Prince George School District 57 is apologizing for a school assignment that told students to list the 'positive' impacts of colonies on Indigenous people.
"We are deeply sorry for any harm that this has caused to the students, parents, families and the Indigenous communities," said Kap Manhas, school district assistant superintendent in a statement.
"This assignment is not a reflection of our teachers or our commitment to truth and reconciliation. We are working through a restorative process with the parents, the teacher, the principal and our resource staff to apply safeguards to ensure this does not happen again."
On Tuesday, CBC News reported on student and parent outrage over a worksheet distributed in a Grade 9 social studies class at Prince George Secondary School during the first week of classes.
It instructed students to list both the "positive" and "negative" impacts of Europeans establishing colonies in the Americas, including Canada.
UPDATE! Thank you to everyone who reblogged! As of 3/19, the Tuluksak community has had a few “regular” washer/dryers donated and as soon as the pipes unfreeze, they can be connected to a water source. Many thanks for everyone’s donations. They have potentially saved lives!
Any donations deemed “excess” have been gifted to surrounding nations also in dire need.
The #OperationTogo project is ending. CeeJay needs to get back to another project that was disrupted by this. Please message them on Twitter or see KooteenCreations on IG for a wealth of people and groups to follow regarding Indigenous rights, culture, and news!
A rural Alaskan Native community has lost its’ only potable water source as of January in freezing weather. The laundromat was the ONE community location to get clean water. They rely on river water and donations right now.
There is an Amazon wishlist with cleaning products, formula, small electric-free washers for elderly + disabled people, washing buckets and water-carrying buckets, and hand tools to cut through the ice in the river to access water, amongst other things.
The Tuluksak Native Community is a Yup'ik Tribal Government in Tuluksak, Alaska. They have a 30%+ positive COVID rate.
Please ignore the GoFundMe link right now. There is no way to access the funding as far as I know. Message CeeJay on Twitter ahead of time or direct funds to the Amazon Wish List, which can be sorted from lowest price to highest.
As a proud indigenous woman, I want to remind everyone that with Thanksgiving coming up, to stay educated on the history of what actually happened. And don’t forget to honor and stay educated on the hundreds of diverse native american nations🖤
The total of undocumented graves of children who died and were killed in Indian residential schools is now at 1515. UNDOCMENTED, there are already over 6000 on the record. There are still over 130 other schools to investigate still. And, just so Canadians understand...given the current numbers, 7323+ children, if Canada was to lower it's flag to half-mast for one day for each child, as the numbers stand today the flag would not rise for over 20 years. Even if they were to lower it for one hour for every child, that would be 305 days. I hope this paints a very clear image. I am hurt, my community is hurting, our nations are mourning, and we have been in mourning for years. I pray this does not fall on deaf ears. Non-indigenous Canadians, you no longer have an excuse to claim ignorance. You can no longer say "I had no idea Canada did this." It did. And in many ways Canada continues this opression and genocide to this day.
The Miꞌkmaq people are facing hostility and threats in Eastern Canada over the right to fish to sustain themselves.
This has included:
“In response to Mi’kmaq fishers setting up 150 out of their 350 allowed traps, non-Indigenous fishers gathered at the wharf in Digby to protest.”
“One of the ways Nova Scotian fishers have found it appropriate to protest Mi’kmaq harvesting practices has been to chase down boats and fire flares directly at them. There have also been attempts to ram small boats with much larger vessels.”
Two people being arrested and charged with assault.
“Lobster traps in St. Mary’s Bay were vandalized, their lines were cut, and the traps were left on the shore.”
“Some fishers have posted calls on social media to reimplement the Canadian residential school system, and for other harsh treatment of Indigenous peoples and their children.”
A lobster boat belonging to a Mi’kmaq fisher has been destroyed by a suspicious fire at a wharf in southwestern Nova Scotia.
These people have the right to sustainably fish on their own land and support their livelihoods. Megan Bailey, professor at Dalhousie University’s Marine Affairs program, an expert, has said that there is no conservation concern as has otherwise been claimed. “The scale of the livelihood fishery as it exists right now with 350 traps is not a conservation concern.”
Ways you can support the Mi’kmaq people (both on this front + other issues):
Treaty Truckhouse Legal Fund - Grassroots Grandmothers, Mi'kmaw Rights Holders and others continue to stand united as water protectors of the Shubenacadie River in the Sipekne'katik District of Mi'kma'ki, where Alton Gas intends to dump salt brine equivalent to 3000 tonnes of hard salt every day.
Another donation link is here, or e-transfers can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for our Eskasoni Mi’kmaq Fishers - Supplying resources for the fishers to continue the battle to have access to moderate livelihood fishery.
Mi’kmaq Fishers: To show support you can donate funds via e-transfer to the following emails with the message “donation”:
If you have any useful additions, please let me know, and I will add anything that I find. Also please spread this around, awareness is also important so that these issues do not fly under the radar and get a pass.
In Vancouver, a Catholic Church was defaced in direct response to the discovery of the mass grave at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Graffiti demanding that the church “Release the Records” called out the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, who both operate the church and operated the Kamloops Indian Residential School, as well as almost half of all residential schools across Canada.
In Six Nations territory, it was the Anglican Church who operated the Mohawk Institute Residential School from 1831-1970. On June 12, a suspected arson significantly damaged an Anglican church on the territory. While no one has publicly claimed the action, many community members assumed that the attack was connected the current scrutiny of churches and their role in residential schools.
Systemic racism against Indigenous Peoples in Canada is very real and present, especially in the health system.
Today, Joyce Echaquan, an Indigenous woman from Manawan First Nation, died in horrible conditions and around racist staff at Joliette hospital in Quebec. She shared a live video of her on Facebook crying for help in her mother tongue, saying that she received too much medication. In the video, we can also hear two caregivers saying violent and harmful words to her, like “fucking fat woman, it’s better if you’re dead” “are you done joking around”
This is so revolting, and unfortunately it’s a reality for the Indigenous community here. They’re completely marginalized. The health care system doesn’t care about them.
to this user and everyone else who has lost their empathy and compassion for our people.
being “mentally ill” or a patriot, doesn’t excuse you from being racist.
our land, and our children, has been defiled and stolen. the country in which you stand so proudly behind has committed atrocities against us. are our lives not worth more than your picnics and parties? your fireworks and your pride?
I’ve had a thought and now I have an ethical/philosophical/legal question for y’all.
Suppose you own a car. You stop at a stoplight and get carjacked. Some guy walks up and sticks a gun in your face and makes you get out of the car.
He gives you a bicycle with no wheels and drives off in your car.
Now the car thief dies, and in his will he leaves the car to his son.
You know who the thief was and you can prove it’s your car. But the son insists that because he didn’t steal anything and the car was given to him by his father, it’s his car.
He refuses to give it back because he thinks you might not let him use it any time he wants for anything he wants. He gives you a tire pump for your bike with no wheels and tells you to be grateful for what you have.
Who is the rightful owner of the car?
That’s colonialism. That’s literally the primary argument against giving stolen land back to indigenous people both in North America and all over the world.
White people still claiming ownership by conquest and think they shouldn’t have to give back what their ancestors stole because they only inherited it instead of doing the actual stealing.
Indigenous People Have Reclaimed the National Bison Range
After 113 years of fighting the U.S. government and systemic racism, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are once again managing 18,800 acres of wildlands, and its resident bison herd.
In December, a bipartisan bill that would transfer the lands and management of the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes looked as if it might die in Congress with the end of the session.
Instead, it was attached to a must-pass package of COVID-19 relief and government spending bills, and, unexpectedly, it passed. After a century of work, it felt sudden, said Morigeau, a tribal member and attorney for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and a Montana state legislator. “It happened so fast, it just really hasn’t sunk in.”
Finally, after 113 years, the 18,800 acres of grassland, woodland, and wildlife that comprise the National Bison Range, along with its resident bison herd, will be returned to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Today, the transfer has broad support from the community, conservation groups and politicians alike. But the long journey included three rounds of failed agreements between the U.S. and the tribe, numerous lawsuits, a federal investigation, and a massive public education campaign to quash racist rumors and stereotypes.
It comes at a time of a broader conversation on the return of land stewardship to tribal nations, with an Indigenous woman—Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo)—poised to oversee public-lands management as Interior secretary for the first time in history...
June 6, 2021 - Native activists tore down the statue of Egerton Ryerson, one of the founders of the genocidal Canadian residential school system, and beheaded it.
Protesters, including survivors of the residential school system, were demonstrating at Toronto’s Ryerson University to honor the 215 murdered indigenous children whose remains were found buried at Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia last month. [video]
Seth Cardinal Dodginghorse from the Tsuut’ina First Nation cuts off his braided hair in response to Calgary’s Ring Road being built which has required his home be destroyed (the home has been in the family for 5 generations).
REGINA, Saskatchewan — A First Nation in southern Saskatchewan said Wednesday that it has discovered hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of another former residential school for Indigenous children.
A statement from the Cowessess First Nation and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous First Nations, which represents Saskatchewan's First Nations, said that "the number of unmarked graves will be the most significantly substantial to date in Canada."
Last month the remains of 215 children, some as young as 3 years old, were found buried on the site of what was once Canada's largest Indigenous residential school near Kamloops, British Columbia.
Cowessess Chief Cadmus Delorme and Chief Bobby Cameron of the federation planned to hold a news conference Thursday to provide more details about the new find at the Marieval Indian Residential School, which operated from 1899 to 1997 where Cowessess is now located, about 87 miles east of Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan.