unceded coast salish territory

anonymous asked:

You're not Indian? What are you then?

I’m Punjabi. I do not identify with a country whose government inflicted a genocide on my people, and who continuously denies that fact. I do not identify with a country whose pop culture uses my Sikh identity as a joke. I do not identify with a country that treats women, minorities, and underprivileged people like crap. I do not identify with a country that day in and day out ignore the sacrifices made by Punjabi freedom fighters against the British Raaj (the road to independence was NOT non-violent).

Moreover, while Canada is my homeland (on which I live as a settler in Unceded Coast Salish Territory), Punjab is my motherland. In 1947, Punjab was split in half between Pakistan and India, so why should I idenitify with a country that has only half of my motherland, be it India or Pakistan?

I’m a Punjabi-Canadian.

Today is National Aboriginal Day.

As BCers, we face the reality that a vast majority of this province falls on Unceded Territories of the various nations indigenous to these lands.

As a settler on Coast Salish Territories, I invite you to acknowledge our presence as settlers on this land, and what it means to live on Unceded Territories and how we can knowingly and unknowingly contribute to the viscous cycle of settle colonialism.

My solidarity is with First Nations brothers and sisters- especially the sisters, as they continue their fight for justice for missing and murdered indigenous women. ✊

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Black Lives Matter: solidarity from unceded Coast Salish territories for Ferguson

Another solidarity protest. This one is at the Vancouver Art Gallery tomorrow at 2 PM

EMERGENCY PROTEST: On Nov 24th, Darren Wilson escaped being indicted of his murder of Michael Brown. We are holding a peaceful protest in solidarity not only to the good folks of Ferguson Missouri, but also everyone else affected by anti-black violence, state sponsored or not. 

We will be on the Robson side of the Art Gallery by the stairs

This is apart of the series of events springing up across the continent on tomorrow’s day of action. 

We are open to any speakers and performers willing to do so, and are open to any requests or invitations by them. Just contact an organizer. Anyone wanting to speak can and will be allowed to do so.

Please wear black and dress for rain and cold.

This event is taking place on the unceded, traditional, and occupied ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish People, including but not limited to the Səl̓ílwətaʔ, Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and Stó:lõ peoples.

Signal Boost please!

Yesterday marked the 101st anniversary of the arrival of the Komagata Maru on the shore of Vancouver. The racist government at the time kept the ship in the Burrard Inlet for 4 months in I humans conditions and afterwards it was sent back. Many passengers on board either died during the voyage of by the attacks by the Britosh upon arrival in Canada. This event may have taken place 101 years ago, but as Punjabis living in Canada, we face the brunt of the racist rhetoric surrounding this tragedy on a daily basis. Komagata Maru is not just a ship, but a symbol of the Punjabi and South Asian struggle in Canada, and how despite racial discrimination- that was up front in the past and hidden under micro-aggressions today- the Punjabi community has thrived in Canada, and we are able to stand tall and proud on the coast of the Burrard Inlet on these Unceded Coast Salish Territories and rejoice in the fact that our ancestors did not give up and allowed us to live, laugh, and play in the very land whose government at one point did not want us there. We must never forget the legacy of Komagata Maru.

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” -Marcus Garvey