The Indian Act – Teaching Apartheid in Canada

What if we taught learners that the Indian Act affects all of us?

This idea that one group of people, through a legislative process, can forcibly confine another group of people to pitiful land, trickle in barely enough resources to keep said people alive, and ultimately marginalize and demoralize generations to come, might seem like an un-Canadian experience. Images of South Africa, Gaza, ghettos in the United States or Brazil come to mind — where the undesirables are violently lumped together and left to dangle. Those who resist this practice are labelled rebels, extremists, or terrorists — as was Mandela.”

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21 Ways to Raise a Feminist Child

Came across this starter list of 21 ways to incorporate feminism into your parenting. As someone who at the moment is an auntie to two wonderful children, but not yet a mother, these all seem like common sense ideas. But nowadays common sense is not so common. Do I sound entirely like my mother yet?
These are absolutely terrific suggestions! Please feel free to share your suggestions, or perhaps constructive critiques below!

Onondaga Nation Says the U.S Violates Human Rights

via Colourlines

The Onondaga’s petition accuses the United States of violating human rights by stealing land and devastating the environment. If nothing else, the commission’s decision to accept the petition means that the Onondaga are being heard. That’s an incredibly important step for the Onondaga, who have long been wronged on their own land.”

The Cop Who Pepper Sprayed Peaceful Students Will Receive $38,056 for Emotional Suffering

WHAT THE EVER LOVING FUCK!

I am honestly in tears watching fellow students step in and literally COVER FELLOW PROTESTERS WITH THEIR OWN BODIES after they’ve been doused in pepper spray and are being physically dragged away from each other. While another officer actually squats down to get a better angle to douse the faces of students trying to cover themselves with their shoulders and sleeves (remember, all the students have linked arms, they are essentially defenseless to begin with…)

What were they protesting, you ask? Corporatism and STATE VIOLENCE.

Maybe you suffer emotionally because you feel guilt and regret over abusing your position of power and authority to unnecessarily (and unlawfully) physically harm a group of students?? Maybe you need to deal with the consequences of the choice YOU have made!

Full Video HERE

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME

 

 

*edit** while I understand that some have opposing viewpoints on this situation and that this is the result of a situation escalating, and that by enclosing the police (who were enclosed around protesters they’d detained) LEGALLY certain force was warranted (although clearly not to this degree or this officer wouldn’t have been discharged from his position after 8 months paid leave during the investigation).
Here’s a novel idea, what if not all laws were just? What if ‘doing your job’ and upholding the law was actually inflicting pain and further oppression onto your community? These videos are startling, but this is where we are headed. The people will rise up and be heard!