B.C. First Nations leaders’ new book calls for native self-determination

CBC News – British Columbia

Two B.C. First Nations leaders have just written a book that outlines the challenges Indigenous people face and offers solutions that they believe could benefit their people and the rest of the country.

It’s called Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call.

“I think it is important for not only Indigenous people, but Canadians to understand the struggle,” said author Arthur Manuel, who is also the former chief of the Neskonlith Indian Band.

“When you add up all the Indian reserves in Canada, the land we got is 0.2 per cent and we are expected to make a living off of that. The rest of the land 99.8 per cent is under federal, provincial jurisdiction and that’s one of the reasons why indigenous communities are mostly poor.”

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Lummi Youth Learn the Bigger Picture: Canoes Join Kayactivists Protesting Arctic Drilling

One of the more exciting developments in the Pacific Northwest and Cascadia has been the resurgence of tribal canoe families and tribal canoe journeys. In my own tribe, the landing of the canoes in Juneau, AK for our biennial Celebration has become my favorite part of our week long festivities, and it isn’t even an official part of the event. Dance groups are fun, but the physical, mental and spiritual conditioning demanded by a canoe journey are more in line with our traditional forms of tribalism.

Frank Hopper, a contributor for AI/AN ATS and Lingit Latseen really captures what this means with his piece covering the Seattle area protests against Arctic drilling.

Lummi Youth Learn the Bigger Picture: Canoes Join Kayactivists Protesting Arctic Drilling

by Frank Hopper

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Kayaks and canoes surrounded the Royal Dutch Shell oil rig on May 16 to protest arctic drilling.

Before there were roads, interstate highways, light rail systems and airports, there were… canoes. For thousands of years, Native people living on the Salish Sea, the area along the southwest coast of British Columbia and the northwest coast of the United States, used canoes not just for travel, but also as a profound form of cultural expression. Their creation and use were spiritual, teaching respect, camaraderie and selflessness. They used no fossil fuels and created no pollution. And they were powered by the most mysterious of engines, the human heart. So what could be more fitting to use when confronting a 307-foot tall giant capable of poisoning vast areas of ocean and shoreline?


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Visiting at.óowu at the Portland Art Museum

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In March I visited the Portland Art Museum along with some clan relatives and Aandeyein to view and handle Naanyaa.aayí at.óowu, Teikhweidi at.óowu and Raven (probaly Kiks.ádi) at.óowu dating back to the 1800’s. NAGPRA claims are in process or planned for many of these objects to return them to their ancerstral homes in Lingít Aaní. These items are our title to the land and proof of our legitimacy as sovereign Tlingit clans.

The process of assimilation was strong and deliberate during the 1800’s and 1900’s. Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people were forced to give up clan allegiances and our tribal way of life in order to receive the protection of the United States government. Our at.óowu was seperated from the people and placed in museums, symbolically burying our culture alive. Returning these objects to their respective clans is a reversal of this process and a revolutionary act.

Raven Staff. Probably Kiks.ádi, the clan from which my clan, the Teeyhíttaan, originates. — at Portland Art Museum. Raven Staff. Probably…

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Grim report warns Canada vulnerable to an aboriginal insurrection

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Calling the Native Youth Movement and American Indian Movement! The National Post reports that The Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a think tank, predicts a possibly grim future for the Canadian Nation State due to unrest among Natives. The reason is a recipe of factors that are trigger points for unrest and insurrection: a high percentage of disadvantaged youths coupled with vulnerable infrastructure. We’ve seen this same recipe recently in the Arab Spring uprising as explained by William Lind in his article The Gangs of Aleppo. All of this points to the possibility of 4th Generation Warfare coming to the North American continent.

From the National Post:

A more pessimistic report, by Douglas Bland, suggests that Canada has all the necessary “feasibility” conditions for a violent native uprising — social fault lines; a large “warrior cohort”; an economy vulnerable to sabotage; a reluctance on the part of governments and security forces to confront…

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I primarily blog at http://lingitlatseen.com now.

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This American Life: Tribes

A Native American tribe is doing exactly the opposite of what you’d think they’d do: they’re kicking people out of the tribe, huge numbers of them, including people whose ancestors without question were part of the tribe.

Listen to the episode here….

Above is an interesting piece on This American Life about tribes that are purging their membership rolls. It would seem that the chief motivation is to increase the share of the pie for those who remain in the tribe. At stake are casino profits and various social services and cash assistance. Of course divisions happened in the past. The danger here is that federal enrollment is what defines a tribe these days. In other words, a bureaucratic entity has taken over defining who is and who is not Native.

My clan was founded through a division; but of course this was hundreds of years…

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I am primarily updating my blog, LingitLatseen.com and will not be posting much at AI/AN Attack the System anymore. Thanks.

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I will be focusing my blogging efforts at Lingit Latseen from now on. Gunalcheesh.

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On Sunday I was in Eugene, Oregon for the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference where I participated on a panel with Cascadian Bioregionalists which included the makers of Occupied Cascadia and a representative from the Portland State University Cascadia Branch. Unfortunately, Xhopakelxhit from Coast Salish territory in British Columbia was unable to make it; she was supposed to be on our panel, too.

What we discussed on our panel was the future of this region; a region which has been called, at times, Raven’s Bioregion and sometimes Cascadia. I advocate for the resurgence of traditional tribal nations based on our model of old: decentralized networks of autonomous clans, villages and tribes in alliance with one another; each with it’s own territory and natural resources which it cares for. This is a land based, cultural approach unique to indigenous cultures all over the world. This is a vision that is in…

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