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"the picture of intent
- canadian attempts to destroy indigenous peoples"
By Kerry Coast
The selected articles report on Canada’s modern pursuit of the destruction of Indigenous Peoples. The “picture of intent” brings a multitude of incidents into a composite view. These articles describe the impossible, everyday situations of Indigenous Peoples - which they continue to defy at great pain and cost.
The impossible situations are not naturally occurring. They are thoughtfully designed and manufactured by agents of Canada, hand in hand with an ongoing counter-narrative of denial and dismissal in Canadian culture. Such jargon as “reconciliation” and “new relationships” and “modern day treaties” are the velvet glove which conceals an iron fist. The situations stay the same while the settler story keeps being rewritten for posterity. The popular narrative and the actual situations should be considered together.
This book is a collection of articles originally published in The BC Treaty Negotiating Times, The St’át’imc Runner newspaper, and the Vancouver Media Co-op.
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188 pp softcover
This collection of essays is a set of challenges for those of us who are living on the shifting edge of an unsustainable world: an urban "First World" that is completely subsidized by forces, people, and places largely unknown to us, and often elsewhere.
This read poses essential questions on food security, big media, poverty, social fabrics we could quilt with... and tools to replace the "keep calm and go shopping" Modus Operandi.
Speeches: Poverty Fatigue ~ History's End (no date) ~ Women's Day ~ The Power Has Too Much Media ~ Colonial Futures: The Devil You Do ~ A $20 Blueberry
Just among the crowd: Letter to Auntie Jean ~ The Crutches ~ Social Needia ~ The Autonomous Nervous System
Softcover 182 pages
ISBN - 978-1985301849
The ongoing colonization of British Columbia relies on settler indifference to the indigenous. The Colonial Present documents the colonizer's manufacture of a new mythology to dehumanize the original peoples and strip them of their rightful places in the world.
This book is an exploration of how such a stunning string of events continues unchecked, and British Columbians' continuing attempts to rationalize them.
" This is history as it should be done."
"This fascinating study provides a template not only for understanding but transforming colonial realities throughout North America."
- Natsu Taylor Saito, Professor of
International Law, Georgia State
There is a deep churning within identity,
where the devices of history, of humanity,
are polished. One of the grindstones is the place we live and call home.
There is a growing commonality around the world, among individuals' sense of displacement. The search for belonging ensues. It is often negotiated through that tempest of dust kicked up along others' paths, as their identities suck and whirl and
even offer shelter.
Some of these stories go to the impact of European imperialism on Indigenous peoples here in the west. Some turn back onto upheavals among Europeans which cracked ancient human codes, and forged nation states. The road home comes up against borders real and imagined; physical and spiritual. Very often, after all we have been through to finally return, the old place just isn't the same. And neither are we.
Every Final Agreement produced in the BC Treaty Commission's "modern day treaty" process has been the subject of court action and human rights complaints, and has caused searing divisions within the Indigenous community engaged in it.
Why are Agreements which are criticized in UN human rights committees still being sought by Indigenous communities? Because the present day alternative - abject poverty or open confrontations with the police and government - is forcing them to take the only means available to keep their people in houses, to start businesses, to access a small part of the wealth of their own lands.
With excerpts from open letters, UN Human Rights Council committees, and press statements.
Kerry Coast is a journalist, dramatist, co-founder and editor of The St’át’imc Runner and The BC Treaty Negotiating Times newspapers, co-founder and writer for the Úcwalmicw Players theatre company; and author.
Her first book, The Colonial Present, was published in 2013 by Clarity Press. Her second book, The BC Treaty Process: dealing in duress, focuses on the scandalous "modern day treaty process" in British Columbia. A book of essays, Speeches from the Crowd, and a book of short stories, Home to an Empty House, deal with modern dilemmas of globalization - the one through research, the other by imagination.
Coast’s current projects include editing "The Fifth World – An Indigenous Off-Reserve Reality," by Tsayskiy, Ron George, of Wet’suwet’en.
Kerry is the founder of Electromagnetic Print.