Canada Colonialism

Remembering Rwanda's Pain and the World's Shame

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Ziyaad Mia

In the annals of human evil, Rwanda's genocide takes a special place. With a kill rate of about six people a minute for more than three months, it's likely one of the fastest mass slaughters of humans in history. Most were hacked to death by machete, partly because the perpetrators found it cheaper than using bullets.

How the NFL is Perpetuating Racism

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada Sports
Christopher Stuart Taylor

I find it appalling that the NFL who has a whole team -- I repeat a whole team -- that is named after a racial slur against First Nations peoples, the Washington Redskins, is all of a sudden in the business of "politically correctness." In terms of the Redskins, the NFL finds all kinds of excuses on why they should keep the name.

Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Sheryl Underwood's Take on Natural Black Hair

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada
Charmaine Nelson

The phenomenon of black women dismissing their own natural hair didn't happen overnight: the social control and economic exploitation of an entire race could not be ensured only through physical violence (whipping, branding, torture, rape etc.), but necessitated psychological and psychic violence to "convince" Africans that they needed to be "civilized" into the cultural, moral, social and yes, corporeal ways of the European.

What Will It Take To End Police Violence?

Ajamu Nangwaya | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Ajamu Nangwaya

Racialized working-class communities, individuals and Indigenous peoples in North America know the daily reality of police violence and containment. We do not need the intervention of civil liberties organizations, critical criminology courses or the exposure of police violence at a G20 Summit to know that police are not protecting us.

Zombies Aren't the Scariest Part of "The Walking Dead"

Sheetal Lodhia | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada TV
Sheetal Lodhia

If the world was like The Walking Dead then it would be a world where nearly everyone alive speaks English, nearly everyone is white, and male. The biggest failure of the show is to have the audience rooting for a society that preaches tired principles of violence, lack of community, selfishness, capitalism, patriarchy, and shoot-first mentality.

Watching the Watchdog: Supporting Idle No More is a No-Brainer

Tim Knight | Posted 03.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

Centuries of racism and neglect have spawned a righteous anger amongst Canada's native people. The Idle No More protesters are simply asking that we respect the treaties signed with our First Nations. Damned if I can see how any Canadian can be against keeping our promises to the people who were here first.

Chief Theresa Spence's Heroism Already Eclipses Nelson Mandela's

Obert Madondo | Posted 03.06.2013 | Canada
Obert Madondo

Hunger-striking Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence is the reincarnation of Mahatma Ghandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. She is becoming the ...

Watching the Watchdog: This Aboriginal Revolt is For Real

Tim Knight | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Canada is guilty of one of the most elemental colonial sins: trying to destroy aboriginal culture and assimilate aboriginal people. That's why Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike matters. This time, our first peoples won't be placated with an apology in parliament, This time, the revolt is for real.

Part 5: Can the Commonwealth Survive Without the Queen?

Tim Knight | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

The Queen has not been particularly successful at keeping her realms and territories together -- inheriting 32, but now reigning over only half that many. It's entirely possible that the Commonwealth is no longer particularly relevant to the modern world and will slowly fade away into history.

A 7-Year-Old Aboriginal Girl's Battle to Tell the Truth at School

Chelsea Vowel | Posted 06.03.2012 | Canada
Chelsea Vowel

Seven-year-old Ruby wanted to do a class presentation about Indian residential schools, but was informed by her teacher the topic was inappropriate. Ruby's parents sat with their daughter and talked about what happened. Ruby usually loved school, but she started saying that she didn't want to go back.

History Study Helped Shed Light On Colonization

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.03.2012 | Canada

A study of genealogical history going back to some of Quebec's earliest settlers is providing a tantalizing clue about how human evolution was shaped ...