#DearNonNatives: Don’t call yourself a feminist if you’re going to ignore the missing and murdered Indigenous women in this country, or the 1 in 3 Native women who were sexually assaulted, or the white washed and hypersexualized images of Native women in the media.
Repeat after me: Christanity is not indigenous

It is not traditional to native people and it is a product of colonialism and genocide.

Like scalping and so many other things, native people practiced it after being colonized. We are raised to practice it. We aren’t saved if we practice it, we aren’t less human if we don’t.

Christianity is not the absolute truth. If you feel it is, then that’s your business but you don’t need to shove it to other people’s throats, you don’t need to go to other third world countries and do missions to convert people.

If you trying to convert people into your religion instead of letting communities practice their own culture, I see you no different than the spanish and english colonizers(settlers)

If you do missions and go to poor countries to convert and you try to play white savior by offering food and money to poor and colonized people and they have to in return convert into your religion, then you are a terrorist, I see you as a terrorist. Because you won’t help people unless they submit to your ideology and that’s inhumane.

You see they are suffering but you need to recolonize and take resources from people in central, south america, philiphines and africa. You are a terrorist!

And people who co-sign that behavior or don’t speak out about it just because they belong to that same religion are just as guilty as the people converting.

natural resources from Norrland are processed in Norrland, then exported with almost all profits going to the elite in the south

a lot (if not most) of the land owned by governmentally controlled companies in Norrland was originally aquired cheaply from Norrlandic landowners by tricking them into believing that it was worth less than it actually was

Norrland is time and time again just kinda “forgotten” over when it comes to for example infrastructure and other public institutions

while the history (and prehistory) of the Saami is slowly starting to be aknowledged in mainstream popular education in sweden, the history of Norrlands Norse and Finnish populations are still denied and revisionist propaganda shown in its stead (for example the vehement denial of the Helsings as a separate norse tribe, completely ignoring the mountains of archaeological and historical evidence of their clear distinction from their southern neighbours)

gävleborg county, a county composed of two cultural-historically completely different provinces (Hälsingland with closer ties to the other provinces along the coast of Norrland, and Gästrikland with closer ties to the south) and named after a city in the more culturally southern province, where also the ruling organs of the county are situated

Norrlandic cultural traits are proudly displayed as swedish by the southerners when foreigners look on, but are ridiculed as Norrlandic when they look away

“Norrlanders” are stereotyped as stupid drunk hicks and generally treated as slightly lower in worth than people from the southern 40% of the country

but sure Norrland totally isn’t a swedish colony how could anyone believe such silly things amiright :)

There will of course be those who seek to cite successes made by the American Indian Movement, the political structures of treaties, and the mixture of White and Red societies as evidence against such claims. They will surely ask why I insist upon such a pessimistic understanding of Native American life throughout the Western hemisphere. One could reply to these claims by asking for an example of policy, social movements or anything else that has served to separate Redness from Savageness, to ask for a moment in which the genocide of Red bodies stopped. To speak of Red life is to always already be speaking of mass impoverishment, police brutality, mass incarceration, alcoholism, and mental illness.
—  Nicolás Juárez, “To Kill an Indian to Save a (Hu)Man: Native Life Through the Lens of Genocide”
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Adele Perry reminding us that the erasure of much of the conversation around the wildfires (esp outside BC) may be because indigenous populations are more greatly affected than are white populations in the north. but, you know, compare it to Toronto, THEN the fact that thirteen THOUSAND people are not in their homes tonight becomes comprehensible. [x] [x]

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5th July 1962 - 2015. Today marks the 53rd anniversary of Algeria’s independence from France.

Never forget the 1.5 million martyrs slaughtered by the French.

Never forget the 200+ Algerian civilians drowned at Seine by the French.

Never forget that France still doesn’t want to recognise the damage of their colonisation that still affects Algerians to this day.

Tfou 3ala la France, nous sommes Algériens et fiers! Allah yer7am ga3 shuhada tawa3na 🇩🇿

Those who misunderstand colonialism and its subsequent re-shaping of the world often ask what makes it so different from all the other conquests in history. What separates the British Empire from the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great? Why do North Africans resist French influence but not the region’s prior Arabization? Why don’t populations demand apologies from all their previous conquerors in an attempt to reconcile all that has been done to them?

To compare European colonial systems to the flow and ebb of prior conquests is to assume that all historical conquests relied on the same model of subjugation that defined European conquest: centralized and institutional racialization of peoples across the globe, in need of civilization (or the alternative, extermination), and whose histories could be described by constructed hierarchies. As it stands, such characterizations only framed the praxis of European colonization. Prior conquests, for all intents and purposes, were not borne out of globally racialized agendas that attempted to recourse history towards new definitions and categories, but typically out of fundamental desires for wealth, power, cultural or religious influence, and stability. Most conquerors also assimilated to the cultures of the lands they acquired rather than simply the reverse, and often the subsequent cultural exchange influenced both the habitus of the conquerer and the conquered.

For example, Sudanese intellectuals, regarding Arab influence in North Africa, argued that:

Afro-Arab integration in the North tended to be referred to as Arabization. To the extent that Arab symbols of identification, especially their language and religion, have been highlighted over and above their African equivalents, this characterization may be justified, but the process involved more give-and-take than the term “Arabization” would adequately reflect. A significant degree of Africanization of the Arab element also took place. (x)

European colonization did not permit such give-and-take. There was no Native Americanization of British settlers in the Americas, no Indianization of British culture, no Africanization of Europe; instead there was a one way push towards the Europeanization of the colonies- a push that attempted to strip and eradicate whole cultures and peoples from their native identities.

Moreover, no other conquest in history received massive authority from virtually every part of society. While rulers in previous eras sanctioned their own expansion with or without popular support, European colonization was justified, reinforced, and encouraged by political figures, religious authorities, scientists, the intelligentsia, philosophers, artists, the working class, merchants, and more. Each social class in the otherwise stratified nation-state became a beneficiary to the fruits of colonialism and all unified to buttress its institutionalization with easy conscience. Academia and other discourse were dedicated to crafting fields of study that attempted to legitimize the dehumanization of global peoples, establish their inferiority to reflect European superiority, and subjugate the world to Social Darwinist ideologies through various modes of violence. The centrality and normalization of this method was unprecedented. 

The resulting violence in native lands, then, was also unprecedented in history. No other era testifies to the systematic eradication of peoples and cultures by the bloody hands of European colonialists. No other era exhibits a collective continental culture that relied on terrorizing millions worldwide. No other era has killed more, exploited more, and glorified itself more than the era of European colonization. 

This is why the resistance to the legacy of colonialism is so great and why Europe and America are so scrutinized and held responsible for their recent sins; sins that scathed Africa, Asia, and South America, and whose wounds are still bleeding. Indeed, this is also why European colonization is not comparable to other conquests of the past.

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Herald: An Interactive Period Drama About Colonialism

Herald is a two-part interactive period drama for PC, Mac and Linux that plays as a mix between a visual novel and a 3D point and click adventure game. You are Devan Rensburg, a man of mixed heritage, assigned to work as a steward aboard the merchant ship HLV Herald.  

As a steward, you are responsible for the well-being of all passengers on board, be they rich or poor, important or downtrodden. Your job is best done without anybody noticing, so if a conflict should arise, you are well-served to solve it before the captain gets wind of it.  

Which side of morality will you be on? Are you going to stand up for the oppressed, or will you help those in authority abuse their power? Either way, you are responsible for your choices, and you will carry the consequences.

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Residential school survivors, supporters march in solidarity through Ottawa

Hundreds of residential school survivors, along with their friends, family and supporters, marched through Ottawa on Sunday in the name of reconciliation and healing.

More than 5,000 people travelled under grey skies along a five-kilometre route from Ecole secondaire de L’Ile in Gatineau, Que., across the Ottawa River, past Parliament Hill, ending at Ottawa’s City Hall.

The walk marked the beginning of the Truth and Reconciliation closing events in Ottawa. The commission, which was launched in 2008 under a five-year mandate, will release its final report in Ottawa on Tuesday.

“It’s a historical event,” said Carrie Diabo, whose parents attended a day school on a reserve in Kahnawake, Que. “It’s something you’ll never see again and it’s part of the healing.”

Led by drummers, the marchers carried banners and flags. Some held photos of loved ones who had experienced the schools, and other clasped the hands of children or grandchildren.

Richard Mark, a residential school survivor, walked with his grandson, Willow Katapatuk, on his shoulders.

Mark said he wanted to participate in the five-kilometre walk “to get the truth out.”

As a child, Mark said he attended a residential school in northern Quebec for nine years, from age three until the school was shut down when he was 12. During that time, he said he suffered sexual, mental and spiritual abuse.

“For six years of my life, I was tormented,” Mark said. “I’m looking for healing.”

Since the 19th century, more than 150,000 First Nations children in Canada were forced to leave their families and attend residential schools, where many faced abuse and neglect.

Justice Murray Sinclair, the head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, estimates as many as 6,000 children died at the schools, and countless others suffered physical and emotional trauma. The last school closed in 1996.

In a speech last week, Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin said the acts amounted to a “cultural genocide.

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Shoal Lake reserve residents weep as Ottawa balks at funding road construction
Residents of a First Nation under one of Canada's longest boil-water advisories wept Thursday after the federal government refused to commit to help fund the construction of a road connecting the community with the outside world.

Both Manitoba and the city of Winnipeg announced a commitment Thursday to fund part of the cost of a permanent, all-weather road for Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, which straddles the Ontario-Manitoba boundary.

But Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford refused to say whether Ottawa would put up its share of the cost during a ceremony on the reserve and left community members openly sobbing with disappointment.

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.