The natives are angry… and tweeting: the digital subaltern and #idlenomore
Canada / Current Events / Social Issues / Social Media / Technology

The natives are angry… and tweeting: the digital subaltern and #idlenomore

Somewhere, an indigenous chief is starving to speak with her country’s leadership. Flashmobs overtake malls and public spaces, teach-ins instruct natives and non-natives alike about the long legacy of injustice towards First Nations. Trains shut down due to blockades on their rails. Allies across the world demonstrate in solidarity. An indigenous woman is raped because … Continue reading

Ecuador, oil, and indigenous peoples: writing for Global Voices
Ecuador / Natural Resources / Research / Social Issues

Ecuador, oil, and indigenous peoples: writing for Global Voices

 Last week, I visited Sucúa, Morona Santiago to assist with a Shuar radio station –  “La Voz De Arutam”  – that belongs to la FICSH, or the Interprovincial Federation of Shuar Centers in Ecuador. The radio had zero online presence, so I assisted in creating their social media pages, as well as putting their radio … Continue reading

TV MICC and the digital politics of diversity
Ecuador / Research / Social Issues / Technology / Television

TV MICC and the digital politics of diversity

Para la sociedad indígena es importante contar con un sistema de comunicación con el cual puedan compartir sus ideas y su cultura, sobre todo, en su propio idioma. Los medios comunitarios son un recurso alternativo de información que promueve la participación social. En primer lugar, rompen con el esquema tradicional y proponen un modelo horizontal, … Continue reading

Plotting participation: training indigenous communities to map the Amazon
Climate Change / Ecuador / Research / Social Issues / Technology / Uncategorized

Plotting participation: training indigenous communities to map the Amazon

Deep in the heart of the Amazon, a compelling concept is taking root alongside towering ancient trees: that indigenous peoples — given the training and technology — can play a central role in mapping and preserving the rainforest. A five-day conference in Puyo, Ecuador this week, “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin” … Continue reading

Canada / Research / Social Issues

Decolonizing the digital North: why Inuit need better broadband, now.

“The cultural survival of marginalized peoples may soon depend (if it does not already) on an ability and willingness among the otherwise defenseless to plug into – literally and figuratively – transnational lobby networks… More to the point, if internet lobbying is a key strategy for defense against unwanted mega-projects, forced resettlement, environmental degradation or … Continue reading

It’s about time to rewrite history: Nunavut and NWT launch Residential School curriculum
Canada / News Roundup / Social Issues

It’s about time to rewrite history: Nunavut and NWT launch Residential School curriculum

Via CBCNews North, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut launch a *mandatory* school program that covers devastating legacy of residential schools for indigenous peoples of Canada: Students will follow an arc starting with how aboriginal children learned and were independent before residential schools. Then the course moves into the period when children were forcibly taken from their … Continue reading