trthomas

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  • trthomas commented on the diary post Climate Change – No problem here – Only 6.5 Billion dead by Synoia.

    2014-01-08 23:08:54View | Delete

    > Suffice to say that I’m in disagreement with nearly everyone here on this particular topic; I’m not ready for an argument tonight. > Messers. Suzuki and Gore have displayed serious conflicts. Where? From what I know, Suzuki is Nobel prize winning scientist, retired UBC lecturer, decades long award winning television personality, and activist. Gore [...]

  • trthomas commented on the diary post Mi’kmaq Fracking F*ckery by CTuttle.

    2013-10-20 06:54:01View | Delete

    From Indigenous Nationhood : “As I write this blog, Canada is at war with the Mi’kmaw Nation – again – this time in Elsipogtog (Big Cove First Nation) in New Brunswick. The Mi’kmaw have spoken out against hydro-fracking on their territory for many months now. They have tried to get the attention of governments to no avail. [...]

  • trthomas commented on the diary post Bucking Rap’s Trends by Elias Leight.

    2013-10-15 04:19:20View | Delete

    Queen Latifah? Beastie Boys? A Tribe Called Quest? De La Soul? Common? Talib Kweli? Mos Def? E-dubble? The Roots? Jedi Mind Tricks? Brother Ali? Jean Grae? I’m more than certain the above mentioned artists and groups are more than approachable and friendly. The rap industry if filled with all sorts of different people, so that [...]

  • trthomas commented on the diary post One Heartbeat, One Tribe: A Peaceful Indigenous Revolution by wendydavis.

    2012-12-27 20:39:13View | Delete

    CSIS, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, has indeed been monitoring First Nations. Here’s a column by Pam Palmater on this very subject.

  • trthomas commented on the diary post One Heartbeat, One Tribe: A Peaceful Indigenous Revolution by wendydavis.

    2012-12-27 20:32:30View | Delete

    I’d been reading into the Pine Ridge conflict, but…. At Pine Ridge, for years, it was Oglala Sioux versus Oglala Sioux. It was the Pine Ridge government against its own people. Eventually, AIM occupied the town of Wounded Knee, which forced both the US government and the state of South Dakota into the conflict. However, [...]

  • trthomas commented on the diary post One Heartbeat, One Tribe: A Peaceful Indigenous Revolution by wendydavis.

    2012-12-27 19:23:09View | Delete

    I’ll add to my earlier comment : Canadian First Nations have been working toward such a show of strength for quite some, now. I never thought much of it at the time, but I can now remember sitting in general band meetings listening to guest presenters who’d painted such a scenario. They would call this an economic [...]

  • trthomas commented on the diary post One Heartbeat, One Tribe: A Peaceful Indigenous Revolution by wendydavis.

    2012-12-27 18:47:52View | Delete

    I listened to it, earlier. It was unfortunately far too short, but Ms Palmater got in as much information as she could.

  • trthomas commented on the diary post One Heartbeat, One Tribe: A Peaceful Indigenous Revolution by wendydavis.

    2012-12-27 18:43:35View | Delete

    It will be unprecedented, in all honesty. I can only point toward a couple of different conflicts in recent history that might give us some insight into what might happen next. 1991: The province of Quebec waited over two months before calling the RCMP to confront a Mohawk blockade outside the town of Oka, but [...]

  • trthomas commented on the diary post One Heartbeat, One Tribe: A Peaceful Indigenous Revolution by wendydavis.

    2012-12-27 14:08:01View | Delete

    Idle No More’s, and Chief Spence’s, message has been simple and consistent. It has been, words are now useless. Only action can show Canada’s true intentions. So far, Harper has shown himself as someone who would prefer to avoid and to ignore First Nations. He would send a man who has betrayed his own people, [...]

  • trthomas commented on the blog post Follow up — battle of the on-line Petitions

    2012-12-27 05:15:24View | Delete

    Murdoch is Australian.

  • trthomas commented on the diary post Day 15, Christmas Day, and Chief Spence still starves; Idle No More by trthomas.

    2012-12-26 08:48:43View | Delete

    Thanks for commenting. I’ll help out, for sure. And about that Carlisle school. They, the US Army, really need to learn to take healing one step at a time. Just destroying the school won’t heal anything. But it does remove the opportunity for the community to come to terms with what actually happened. The elders [...]

  • trthomas commented on the diary post Day 15, Christmas Day, and Chief Spence still starves; Idle No More by trthomas.

    2012-12-25 23:41:08View | Delete

    Well, as a Secwec, I welcome you to learn all you can, to listen to all who would share, and to read any book you’re able to find on First Nations. We’re not a populous people, so we’re likely to welcome any support we can get. It’s terrifying, even just speaking out.

  • trthomas commented on the diary post Day 15, Christmas Day, and Chief Spence still starves; Idle No More by trthomas.

    2012-12-25 23:36:30View | Delete

    We’ve always been standing up for our rights, mainly because we don’t have the population to make a difference at the ballot box. If it seems as though there’s been a lull in First Nations organizing since the nineties, it’s because it’s been a generational shift. The youth are now coming into power, as has [...]

  • trthomas commented on the diary post Day 15, Christmas Day, and Chief Spence still starves; Idle No More by trthomas.

    2012-12-25 23:09:18View | Delete

    Thanks for the heads up on that interview. I’ll watch it, too.

  • ThumbnailFor whatever reason, I’ve chosen to write to an audience outside of Canada about Canada and First Nations. About Chief Spence. About poverty. I have no well-developed reason, other than I hope to drum up further support for my people, for Spence’s people, for Canadians, and the environment. I hardly expect to teach anything. I may [...]

  • trthomas commented on the diary post There’s a Storm Brewing in Canada and It’s Called Idle No More by Kevin Grandia.

    2012-12-25 08:04:12View | Delete

    No, she may be Canada’s sovereign, but increasingly, Canada’s Prime Ministers, as well as the provinces, have limited and assumed the powers the Governor-General historically wielded. It is the PM who appoints the GG. Besides, the PM, Stephan Harper, is Canada’s problem. It would be the height of embarrassment for Canadians to plead to the [...]

  • trthomas commented on the diary post Canadian 2011 federal election, April 30th update by trthomas.

    2011-05-01 20:25:32View | Delete

    While the Quebec referendum on sovereignty was over fifteen years ago, it’s still fresh enough for many voting Canadians to remember, and easily feeds into resentment the Conservatives use for their own purposes. An NDP/Liberal coalition is popular, whereas an NDP/Liberal/BQ coalition is unpopular. There’s been no polling of NDP/BQ acting together, but the BQ [...]

  • trthomas commented on the diary post Canadian 2011 federal election, April 30th update by trthomas.

    2011-05-01 05:41:46View | Delete

    Well, I’m not gonna make any certain predictions, but I think the Conservatives will only win about 130 seats, which is what they had before Parliament’s dissolution. They simply haven’t made any gains with the Canadian electorate. What remains to be seen, though, is whether Layton and the NDP can win enough seats from the [...]

  • trthomas commented on the diary post Canadian 2011 federal election, April 30th update by trthomas.

    2011-05-01 05:36:52View | Delete

    I’m cautiously optimistic regarding an NDP victory. I can’t safely predict what Harper’s fate will be after this election, either. I can voice my hopes, though. I hope the NDP wins 100+ seats, and I hope Harper, for again failing to win a majority government, is savaged by own party for being such a perennial [...]

  • trthomas wrote a new diary post: Canadian 2011 federal election, April 30th update

    2011-04-30 17:54:10View | Delete

    John Walker’s already written a post covering some of the basics . I thought it’d be good to write up a follow up for those interested, or ex-patriot Canadian firepups who haven’t been keeping up. Before I get started, I should note I am a member of New Democratic Party (of Canada). Anyhow, I’ll do my best [...]

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