you know movies like avatar where they travel to another planet and colonise it and terrorise the natives

what if there was a movie where a bunch of explorers landed on another planet 

but it was more advance and they instantly got dragged to an immigration office and shouted at in a language they didnt understand and made to fill out a bunch of forms for like 6 hours and had their ship impounded until they jumped through a bunch of legal loops


An Aztec marketplace
Merchants sold all manner of wares in the Great Aztec Market of Tlatelolco, from common food staples—such as maize and beans—to high-quality cloth and animal pelts.
This image of different vendors in an Aztec marketplace comes from the Florentine Codex, an encyclopedia of Aztec life commissioned by the Spanish and illustrated by Aztec artists. 
(The Field Museum)

The Aztecs: drawing comics before they were cool.

(“Hey, before we subjugate your people, steal your land, and convert you to Christianity, would you mind answering a few questions? For posterity.”)


An Aztec marketplace

Merchants sold all manner of wares in the Great Aztec Market of Tlatelolco, from common food staples—such as maize and beans—to high-quality cloth and animal pelts.

This image of different vendors in an Aztec marketplace comes from the Florentine Codex, an encyclopedia of Aztec life commissioned by the Spanish and illustrated by Aztec artists.

(The Field Museum)

The Aztecs: drawing comics before they were cool.

(“Hey, before we subjugate your people, steal your land, and convert you to Christianity, would you mind answering a few questions? For posterity.”)




I’m posting the whole thing here, as I believe this to be incredibly important and I want people to read it.  

This is the source

Dr. Pamela D. Palmater

I am moved to write this blog because of Minister Duncan’s outrageous remarks that residential schools were NOT cultural genocide. This has led to discussions about whether or not the murder, torture and abuse of Indigenous peoples in this country “qualifies” as genocide, given the more recent, and much more distant atrocities committed in countries like Rwanda. Rwanda gained international attention because upwards of 800,000 people died in less than a year by brutal means. The Srebenica genocide resulted in the murder of approximately 8,000 Bosnian men and women in 1995. The holocaust of millions of Jewish people is likely the most famous of all.

These events all took place far away from our shores in North America and allowed Canadians and Americans to point across the sea and shake their heads in horror and disgust. North Americans have been able to rewrite their own histories so that they don’t have to face the atrocities committed here at home. They have the benefit of majority power which means that their teachers speak of peace and friendship with the Indians, their priests speak of saving Indians, and their politicians speak of things like reconciliation. Meanwhile, the horrors committed against our peoples, which resulted in the largest genocide in the planet’s history is a story that never gets told.

As a lawyer, a professor and someone who does alot of public speaking about issues impacting our peoples, I am often faced with the question of whether genocide really happened here in North America (a place we call Turtle Island and includes Canada and the United States). When I answer unequivocally yes, the first reaction is usually - “You can’t seriously compare colonization with the vicious murders in Rwanda”? I agree - there is is no comparison. It was a different place, at a different time, with different methods and results. What I am saying is that what happened to our people on Turtle Island fits EVERY criteria of the international definition of genocide.

In 1948, after the atrocities committed against the Jewish people in WWII, the United Nations passed the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide


The Convention declared that genocide was a crime in international law regardless of whether it was committed during a time of peace or war. Any punishment is NOT limited by time or place and there is no immunity for public bodies, government officials or individuals. They defined genocide as follows:

The Convention defines genocide as any of a number of acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group:

- killing the members of the group;

- causing serious bodily harm or mental harm to members of the group;

- deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

- imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and

- forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

That is not my definition - that is the definition by international law standards for which ALL nations are bound and Canada and the United States are no exceptions. Canada signed this Convention on November 28, 1949. The United States signed on December 11, 1948.

Thus, in order for an act to be considered genocide, it does not require that all components be present, nor does it require that the entire group be eliminated. However, in both Canada’s case and that of the United States, ALL components of genocide are present. Specifically here in Canada:

(1) killing members of the group

- the deliberate infecting of blankets with small pox and sending them to reserves;

- the enacting of scalping laws which encouraged settlers to kill and scalp Indians for a monetary reward;

- the deliberate infecting of Indigenous children with infectious diseases in residential schools which led to their deaths;

- the deliberate abuse, torture, starvation, and denial of medical care to Indigenous children forced to live at residential schools which resulted in as many as 40% dying in those schools;

- the killing of our people by police and military through starlight tours, tazering, severe beatings, and by unjustified shootings;

- the killing of our people resulted in severely reduced populations, and some Nations completely wiped out;

- in the US, some groups were exterminated by up to 98%;

(2) causing serious bodily harm or mental harm to the members of the group;

- think of the torture and abuse inflicted on Indigenous children in residential schools like sexual abuse, rape, sodomy, solitary confinement, denial of food and medical care, and severe beatings for speaking one’s language, etc;

- imagine the mental harm to Indigenous families and communities when their children were forcibly removed from them and left to die in residential schools;

- even when residential schools were starting to close, social workers in the 1960’s onward stole children and placed them out for adoption in non-Indigenous families;

- the torture and abuse of Indigenous peoples in order to force them to sign treaties and agreements;

- the loss of language, culture, traditions, practices, way of life, beliefs, world views, customs;

- the imposed divisions in families, communities and Nations through the Indian Act

(3) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

- think of the deliberate and chronic underfunding of essential social services on reserve like housing, water, food, sewer and other programs fundamental to the well-being of a people like education and health;

- the theft of all the lands and resources of Indigenous peoples and their subsequent confinement to small reserves where the law prevented them from leaving and providing for their families and so were left to starve on the rations provided by Canada;

- or the relocations of Indigenous communities from resource rich areas to swamp lands where they could not provide for themselves;

- Indian Affairs who divided large nations into small communities, located them physically away from one another,

- the Indian Act led to the physical separation of Indigenous women and children from their communities through the Act’s assimilatory registration provisions;

(4) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

the forced sterilizations of Indigenous women and men, most notably in Alberta and British Columbia;

- the Indian Act’s discriminatory registration provisions which prevent the descendants of Indigenous women who married non-Indian men to be recognized as members of their community thus keeping their births from being recognized as part of the group;

- the discriminatory INAC policy which prevents the children of unwed mothers from registering their children as Indians and part of their communities (unstated and unknown paternity);

(5) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group

- the long history of residential schools which had an express stated purpose - “to KILL the Indian in the child” and to ensure that there were no more Indians in Canada;

- the 60’s scoop which saw the mass removal of Indigenous children from their homes and adopted permanently into non-Indigenous homes;

- the prevention of children from being members in their communities due to the discriminatory Indian Act registration provisions;

- the current high rate of children removed from their families which out numbers residential schools and 60’s scoop combined.

Unfortunately, I could provide many more examples, but there is no need to do so when what is listed above more than meets the definition of genocide. So, when the Minister of Indian Affairs says that residential schools were NOT a form of cultural genocide, he is not only undoing what good the public residential schools apology did, but he is denying all of the horrors committed by Canada on our peoples - in essence, he is denying our lived realities.

Watch the clips of Minister Duncan on APTN’s InFocus show that we just did on Nov.4, 2011 on the issue of assimilation and genocide in Canada:

Part 1 of APTN InFocus:


Part 2:


I find it hard to believe that while the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is going around Canada, that the Minister of Indian Affairs would be so disrespectful. Not only were residential schools “lethal” for some languages, cultures and family relations, it was literally “lethal” for almost half the children that attended. How much more lethal would he want it to be? 60%, 70%, 80%?

The Prime Minister should immediately remove Minister Duncan from his position. That won’t happen of course, because the Conservative government STILL has a policy objective of assimilating Indians. The Indian Act’s registration provisions are modern day evidence of that.

I invite you all to watch the documentary entitled: The Canary Effect. It is only one hour long, but is very difficult to watch. It hurts the spirit in so many ways and I imagine will be difficult for uninformed non-Indigenous people to accept. While it relates primarily to genocide against our Indigenous peoples in the United States, much of what is said applies equally in Canada.


We are in the fight of our lives and we need to turn the tide of this war around. We have to stop blaming ourselves and believing the lies that we were told. We are not inferior, we are not genetically pre-disposed to dysfunction, our men are not better than our women, and we certainly did not EVER consent to genocide against our people. All the dysfunction, addictions, ill health, suicides, male domination and violence is all the result of what Canada did to us. We are not each others’ enemies. We have to forgive ourselves for being colonized - none of that is who we really are as Indigenous peoples.

Our people are beautiful, proud, strong, and resilient. We honour our ancestors by surviving. Now we have to honour our future generations by thriving. Our children carry our ancestors in their hearts and minds. They carry the strength, honour and passion of our ancestors in their blood. Our generation must find a way, despite all the barriers in our way, to love, support and nurture our children so that we can rise up and take back our sovereignty, our honour, and our future.

Our children will still go through the pain of knowing what has been done and is currently done to our people by Canada, and all the dysfunction that it has created, but maybe they will finally know where to direct the anger and stop turning it inward and hurting themselves. That anger can be focused into passion which can then be channelled into action for our people.

Our future depends on our children loving themselves and having hope. We can’t ever let them lose that. Canada may want us to disappear, but we don’t have to let it happen.

All my relations…

Change the details but the main points definitely happened below the US border as well. :/

Oh no he didn’t.

(This guy as Minister of Indian Affairs and Jason Kenney as Minister of Citizenship, Immigration & Multiculturalism? We really lucked out there, eh? *smh*)



Even the Rain trailer

A director and his crew start shooting a film about Christopher Columbus in Bolivia, and at the same time, the local people fight against the privatization of their water supply. 

I think it would be of great interest to many of us.

Thanks Karin Lowachee for telling me about it!

movies i’m gonna watch the crap out of for $800, alex


Biggest reasons why I clash with leftist anarchists and balk at identifying as such-



I’m an atheist who recognizes and respects the cultural, social, holistic, personal, and anthropological importance of religion/spirituality, and I’m an anarchist who acknowledges and believes in the need for a people (especially one that has been oppressed) to have a nation and a land to call their own and to govern themselves on (or to get back the land that was originally taken from them).

If you’re looking at everything from a Western white perspective, I’d understand why you’d see religion and nationalism as being oppressive, since white religion and nationalism has been the most destructive force on the planet, but don’t ascribe that to everyone else. In fact, I’ve found religion and nationalism to be very important tools in fighting oppression and keeping an identity in the face of assimilation, imperialism, and destruction.

Saying shit like “I’m a citizen of the worlddd lol I have no countrrrrry *hipster expat bullshit*” and “UGH religion is ALL inherently so oppressive and horrible” is really fucking dismissive and belittling of a lot of people’s lives, histories, and cultures, and so fuck you.

 Peoples who have never heard of Liberation Theology. Also, so much to the “Western White perspective”. Ugg… I really think that a lot of anarchism and other so-called “radical” movements are just another form of colonization.

My first impulse was to lunge at my screen open-mouthed so I could make out passionately with this threaad. YES! Tell me more about how white Western anti-religious sentiment bolsters colonialism! Let’s discuss the fuck out of liberation theology! Oh my god, your social critique is so pointed!

Maybe I shouldn’t be on Tumblr when I’m ovulating.


[Content: discussion of colonialism, orientalism and sexualized portrayals of woc in fiction as well as real life]


“I LOVE Jasmine. I love her wit, courage and diplomacy, and her rebellion against patriarchal norms. I love that her image - the long hair black as deep night, the almond eyes, and dark-toffee skin - makes me recognize and love those aspects of my own body. If we lived in a world unburdened with the history of European colonization, where skin color was not fused with a hierarchy of power and desirability, the image of a beautiful, sensual brown girl with a bare belly and midnight eyes would be simply that: an image, one among many. But that’s not the world we inhabit. In the world as is, white female-identified bodies are coded as the ultimate embodiment of femininity and all its attendant connotations: innocence, sensitivity, virtue, grace etc. By constructing an image of the sanctified white female body, colonizer mentality justified the rape and enslavement of women of color who were deemed exotically savage, wild, oversexed and un-rapeable. Where colonialism gave birth to Orientalism was in the fetishizing of power and conquest, whereby women of the ‘East’ were imagined as exotic temptresses beckoning alluringly to white men from behind sheer veils in sumptuous harems. Thus, Jasmine was born. She is the archetype of white colonial fantasies: the alluring dark-skinned woman, exotically desirable like cinnamon and indigo and other spices that were the corporate backbone of colonialism, a hedonistic indulgence counterpointing the tastes of ‘civilized’ Europeans. Profitable, but not an equal by any means. Exploitable, and therefore undeserving of respect… It’s no coincidence that out of the Disney princess menagerie, the three WOC (Pocahontas, Esmeralda and Jasmine) are the scantiest clad. It’s no coincidence that, while Belle and Ariel and Aurora are undoubtedly sexualized, that they’re sexual allure is composed of a wide-eyed innocence, a girlish shyness and naivete, while Jasmine and Esmeralda move in deliberately sinuous lines, their bodies openly sexual and beckoning.”

Disney’s Jasmine is the Archetype of White Colonial Fantasies (via thetart)

she’s my favourite. 

(via theoceanandthesky)

Have I mentioned that I’m taking a postmodern class on Disney right now? I love that stuff like this is all over my dash lately.