Breaking one of Canada’s best kept secrets: MMIW

Audrey Huntley will be speaking at the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference on the Defence of Women Human Rights Defenders, April 24-26, The Hague.  
Canada is not often seen as a place where widespread human rights violations against the indigenous population occur on a regular basis.

Much of the international community’s perception of this country is still that of pristine nature and polite inhabitants with health care.

In fact, Canada’s indigenous population is over-policed and under-protected, both men and women are incarcerated at rates much higher than the non-indigenous population and face police violence and deaths in custody all too often.

Yet our own mainstream media is finally no longer able to ignore one of this settler colonial country’s best-kept secrets: Ongoing genocidal violence against the indigenous population — and more specifically the targeting of indigenous women, girls, transgender and two-spirited people.

Continue Reading.

Havana, Apr 24.- Cubans highlighted the presence of commander Ernesto Che Guevara in Congo, where a group of fighters was seeking to support the independence of this country from the European colonialism.

During a meeting yesterday at the headquarters of the Latin American News Agency Prensa Latina, Cuban fighters Victor Dreke, Oscar Fernandez Mell, Jose Antonio Palacio, Florentino Nogas and Roberto Chaveco told their experiences in that mission.

Fernandez Mell, doctor and commander, referred to the joyful nature of Che, even in the most difficult times, and said that he was also very demanding with the troop.

“We lived along with Che a complex domestic scene, amid deeply rooted ethnic rivalry and individual political interests that thwarted the establishment of a substantial force to stamp out European colonialism once and for all”, said Fernandez.

“The distrust of Congolese comrades was another issue against the objectives set”, said Fernandez.

Meanwhile, Jose Antonio Palacio said that Che even carried out diplomatic actions in Congo in the middle of internal disagreements, something that brought out his skills as intellectual and strategist. Regarding the enemies that Che and his men found in Congo, Palacio said that they were mercenaries and regular forces, and also that the latter staged an aerial and land offensive.

Palacio praised the courage of Cubans, mostly aged from 21 to 23, which made quite clear that the fight would be carried out until the last man and the last bullet.

(Prensa Latina)

2

More then 3 million people in France were marching for ‘freedom’ today…if I think about the relation between 'freedom’ and France today I think about the 14 African countries that are obliged by France, trough a colonial pact, to put 85% of their foreign reserve into France central bank under French minister of Finance control still now..Oh let’s march another march, insult prophet Muhammad once again and produce another sad video spot because we care so much about the people in Africa! Oh really a few thousand people were murdered in Nigeria the other day? And in Gaza, Syria and other places this is happening every day?! Too bad but you know what, 17 white people died in France!!! What a limitation of our 'freedom’!

“"In March 2008, former French President Jacques Chirac said:

“Without Africa, France will slide down into the rank of a third [world] power”

Chirac’s predecessor François Mitterand already prophesied in 1957 that:

“Without Africa, France will have no history in the 21st century”

At this very moment I’m writing this article, 14 african countries are obliged by France, trough a colonial pact, to put 85% of their foreign reserve into France central bank under French minister of Finance control. Until now, 2014, Togo and about 13 other african countries still have to pay colonial debt to France. African leaders who refuse are killed or victim of coup. Those who obey are supported and rewarded by France with lavish lifestyle while their people endure extreme poverty, and desperation.

It’s such an evil system even denounced by the European Union, but France is not ready to move from that colonial system which puts about 500 billions dollars from Africa to its treasury year in year.”

Read more

"France isn't a racist/is a socialist country!"
  • France:*only forgave haiti's slave debt /after/ their economy was destroyed by a natural disaster leaving them without the means to make payments*
  • France:*still holds former african colonies in debt*
  • France:*monopolizes resource industries in those colonies, literally preventing the people who live in those countries from owning and profiting from the land and resources in them*
  • France:*has one of the world's largest armies which it employs second only to the us in the middle east in defense of oil assets*
  • France:*controlled the colonial government in south vietnam and committed many of the war crimes of the vietnam war to defend it*
  • France:*holds heavy influence over multiple (often muslim-majority) countries in the middle-east, south asia, and northern africa but has the gall to make muslims unwelcome /in france/*
I like to get people to understand that we [indigenous peoples are] alive right now: when people talk about me mixing tradition with modern, actually, it’s all modern. I’m alive right now and I’m an Inuk right now, we’re not these things from the past. We don’t belong in a museum. That’s also part of the colonial way of thinking about things, romanticizing the idea of being native. You have no idea how many people come up to me asking what their spirit animal or name is. I’m always like, ‘Fuck off, it’s a hot dog.’
—  Tanya Tagaq, in interview with Beatroute, January 2015
on #nbrightsnow

white nonbinary people: you wanna end transphobia? help trans women of color. y’all need to address the white supremacy and colonialism responsible for attacking the indigenous & transgender body — primarily the transfeminine — because that is the birth of modern transphobia.

as they colonized the world, white people encountered cultures who embraced multiple genders. those peoples were perceived as a threat to the power structures developed from the fabricated gender dichotomy. the invention of transmisogyny was the solution. read up on the colonial gender system and how gender itself came into creation, read up on the lie that is the sex binary; recognize that “science” is heavily influenced by politics and $$$$. it’s all relative when you understand that white supremacy is the root of the issue. in order to build and maintain this system, anything that threatens its existence must be eradicated. these are the tools that were set in place to do just that.

#nbrightsnow will do nothing but implement a couple of tweaks, because the colonial system relies on keeping the gender-based division of labor intact so that power remains in the hands of men. the gender binary they use to legitimize that relies on transphobia, particularly transmisogyny, remaining a constant. this is who you’re appealing to. so you have two options: either get nowhere, or utilize the aspects of colonialism that don’t affect you to further yourself. and you’ve made your choice, too.

with your activism being so white and afab-centric, the scope of those changes is very limited and quite harmful. addressing the intersection that trans women of color experience can spark the cultural shift we need. why? because those intersections — (trans)misogyny, binarism, racism, classism, and sexuality — are the main components of colonialism. no true liberation can be accomplished with this being excluded from your politics. pass the mic to twoc and stand with them in solidarity. fight for someone other than yourself for once.

you’re so diluted in your whiteness that you don’t even realize the state already knows what nonbinarism is. you don’t realize that you’re seeking recognition from a country that’s purposely been erasing indigenous genders via genocide for centuries now. that visibility you’re hashtagging away for has literally been the death of my people (i’m black) for i don’t even know how long. this shit is so wild to me because you purposely restructure your activism to exclude twoc, all while exploiting them for your benefit. change ya hashtag to #govt-please-make-room-in-your-oppressive-power-structure-for-me-please-im-begging-you

TORONTO - At least 3,000 children, including four under the age of 10 found huddled together in frozen embrace, are now known to have died during attendance at Canada’s Indian residential schools, according to new unpublished research.

While deaths have long been documented as part of the disgraced residential school system, the findings are the result of the first systematic search of government, school and other records.

“These are actual confirmed numbers,” Alex Maass, research manager with the Missing Children Project, told The Canadian Press from Vancouver.

“All of them have primary documentation that indicates that there’s been a death, when it occurred, what the circumstances were.”

The number could rise further as more documents — especially from government archives — come to light.

The largest single killer, by far, was disease.

For decades starting in about 1910, tuberculosis was a consistent killer — in part because of widespread ignorance over how diseases were spread.

“The schools were a particular breeding ground for (TB),” Maass said. “Dormitories were incubation wards.”

The Spanish flu epidemic in 1918-1919 also took a devastating toll on students — and in some cases staff. For example, in one grim three-month period, the disease killed 20 children at a residential school in Spanish, Ont., the records show.

While a statistical analysis has yet to be done, the records examined over the past few years also show children also died of malnutrition or accidents. Schools consistently burned down, killing students and staff. Drownings or exposure were another cause.

In all, about 150,000 First Nations children went through the church-run residential school system, which ran from the 1870s until the 1990s. In many cases, native kids were forced to attend under a deliberate federal policy of “civilizing” Aboriginal Peoples.

Many students were physically, mentally and sexually abused. Some committed suicide. Some died fleeing their schools.

One heart-breaking incident that drew rare media attention at the time involved the deaths of four boys — two aged 8 and two aged 9 — in early January 1937.

A Canadian Press report from Vanderhoof, B.C., describes how the four bodies were found frozen together in slush ice on Fraser Lake, barely a kilometre from home.

The “capless and lightly clad” boys had left an Indian school on the south end of the lake “apparently intent on trekking home to the Nautley Reserve,” the article states.

A coroner’s inquest later recommended “excessive corporal discipline” of students be “limited.”

Acting Aboriginal Affairs Minister James Moore, speaking in Vancouver, called the deaths a “horrific circumstance” of the Indian residential school system.

“The residential school fact of Canada’s history is a Canadian tragedy,” Moore said.

The records reveal the number of deaths only fell off dramatically after the 1950s, although some fatalities occurred into the 1970s.

“The question I ask myself is: Would I send my child to a private school where there were even a couple of deaths the previous year without looking at it a little bit more closely?” Maass said.

“One wouldn’t expect any death rates in private residential schools.”

In fact, Maass said, student deaths were so much part of the system, architectural plans for many schools included cemeteries that were laid out in advance of the building.

Maass, who has a background in archeology, said researchers had identified 50 burial sites as part of the project.

About 500 of the victims remain nameless. Documentation of their deaths was contained in Department of Indian Affairs year-end reports based on information from school principals.

The annual death reports were consistently done until 1917, when they abruptly stopped.

“It was obviously a policy not to report them,” Maass said.

In the 1990s, thousands of victims sued the churches that ran the 140 schools and the Canadian government. A $1.9-billion settlement of the lawsuit in 2007 prompted an apology from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The research — carried out under the auspices of the commission — has involved combing through more than one million government and other records, including nuns’ journal entries.

The longer-term goal is to make the information available at national research centre.

Another Brooklyn Clothing Store With “Dead Indian” Branding, Only This One Refuses Native Americans Who Call Them On It

Chiricahua Apache artist Jason Lujan: “I initially phoned the store and was hung up on when I asked to speak to someone about [it] and that Natives in the community here in New York found it offensive..I called back a few more times and when I would introduce myself and the image I was hung up on each time.”

He eventually visited the store, but could not engage Scumbags & Superstars workers in a conversation about the offensive logo. “I took a photo of the store window on my phone … and asked to speak to the owner,” Lujan recalled. “I was told he wasn’t there so I asked about a contact number and that I wanted to ask about the symbol and that natives I knew, and myself, found it offensive. The two men in the store shook their heads like they didn’t understand and I was met with non-responses, so I left.“

Denying the problem exists doesn’t mean you’ve made it go away. Shut these scumbags down:

Store Address: 16 Wilson Ave Brooklyn, NY 11237
Tel. (718) 628-4478
FB: https://www.facebook.com/ScumbagsAndSuperstars
Twitter: @scumandsoup 
Tumblr: scumbagsandsuperstars
IG: http://instagram.com/scumbagsandsuperstars

#Decolonize

No one has yet written about the history of Sweden’s ‘Human Zoos.’

Sami people, Rroma people, Africans, and Asians were fenced in and displayed as 'exhibitions’ at Skansen, the Liseberg amusement park, museums, animal zoos, and camping areas from the 1890s to the 1960s.
— 

Tobias Lee Sam-dol Hübinette

Quote translated from Swedish.
Mod I, Bastard HQ

Oba Ovonranmwen of Benin, the last sovereign king of the Benin Empire, before exile by the British in 1897. Photo, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, U.S.

Thousands of documents detailing some of the most shameful acts and crimes committed during the final years of the British empire were systematically destroyed to prevent them falling into the hands of post-independence governments, an official review has concluded…The archive came to light last year when a group of Kenyans detained and allegedly tortured during the Mau Mau rebellion won the right to sue the British government. The Foreign Office promised to release the 8,800 files from 37 former colonies held at the highly-secure government communications centre.
—  but the historian assigned to release the files couldn’t because the documents, which by law should have been in public archives by the 1980s, were mostly illegally hidden and in some cases illegally destroyed. Read the full article about it here