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Addicted to Acceptance

Addicted to Acceptance

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There is nothing more disheartening than seeing how totally and utterly some of our leaders “elected/hereditary/grassroots/people of influence” in our communities, circles, and movements reject, judge, or neglect our people who are hurting and in a really bad spaces. Especially when it comes to addictions, or dysfunctional patterns of behaviour, especially when you see these same people talking about the negative effects that genocide, colonization, forced assimilation, and residential schools has on our people daily, and we are impacted by PTSD on a daily basis.

If that is the true way you feel than you would realize that the effects run deep and they are hard to shake, inter-generational effects are not just shrugged on and off like a coat. Like a sister said when we were talking: “we don’t just decide one day to wake up and head down to skid row and be addicted to alcohol or drugs or sell our bodies.” there are many reasons layers and layers of complex issues that put our peoples in these positions and if your CONSCIOUS of this than you wouldn’t put down or look down on our people who are hurting hard and self medicating. I seen a influential person posting on social media a couple years back that when the people on welfare and reserves start protesting or rallying than it will be a “real” revolution.

I beg to differ, the real revolution will begin when we stop judging and belittling others for coping with trauma and pain as best they can, it will come when we realize the worth of our people and stop joining the white folks in neo colonialism and perpetuating negative stereotypes. Some of our fiercest and most hard warriors have clawed their way up and out of the black hole of genocide, it’s a shame to look down on our lives and the way we lived them because that’s what made us who we are. We have to accept somewhere along the frontlines not everyone is gonna be sober or functional or clean, or whatever ideal you want to fit our hurt people into and include and love them anyways instead of being dismissive and hardened in your spirit and heart. Especially if you have been there before, especially if you know how hard it is to find support, to dig yourself out, to struggle to breath when your drowning in a morass of racism, and daily trauma.

brokenThere is space for us all, there is space for the depressed, the anxiety ridden, the self medicaters, the negative, I believe when we create those safe spaces a true healing will be achieved and if we stop expecting more than our people can give and start accepting what they have to offer our movement will only become stronger and more powerful.

Xhopakelxhit ~ Ancestral Pride

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Land is Life vids!

Hey, if you missed the land is life event last december and want to check them out, someone kindly posted vids! Kleco Wendy Navaa Smolash for the uploads! Kleco to all who made this event possible and worked so hard to bring us all together!

There are three different parts:
Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

lets share these and amp up the message! Let the whole of Turtle Island know what is happening here on the west coast of so called “B.C.” These videos are valuable in terms of education on who we are as land defenders, putting a human face on our resistance as the indigenous nations of “B.C.” and they are valuable in showcasing the struggles our individual nations are up against! all of our struggles share the commonality of being  based on resource extraction, our genocide, and settler colonialism!

Xhopakelxhit ~ Ancestral Pride

 

this text below is taken directly from the event page and youtube description; short bios on the speakers!

Indigenous land defenders from across the interior and north converged in Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories
Indigenous land defenders from across the interior and north converged in Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories for the Tsilhqot’in Mass Dance Ceremony and Bring the NOIIse: A celebration of 10 years of NOII.
This powerful panel that took place the same week, Land Is Life: Indigenous Defenders Speak, is about ongoing frontline struggles by these communities to protect their lands, to assert their nationhood, and to defend their ways of life. These communities have all been asserting and exercising traditional governance, laws, and jurisdiction and have taken up courageous actions to stop mining, oil and/or gas development in their territories.
Organized by No One Is Illegal-Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories, Streams of Justice, Council of Canadians and allies.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

* ANCESTRAL PRIDE: Gwaiina and Xhopakelxhit sovereign Ahoushat / Snuneymuxw. NYM og’s, West Coast warriors seeking to create a culture of resistance by: asserting the jurisdiction and authority we have over our lives and lands. We are in resistance to colonization, industrial land death, mining, logging, pipelines and the illegally occupying military force of so called canada. We also are part of a larger network of decolonizing sovereign nations.

* MEL BAZIL: Of both Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en origin, Mel is involved in his peoples’ history, as a learner and passionate cultural resurgent. He is also a part of the grassroots Lhe Lin Liyin. Combining a healer and a warrior concept, the Lhe Lin Liyin are ‘The Guardians”. Lhe Lin Liyin develop concepts to share among receptive neighboring nations and allies who face common and connected threats of unwanted development.

* JACKSON CRICK: Jason is a member of the Tsilhqot’in nation: The Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin) people have spent three decades defending Fish Lake (Teztan Biny), Nabas and the upper Dasiqox (Taseko) watershed from the threat of Taseko’s massive proposed open-pit gold and copper mine.

* FREDA HUSON: spokesperson of the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en. The Unis’tot’en are taking action to protect their lands from Lions Gate Metals at Tacetsohlhen Bin Yintah, and have also built a cabin and resistance camp in the pathways of approximately seven proposed oil and fracked gas pipelines.

* ARTHUR MANUEL: Arthur Manuel is a spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade and Defenders of the Land network. Manuel has been a leading voice of opposition to the Canadian government’s agenda to “extinguish” Aboriginal and Treaty rights and assimilate Indigenous peoples into the Canadian body politic.

* KANAHUS PELKEY: Native Youth Movement Mother and Warrior from the Secwpemc nation. Over the past several decades, Kanahus has been active against – and been arrested – in fighting Sun Peaks Resort, Imperial Metals, 2010 Olympics, and a number of development projects. She has worked with many Indigenous Nations throughout Turtle Island with a clear mission to defend territory and protect clean water, food, and land.

* KHELSILEM RIVERS: Khelsilem is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw community organizer. He has worked for a number of years on decolonization and language reclamation supporting the resurgence of Indigenous peoples around principles of justice, freedom, and liberation.

* TOGHESTIY: Likhts’amisyu hereditary chief, Wet’suwet’en nation. Toghestiy has been living in the Unist’ot’en resistance cabin with his family. Toghestiy’s philosophy is based on the ancient Wet’suwet’en philosophy called “Wiggus”, which requires the highest level of understanding, respect, and humility for absolutely everything. There is no price that will ever compromise his responsibility.