1. "Resurgence is our original instruction."
    — Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
     
  2. "Sister Round Dance Song (MMIW Honour Song)" - by Nikki Shawana

    Honour song dedicated to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Written and performed by Nikki Shawana.

    Beautiful.

     
     
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    Indigenous Nationhood Movement 4-Colour Logo T-shirt.
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  4. "Colonization is a femicide machine that kills Indigenous women with impunity. It is designed to dispossess Indigenous people of who we are and what we imagine is possible. Its goal is to eliminate our power and our nationhood; and to deceive us into believing it can be reformed, if only we wait long enough and keep chanting reconciliation."
    — Against the Crisis - INM (via culturite)
     
  5. decolonizingmedia:

    decolonizingmedia:

    A New Season of the Struggle Begins: #NativeSpring

    #DECOLONIZE

    Round 2! Happy Equinox, everyone.

     
  6. decolonizingmedia:

    Decolonize Your Education: DOWNLOAD A FREE ZAPATISTA TEXTBOOK: “AUTONOMOUS GOVERNMENT 1”

    The Zapatista Escuelita (Zapatista Little School) project, which opened in August 2013, has now made available the first of several books, translated into English, as free PDF downloads.

    The first in the series is the text, Autonomous Government 1: Freedom According to the Zapatistas. Download the PDF here.

    Forthcoming books will be released in the coming months, at one month intervals, if not sooner, as follows:

        • Autonomous Government I (Available now: click here)
        • Autonomous Government II (Will be published no later than April 8th)
        • Participation of Women in Autonomous Government (Will be published no later than May 8th)
        • Autonomous Resistance (Will be published no later June 8th)

     
  7. babylonfalling:

    long memory

    Right on.

    (via lastrealindians)

     

  8. "INM is the continuation, the revitalization, the realization… of our long-standing fight to recover our lands, demand respect for the treaties that are the foundation of North American societies, and demonstrate the strength and dignity of our people. It is decolonization in the 21st century, it is Idle No More without restraint, it is acting on our ancestral rites, it is Indigenous Nationhood!"
    — Taiaiake Alfred
     
  9. #ItEndsHere: The Full Series

    Over the past two weeks, we have been running a series of posts confronting the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls, to declare: #ItEndsHere. We are committed to eliminating all forms of violence within Indigenous communities, including violence based on gender and sexual identity and orientation. Please read and share these powerful words.

    "First, I want to cite Susan Blight: ‘It is not about you being inclusive,  [decolonization] is about you being included under our laws, relations, and ways of being’.  The killing of Indigenous women is an extension of the genocidal practices of the colonial mother country and it is intended to eliminate the decolonization of Canada as a mother country.   It is not simply about “ending violence”, the violation is the colonial order, that rests on our lands, our homes, our lives and kills either overtly [killing young women, slaughters our lineages forever] or covertly, assimilation, reconciling without restoring our nations.  The people in  this country need to own up: this is not Europe, Africa or Asia, it is Turtle Island.  Political struggle is the struggle of one set of laws versus another.  In this country that means our laws must prevail, our sensibility must prevail.  We are all about “all my relations”, this is the centre point of our legal systems, everyone in this country, in order to be a ‘decolonized’ citizen must ascribe to this and protect the mothers of our nations and the future mothers of our nations, so that we may live within and transmit to everyone our laws and our relational teachings, that we may all live in peace.  Anything else contributes to genocide." — Lee Maracle

    READ THE SERIES HERE:

    "Don’t Be Tricked" - Tara Willamson

    "I Am Accountable to Loretta Saunders" - Sarah Hunt

    "She Carries the World" - Eva Jewell

    "Not Murdered and Not Missing" - Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

    "A Line in the Sand" - Adam Barker

    "From Outrage to Radical Love" - Siku Allooloo

    "Eyes Wide Open" - Jaskiran Dhillon

    "In the Spirit of Our Ancestors" - Tasha Beeds

    "Refuse to Live Quietly!" - Jana-Rae Yerxa

    "Against the Crisis" - Jarrett Martineau

    "Carrying the Fire" - Daniel Heath Justice

    "It Starts With Us" - Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Families of Sisters in Spirit, and No More Silence

     
  10. NEW POST: “#ItStartsWithUs - Supporting the Resurgence of Community-Based Responses to Violence”

    This is a collaborative response from Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS), No More Silence (NMS) and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) to the calls for a national inquiry by some family members of missing and murdered women. We come together here to name specific forms of state violence – as much of the violence we face as communities, nations, and families stems from colonial nation-states like Canada and the US and the laws themselves. Structures of colonialism (i.e. state governments, foster care, prisons, social services) are responsible for and contribute to ongoing violence against Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning intersex, and asexual (LGBTTQQIA) people.

    Gender based violence also impacts Indigenous women and Indigenous people who are part of the LGBTTQQIA community. LGBTTQQIA people often don’t fit gender binaries, or other Western categories of relationships and identities dictated by mainstream culture and as a result experience increased amounts of violence. This has resulted in the continuance of hundreds, if not thousands of disappearances and deaths across these lands.

    As grassroots organizations, we have also provided some concrete suggestions about working collaboratively across Turtle Island towards the resurgence of Indigenous knowledge while supporting each other to address these issues.

    State Responses and Inquiries

    With the recent disappearance and murder of Loretta Saunders, a pregnant Inuk university student living in Halifax, support for a national inquiry has grown stronger than ever before.

    During the past three years, FSIS has engaged with and appealed to state institutions and government bodies. This included providing testimonies at both the Senate Committee in 2011 (which did not result in meaningfully implemented recommendations) and the Special Committee in June 2013 (whose findings were released Friday March 7th). This past fall, FSIS and NYSHN also participated in meetings with the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People. We’ve gone through ”the proper channels” and it hasn’t got us any closer to justice that we are seeking.

    “In my own mother’s case, I have been petitioning the province and federal government for an ‘independent investigation’; after 12 years I have gotten nowhere. So I did my own. The only way that I was going to find truth or answers about my mother’s death was to find them myself. It is what so many families across Turtle Island have been forced to do because they don’t have support from colonial agents in government, policy-making, media, police, and the legal systems. But as Indigenous women, the grief and trauma of experiencing crisis after crisis in our families and communities can overwhelm us; and the best we can do is just try to stay alive each day.” Bridget Tolley, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation – Co-founder of FSIS

    Our concerns and responses as families and community based organizations regarding a national inquiry come from these types of experiences. It is not an endorsement of the federal government’s position to not have an inquiry, it’s exactly the opposite. It is because we are ourselves family members who are affected by disappearances, murders and violent deaths, as well as community organizers who have seen the harms of state-led interventions. We call attention back to ourselves: we have the answers and solutions. We always have. We are the experts in enacting those solutions too. Collaboratively we are interested in nurturing self-determined and community-led solutions to interpersonal and structural violence. This is where our hearts are; in resistance to colonialism and in fostering our solutions as Indigenous peoples with the support and consensual allyship of our non-Indigenous friends and family members in the struggle.

    READ MORE: http://nationsrising.org/it-starts-with-us