first nations,

If you just found out you have First Nations / Native American ancestry and you’re trying to find your way back, learning, and standing with us I want you to know I’m rooting super hard for you. You’re doing a good job and I’m proud of you. 

If you’re claiming our ancestry for college applications, benefits, to be a “native princess”, wear war paint, war bonnets, feathers in your hair etc, or to tell people it’s okay to do any of the above, please go away. We are not your discount code to North America. 

Shout out to Native kids who were told not to tell people they were Native to avoid harassment and racism.  

Shout out to Native kids who were told not to take anti-Native racism so seriously because “they don’t look native enough,” or because “that happened so long ago,” and how “they need to get over it.”

Shout out to Native kids who denied that part of who they were even if it broke their heart. 

Shout out to the Native kids who rebelled and were tormented for it. 

Shout out to Native kids who lost friends because they stood up for themselves.

Shout out to Native kids who are harassed by racist teachers.

Shout out to Native kids who want to connect with their culture but wonder if they even have a right to.

You are strong and beautiful and loved even if you feel lonely, isolated, and on your own. 

And if you need a friend, by all means, message me. I’m here.

theguardian.com
Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police
A growing group of military veterans are willing to put their bodies between Native American activists and the police trying to remove them
By Sam Levin

We’re not coming as fighters, but as protectors,” said the 32-year-old marine corps vet, noting that he was concerned about police escalating tactics. “Our role in that situation would be to simply form a barrier between water protectors and the police force and try to take some of that abuse for them.”

Since last fall, police have made roughly 700 arrests, at times deploying water cannons, Mace, rubber bullets, teargas, pepper spray and other less-than-lethal weapons. Private guards for the pipeline have also been accused of violent tactics.

“We have the experience of standing in the face of adverse conditions – militarization, hostility, intimidation,” said Julius Page, a 61-year-old veteran staying at the vets camp.

Dan Luker, a 66-year-old veteran who visited Standing Rock in December and returned this month, said that for many who fought in Vietnam or the Middle East it was “healing” to help water protectors.

“This is the right war, right side,” said Luker, a Vietnam vet from Boston. “Finally, it’s the US military coming on to Sioux land to help, for the first time in history, instead of coming on to Sioux land to kill natives.”

Because I never see these

Native Girls are beautiful.
Native Boys are beautiful.
First Nations Girls are beautiful.
First Nations Boys are beautiful.
Indigenous Girls are beautiful.
Indigenous Boys are beautiful.
Aboriginal Girls are beautiful.
Aboriginal Boys are beautiful.
Inuit Girls are beautiful.
Inuit Boys are beautiful.
Métis Girls are beautiful.
Métis Boys are beautiful.
Aleut Girls are beautiful.
Aleut Boys are beautiful.
Afro-Indigenous Girls are beautiful.
Afro-Indigenous Boys are beautiful.
Mi'kmaq girls are beautiful.
Mi'kmaq boys are beautiful.
Two-Spirit Girls are beautiful.
Two-Spirit Boys are beautiful.
You’re beautiful if you have dark skin.
You’re beautiful if you have light skin.
You’re beautiful if you’re in between.
You’re beautiful if you’re mixed.
You’re beautiful if you’re neither gender.
You’re beautiful if you’re both genders.
You’re beautiful.


(Aboriginal, Inuit, and Métis lines added by @phaedragona. Two-Spirit lines added by many people. Afro-Indigenous and Mixed lines added by @condorofrph. Aleut lines added by anonymous. Mi'kmaq lines added by @kennachaos . If there’s anyone I’ve left out, feel free to add on to it and/or message me and I’ll change the original post.

With the release of the new Ana spray in Overwatch Uprising, my headcanon for Pharah being part First Nations is seemingly coming true. And quite frankly, I’m ecstatic because of it.

Growing up, I learned of my mixed heritage and wished to see more, learn about my people, see things about their cultures… What do I get? The stereotypical Egyptian dance, and white people dressing in stereotypical or sexy versions of native “costumes”… Representation in media is also very little, if I want Egyptian representation 95% of the time it’s about ancient Egypt… if I want native representation, they need to be slaughtered or wise chieftains…

But then Pharah appears, with her Thunderbird and Raindancer skins, with her being part of modern (at least by her standards) Egypt’s army… At first I thought the skins were done just cause rule of cool or cause they loosely match character traits of her. Then Reflections happened.

Michael Chu hinting that she would hate a certain hockey team that parts of Canada have been rivaling for years… She is eating dinner in a place in Canada (Canadian flag, snow) with a man who was also confirmed by Chu to not be a date, so most likely her dad. He is darker skinned, almost matching Pharah’s tone. And with Ana’s spray, a man (who is presumably the man in reflections when Pharah was a baby) with native features has his finger being held by baby Pharah…

This all but confirms her dad is First Nations.

When I first saw it, I wanted to cry. Knowing my favorite hero was mixed like me, her representing me… It was extremely powerful. I can’t wait to learn more, or headcanon it myself!

This probably will never be seen by a Blizzard employee or Pharah’s voice actress, but if they do somehow, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for adding this to Pharah’s character.

These are the 37 banks that are funding and supporting DAPL.

Women’s March is calling for people to cancel their accounts and credit lines with these creditors in opposition to their support of harming, oppressing, and stealing from Native Americans.

DAPL BANKS:

Wells Fargo

Citibank (CitiGroup)

JPMorgan Chase

PNC Bank

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

HSBC Bank

Bank of America

Deutsche Bank

BNP Paribas

SunTrust

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Mizuho Bank

TD Securities

Credit Agricole

Intesa SanPaolo

ING Bank

Natixis

BayernLB

BBVA Securities

DNB Capital

ICBC London

SMBC Nikko Securities

Societe Generale

Royal Bank of Scotland
ABN Amro Capital

Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)

Citizens Bank

Comerica Bank

U.S. Bank

Barclays

Compass Bank

Credit Suisse

DNB Capital/ASA

Sumitomo Mitsui Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

UBS

Photo of the Reconciliation Pole that went up at UBC today

I encourage everyone who could not be present to witness this occasion to watch or read transcripts of the speeches that were given during the ceremony, the experiences and stories of the survivors of the residential schools are essential to the context of this monument and a part of Canadian history that really needs to be acknowledged. I am so excited about this beautiful pole that’s now standing outside my former school but we need to hear the stories that go with it even if it makes us uncomfortable in order for the healing of the communities effected to take place

If anyone has links to any recordings of the event I would love to share them around

@allthecanadianpolitics

Senator Murray Sinclair answers the question, why can’t Indigenous people just ‘get over’ the residential school experience. Murray Sinclair was the chair of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which was created in response to the abuses in Residential Schools.

A must watch.

Video originally posted here.

The Aila Test

Originally posted by uber52


I’ve decided to create a test inspired by the Bechdel Test that is exclusive for only Indigenous / Aboriginal female characters and the name is inspired by the character Aila from Rhymes For Young Ghouls.


If there is an Indigenous/Aboriginal woman in a film/comic/book/video game/etc, she passes the Aila Test if she meets these requirements:

1. She is a main character.
2. Who doesn’t fall in love with a white man.
3. And doesn’t end up raped or murdered (especially to push said white man’s storyline)


Please reblog and share with characters who pass the test. 

@feminismandmedia @angrynativefeminists @nativepeopleproblems

Getting really sick of white people like Bill Maher telling their white friends and fans shit like “Real Indians aren’t even offended by mascots!” 

First of all, who the fuck are you? 

Second of all, this just REEKS of manipulative bullshit. Like I hear things like this and it just translates to, “You don’t want to be one of THOSE Indians that are offended, right? YOU’RE not angry or overly sensitive or PC, are you? You’re one of the cool ones, right?” 

White people need to learn to step the fuck off.

[Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada] argues that ‘any time Hawaiians—or any other native people, for that matter—come out in force to push for more respect for our culture and language or to protect our places from this kind of destruction, we are dismissed as relics of the past, unable to hack it in the modern world with our antiquated traditions and practices.
—  David Malie, Science, Time, and Mauna a Wākea: The Thirty-Meter Telescope’s Capitalist-Colonialist Violence, Part II
reuters.com
Canada oil pipeline spills 200,000 liters on aboriginal land

A pipeline in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan has leaked 200,000 liters (52,834 gallons) of oil in an aboriginal community, the provincial government said on Monday.

The government was notified late in the afternoon on Friday, and 170,000 liters have since been recovered, said Doug McKnight, assistant deputy minister in the Ministry of the Economy, which regulates pipelines in Saskatchewan.

Oil pipelines are viewed by the oil-rich provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan as a critical lifeline to move crude to the coast, but they have drawn fierce opposition from environmental and indigenous groups.

The spill came seven months after another major incident in Saskatchewan, in which a Husky Energy Inc pipeline leaked 225,000 liters into a major river and cut off the drinking water supply for two cities.

It was not immediately clear how the current incident happened or which company owns the underground pipeline that leaked the oil.

McKnight said Tundra Energy Marketing Inc, which has a line adjacent to the spill, is leading cleanup efforts.

“There are a number of pipes in the area,” he told reporters in Regina. “Until we excavate it, we won’t know with 100-percent certainty which pipe.”

Tundra, a privately held unit of Canadian grain trading and energy conglomerate James Richardson and Sons Ltd, released a statement saying it is cooperating with all levels of government and will ensure “the affected land is restored appropriately.”

The incident happened in the lands of the Ocean Man First Nation 140 km (87 miles) southeast of the provincial capital of Regina, according to the province.

McKnight said the spill has been contained in the low-lying area in which it was discovered. Ocean Man Chief Connie Big Eagle said the spill was 15 meters (50 feet) in diameter on Friday.

Ocean Man has 540 residents, one-third of whom live on the reserve, Big Eagle said.

She said an area resident who had smelled the scent of oil for a week located the spill and alerted her on Friday. The chief said there are no homes near the spill but it is about 400 meters (1,320 feet) from the local cemetery.

“We have got to make sure that Tundra has done everything that they can to get our land back to the way it was. That can take years,” she said. “They have assured me that they follow up and they don’t leave … until we are satisfied.”