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Treatment of Inuit in Quebec jails called ‘unacceptable’ by ombudsman (repost)

Quebec’s ombudsman has released a scathing report on the treatment of Inuit in the provincial justice system. She says the detention conditions are “below current standards” and infringe on the constitutional right to human dignity. Read the rest of this post on the original site at Treatment of Inuit in …

Overlooked tragedy of Quebec’s aboriginal young people (repost)

Their deaths go unnoticed. They do not make headlines. But a disproportionate 259 aboriginal children and youth have died violently or in unusual circumstances since 2000. It is a tragedy nobody talks about. Read the rest of this post on the original site at Overlooked tragedy of Quebec’s aboriginal young …

Settlers, Oppressed Nations, Indigeneity

A friend recently wrote me, asking me “after how many years/generations do new settlers become Indigenous to a land? So, for example, are the Boers descendants today in S. Africa, African?” It’s a question i’ve had a number of conversations about, not because i’ve any kind of special standing on the …

Countering Colonization (and other great books)

So University of California Press has just made 700 of its books available for online reading (to read on a tablet you have to copy paste into some other program and do some conversions). One of these titles, which i can’t recommend highly enough, is Carol Devens’s Countering Colonization: Native …

Racist “Anti-Imperialism”? Class, Colonialism and the Zapatistas

I started off wanting to like “A Commune In Chiapas?” (This major essay about the Zapatistas, written for the English “liberation communist” journal, Aufheben, is distributed as a pamphlet by Arm the Spirit/Solidarity, Canadian anti-imperialist publishers who represent u.s. political prisoners such as David Gilbert, Albert Nuh Washington and Jalil …