Hi everyone, I appreciated meeting everyone in our class and how supportive and knowledgable you all are! It made my time studying as a guest in Coast Salish territories a awesome experience!! Also, here is the link and dates for the group exhibition I am involved in this saturday night 6-8pm, at Fazakas gallery, Vancouver. If you get the chance I would love to see you there. Warraba 🙂
If you haven’t already seen whats been happening back home in Australia, the Australian government has decided from July 1, 2015, the will be shutting down 150 Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. The communities will stop receiving basic civil rights like the rest of the country like fresh water, electricity, sewage and further basic necessities. In turn this is a breach of Aboriginal peoples fundamental human rights, all because they are living in their homelands as they have done for millennia! This is nothing but a land grab of Aboriginal lands in order to proceed with mining within the region! This in effect is a blatant process of cultural genocide, where displacing those communities, they will be forced to assimilate into the metropolitan areas where carrying out their cultural practices and responsibilities are not available. The Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott stated that “We cannot continue to fund remote communities lifestyle choices”, in response to Aboriginal communities, but yet the imperialistic ideologies of the Australian government in benefiting their ‘privilege’ from their stolen wealth is central to the ongoing colonisation process. I wish I could be back home protesting and supporting my brother and sisters, but that is not possible 😦 …. so here are some links if you wish to read further about these atrocities on my peoples communities. Warraba
March 20, 2015:
Please see press release issued by the Tsilhqot’in National Government: Tsilhqot’in Nation affirms law for Title land.
Myanna Desaulniers, Communication Coordinator Tsilhqot’in National Government
TŜILHQOT’IN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
253 – 4th Avenue North s Williams Lake, BC V2G 4T4 s Phone (250) 392-3918 s Fax (250) 398-5798
Tsilhqot’in Nation affirms law for Title land
Tsilhqot’in Title Land, BC (March 20, 2015): Following the first declaration of Aboriginal title in Canadian history, the Tsilhqot’in Nation has enacted its first Tsilhqot’in law, setting out the rules for how the Tsilhqot’in Nation will govern these lands and manage access to the area and its resources.
On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada granted Aboriginal title to the Tsilhqot’in Nation, in the caretaker area of the Xeni Gwet’in community. Aboriginal title includes the right to exclusive use and occupation of the land, as well as the right to the economic benefit of the land, and the ability to determine the uses to which the land will be put.
The Xeni Nits’egugheni?an (Nemiah Declaration) was first declared by the Xeni Gwet’in on August 23, 1989, in response to the threat of widespread clear-cut logging. That threat prompted over two decades of litigation, culminating in a favourable Supreme Court of Canada judgment recognizing Aboriginal title to approximately 1900 km2 of land in the central interior of British Columbia.
Exercising their newly recognized right to proactively manage these lands, the Tsilhqot’in Nation and Xeni Gwet’in have now enacted the Nemiah Declaration as the law governing the Aboriginal title lands and the broader territory over which the courts declared Aboriginal hunting, trapping and trading rights.
Now enacted as law, the Nemiah Declaration outlines specific uses of the land that will not be authorized, along with how future laws, regulations and policies may be developed. Exceptions may be made to the Nemiah Declaration only with the prior informed consent of Xeni Gwet’in and the Tsilhqot’in Nation.
Chief Joe Alphonse, Tribal Chairman of the Tsilhqot’in National Government and Chief of Tl’etinqox:
“As Tsilhqot’in people, we have our own laws and responsibilities to our lands. It is an honour for us as Tsilhqot’in leadership to enact the Nemiah Declaration as law – a law that comes straight from our people and our elders. There will be many more laws and policies to come as we strive as a nation to express our values, our culture and our vision for the future on our declared Aboriginal title lands and throughout our territory. This has been a long time coming. We firmly believe that recognizing and empowering the laws and values of the First Nations of this province will lead to better decisions and greater opportunities for everyone.”
Chief Roger William, Vice-Chair of the Tsilhqot’in National Government and Chief of Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government:
“The Nemiah Declaration was created by the people of Xeni in 1989 while we were acting to protect our lands from large scale industrial clear-cutting. The Declaration is the voice of our elders. It comes directly from our community. Our traditions, laws and practices have been around for centuries. We are proud to say that this is our first law on Title land. Our goal has always been to be able to enact those in today’s world. With this comes challenges, but setting the stage for our governance, for good governance, is one of our first priorities.”
To access the Nemiah Declaration go to: http://www.tsilhqotin.ca/About/Governance.htm
For more information about the Tsilhqot’in Nation and Rights and Title go to:www.tsilhqotin.ca/Lands/RightsTitle.htm
I was going through the readings and videos for this week and came across more videos on the Power Shift Tv vimeo site.
Ta’Kaiya Blaney, a Sliammon First Nations young woman at 12 years old is so strong, smart and inspiring! Theres many other great clips on the Power Shift vimeo website, however I needed to share this as it hit me in the heart and was so inspiring!
Federal Mexican Police Involvement In 43 Ayotzinapa Students Killing Confirmed – Latin Times
By| Dec 15 2014, 01:22PM EST
The official version, or rather, what we know is that on the night of September 26, the students were attacked by order Iguala’s mayor, Jose Luis Abarca, and his wife, María de los Angeles Pineda Villa, and then handed over to the cartel Guerreros Unidos, before disappearing. But another version has surfaced as a journalistic investigation found through official documents, videos and testimonies found that the attack was orchestrated and executed by the Federal Police, with the military’s complicity. In other words, Federal forces actively participated in the attack against the 43 student teachers of Ayotzinapa.
The study conducted with help from the Investigative Reporting Program of UC Berkeley, indicates that in fact the Federal Police was directly involved in the attack, contrary to the reports released by Mexico’s PGR. According to Proceso magazine‘s reports the attack and disappearance of the students was absolutely premeditated in order to suppress the school’s ideology and political infrastructure, as the 43 missing students were part of the Comité de Lucha Estudiantil (Student Action Committee) and 10 of the victims were “political activists in training” from the Comité de Orientación Política e Ideológica or COPI (Political and Ideological Orientation Committee).