Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Columbus -- Really?
9:59 am edt
The Colonial Mind of Columbus: Greed,
Power and Oppression
In this time of seeking peace,
reconciliation and respectful renewed relationships, Indigenous Nations find themselves asking for the true
meaning of "reconciliation" with the Government of Canada. Despite the apology by the Prime
Minister in 2008 for the policy of assimilation in residential schools, little has changed
in how the government is reconciling with Indigenous Nations.
Indigenous Nations find themselves at the forefront of a persistent onslaught by
the Canadian Government whose new laws reject sovereignty and a Nation to Nation relationship while
diminishing inherent rights, Treaty rights, and our jurisdiction over our people and homelands. New
colonial laws define our water rights, mineral rights, land ownership, membership status and most recently
promote age old assimilation polices for the education of our children. As we digress not progress,
we see the mindset of Columbus is alive and well in a socially engineered power differential
where government oppression of Indigenous Nations continues to keep the original peoples poor
and dispossessed in our own homelands.
Change is afoot, on many levels. The rise of a burgeoning youth population, educated,
politically astute and fully imbued with the traditional knowledge of the Ancestors is the next wave of the
The rise of traditional
knowledge, reclaiming our spirituality and the convergence of these two forces into modern
paradigms of science, environmental reclamation, food sovereignty, education, health and community
development will now tip the balance.
The prophecies of the old ones are coming to pass on the primacy of the principles of
universal spiritual law and the non-negotiable natural laws of the Earth.
A new era of living spirit has been newly birthed where
human nature will more closely align with the sacred laws for the vision of a new humanity.
Kahontakwas Diane Longboat, M.Ed.
Six Nations Grand River Territory
P.O. Box 721
Friday, October 11, 2013
Indigenous Day/Day of Reconciliation
10:14 am edt
The mention of Columbus Day conjures up many conflicting
emotions for people of the Americas and the Caribbean. After all, it was Columbus's arrival that brought with it murder, rape
and genocide of millions of first nations people. It represents the demise of indigenous spirituality, wisdom and knowledge,
the practice of ceremonies that honor the relationship of all life.
A friend of mine once said to me, "You know, when the Europeans came to America and became obsessed
with gold, they never realized that the real gold was our relationship with each other and Mother earth."
Many indigenous people throughout the America's are calling governments
of the Americas to recognize this day as Indigenous Day or Truth and Reconciliation Day.
Above is a link to an impromptu interview with Tom Blue Wolf about
Friday, October 4, 2013
Democracy In Action???
12:47 pm edt
Violence in America is generally pictured as the intentional use of physical force or power against someone. We generally think of the victims of violence being women and children, people who are different
(different color, gender, sexual preference, culture and ethnicity, economic status, education, etc.) Violence is generally
not attributed to those with power and systems of power that govern and control, except at the extremes of human rights violations.
Today we are experiencing the most lethal form of violence
gone mad. It is the violence of political will that seeks its own gain at the risk of it citizenry. Our leadership is holding
hostage the citizens of this country for the sake of its own political and economic gain. This, in spite of the impact on
the masses of people who have suffered through one of the worse economic times since the depression, is indeed violence and
our leadership should be held accountable.
adds to the definition of violence, “great destructive force or energy”. The shutdown of the government
at this signals leadership gone mad -- using its own might to forge a war that the people can never win. The disconnection
between the leadership and its citizens demonstrates the violence that occurs when the leadership forgets who it is they are
here to serve. Of course, there is more to all of this than we are privy to – which raises the question, “Is this
democracy in action or just a smoke screen for something else? Mmm,
A recent Washington Post article stated. “It's one of the cruel paradoxes of the government shutdown: The
politicians who are most responsible for the chaos will still get paid. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of federal workers
either get sent home or see their paychecks delayed.”
On September 30, 2013, the American government declared war on its citizens by dropping the economic bombshell
of “government shutdown” to bend the will of the people to fuel its unquenchable thirst for power and control.