SFPIRG: Truth-Telling and Decolonization

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Decolonization 101

Saturday March 15th, 11am – 5pm
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, Vancouver

In this interactive, experiential workshop we will explore the history and impacts of colonization in Canada, with the aim of understanding how we can now work to create positive social change. We will focus primarily on specific contexts for non-Indigenous people’s decolonizing work. This will include creating space to define who we are as individuals and look at what decolonization means, within ourselves and the systems we work within. We will practice taking personal responsibility, including looking at what stops us and how we can overcome these struggles. Our aim will be to build allegiance with centuries of Indigenous resistance and to build new models for moving forward.

The workshop will be facilitated by Rain Daniels. Rain is Anishinaabe from the Saugeen Nation in Ontario, born in Coast Salish territory in Vancouver. She has worked with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and communities for the last 20 years in capacities that include front-line work and community development. She also facilitates training, educational
workshops, and community processes. Enhancing working relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is the focus of her work.

Everyone welcome. A light lunch will be provided. ASL translation will be provided if requested before Fri. March 7th. (Request when registering.)

Register here.

The Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG) is a student-funded and student-directed resource centre dedicated to social and environmental justice. SFPIRG is founded on a set of values that have been developed by successive generations of students who care about social and environmental justice. These values include a commitment to the work of ending all forms of oppression; and one key piece of anti-oppression is the work of learning about and resisting colonialism – or, to put it another way, the work of promoting decolonization.

At SFPIRG we see decolonization as a process that is relevant to every one of us. As Nora Burke wrote in Building a “Canadian” Decolonization Movement: Fighting the Occupation at “Home,” “Decolonization is not a process which entails solely the Indigenous nations of this continent. All people living in Canada have been distorted by colonialism.” To recover from this distortion requires that each of us learn new ways of relating to one another, to the land, to Indigenous nations and to the Canadian state.

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First Voices: Language Archives Celebrating World Indigenous Cultures

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New App enables Indigenous language speakers to text in their languages

Brentwood Bay, B.C. – FirstVoices Chat, an Indigenous language texting app for Facebook Chat
and Google Talk, is now available at the Apple App Store as a free download for iPad, iTouch
and iPhone. The app contains custom keyboards for hundreds of Indigenous languages in
Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. The app can be downloaded from:

“We’re excited to launch this new piece of technology, which allows First Nations people to
return to the everyday use of their heritage languages using their mobile devices,” said Peter
Brand, FirstVoices Manager at the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. “The primary audience for
the new app is First Nations youth, but we expect the positive effects of these innovative literacy
tools to ripple out to speakers and learners of all ages.”

FirstVoices Chat was developed by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council with funding from the
First Nations Technology Council. “The First Nations Technology Council is thrilled to
participate in the development of a tool that contributes to First Nations language revitalization
by enabling their use in daily conversations,” said Norm Leech, Executive Director of the FNTC.
The development of the keyboarding technology at the core of FirstVoices Chat was funded by
the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Aboriginal Languages Initiative.

Samantha Etzel, one of eight SENĆOŦEN language apprentices at the LÁU,WELNEW Tribal
School in Brentwood Bay, B.C. says, “It is exciting when my daughter asks me to text words to
her in our language. To have the technology at our fingertips adds to ways of learning for our
community members who live off-reserve, but still have a desire to learn.”

FirstVoices Chat had a high profile introduction in Vancouver on February 24. Their Honours
Lieutenant Governor Steven Point and his wife Gwendolyn, long-time language champions of
the Sto:lo First Nation, exchanged their first text message in their Halq’eméylem language
before several hundred delegates at the First Nations Technology Council ICT Summit.

About the First Peoples’ Cultural Council
The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is a B.C. Crown Corporation with the mandate to support
First Nations in their efforts to revitalize their languages, arts and cultures. FPCC has distributed
more than $22 million to B.C. Aboriginal communities since 1990.

To learn more please visit:


First Peoples’ Cultural Council:

First Nations Technology Council:

January 28, 2014 as national day of teach-ins focused on First Nations Education Act

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Idle No More and Defenders of the Land set January 28, 2014 as national day of teach-ins focused on First Nations Education Act

National Treaty Alliance and Assembly of First Nations joins Idle No More and Defenders of the Land onCanada’s Parliament Hill to say “NO” to First Nations Education Act (FNEA) and Federal Termination Plan.

OTTAWA, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW/ – Today is International Human Rights Day and also marks Idle No More’s one-year anniversary of last year’s national day of action. In honor of this occasion, hundreds of First Nations protesters have taken to the steps of Canada’s Parliament to send a resounding “No” to the Conservative government’s First Nations Education Act (FNEA) and the federal Termination Plan to extinguish First Nations’ collective rights. On this historic day, we are choosing to launch IdleNoMore 2.0 – our call to the tens of thousands of supporters in our movement to join in a massive educational undertaking from coast to coast to coast on January 28th – and introducing our crowdfunding campaign, which will be available on December 11, 2013, at

Defenders of the Land founder Russell Diabo, who spoke at today’s protest on Parliament Hill, said, “The FNEA is the latest bill in a suite of legislation amending the Indian Act to be used by the federal bureaucracy to impose greater control and management of First Nations for their assimilation into the mainstream society”.

A message will be sent out tomorrow to hundreds of local Idle No More groups and tens of thousands of movement supporters inviting them to organize teach-ins focused on the Termination Agenda of the Canadian government: an agenda Idle No More and Defenders of the Land feel is reflected not only in the FNEA but also in dozens of other proposed laws.

However, the intent of the teach-ins is not to focus only on legal issues. Winnipeg-based Idle No More organizer Leah Gazan explains “Part of teach-ins is going back to traditional ways in which knowledge was transmitted that was grounded in our ceremonies, that guided governance structures, relationships, our roles and responsibilities, and our duty to respect our lands waters and resources. This requires solutions that are grounded in love. We need to have heart solutions that go beyond shallow intellectual solutions that lack spiritual connections to our Mother Earth.”
Today’s action on Parliament Hill in Ottawa was organized by Idle No More Ontario with the support of Defenders of the Land, the Assembly of First Nations, and the National Treaty Alliance, and with the important blessing of the host nation, Kiti Gan Zibi, on whose traditional territory Ottawa is located.

SOURCE Idle No More

For further information:

Media Contacts:
Ottawa, Ontario-Defenders of the Land Founder, Russell Diabo, cell: (613) 296-0110, email
Ottawa, Ontario – Idle No More and Defenders of the Land, cell: (613) 297-7515, email:
Winnipeg, Manitoba – Idle No More Organizer, Leah Gazan, cell: (204) 294-8892, email:,
For more information go to:


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Clayton Thomas-Muller
Campaigner with Idle No More & Defenders of the Land
Co-Director, Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign of the Polaris Institute
Twitter: @CreeClayton

Band Manager -Lower Similkameen Indian Band

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This position reports to Chief and Council of Lower Similkameen Indian Band. This position is responsible for Band Administration and Budget. The Band Manager administers a wide range of programs and services under the direction of the elected council members. Program and services to the 450+ Lower Similkameen Band Members are community‐ based and focus on respect for the strength and knowledge of both traditional and contemporary values. These programs and services cover the broad spectrum of community social and cultural services ordinarily provided by First Nation governments.


Administer and oversee Band programs and affairs including but not limited to; public works, education, housing, social development, health, community planning, feasibility studies, contracts, land entitlement/land selection process, financial management, membership, Natural Resources, Economic Development, Band events, capital improvements, and office services. Responsible for day –to‐ day activities of Lower Similkameen in accordance with community values, community plan, policies and direction from Chief and Council.

Fax or E‐mail:

(250) 499‐5538 or

Attention  Executive Assistant – Jade Jagar


Lower Similkameen Indian Band

Attention: Jade Jagar

517‐7 th Avenue, Box 100

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Certificate Program in Aboriginal Language Revitalization

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Certificate Program in Aboriginal Language Revitalization -

LING 180A: Dynamics of Indigenous Language offered at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, BC.