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.

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.

Publié dans Canada, Canadian Politics, Colonialism, Colonialisme, Denial No More, First Nations, Histoire, History, Human Rights, Idle No More, Naciones Originarias, Politique canadienne, Premières Nations, Premiers Peuples. Commentaires fermés sur Canada’s First Nations – A List of Resources for Interested Settlers

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.

White people are not heroes, or confusing charity and social justice

I am commenting on Klassen: Don’t blame ‘colonialism’ for aboriginal tragedies from the Calgary Herald‘s July 29, 2013 edition.

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So? as we say in French, does one swallow make spring? Maybe her story is true. But anecdote is not history.

I will make a comparison. In the newspapers in Québec, there are always smartasses who write about their lazy brother-in-law who is on welfare, blablabla. They expect us to deduce from that all poor people are the same? But one case, one anecdote does not make history. Faulty reasoning and a huge oversimplification. And I will add it is outright public opinion manipulation.

There is huge prejudice in this article because the author assumes that if the FN persons live in poverty, it’s because they are lazy and they want to. And she paints the white person as a hero « saving » the child. But one individual case does not right the injustice to the rest of the group. Same problem about Depp buying Wounded Knee: white meddling that does not fix the root of the problem.

Did she ever wonder why these people were living in a trailer?

Adoption is a two-edged sword. You may give material wealth to the child, but you are uprooting him/her. Even in white-on white adoptions or foster families, this alone creates problems. Moreso when it is cross-cultural.

Also, charity is not social justice. What her parents did is charity, out of pity. What about the other kids? What about the stolen lands? And so on and so forth.

In short, this settler sees clearly the BS in the story. I don’t buy it one bit. And I will say so if I am allowed to comment on there. I have not found how yet.

Maybe Ms. Holier-Than-Thou should read this:  Aboriginal nutritional experiments had Ottawa’s approval.

And this: Using the right word — genocide — to describe Canada’s treatment of Aboriginal peoples

Hollywood never learns: more « redface » with « The Lone Ranger » Disney movie

Lone Ranger poster
This week Disney has been releasing new character posters for this summer’s blockbuster The Lone Ranger. Watch Posters Photos – Video ===> http://bit.ly/New-TV-Spot-and-Character-Poster-for-The-Lone-Ranger-Video

Disney does not trust their viewers (I don’t care if it is geared to children: why not show them reality?) and gives them predigested stereotyped stuff instead of a real First Nations person. Duh. Neither do they pay attention to what is going on in the world i.e. Idle No more. I hope they get nailed for this.

*Grimaces* In 2013, we are still doing « redface »? WTF?

At least they are not portraying a FN person as an idiot (despite the character’s name?). But having a real FN person in the role (don’t tell me there are no FN actors available!) and making it as authentic as possible are absolute minimums and it would be a lot more interesting. This is the first and most major problem! (For a FN actor, being reluctant or turning such an offer down makes a lot of sense too.) Anyway, positive stereotypes are still stereotypes. Tonto is a good guy, but still… I mean, the strong and silent type, we have seen before.

Second problem: Who is interested in a rehash of the same old? There are no talented screenwriters around and they have to reuse the same concepts over and over? This is just a showcase for Johnny Depp to show how good he is at pretending (the first critics I want to read will be from FN persons!). I don’t go to see that kind of movie I prefer indie or « author cinema » (excuse my French brain). Too commercial, I would learn nothing. Mental laziness and attempt to cash in on « safe bets ». Pfft!

I find it annoying that in 2013 they are STILL making movies out of old colonial era books. There are excellent FN novelists, why not put THEIR books on film? My 2¢ as a settler.

Also, the crow on his head annoys me. I have never seen a FN person wear that. Who wants a dead animal on his head in the sun all day long?

And, finally, someone pointed out quite rightfully than, in Spanish, tonto means « stupid », Way to go, Hollywood!

It’s almost a case for boycott. Denial No More!

And Why Is Michelle Williams in Redface?

March 20th – Equinox – is a DAY of Balance and Sacred Ceremony – a RED AND BLUE day started here on Turtle Island and then sent around the world.

Mitakuye Oyasin

Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum (One of the founders of Idle No More) posted to Sadi Broncho (a lady I have in my Facebook): « heads up tho, lets all plan stuff for the 20th, 21st & 22nd. I think I’ll stick around PA for those days ok? I’m going back to sleep, its like 340 am here. Have to catch a flight home at 7am. Definitely tho, would like to plan stuff when I get back. » [I was concerned that this was organised without the founders’ knowledge. This allays my fears.]

Sadi Broncho says: And here is a teaching from a friend to consider around this –

Gaia 3

Relaying a message from Theoldman’s Journal

The Journey to the Awakening of our Spirit together.

This Spring – March 20th – Equinox – is a DAY of Balance and Sacred Ceremony – a RED AND BLUE day started here on Turtle Island and then sent around the world.

A DAY OF SACRED CEREMONY has been called over the entire Turtle Island and around the world. Imagine the Prayer of every Pipe Carrier and Water Carrier and Ceremonial person opening « their  » Bundles and having the largest and most inclusive Sacred Ceremony this land has ever seen and Shared respectfully with those who come forward to Stand; combine this with the Equinox – a moment of balance between the Light and Dark – and the March 20 would begin the Indigenous Spring of 2013 around the Entire World. We will watch and take direction from the Women and then network this concept of UNITY and the SACRED – shared openly with all who respect life. Then we are really talking a Movement of Spirit.

We are going to open our International Networks FULL ON – the reason – Ceremony has been called for on MARCH 20TH – Equinox – starting here on Turtle Island North America and as the world turns the Morning Star Prayer and Ceremony will be called for in EVERY TIME ZONE. Then as the Sun Sets – a call for the reverse – a Prayer ceremony with the Waters of Life – and then an evening Feast and Gifting to each other. This is the time we have all prayed for and shortly thereafter a Movement around the World from ALL the Women of the world will begin to form…WORLD WIDE – the reason – our Human survival – and the time to SPRING INTO COLLECTIVE ACTION FOR CHANGE!

Blessings everyone for your help! Lets « CALL » the Change we want in our world. All it will take is 11% of the STANDING POPULATION OF THIS WORLD – and then watch the miracle of Life unfold.

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( Blessings – hope this gets discussed with the people around Turtle Island and also around the world. Lets bring about change through the choices me make individually and collectively. PLEASE NETWORK)

Mitakuye Oyasin.

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