by Tawinikay (aka Southern Wind Lady)

This textual content speaks of a change in technique on this second of resistance, calling to widen the scope of revolt. Whereas the primary viewers is different native folks, the creator urges settlers to learn it and take away the primary classes as properly. It’s accessible right here as a print-ready PDF. Print and distribute broadly. Get this within the palms of as many native of us as potential.


Reconciliation is useless. It’s been useless for a while.

If just one factor has introduced me pleasure in the previous few weeks, it started when the matriarchs at Unist’ot’en burned the Canadian flag and declared reconciliation useless. Like wildfire, it swept by the hearts of youth throughout the territories. Out of their mouths, with enamel bared, they echoed again: reconciliation is useless! reconciliation is useless! Their eyes are extra eager to the reality so lots of our older technology have been too timid to call. The Trudeau period of reconciliation has been a farce from the start. It has been extra for settler Canadians than natives all alongside.

“Reconciliation is useless” is a battle cry.

It means the strain to reside as much as our aspect of the cut price is over. The youthful technology have dropped the shackles to the bottom. Maybe we’re transferring into a brand new time, one the place militancy takes the place of negotiation and authorized problem. A time the place we begin caring much less about what the colonizer’s authorized and ethical judgement and extra about our obligations.

Criticizing reconciliation will not be about shaming these elders and individuals who participated within the Reality and Reconciliation Fee, it’s about attacking a authorities that used that second of vulnerability to bolster it’s international picture. I’ve mentioned it earlier than and I’ll say it once more, I don’t blame our older technology for being hopeful a few extra peaceable future. Those that lived by the horror of residential faculties and the 60s scoop and the highway allowance days and the sled canine slaughters may solely have wished a greater life for the approaching generations. It’s the duty of these youthful generations to face up and say that what’s being supplied will not be ok. It’s as much as us to say that we might moderately one other hundred years of wrestle than to simply accept the light assimilation being supplied. It’s as much as us to offer due to our elders for his or her service after which to show to the frontlines with our feathers and drums and fists.

As a result of concepts on their very own don’t make change. That may be a liberal lie. It takes motion behind phrases to make a distinction. That motion must be undertaken collectively. Neither concepts or apply are created by people. Every little thing written right here is the results of dialogue and interplay with different land defenders, lovers, anarchists, moms, kids, and resistors. We must be accountable to the issues we are saying whereas additionally recognizing that information is created by communities. It has to at all times be seen that means with a view to subvert hierarchy, to by no means enable one individual to be elevated over every other.

So what’s written right here is all of yours. Take it and do with it as you please.
Argue it. Defend it. Decry it. Make it your individual.

Overlook the foundations.

Canada is a colonial state. It exists to manipulate territory and handle the assets of that territory. It’s nothing much less and nothing extra. It has completed a wonderful job convincing its residents that it stands for one thing, one thing good. That is the best way it maintains its legitimacy. The nationwide delusion of politeness and civility wins the assist of its constituents. This has been rigorously constructed over time and it may be deconstructed. In truth, the foundations of Canada change on a regular basis. I might write extra about this however the fact is I couldn’t do a greater job than one thing I lately got here throughout on-line. @Pow_pow_pow_power lately wrote the next:

Settler governments have been making up the foundations as they go from the start of their invasions. Whereas every technology of us struggles to coach ourselves to the rulebook, they disregard it and do what they need when they need. This shouldn’t be a shock. It has at all times been this fashion as a result of they prioritize themselves about all – above different folks, above animal relations, above the steadiness of Nature, and definitely above “what is true”. Legal guidelines have at all times been handed to legitimize their whims and pursuits because the intentions of seemingly rational rulers, and to maintain us in compliance with their wants.

We presently reside in a time the place our Imperialist constructions have been deeply involved with showing ordered and civilized to fellow regimes of energy to domesticate a way of superiority. For this reason the violence we now have turn into accustomed to is now not mass slaughters and public torture and exiles however night time raids and disappearances, criminalizations and being locked into techniques of neglect. It has turn into extra reliant on structural violence & erasure than direct violence, and subsequently extra insidious. Insidiousness is extra tidily efficient and more durable to pinpoint as a supply of injustice.

For this reason once we method them, lawful and peaceable and rational and truthful minded and easy toned, as gracious and calm as could be, we’re simply dismissed with well mannered white smiles of “finest intentions” “deepest regrets” and “we’re doing our greatest”, in actual fact “we’re doing higher than most”. And once we insist, extra firmly, extra impassioned, extra justified, the response from Settler Governments is as clear as we see now: “Why can’t you folks simply obey?”

Canadians need to imagine that colonial violence is a factor of the previous, so the federal government hides it for them. That’s the reason the RCMP doesn’t enable journalists to movie them as they sick canines on girls defending their land. That’s the reason they may get away with it.

The time has come to cease in search of justice in settler legislation.

For Indigenous folks in Canada, it’s unimaginable to keep away from the violence inflicted on us by the state. Once we increase our fist and strike again, it’s at all times an act of self-defense. All the time. Committing to non-violence or pacifism within the face of a violent enemy is a harmful factor to do. But, trying to keep away from utilizing violence till completely crucial is a noble precept. One which carries probably the most hope for a brand new future. However what does violence imply to the settler state?

They don’t contemplate it violent to storm right into a territory with weapons drawn and take away its rightful occupants. They don’t contemplate it violent to degree mountaintops, or clearcut forests, or to suck oil out of the bottom solely to burn it into the air. They don’t contemplate it violent to maintain chickens and pigs and cows in tiny crates, by no means permitting them to see daylight, utilizing them like meals machines.

However smash a window of a authorities workplace..
Nicely, that goes too far.

It’s time we see their legal guidelines for what they’re: imaginary and hypocritical. Settler legal guidelines exist to guard settlers. We’re not settlers. We’re Michif. We’re Anishinaabek. We’re Onkwehón:we. We’re Nêhiyawak. We’re Omàmiwininì. We’re Inuit. We’re Moist’suwet’en. So why are we nonetheless interesting to their legal guidelines for our legitimacy?

Time after time, communities spend lots of of hundreds of {dollars} on authorized challenges to land rights. Chippewa of the Thames First Nation used cash gained in a land declare to launch a authorized problem towards Canada to say they had been by no means correctly consulted, nor did they consent to, the Line 9 pipeline by their territory. The Supreme Court docket dominated towards them, saying that Indigenous peoples shouldn’t have the suitable to say no to industrial initiatives of their territories. Line 9 remains to be operational. The Moist’suwet’en gained most likely probably the most vital authorized problem in Canadian historical past. The Delgamuukw verdict noticed the courts acknowledge that the We’suwet’en territory is unceded, that they maintain title and authorized jurisdiction, and but take a look at how Canada honours that. Authorized victories aren’t the best way we win our land and dignity. Canada cares as little about Canadian legislation as they do Indigenous legislation.

The identical goes for the United Nations and their treasured UNDRIP. We’ve got seen that the state will undertake United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) rules and interpret them to go well with their wants. That doc says that governments and corporations want free, prior, and knowledgeable consent to interact in initiatives of their territories. BC adopted it and, but, says that it doesn’t imply they’ve to achieve consent from the Moist’suwet’en. Consent won’t ever truly imply the suitable to say no. And the UN has no solution to implement it.

The time has handed for authorized problem of their courts that does nothing however drain our assets and sluggish us down. I honour these relations and ancestors who tried the peaceable decision, who trusted within the good intentions of different people. However the settlers have confirmed that the peaceable choices they supplied us are lies. Idiot us as soon as, disgrace on you.

This isn’t solely about Unist’ot’en anymore.

That is about all of us. Any day now the RCMP may try to maneuver in and evict the rail blockade at Tyendinaga. I stand in solidarity with them as a lot as I do with the Moist’suwet’en. This second is not only about getting the federal government and their militarized goons to again down at Unist’ot’en and Gitdum’ten, it’s about getting them to loosen their grip round all of our necks. This second is about proclaiming reconciliation useless and taking again our energy.

This isn’t to say that we should always overlook about Unist’ot’en and abandon them after they want us most. It’s a proposal to widen our scope in order that we don’t lose our ahead momentum if what occurs out west doesn’t meet our wildest goals. That is about crafting a stronger narrative.

Which means we should always suppose earlier than claiming that the Moist’suwet’en have the suitable to their land as a result of it’s unceded. Will we not all have a proper to the land stolen from our ancestors? For land to be unceded it implies that it has by no means been offered, surrendered, or misplaced by conquest. The Royal Proclamation of 1763 urged Canada and the dominion to solely take land by the making of treaty. And so brokers of Canada set out to take action. They continued to make treaties throughout the continent, generally mendacity in regards to the content material of the treaties to ancestors who didn’t communicate english, generally discovering whoever the hell would signal the treaty with out a lot concern for if that individual was performing with the assist of the neighborhood. After the signing of the final treaty, Canada made it unlawful for Indians to rent attorneys to problem land claims. After which they stole the remainder of what they wished.

They continued to flood the land with settlers till native peoples had solely 0.2% of the land they as soon as protected and lived on.

I don’t care about interesting to the legitimacy of unceded territory.

All land is stolen land. Canada has no jurisdiction on any of it as a result of they’ve damaged any agreements they ever made within the means of taking it.

The identical critique rings true for holding up hereditary governance as the one true management of Indigenous peoples. I’m not advocating for band council. However you will need to perceive that lots of our relationships have misplaced the hereditary techniques that when helped them reside good lives. We’re going to need to rekindle our governance. Some we will pull from the previous, some we must make anew. All freely chosen types of Indigenous governance are professional. Our legitimacy doesn’t circulation from the mouths of our leaders, however from our connection to the land and water and our dedication to our obligations to all life in the present day and generations to return.

It is a good factor if we let it’s. It’s silly to suppose we might not have modified and grown in 300 years. Our techniques would look completely different in the present day it doesn’t matter what. This is a chance to mix new and exquisite concepts with the time-honoured traditions and ceremonies of our ancestors, religious communities the place hierarchy is subverted and gender is liberated!

It’s time to shut the whole lot the fuck down.

Canada has at all times been afraid of us standing in our energy. Reconciliation was a distraction, a means for them to dangle a carrot infront of us and trick us into behaving. Now could be the time to indicate them how clear our imaginative and prescient is. Being decided and positive will not be the identical as being unafraid. There are various harmful days forward of us. It’s harmful to say, “I cannot obey.”

The very first thing we have to do is cease stabbing one another within the again. Sit on band council if you need, however cease letting it go to your head. Don’t ever see your self as greater than a servant, a money distributor, a rule enforcer. Being elected will not be the identical as incomes a spot of respect in your neighborhood. It doesn’t make you an elder. Let me take this time to say an enormous “fuck you” to the Métis nations who signal pipeline agreements as a result of they’re so excited the federal government thought of them Indigenous. The Métis don’t have any land rights in Ontario and but they proceed to signal agreements as in the event that they do, throwing the Indigenous nations with precise territory beneath the practice. Let me prolong that “fuck you” to the Indigenous nations who signed pipeline agreements and stand by in silence as their relations are attacked for safeguarding the water. And even worse after they do interviews with pro-oil foyer teams and conservative media decrying the land defenders of their midst. Can’t they see the best way Canadians eat up their phrases, drooling over the division amongst us, utilizing it to devalue our lifestyle? I don’t condone attacking our relations who’ve misplaced the pink path, however we have to discover a solution to deliver them again house. Not everyone has to take up a frontline of their neighborhood, however on the naked minimal they need to refuse to cooperate with the colonial authorities and their company minions.

The second factor we have to do is act. However we shouldn’t have to restrict ourselves to actions that demand the withdrawal of forces from Moist’suwet’en territory. The federal authorities is the one calling the pictures, not simply at Unist’ot’en however at each level of native oppression throughout all of the territories. Any assault on the state of Canada is in solidarity. Any assertion of native sovereignty is in solidarity.

It’s time to begin that occupation you’ve been dreaming up.

Is there a chunk of land that has been annexed out of your territory? Take it again. Is there a brand new pipeline being slated by your yard? Blockade the trail. Are their cottagers desecrating the lake close to your neighborhood? Serve them an eviction discover and arrange camp. Sabotage the fish farms killing the salmon. Tear down the dam interrupting the river. Play with hearth.

Once we put all of our hopes and goals into one wrestle in a single spot, we set ourselves up for heartbreak and burnout. Let’s battle for the Moist’suwet’en folks, sure! However let’s honour their braveness and their actions by letting them encourage us to do the identical. Let’s battle for them by preventing for the manoomin and the wetlands and the grizzlies.

Select your accomplices properly. Liberals who learn land acknowledgments typically have an excessive amount of invested on this system to truly see it change. Communists envision a system with out a capitalist Canada, however they nonetheless need a communist state. One that may inevitably want to manage land and exploit it. Discover frequent coronary heart with those that need to see the state destroyed, to have autonomous communities take its place, and to revive steadiness between people and all our relationships. Select those that pay attention greater than they speak, however not those that will do no matter you say and never suppose for themselves. They’re motivated by guilt. Discover those that have a hearth burning in them for a extra wild and simply world. Most of them might be anarchists, however not all, and never all anarchists will include a great thoughts.

Making a battlefield with a number of fronts will divide their energies. The rail blockades are working! If the night time time rail sabotage and the copper wire and the blockades preserve coming, it’ll shut down all rail site visitors throughout this terrible economic system. Extra is best. However do it not only for the Moist’suwet’en, do it for the rivers and streams that weave themselves beneath the rails. Do it for the ancestors who noticed the encroaching railroad as their coming demise.

And as a critique out of Montreal wrote: don’t accept symbolic and intentional arrest.

After they come to implement an injunction, transfer to a different a part of the rail.

After they include a second injunction, block the most important freeway close by.

After they include a 3rd injunction, transfer to the closest port.

Keep free and fierce. The oldsters at Unist’ot’en and Gitdum’ten didn’t have the choice to, however you do. Anticipate their subsequent transfer and keep forward of them.

It is a second amongst many moments. Our ancestors have been intelligent, generally biding their time quietly, generally placing, at all times secretly passing on our ceremonies and tales. I honour them as I honour you now. We’re nonetheless right here due to them and our youngsters and our youngsters’s kids will nonetheless be right here due to us. Always remember who we’re. Battle in ceremony.

I suppose it is a proposal for adopting a method of indigenous anarchism right here on Turtle Island. A rejection of ways that demand issues from highly effective folks and a return to constructing for ourselves a mess of native, numerous options. It is a rejection of Idle No Extra fashion organizing, let’s not repeat the errors of the previous (for an in depth critique of INM, see  when you’re there learn the whole lot else). It’s a plea for us to decide on our personal leaders and create governance that refuses hierarchy. An ask for us to reject reconciliation and transfer in the direction of a militant reclamation. The concept of indigenous anarchism remains to be in its infancy. Write me about it.

That is certainly one of our moments. Let’s make it not about demanding for them to go away Unist’ot’en alone, however about demanding that they go away the land alone. Don’t make it about stopping CGL from earning profits, make it about denouncing the concept of cash. That is about colonization all over the place. That is about all of us.

To the settlers inevitably studying this zine.

What’s written right here is supposed for you too. Not within the “stand up and take again your land” type of means. Been there, completed that.

However I’ve been studying the messaging on the reportbacks and within the media and I see you falling into all kinds of drained traps. You aren’t simply cogs within the solidarity machine, you can also take up struggles within the cities you reside. Bear in mind the Two Row: you may battle parallel battles in the direction of the identical objectives.

I’ve heard many an elder say that we are going to not win this battle on our personal, and that’s most actually true. Thanks for the methods you’ve got attacked the economic system and the state. Thanks for answering the decision. Now take this and run with it.

You too ought to search for methods to defend the land and water within the locations you reside. You too ought to search for methods to undermine and weaken the ability of the federal government over these lands. Don’t let your self be disheartened if the RCMP don’t go away Unist’ot’en. That is just one battle of many. That’s solely the start. Don’t fall into the traps of interesting to Canadian or worldwide legislation.

See your self for what you might be, for who your neighborhood is. Act in ways in which deliver a few world the place reconciliation is feasible, a world during which your folks give again land and dismantle the centralized state of Canada. Don’t romanticize the native peoples you’re employed with. Don’t really feel which you could’t ever query their judgment or select to work with some over others. Discover those who have stored the hearth alive of their hearts, those that would moderately preserve preventing than settle for the reconciliation carrot. Don’t ever act from guilt and disgrace.

And don’t let your self imagine which you could transcend your settlerism by doing solidarity work. Perceive which you could, and may, discover your individual methods to hook up with this land. From your individual custom, inherited or created.

Print this zine and distribute it to your Indigenous comrades.

Take threat. Dream huge. Pursue anarchy. Keep humble.


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For additional writing on this (primarily for settlers), see the authors earlier work – Autonomously & with Conviction: a Metis Refusal of State-led Reconciliation.

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