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Decolonizing Antiracism

In a time when Native nationalism and anti-colonial efforts are on the rise in North America, Bonita Lawrence and Enakshi Dua ask, "why hasn't anti-racist theory caught up?"

This is an important, if somewhat academic, article by Canadian Native activist-scholar Bonita Lawrence and Canadian-Indian scholar of race and gender Enakshi Dua examining the ways in which indigenous people, indigeneity and the fact of ongoing settler colonialism and anti-colonial struggles has been conspicuously absent or put in a secondary position in Canadian (and U.S.) anti-racist theorizing and activism. They set out to put racism and anti-racist struggles and theories within the context of ongoing colonialism in North America

While I may not be in total 100% agreement with all of their analysis, they ask a number of important questions, especially concerning the often ignored question of the contradictions beween indigenous people and people of colour (as opposed to the always examined contradictions between settlers and indigenous people and whites and people of colour). These are questions that I think we as indigenous people and people of colour, both “native” born and immigrant, need to confront and answer if we are to work together in alliance to combat, and eventually overthrow, imperialist white power and parasitic capitalism. Read the rest of this entry

Splitting the Sky to Speak at University of Waterloo

03/31/2011 19:00
03/31/2011 20:30

The University of Waterloo Department of Religious Studies, with support from the Department of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University and Waterloo Public Interests Research Group (WPIRG – are proud to present:

Speaker: Splitting the Sky

Topic: The Sun Dance and the Gustafsen Lake Standoff

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011

Location: Hagey Hall 373 (University of Waterloo)

Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

In 1995 Splitting the Sky led a major Indian uprising in Canada at Gustafsen Lake, British Columbia. Preceding what would be the most costly RCMP operation in Canadian history, he was the leader of a Sun Dance which had been practiced at the site annually since 1990. He had been participating in Sun Dances in the North America since 1981 and even danced in the 1994 ritual at Gustafsen Lake. The Sun Dancers who took occupation of the sacred grounds sought an international investigation into the matter of unceded indigenous territory, believing that sovereignty would help to alleviate the suffering caused by the actions of the various institutions of the Canadian state. Read the rest of this entry