Today on National Indigenous People's Day, how are you confronting Indigenous stereotypes and advocating for a sustainable and common future?
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Here are some resources to begin to re-think reconciliation, Canada 150, and honour today’s National Indigenous People's Day:
- #Resistance150”: the University of Alberta has launched a new initiative, depicting the colonialism at the heart of the Canada 150 narrative, and rebranding the celebrations
- How coastal First Nations fared in the Great Bear Rainforest agreementBy Elizabeth McSheffrey
- A College Built for Canadian Settlers Envisions an Indigenous Future, by Catherine Porter
- Read about the digital tool "Kwi Awt Stelmexw" that helps people learn the Squamish language and deepen their connection to the culture
- Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada, byChelsea Vowel
- On Being Here to Stay: Treaties and Aboriginal Rights in Canada, by Michael Asch
- Understanding Treaty 6: An Indigenous Perspective, by Sharon Venne
- Canada, I can cite for you, 150, byChristi Belcourt
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s findings released in 2015
- Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative, an alliance of First Nations on BC’s North & Central Coast
- Watch this video by Macleans about why some people are calling out Canada’s 150.
Have you read today's statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on National Indigenous People's Day yet? Read it here.
The 45 things Trudeau could focus on beyond changing the name of "National Aboriginal Day"
1. No pipelines. Implementing UNDRIP. Investigating police re: MMIW
2. Addressing Human Rights tribunal findings re: FN children +youth
3. Stopping Kinder Morgan and Site C. Honouring broken Treaties
4. Honouring experiences of 60s scoop survivors
5. Force Nalcor to honour its commitment at Muskrat Falls
6. Re-implement fisheries+navigable water Acts stripped by Harper
7. Honour all 94 Calls to Action from the TRC
8. Fully implement a national Indigenous housing strategy across country
9. Immediately rescind ALL third party management schemes enforced by INAC
10. Honour Indigenous legal traditions+fulsome nation-to-nation relationship
11. Dismantle INAC immediately.
12. Address that Parliament is on unceded + unsurrendered Algonquin territory
13. Remove corporate monopoly over northern food supply/address food security
14. Ensure full access to Gladue reporters across country
15. immediately address inhumane solitary confinement practices
16. National ENFORCEABLE coastal management plan (re: oil/fuel spills)
17. Compel mining companies to PAY for cleanup of spills, toxic legacies
18. Immediately address all outstanding SCC decisions re: FNMI
19. Honour Free, Prior and Informed consent principles in ALL gov't actions
20. Address/terminate gov't/RCMP illegal monitoring of Indigenous activists
21. Address violent police discrimination against Black+Indigenous people.
22. Longterm, national fund for Indigenous languages.
23. NATIONAL discussion about Canada as a white supremacist colonial nation
24. Reparations to communities whose land was illegally stolen/appropriated
25. Rescind Bill C-51, re-write to remove dangerous unchecked gov't powers
26. Nat’l fund for Indigenous people to bring human rights cases to tribunal
27. Immediately honour the Duty to Consult across ALL levels of gov’t.
28. Funding for national centres of Indigenous excellence at Universities.
29. Compel TRI-COUNCIL to ensure Indigenous research is in Indigenous hands
30. Immediate efforts to address racial inequity of Canada Research Chairs
31. National funding for all Indigenous students to pursue post-secondary
32. Completely overhaul discriminatory FNIHB drug/treatment practices.
33. Stop conflating AFN and MNC as Indigenous governments (they're not)
34. Address pressures on northern communities to accept resource extraction
35. Nat’l strategy to address environmental racism of Canadian policies.
36. Address past illegal land appropriations (i.e: Kahnawake, Musqueam)
37. Spend $500M from celebrating #canada150 on supporting Indigenous youth
38. Terminate racist and violent Child welfare services.
39. Investigation into BC Hydro and Christie Clark's government re: Site C
40.Comprehensive repatriation of material culture held at Museum of History
41. Investigate illegal land transfers facilitated by INAC over last century
42. Speed up implementation of Call to Action 84 re: media + reconciliation
43. Encourage @cathmckenna to address Indigenous rights in env policy.
44. Educate legislators/judiciary on racist impacts of erasing Métis-as-polity
45. Apologize for cynical use of Indigenous peoples/issues in 2015 Election
This list was originally published via Twitter @ZoeSTodd