Organize your own event or action, add it to the event list on the Idle No More website, and make sure to take photos and video to share.

Make a donation to support the Elsipogtog Anti-Fracking Actions:http://sacredfirenb.wordpress.com/donate-to-the-sacred-fire/

Contact the New Brunswick Premier to express your concern over the government and RCMP’s actions against the Mi’kmaq.
New Brunswick Premier – David Alward
premier@gnb.ca
Phone: (506) 453-2144
Fax : (506) 453-7407

Sign the Lead Now Petition: Tell the RCMP: Don’t violently intervene in peaceful First Nations protests.

Learn about some of the background on the Elsipogtog resistance:http://sacredfirenb.wordpress.com/

SOLIDARITY ACTIONS AND EVENTS

1. Elsipogtog: Blockade – Route 134

http://www.idlenomore.ca/elsipogtog_blockade

2. Ottawa: Elsipogtog Solidarity – Ottawa, Unceded Algonquin Territories

http://www.idlenomore.ca/solidarity_with_mi_kmaq_anti_fracking_actions

3. Ottawa: Sit in on the Parliament Hill in support of our Mi’kmaq family

http://www.idlenomore.ca/sit_in_on_the_parliament_hill_in_support_of_our_mikmaq_family

4. Iqualuit: Elsipogtog solidarity march in Iqaluit

http://www.idlenomore.ca/elsipogtog_solidarity_march_in_iqaluit

5. Winnipeg – Stand with Elsipogtog First Nation

http://www.idlenomore.ca/stand_with_elsipogtog_first_nation

6. Burnt Church – SUPPORT ELSIPOGTOG AND KENT COUNTY

http://www.idlenomore.ca/support_elsipogtog_and_kent_county

7. Fort McMurray – Solidarity Rally In Fort McMurray for Elsipogtog

http://www.idlenomore.ca/solidarity_rally_in_fort_mcmurray_for_elsipogtog

8. Chicago – Mi’kmaq solidarity vigil

http://www.idlenomore.ca/janie/mi_kmaq_solidarity_vigil

9. Lethbridge – In Solidarity with our Mi’qmaq (Elsipogtog) Brothers and Sisters

http://www.idlenomore.ca/bravenewrays/in_solidarity_with_our_mi_qmaq_elsipogtog_brothers_and_sisters

10. Regina – Stand in Solidarity with Elsipogtog First Nation!

http://www.idlenomore.ca/stand_in_solidarity_with_elsipogtog_first_nation

11. Caledonia – Six Nations blocks southern Ont. highway in solidarity with N.B. protesters

http://www.idlenomore.ca/six_nations_blocks_southern_ont_highway_in_solidarity_with_n_b_protesters

12. Saskatoon – Elsipogtog Solidarity – Saskatoon Rally

http://www.idlenomore.ca/elsipogtog_solidarity_saskatoon_rally

13. Sault Ste Marie – Elsipogtog Solidarity!

http://www.idlenomore.ca/elsipogtog_solidarity

14. Windsor, NS – Windsor Nova Scotia in solidarity with Rexton, NB

http://www.idlenomore.ca/132016/windsor_nova_scotia_in_solidarity_with_rexton_nb

15. Victoria – Solidarity March in Victoria for Elsipogtog

http://www.idlenomore.ca/christinec/solidarity_march_in_victoria_for_elsipogtog

16. Halifax – Elsipogtog Anti-Fracking Solidarity Action in Halifax

http://www.idlenomore.ca/elsipogtog_anti_fracking_solidarity_action_in_halifax

17. Edmonton – Solidarity with Elsipogtog – Edmonton and Area

http://www.idlenomore.ca/solidarity_with_elsipogtog_edmonton_and_area

18. Vancouver – Elsipogtog Solidarity – Unceded Coast Salish Territories

http://www.idlenomore.ca/elsipogtog_solidarity_vancouver_unceded_coast_salish_territories

19. Eagle Lake First Nation – Treaty#3 Dryden District in Solidarity with‪#‎Elsipogtog‬

http://www.idlenomore.ca/mgardner_/treaty_3_dryden_district_in_solidarity_with_elsipogtog

20. Barrie – Standing in Solidarity- No means NO

http://www.idlenomore.ca/standing_in_solidarity_no_means_no

21. Truro – Millbrook First Nation solidarity with Elsipogtog

http://www.idlenomore.ca/millbrook_first_nation_solidarity_with_elsipogtog

22. Tobique River- Tobique First Nations blocking off the Trans Canada highway

http://www.idlenomore.ca/tobique_first_nations_blocking_off_the_trans_canada_highway

23. Toronto – Emergency Gathering Toronto Native Centre 6:30pm Tonight!

http://www.idlenomore.ca/emergency_gathering_toronto_native_centre_6_30pm_tonight

24. Montreal – Urgent: Solidarity With Mi’kmaq Land Defenders

http://www.idlenomore.ca/urgent_solidarity_with_mi_kmaq_land_defenders

25. Sudbury – Candlelight Rally in Support and Solidarity with the MIQMAK’s Against FRACKING and SWN

http://www.idlenomore.ca/candlelight_rally_in_support_and_solidarity_with_the_miqmak_s_against_fracking_and_swn

26. Kitchener-Waterloo – Idle No More Tri-Cities Solidarity Rally With Elsipogtog

http://www.idlenomore.ca/idle_no_more_tri_cities_solidarity_rally_with_elsipogtog

27. Alderville First Nation – Round Dance Flash Mob Peterborough and Surrounding Areas

http://www.idlenomore.ca/round_dance_flash_mob_peterborough_and_surrounding_areas

28. Moncton – Moncton Joins the Global FrackDown!

http://www.idlenomore.ca/plrstweet/moncton_joins_the_global_frackdown

29. Nanaimo – Elsipogtog Solidarity – Nanaimo, Unceded Coast Salish Territories

http://www.idlenomore.ca/89639/idle_no_more_support

30. New York – Emergency demo: Police attack canadian indigenous-led anti-fracking protest – emergency solidarity demo at the new york city canadian consulate: 5:30pm, oct 17

http://www.idlenomore.ca/nyc_emergency_demo_police_attack_canadian_indigenous_led_anti_fracking_protest_emergency_solidarity_demo_at_the_new_york_city_canadian_consulate_5_30pm_oct_17

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Resources on Elsipogtog by âpihtawikosisân

Dear Rex: Colonialism exists, and you’re it.

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