Decolonizing Defense: Radical Conversations about Indigenous Communities’ Self Defense

A discussion lead by Billie Pierre at the International Copwatching Conference. The ICC is taking place between July 22 and 24 in Winnipeg Manitoba. 

This is a talking circle about reality and possibility, intended to explore what community defense means to us: on the street, on reserve and on the land. How do we protect ourselves from violent institutions of colonization (police, CAS, government and corporate land theft, etc.) while struggling for interdependence on each other instead of reliance on state power and police? What would a cross-territory defense network look like which centers on our traditional ways of being and where everyone has a role in the community, people living close to the land and close to the street? How can we (or should we) extend copwatching strategies to adapt them as tools for educating street and gang involved youth? How do we engage all our people in collective defense against the threats we are all facing together?

This space is intended for Native voices, please respect this and critically reflect on your power/privilege and reasons for coming to the circle before occupying space here. Non-native allies are welcome to listen as respectful visitors in our empowered territories.


Posted on July 18, 2011, in Anti-Police, Indigenous Struggles and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Decolonizing Defense: Radical Conversations about Indigenous Communities’ Self Defense.

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