It is important for everyone who is a socialist, everyone who is an anti-capitalist, everyone on the left, and everyone in general to deconstruct and replace their beliefs and behaviours that have been tarnished by the colonial framework here in Canada, and the world. So, it is with great pleasure that we at the WNSG can promote this educational event organized by a group of concerned settlers and Idle No More supporters:
Know More about Idle No More, A Teach-In
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Time: 6-9pm (Doors close at 7:30pm)
Location: 782 Main Street- 3rd Floor (The building looks like a big warehouse)
- Chickadee Richard (local Idle No More Organizer)
- Tasha Hubbard (Member of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba’s Speaker’s Bureau and University of Manitoba Faculty)
- Peter Kulchyski (Winnipeg Indigenous People Solidarity Movement, Native Studies Professor at University of Manitoba)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/588870671141155/
It seems that Idle No More is ideal for socialists, and other radicals to contribute to. But we non-indigenous radicals must be cautious of our ideas and approach, not because of errors inherent to our theories, but because of the pervasive colonial contexts we are a part of, where indigenous people and knowledge have been devalued by the dominant culture. In the words of Deborah Simmons,
the challenge now for socialists is to build strong bonds of solidarity with this movement which is now at the cutting edge of radical organising in Canada. This requires that we critically reconstruct our own traditions of socialism from below, whose heart and soul is the belief that a revolutionary and democratic transformation of society can only be achieved by the self-organized mass struggles of workers and oppressed peoples. In our work with indigenous peoples, we bear responsibility for demolishing in theory and practice the corruption of socialist ideas that followed the defeat of the Russian revolution by Stalinism.
Simmons is right to use the word “challenge.” The necessary task of destroying oppressive elements that are folded into our belief system is not an easy one. But we must persist in “demolishing” the oppressive aspects of our own ideas and approaches if we are to champion for the struggle of indigenous peoples to determine their own futures and the democratic emancipation of the working class. It requires much critical introspection and commitment to change. This is a complex and ongoing process, so keep on it and check out the Idle No More Teach-In this Tuesday at 6pm.