Aboriginal Rights

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Algonquins vs. Frontenac Ventures: Against The Current vol. 134
Marie, P.
Article
2008
I recently returned from a little-publicized “political hotbed” ignited by Frontenac Ventures Corporation (FVC), a private mining company causing grave injustices against the Ardoch First Nation commu...
American Indian Movement: Connexipedia Article
Article
Native American activist organization in the United States which has led protests advocating indigenous American rights, inspired cultural renewal, monitored police activities, and coordinated employm...
Another World is Possible: Globalization and Anti-capitalism
McNally, David
Book
2002
A call-to-arms for progressive activists. McNally argues that capitalism is synonymous with imperialism and fundamentally incompatible with democracy.
Blood and Belonging: Journey into the New Nationalism
Ignatieff, Michael
Book
1993
Essays on nationalism in Serbia, Croatia, Germany, Ukraine, Quebec, Kurdistan, and Northern Ireland.
The Blossoming of Idle No More
Johnson, Ragina; Ward, Brian
Article
2014
The First Nations-led movement Idle No More emerged in Canada in December 2012 to protest legislation that threatened both the rights of First Nations and environmental protections. The movement has s...
Canada Remapped: How the Partition of Quebec Will Reshape the Nation
Reid, Scott
Book
1993
Explores what might happen in the event of a decision by Quebec to separate from Canada.
Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
2008
A history of social movements of the 1960s, including Canada’s student and anti-war movements, the rise of women’s liberation, labour agitation, and Quebec’s independence movement.
Canadian Information Sharing Service: Pilot Copy, February 1976
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
The first issue of the Canadian Information Sharing Service publication. The name of the publication was later changed to Connexions and then to Connexions Digest.
Canadian News Synthesis Project - September 1974: Volume II Number 9
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1974
The Canadian News Synthesis Project journal presents current news coverage to show major trends in Canada and Latin America.
Canadian News Synthesis Project - July 1975: Volume III Number 7
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
The Canadian News Synthesis Project journal presents current news coverage to show major trends in Canada and Latin America.
Canadian News Synthesis Project - February 1976: Volume III Number 12
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
The Canadian News Synthesis Project journal presents current news coverage to show major trends in Canada and Latin America.
Central American Women Put their Lives on the Line for Human Rights
Tuckman, Jo
Article
2014
Solidarity is at the heart of an initiative that seeks to protect women activists facing harassment, death threats and violence.
Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girls's Dream
Angus, Charlie
Book
2015
Angus provides chilling insight into how Canada denies First Nations children their basic human rights.
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
Cree Agenda Becomes Part of Federal Election
Article
1999
The politicians of all parties are acting as if Aboriginal rights are irrelevant to this question of Quebec secession. Not only is it relevant: it is, in fact, central to the whole question. And if th...
Dakota Access Pipeline and the Future of American Labor
Brecher, Jeremy
Article
2016
As United States Energy Transfers Partners began building the Dakota Access Pipeline through territory sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the tribe began an escalating campaign against the pipel...
Defending the Oldman River: A conversation with Milton-Born-With-A-Tooth
Audio
1991
An interview with Milton-Born-With-A-Tooth about the struggle to defend the Oldman River in Alberta.
Disputed Territory: The green economy versus community-based economies
Overbeek, Winnie; Pazos, Flavio
Film/Video
2012
A story of the peoples of the Atlantic Forest in southern Brazil, looking at what happens when so-called "green economy" projects move into the area, clearning the forest, and taking over the land.
Draining Canada Dry: The Continental Thirst for Canada's Water
Holm, Wendy; Gutstein, Donald
Book
1993
The authors examine Canada's water policies and their socio-economic impact on North America.
The fight again tar sands is about more than the environment
Deranger, Eriel
Article
2015
Indigenous rights defender Eriel Deranger explains how the struggle against tar sands mining is about protecting her people's rights and culture.
Fractured Land
Gillis, Damien; Rayher, Fiona (directors)
Film/Video
2015
A Canadian feature documentary film profiling the Dene activist Caleb Behn as he goes through law school and builds a movement around greater awareness of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on First Nati...
From Ecological Disaster to Constitutional Crisis: The Long Struggle Over the Xingú Dams Comes to a Climax at Belo Monte
Turner, Terence
Article
2010
The master plan for damming the Amazon river system, which includes Belo Monte and the Xingú dams, was originally created in the 1970s by the military dictatorship then in power. It essentially treats...
Guatemala 1962 to 1980s
Blum, William
Article
An account of the United States' repeated intereventions in Guatemala.
Human Rights videotapes
Film/Video
1992
5 videotapes for use at senior elementary or secondary levels or for adult audiences.
I Am Barack Obama's Political Prisoner Now: The Denial of My Parole
Peltier, Leonard
Article
2009
Given the complexion of the three recent federal parolees, it might seem that my greatest crime was being Indian. But the truth is that my gravest offense is my innocence.
I Have Lived Here Since the World Began: An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People
Ray, Arthur J.
Book
1996
Ray shows that Native culture played an important -- and largely unrecognized -- part in Canada's economic development. Rather than being "civilized" by European explorers, the indigenous people were ...
If boycotts could change the system they'd be illegal
Mortinston, Peter
Article
1996
A ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal says that boycotting by a grassroots group Friends of the Lubicon Lake Cree Nation of Daishowa paper products was illegal because it resulted in economic harm t...
Indigenous Communities in Guatemala Fight Against the Privatization of Sacred Sites
Abbott, Jeff
Article
2016
In recent years, the popular tourist attraction of Semuc Champey in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz has become a point of social conflict for the indigenous Q'eqchi' Mayan communities surrou...
An Indigenous People's History of the United States
Bunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne
Book
2014
Historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted exp...
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
Obomsawin, Alanis
Film/Video
1993
A crucial 1993 film looking at the 1990 standoff in Oka, Quebec. Obomsawin's goal is to explain the perspective of the Mohawk community involved in the conflict.
Lakota vow: dead or in prison before we allow the KXL pipeline
Ibanez, Camila
Article
2014
On February 2,7 2014 Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement activists joined in a four-directions walk to commemorate Liberation Day, an event to mark the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. As they do...
The Leap Manifesto: A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another
Article
2015
We start from the premise that Canada is facing the deepest crisis in recent memory. so we need to Leap.
Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding Line 9: Climate Change and the Line 9B Reversal Project
Article
2015
A letter from community organizations in southern Ontario and Quebec, impacted Indigenous communities, and national organizations that would like to express adamant opposition to the recent 'Leave to ...
A Long and Terrible Shadow: White Values, Native Rights in the Americas 1492-1992
Berger, Thomas R.
Book
1991
Against the odds, Native peoples have waged a tenacious struggle to survive and the re-emerge as distinct cultures.
Long Way From Home: The story of the Sixties generation in Canada
Kostash, Myrna
Book
1980
An account of the upheavals and transformations experienced by those who came of age in the 1960s, a time when international currents of change intersected with specifically Canadian events and circum...
Marxism and the Fight Against Native Oppression in Canada
Morrison, Nevin
Article
2014
Our political tendency has always emphasized the need to combat the special oppression of Natives, blacks, women and others. Such oppression is intimately connected with the “normal” capitalist exploi...
Matthew Coon Come Speech, September 19, 1994: Speaking Notes for Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come Centre for Strategic and Iinternational Studies
Article
1994
The status and rights of the James Bay Crees in the context of Quebec secession from Canada.
Movement Pachamama: Indigenous Movements in Latin America
Fiorentini, Francesca
Article
2009
It is no accident that most of the remaining natural resources are on indigenous land. First the white world destroys their own environment, then they come asking for the last pieces of land they have...
Native Rights in Canada
Cumming, Peter A.
Book
1972
A report on the legal rights of the natives of Canada.
Nova Scotia Micmac Aboriginal Rights Position Paper
Article
1977
This tabloid edition of a position paper presented to the Federal Government in 1977 was signed by twelve chiefs representing the Union of Nova Scotia Indians.
NSW protesters: 'We will break these laws'
Mcllroy, Jim
Article
2016
"This is a law to protect the rich. We will need to break these laws to protect our democratic rights," Aboriginal activist and lead NSW Senate candidate for the Socialist Alliance team in the federal...
Occupation of Anicinabe park: The Occupation of Anicinabe Park 1974; Two Interviews
Burke, James; Ironstand, Lyle; Cameron, Louis
Article
1992
These interviews with Lyle Ironstand and Louis Cameron have been reprinted from Paper Tomahawks: From Red Tape to Red Power by James Burke, published in 1976 by Queenston House Publishing.
The Partition Principle: Remapping Quebec after Separation
McAlpine, Trevor
Book
Considers the question: if Canada is divisible, then why not Quebec? McAlpine argues that Quebec cannot separate from Canada and expect to retain its present borders. He maps out the specifics of how ...
People Of The Pines: The Warriors And The Legacy Of Oka
York, Geoffrey; Pindera, Loreen
Book
1991
An account of the 78-day standoff in the summer of 1990 between Mohawk warriors and Quebec Police and the Canadian Army.
A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present
Zinn, Howard
Book
1995
Zinn's history includes those most ignored by typical American textbook history, including Indians, blacks, women and workers.
A Plea for Justice
Article
A Plea for Justice was written by a group of people in Saskatchewan who have formed the Carswell Lake Dene Support Committee.
The Power of Idle No More: A Resurgent Radicalism
Dobbin, Murray
Article
2013
The remarkable Idle No More movement is the biggest and most important national outpouring of grass roots aboriginal anger ever seen in Canada.
Prepared evidence for the case of the Committee for Justice and Liberty: before the National Energy Board's hearings on the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline
Article
1977
Various materials to be presented to the NEB's hearings opposing further pipeline development.
Presentation by Noel V. Starblanket
President of the National Indian Brotherhood to the Task Force on National Unity
Article
1978
Primer on a Society to Be Transformed
Film/Video
1978
This audiovisual is an educational tool to be used in conjunction with the primer on social justice prepared by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Quebec Agrees to Negotiate, Kidnap Crees First But "Negotiate"
Article
1997
Canadians as a whole seem to be unaware of the depth of the double standards advocated by the separatist leaders. We Crees are only too grimly aware of them, however, since we will be the first and mo...
Quebec's two solitudes
Zachary, Adam
Article
1990
Quebec's hopes to chart a smooth course to sovereignty may founder on claims to Quebec's territory by its original inhabitants - claims that could involve as much as 80 per cent of its land mass.
Secwepemc Tribes Fight New Mines and Old Laws in British Columbia
Smallteacher, Richard
Article
2014
Indigenous activists burned down a bridge in British Columbia, Canada, to prevent Imperial Metals from starting a lead and zinc mine on the lands of the Secwepemc peoples. Local tribes say that the mi...
The Seventh Fire: The Struggle for Aboriginal Government
Smith, Dan
Book
1993
Describes the struggles of aboriginal people to run their own affairs.
Smoke Traders
Dorn, Jeff; Bainbridge, Catherine
Film/Video
2012
Smoke Traders tells the story of the contraband tobacco trade and the effect on individual lives and communities from a Native perspective.
Surviving As Indians: The Challenge Of Self-Government
Boldt, Menno
Book
1993
Boldt argues that Canadian Indian nations should pursue the goal of self-government by breaking away from the the courts and constitutional processes, and campaign for human rights.
The Tyranny of Rights
Kneen, Brewster
Book
Kneen asks why the demand for 'rights' has become such a dominant strategy of movements for social and economic justice. As he discusses this question, he uncovers ways in which concept and language o...
Uncivil Obedience: The Tactics and Tales of a Democratic Agitator
Borovoy, A. Alan
Book
1991
How to push for social change without breaking the law.
Understanding Idle No More: Special Topics in Aboriginal Community Learning
McClain, Karen
Article
2013
A selection of readings related to the Idle No More movement, and to aboriginal struggles in Canada generally.
The Unjust Society
Cardinal, Harold
Book
1969
Attacks Canada's governments for their treatment of Native People and calls for just solutions.
An Unlikely Alliance: Indigenous and Campesinos Build an Alliance for Self-Defense
Garcés, Andrew Willis
Article
2009
In Colombia, campesinos are mostly non-indigenous family farmers who have often been pitted against indigenous people by wealthy landowners and corporations. Yet despite being traditional rivals, the ...

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Against the Current
Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
AK Press
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We're small: a dozen people who work long hours for short mo...
Citizens for Public Justice
CPJ is a national organization promoting justice in Canadian public affairs, responding politically to God's call for love toward our neighbour and responsibility for our environment. We use research,...
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
KAIROS brings together churches and religious organziations to respond to issues of common concern, advocate for social change and join faith with action for social transformation.
Native Web
Resources for indigenous cultures around the world. NativeWeb is an international, nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to using telecommunications including computer technology and the Inte...
Rights Action
A charitable non-profit organization that supports grassroots work financially, technologically and through group networking in the global south, mostly Guatamala, Chiapas (Mexico), Honduras and Hait...
Union of Ontario Indians
We serve the Anishinabek Nation as a political advocate and secretariat organization serving 43 First Nation communities. From the north shore of Lake Superior, around Lake Nipigon, Lake Huron, throug...
World Rainforest Movement
The WRM is an international network of citizens involved in efforts to defend the world's rainforests. The group works to secure the lands and livliehoods of forest peoples and fights commercial loggi...

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Community groups and First Nations demand the shutdown of Enbridge's Line 9
Sources News Release
2015
More than 80 organizations in southern Ontario and Quebec, impacted indigenous communities, as well as national organizations have released a statement letter to the Prime Minister condemning the rece...
Indigenous Intellectual Property
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Panama's indigenous champion defies president's mining deal
Canadian-Korean consortium plans 30-year gold, silver and copper project
Helmore, Edward
2012
In Panama the Ngabe-Bugle indigenous community fights to keep a Canadian copper mining company off their land.
Supreme Court to hear Grassy Narrows' legal case for Treaty rights and against clearcut logging
Sources News Release
2014
On May 15 the Supreme Court of Canada will hear Grassy Narrows' legal case for Treaty rights and against clearcut logging. The case challenges Ontario's jurisdiction to unilaterally award logging and ...

From the Connexions Archives

Against the Current
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
The Indian and Inuit Support Group of Newfoundland and Labrador
Organization profile published 1981
Organization
1981
In January, 1979, a number of Newfoundlanders got together and formed a group called The Indian and Inuit Support Group of Newfoundland and Labrador.