These settlers are going beyond orange shirts and land acknowledgments. Land Back is an Indigenous-led movement to reclaim traditional lands for Indigenous stewardship. By Sarah Treleaven, Broadview, November 8, 2022 Last June, Margaret Drescher prepared herself to finally pass along Windhorse Farm, a beloved retreat deep in the forest about an hour-and-a-half drive west of Halifax. […]
The Racism & Resilience Behind Today’s Salmon Situation
Salmon have been endangered my entire life. Here’s what I didn’t realize until I started reporting. by Tony Schick, Oregon Public Broadcasting & ProPublica, September 24, 2022 https://www.propublica.org/article/the-racism-and-resilience-behind-todays-salmon-crisis Leavenworth is a charming tourist town, tucked in Washington’s North Cascades mountains and styled as a Bavarian village. I spent a weekend there, noodling around in souvenir […]
The Narwhal: Canadians could soon have the Legal Right to a Healthy Environment. But can It be Enforced?
Canadians could soon have the legal right to a healthy environment. But can it be enforced? Carl Meyer, Narwhal, Aug. 10, 2022 The whole post here: (https://thenarwhal.ca/right-to-healthy-environment-bill-s5/) From the Narwhal Newsletter: Residents across Canada could soon have the right to a healthy environment — on paper, at least. In reality? Welllll, you might want to […]
Healing, Governance, Ancestors and Unity
Cultural Ceremonies Are Helping The Nlaka’pamux Heal After a Year of Trauma and Hardship “It gives us a little bit more power inside, feeling that we’re working together as a community.” By Alex Cosh, The Maple, May 26, 2022 https://www.readthemaple.com/how-cultural-ceremony-is-helping-the-nlakapamux-heal-after-a-year-of-trauma-and-hardship/ For the Nlaka’pamux, the process of healing after a year of fires, floods, findings of […]
What if Where We Live on is Unceded Land. . .
My family cottage is on stolen land. What am I supposed to do? By Jocelyn Bell, Broadview, December 14, 2021 https://broadview.org/stolen-indigenous-land-cottage/ It gave me pause to consider that the land where I go to unwind, swim, build campfires and connect with family was unceded I have been reading a lot of Indigenous writing lately. Fiction, […]
Pope Francis to Visit Canada for Indigenous Reconciliation
Pope to visit Canada to help reconciliation over indigenous schools scandal By Philip Pullella, Reuters, October 27, 2021 https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/pope-visit-canada-help-reconciliation-over-indigenous-schools-scandal-2021-10-27/ VATICAN CITY, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Canada, where he faces calls for him to apologise for the Catholic Church’s role in former schools for indigenous people where children […]
Briarpatch: Evidence of an Unjust System
By Anonymous, briarpatch, September 2, 2021 https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/evidence-of-an-unjust-justice-system How would life look in our communities if prisons didn’t exist? If our communities had real opportunities instead of being boxed in both physically and mentally by government projects? If our people were uplifted, given a vision of togetherness and equality, not treated like crabs in a bucket […]
Squamish Nation to Investigate St. Paul’s Indian Residential School for Unmarked Graves
By Elisia Seeber, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, VIA, August 11, 2021 https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/local-news/squamish-nation-to-investigate-st-pauls-indian-residential-school-for-unmarked-graves-north-vancouver-bc-4209814 Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) has announced it has launched an investigation into the former St. Paul’s Indian Residential School site to find answers about the children who attended the institution but never made it home. On Tuesday (Aug 10) standing outside the site […]
A 25-foot Native American Totem Pole Arrives in D.C. after a Journey to Sacred Lands Across U.S.
Many who touched the pole during its journey ‘burst into tears because they could feel the energy’ By Dana Hedgpeth, The Washington Post, July 29, 2021 https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/07/29/totem-pole-dc-native-american/ Douglas James stood Thursday on the Mall in front of the 25-foot totem pole he and a team had spent three months hand-carving and painting from a 400-year-old […]
Squamish Nation Survivor of St. Paul’s Residential School Shares his Story
Sharing his story with others became part of George’s healing process. “I was finally realizing why I was the way I was,” he said. “Why I had anger and why I rebelled against authorities, or, you know, why authority made me angry.” By Elisia Seeber, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Jul 16, 2021 https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/vancouver-news/squamish-nation-survivor-of-st-pauls-residential-school-shares-his-story-north-vancouver-3962077 WARNING: This […]
Cowessess First Nation Seeing Jurisdiction Over Children Returned
Nation the first to sign an agreement with Ottawa that sees jurisdiction over children returned. More than 52 per cent of children in foster care are Indigenous, despite making up 7.7 per cent of the child population, according to Statistics Canada in 2016. Cowessess First Nation Gets Control of Children in Care Julia Peterson, The […]
Backpacks with ✋ Orange Handprints 🤚 at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building
Backpacks with orange handprints cover the front steps of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building to show the impact of residential schools.
An Opinion Piece by Mary Polak: Canada’s Shame, Reconciliation, New Beginnings for Hope & Healing
We listened to the older brother who recounted hearing the screams of his younger sister while she underwent the abortion of a priest’s child. He wept openly now because he couldn’t save her then. We listened to the 80 year old grandmother disclosing for the first time the daily rape and sexual touching she was […]
Deb Haaland, Native American Elected to Congress, Takes Matters into Her Own Hands
Canada’s tragic residential-school reckoning could be grim harbinger for U.S. James McCarten, The Canadian Press, June 27, 2021 https://ca.news.yahoo.com/canadas-tragic-residential-school-reckoning-110000079.html The situation in Canada took a dramatic turn Thursday when the Cowessess First Nation announced the discovery of what are believed to be 751 unmarked graves at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School […]
Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Efforts
A Way Out of a Dark Past By Stacey McKenna, YES Magazine, November 3, 2020 https://www.yesmagazine.org/issue/what-the-rest-of-the-world-knows/2020/11/03/canada-truth-reconciliation In the summer of 2011, Simon Hogaluk of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada, sat at a microphone and began telling a story. He spoke through tears of being torn from his parents as a child and forced onto an airplane, where he […]
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