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We are the ‘Uninvited’: Blue Dots and the First Nations Education Act (FNEA)

Today, Métis artist Christi Belcourt launched an amazing online action to reclaim our voices, following last week’s controversial announcement on the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act (FNEA). Here is her statement on the project:

In Alberta, security for the Harper/Atleo FNEA “announcement” marked people with yellow dots (for invitees and elders and those on an ‘approved list’) and they made people who were not on an approved list wear blue dots. There were about 30 who were escorted out before the feast and offered no food. My question is why would community members, from that territory who are coming to hear an announcement on education be required to wear the blue dots? And I started thinking that the blue dots represent the people who the government would arrest first, or would harass first, or doesn’t care about, or throughout history has considered the “rebels” for protecting land speaking out. Or even further, the blue dots are our people, the masses of people who are not able to influence decisions, our opinions and are on the margins of society, or we have been ignored or despised because of the harms that come to our lands and bodies.

What Do the Blue Dots Mean?

The blue dot signifies all of us who care, and speak out and risk arrest. It signifies the “uninvited” among us who are treated as “less than” by child care systems, justice systems, or health care systems. It signifies all of us who don’t get a voice at the table with Atleo or the PM or anyone else who has the power to mark their “X” and sign away our rights. Those blue dots they made people wear were not necessary. They could have kept the yellow ones for “invited guests” and all others without, so why did they insist people wore blue dots? Why? Twila Singer was told to wear a blue dot, then she was kicked out for “tweeting” when she didn’t even have a phone with her. She had previously protested in INM. Therefore CSIS or the RCMP or whoever the security was that followed the “blue dot” people around already had face recognition and a plan to target so called “trouble makers.” I’m so upset that they can go onto First Nation’s land and mark out people who are from that community, and not let them in to hear an announcement that has to do with their own children and the future of our kids generally.

That is why I started this blue dot series.  For all of us who disagree, who want change, who stand up for change. I’m claiming the blue dot for us as a mark of pride.

With Christi’s permission, we invite you to create your own #bluedots images—add them to historical photos, to your social media avatars and profile pictures, or make and wear blue dot buttons and take photos.

Post them to Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook—tag them #bluedots—and mention @INMvmt and @christibelcourt and we’ll share them.

SEE THE FULL GALLERY OF #BLUEDOTS IMAGES: HERE

She Carries the World: It ends Here.

As long as the waters flow is a metaphor for the fluid mother carries at birth—its release means the new life to come, its context meaning as long as women bear children –in addition to our earth mother’s own life-giving waterways

In my community speakers have translated mdimooyenh as she carries the world with her meaning a woman with white hair carries a world of knowledge, and potentially several generations

That is power; undermined and violated through the colonial project.

FULL POST by Eva Jewell

http://nationsrising.org/she-carries-the-world/

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*Art by Tamara Adams

Mmmmm yeah. This. by @nationsrising “They’ll only teach you the oppression of Africa and it’s people. How else to keep everyone in submission? Once those mental chains are broken, and that slave mentality gone, the flood gates shall be opened! #NationsRising” via @PhotoRepost_app

our efforts to decolonize must directly confront more than just economic relations; they must account for the complex ways that capitalism, patriarchy, white supremacy, and the state interact with one another to form the constellation of power relations that sustain colonial patterns of behavior, structures, and relationships. Dismantling these oppressive structures will not be easy. It will require that we continue to assert our presence on all of our territories, coupled with an escalation of confrontations with the forces of colonization through the forms of direct action that are currently being undertaken by communities like Elsipogtog.
Daze of Action

In light of the ‘day of action' called for tomorrow, I keep returning to this quote.

While I support our people rising up and taking action, I feel like there’s been an absence of thinking about where and how our energy should be directed. #IdleNoMore is almost a year old. It’s not January 2013 anymore. 

So I remain unclear: is Oct 7th about saying “we’re still here” to Harper? Are we still focused on “holding the Canadian government to account”? How has that worked out for us so far? I’m hoping some of you can help illuminate this for me. Where do you see our movement heading?

I don’t see that there is clarity of purpose in our collective action. And action for its own sake isn’t bolstering our movement. Rhetorical sovereignty is played out. So what’s next, nations?

[ x-posting for tumblrized feedback ]

The Zapatista conception of nationhood is a fluid one. It is malleable in the hands of each individual. Engaging a diversity of tactics in the struggle against…pervasive oppression is not only pragmatic, but it indicates that the refusal to be limited by ideological schisms is the future of a decentralized, autonomous liberation movement.
Watch on erynnemichelle.tumblr.com

To the Last Drop:

Short Educational Documentary about the destructive and violent industry of the Tar Sands and the consequences it has on First Nation’s communities and the larger global community. 

What we do to the Earth. We do To Ourselves. 

I used to believe that the hostile reactions to calling out settler colonialism could be avoided depending on how the message was delivered. I am no longer ‘tricked’ into believing this. The fact that we are conditioned and made to worry about how to deliver a message that is so intimately connected to our humanity is ludicrous and speaks to the acceptance of settler colonial violence. I am also no longer ‘tricked’ into believing that there is a ‘right time’ to disrupt colonial comfort and complacency. The right time was yesterday.

LIVE UPDATES/PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Elsipogtog Anti-Fracking Battle Continues: Nov 14, 2013

Elsipogtog member Lorraine Clair arrested this morning as heavy RCMP presence confronts Mi’kmaq warriors and supporters protesting SWN Resources seismic testing for fracking development.

More at: RCMP Confronts Elsipogtog, Arrests Land Defenders

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