Stolen Land: First Nations, Palestinians at the Frontline of Resistance

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Stolen Land: First Nations, Palestinians
at the Frontline of Resistance

With Robert Lovelace
Queens University Lecturer & former Anoch Algonquin Chief

Friday, November 27 @ 1pm

Room 098, Henry Angus Building
2053 Main Mall, Unceded & Occupied Musqueam Territory

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Stolen Land : Stolen Voices Canada and Israel are both built on land and resources stolen by European settlers; both are still sustained by the ongoing repression of indigenous peoples. The indigenous peoples of Canada and Palestine are on the front lines resisting the destruction of the land by militarism and industrial extraction. In the mainstream media and the halls of power, indigenous activists’ voices and stories have been silenced – they are treated as terrorists or historical curiosities. This event will explore the commonalities of indigenous struggles for land and freedom in Canada and in Palestine as well as connections to the global fight for a decolonized world.

Robert Lovelace is an adjunct lecturer at Queen’s University specialising in Aboriginal Studies, Re-indigenisation and De-colonisation. Robert is an anti-colonial activist and retired chief of the Anoch Algonquin First Nation. He spent 3½ months in jail as a political prisoner for defending the Ardoch homeland from uranium exploration. Robert has sailed twice on the Freedom Flotilla attempting to break the siege of Gaza. He lives at Eel Lake in traditional Ardoch territory.

UBC Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights •

Sponsored by UBC Social Justice Centre, Seriously Free Speech Committee. Endorsed by Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign, Canada Palestine Association/BDS Vancouver, Canadian Boat to Gaza, Independent Jewish Voices – Vancouver, Mobilisation Against War and Occupation, North West Indigenous Council, South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy, Streams of Justice, United Network for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel.

Hear 6 Latin American Artists Who Rock In Indigenous Languages

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Hear 6 Latin American Artists Who Rock In Indigenous Languages

By Jasmine Garsd

October 15, 2015 1:30 PM ET

This week on Alt.Latino, we feature artists who showcase their musical talents in indigenous languages from Mapuche to Tzotzil, Guarani and Quechua. These young musicians — from Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico — defy industry norms that say singing in Spanish or Portuguese is the only way to get on the radio.

Of course, this is only a handful of the singers and bands we’ve been enjoying recently. Join us in the comments to share and recommend your own favorites. Read More…

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Lecture by Aboriginal Scholar Dr. Sarah Hunt at GRSJ UBC, Nov. 4, 2015, 12-1pm

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Lecture by Aboriginal Scholar Dr. Sarah Hunt at GRSJ UBC

On Wednesday, November 4th from 12-1pm will be Lecture by Dr. Sarah Hunt titled ‘Embodying Self-Determination: resisting violence’. In this talk, Sarah will argue that the erasure of trans and Two-Spirit people is an ongoing form of violence which is integrally connected to the violent manifestations of colonial heteropatriarchy in the lives of Indigenous women and girls. Across these sites and scales of gendered epistemic and material violence, Sarah will discuss the decolonial imperative to advance Indigenous gender-based analyses that foster the agency and self-determination of all our relations.

Where: the Liu Institute Multipurpose room. Lunch will be provided with an RSVP! However folks are welcome to attend even without an RSVP.

More information and RSVPs can be found at the link below:

Reference: Office of Graduate Programs and Research. NewsFlash #737, October 30, 2015


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Public talk with writer/activist Arthur Manuel – Oct 21, 2015, 9-12 pm

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Wednesday October 21:
Public talk with writer/activist Arthur Manuel
Arthur Manuel, a forceful advocate for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada, co-authored the recent book Unsettling Canada: A National Wake Up Call with Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrikson. Their work not only constructs a plan for a new sustainable indigenous economy, but also lays out a decolonizing roadmap for getting there. Please join him for this free public discussion.

Wednesday, October 21, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, First Nations Longhouse

For more information, contact Natalie Clark.


CFP – Indigenous Knowledge and the Academy SIG for the 60th CIES conference in Vancouver, BC, Due: Oct .15, 2015

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Indigenous Knowledge and the Academy SIG
Call for Proposals

The Indigenous Knowledge and the Academy (IKA) SIG is issuing a call for proposals for the 60th CIES conference in Vancouver, B.C., 6th – 10th March 2015. We seek proposals that connect Indigenous perspectives to this year’s theme – Six Decades of Comparative and International Education: Taking Stock and Looking Forward.

  Indigenous knowledge has a long history that predates colonialism, yet the legacy of colonialism persists in many contexts and manifests in multiple aspects of knowledge re/production and education. Sixty years ago, in 1956 when CIES was formed, the idea of a SIG focusing on Indigenous knowledge would perhaps have been inconceivable. Discussions in academic literature of Indigenous peoples and their cultures ranged from natural, wild to primitive individuals incapable of attending to their own affairs (Semali & Kincheloe, 2002).

The last decades have also seen an upsurge of scholarship and shifts in policy throughout the world that challenge the historical and the continued denigration of Indigenous peoples, advocating for representation, sovereignty and change (Cortina, 2013). Today Indigenous peoples are directly engage in global conversations about their progress, oppression and aspirations on their/our own behalf. Moreover, many alternative and integrated models of teaching and learning have emerged within their communities and across the nation.

The 60th anniversary of CIES provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on the journey we have made as an academic organization and consider ways forward to transform IKA SIG’s aims to engage the “Academy through Alternative Ways of Knowing, thinking and Doing”. Greater sharing of current policies, educational practices, and research initiatives will help build bridges with new understandings for the future.

The IKA SIG-invites you to participate in the 60th anniversary by contributing to furthering the conversation on Indigenous knowledge and:

  • Indigenous peoples and academic practices
  • Reassessing the progress lexicon: indigeneity and educational policy
  • Indigenous ways of knowing and the teaching of science
  • Emerging technologies and the design of alternative learning environments
  • Youth and youth culture
  • Indigenous curricula and pedagogies
  • Traditional ecological/environmental knowledge (TEK) and its place in education (in collaboration with Environmental and Sustainability Education – ESE)
  • Indigenous Languages (in collaboration with Language Issues)

We seek proposals for individual and group papers and proposals that reflect these themes in relation to Indigenous Knowledge in the Academy and beyond. In addition to such contributions, we also welcome submissions that tie Indigenous ways of knowing to the theme: Six Decades of Comparative and International Education: Taking Stock and Looking Forward.

All proposals must be submitted via the CIES 2016 conference website on or before October 15, 2015 (early bird deadline is September 15, 2015). Please make note that the final submission deadline for the 2016 conference is in October rather than in December (as was the case last year). Submission guidelines: Indigenous Knowledge and the Academy SIG-2016-CFP

Proposals MUST be electronically submitted through the CIES 2014 website ( and comply with the requirements detailed in the guidelines. The early submission deadline for the 2014 conference is 15th September 2013 (final submission deadline of 15th October 2015).

If you have any question, please contact IKA SIG co-chairs the Tutaleni I. Asino or Miye Nadya Tom –


Cortina, R. (Ed.). (2013). The education of indigenous citizens in Latin America (Vol. 95). Multilingual Matters.

Semali, L. M., & Kincheloe, J. L. (2002). What is indigenous knowledge?: Voices from the academy. Routledge.

Opening Reception and Panel Discussion: “Thunder in Our Voices” Exhibition, 7 pm, Oct. 2, 2015

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 Friday, October 2: Opening Reception and Panel Discussion: “Thunder in Our Voices” Exhibition
In the 1970s, a consortium of oil companies proposed the largest pipeline project in North America. Elders and youth from 30 Dene and Invialuit villages stopped the project. How did they do it? ‘With the thunder in their voices.’

Join the Amelia Douglas Gallery on October 2 as they host the opening reception of Thunder in Our Voices, an exhibition (Sept 17 to Oct 23) of contemporary portraits from the Berger inquiry by Linda MacCannell. A panel discussion during the event with feature FNIS Assistant Professor Dr. Glen Coulthard alongside UVic’s Dr. Michael Asch and Peter Stephenson, as well as Drew Ann Wake.

Reception at 7:00 PM
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Amelia Douglas Gallery
700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster

Registration required.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, September 15, 2015

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society journal publishes new blog series exploring hip hop and decolonization

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Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society just published a series entitled “Hip Hop and Decolonization” that includes twelve essays from hip hop artists and thinkers spanning a wide range of ideas and communities. Many of the essays utilize and incorporate audio and video, including the essay from Mark V. Campbell, which has a specially recorded DJ set for his essay.

Check out the essays below!

Jasiri X – Motivation and Mission (Don’t Let Them Get Away With Murder)

SCZ – Remixing: Decolonial Strategies in Cultural Production

Kyle T. Mays – Can We Live And Be Modern? Decolonization, Indigenous Modernity, and Hip Hop

Jenell Navarro – Remixing Education: Tall Paul’s Contributions to Decolonizing the Classroom

Susan Blight – Where You’re From and Where You’re At: Place, Space and the Assertion of Nationhood in Shibastik’s “Moose River”

Frank Waln – Indigenous Hip Hop and Performance as Resurgence

Bryce Henson – Burning the Imperialist Nostalgia: The Native Urban Renaissance in North America

Mark V. Campbell – Sonic Intimacies: On DJing Better Futures

Chandni Desai – Trackin’ Settler Colonial Erasures in Palestine: Decolonizing Zionist Toponymy

Lindsay Knight (Eekwol) – Rhyming Out the Future: Reclaiming Indigenous Identity Through Hip Hop

Mahlikah Awe:ri (of the Red Slam Collective) – Right Level, Next Level: Indigenizing Hip Hop

Professor D.Us (of Dope Poets) – Hip Hop’s Origins as Organic Decolonization

Decolonizing Bolivia’s History of Indigenous Resistance

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Decolonizing Bolivia’s History of Indigenous Resistance

  • Elisa Vega Sillo, Director of Bolivia

    Elisa Vega Sillo, Director of Bolivia’s Depatriarchalization Unit in the Vice Ministry of Decolonization | Photo: Youtube

Published 17 February 2015
Elisa Vega Sillo interviewed by Ben Dangl.

Shortly after the October 12th elections last year which granted President Evo Morales a third term in office with over 60 percent of the vote, I visited the government’s Vice Ministry of Decolonization. The Vice Ministry is first of its kind and a center for the administration’s efforts to recover Bolivia from what is seen by much of the country’s indigenous majority as 500 years of colonialism, imperialism and capitalism since the arrival of the Spanish.

The walls of the Vice Ministry’s offices were decorated with portraits of indigenous rebels Túpac Katari and Bartolina Sisa who fought against the colonial Spanish in 1781. I sat down to talk with Elisa Vega Sillo, the current Director of the Depatriarchalization Unit in the Vice Ministry of Decolonization, a former leader in the Bartolina Sisa indigenous campesina women’s movement, and a member of the Kallawaya indigenous nation. In the interview. Elisa spoke about the unique work of the Vice Ministry of Decolonization, the role of historical memory in the country’s radical politics, and the importance of decolonizing Bolivia’s history of indigenous resistance.

Ben Dangl: Could you please describe the type of work you do here in the Vice Ministry of decolonization?

Elisa Vega: We develop public policies against racism, against discrimination toward people with different abilities, the elderly, indigenous people. We also work on issues related to machismo and patriarchy. These are things we discuss and work on with young people, to help them question and raise awareness about these issues, because no one is questioning them… Another part of our work involves the issue of decolonization and the recuperation of our [indigenous] knowledge and skills.

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CFP – “Gender, Sexuality & Decolonization” in Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, Due: March 16, 2015

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Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society is proud to announce the
Call for Papers for a new special issue on “Gender, Sexuality &
Decolonization”. This issue is guest edited by Karyn Recollet (University of
Toronto), in conjunction with Eric Ritskes (Editor of Decolonization).

The CFP can be read, shared and downloaded here:

It is also available to read on our website,

We hope you will consider submitting to this exciting and important issue,
as well as sharing the CFP widely among your networks!