The Western media coverage of the Taliban's takeover of Kabul on August 15, 2021, demonstrates changing phases of how the group has been portrayed. During America's cold war against the Soviet Union, President Ronald Regan branded the Taliban as equals to America's Founding Fathers, then, when they were not America's allies, the Taliban was portrayed as "ultraconservative," "brutal fighters," and "human rights abusers."
On Friday, November 19th, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly apologized to the country’s citizens and announced the repeal of three contentious farm laws that led to the longest-running farmers protest in Indian history. The historic decision coincided with the festival of Guru Purab which marks the birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.
On Friday, November 19, 2021, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) once again invaded Wet'suwet'en Yinta (territory). The Wet'suwet'en traditional government had previously evicted pipeline company Coastal GasLink (CGL) from the territory in January 2020. CGL did not respect that eviction order, most recently by preparing to drill the pipeline route under the Wedzin Kwa (Morice River).
Click the file attachment after the table of contents to access the First Nations Strategic Bulletin: October 2021 Issue.
Trudeau vs. AFN, page 1
FNCFS Statement, 18
Trudeau Gov’t Appeal, 19
AFN Reacts to Appeal, 20
ISC Statement, 22
Contact Us, 24
AFN Summary-Sept. 30, 23
In the first week of November 2021, a report came out that six Toronto police officers had been found guilty of discreditable conduct for making derogatory social media comments about prominent critics of police, who are Black-criminal defence lawyer Selwyn Peters and author Desmond Cole. Notably, the Toronto police report into the officers was kept secret by the force, and was, in fact, never intended to see the light of day.
Canadian police continued their horrific violence throughout the month of October, with a dozen people killed by police or left dead through police actions. This matched September as the most deadly month for police violence in Canada. There were 11 police-involved deaths in July.
Linked below is a PowerPoint presentation Russ Diabo delivered to the First Nations University of Canada INDG 201 Class on Canada’s colonial context, the burden of proof legal tests, the framework for self-determination plans and elements for developing a community research plan. Click the link to access the PowerPoint file.
Linked below is a PowerPoint presentation Russ Diabo delivered to the Indigenous Pedagogy Virtual Academy reviewing the key articles on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the content and issues arising from the Canadian federal UNDRIP law, Bill C-15, which is known by many people as CANDRIP, a Canadian domestic law version of UNDRIP. Click the link below to access the PowerPoint file.
Image: Action outside a New York Starbucks, in solidarity with migrant workers who went on strike over COVID-19 safety at Martin’s Family Fruit Farm in Ontario. Nov 25, 2020. Photo: Justicia for Migrant Workers
What does a Starbucks in Mexico have to do with an apple farm in Ontario? A lot, it turns out.
On October 25, 2021, Extinction Rebellion held joint actions at airports throughout Canada, including Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Nanaimo, to address how aviation contributes to emissions causing climate change. Key roads were blocked, affecting flights in Vancouver and Nanaimo. In Vancouver, eighteen people laid on a major road leading to runways were arrested and released with mischief charges. One person who occupied a tarmac at the Nanaimo airport was also arrested.
Since 1995, community activists in the US have designated October 22 as a day of action against police brutality, mobilizing against police violence in all its forms and raising calls for abolition. This year, actions will again be carried out in cities across the US. An action will also be held in Vancouver, in the context of the Canadian state. So far this year at least 84 people have been killed by police or died through interactions with police in Canada. Indigenous people are disproportionately victims of police violence, including killings by police.
Medicinal cannabis was legalized in Canada in 2001, the result of public pressure. It had been illegal since 1923. And in 2018, cannabis, or marijuana, was legalized for recreational use. However, unresolved governmental and societal issues remain. And there is also the unaddressed status of other recreational drugs.
Rodney Levi, a 48-year-old Mi’kmaq man, was shot and killed by New Brunswick RCMP Constable Scott Hait on June 12, 2020, while he was experiencing a mental health crisis in Metepenagiag First Nation (also known as Red Bank First Nation). Now the RCMP are trying to excuse the killing by using the deplorable and discredited “suicide by cop” narrative in the context of the inquest into the killing that began on September 28 at a hotel in Miramichi. Constable Hait shot Rodney Levi twice in the chest.
Suicide by Cop as Inquest Excuse