people of the dawn

Second Annual

Mi'kmaq / First Nations History Supplement

 

VOLUME 5, NUMBER 38 / OCTOBER/DECEMBER, 2000

re-claiming history

n Essay. We Were Not the Savages: a Mi'kmaq Perspective on the Collision between European and Native American Civilizations. By Daniel N. Paul

The social structures and democratic forms of government found in the Americas were deemed by the European ruling classes as a serious threat to their own exercise of absolute power and unchallenged authority. The determination the European aristocracy displayed in their efforts to destroy the Amerindians speaks for itself.

n Document.Story of the Missing 'S'. By Sandra Smith

Something happened in Vienna at the World Conference on Human Rights held in June 1993 which merits attention. It concerns the story of the missing s'.

At issue was the insistence of the official Canadian delegation at the conference to have the final conference document refer to indigenous peoples as indigenous people -- a critical difference in terms of definition, with significant legal ramifications.

n Chronology: Atlantic Canada -- Treaties of Peace and Friendship or Subjugation? Staff

n Centrefold. Reclaiming history.By Jim Logan

Aboriginal art in North America has a rich history. The vastness of such a history is evident when one starts to realize the canons of art produced by the numerous nations in North America before contact with Europeans. North America was a land of many nations, each quite culturally different. In comparison to Europe with its 30 odd countries at the time of contact, North America had more than 350 similar countries.

n Book Reviews. Natives vs Canada: Round 500.By Anthony J. Hall

n Book Review. History Speaks for the Beothuk.By Anthony J. Hall

The ghost of the Beothuk, Newfoundland's indigenous people, hangs all over the proposals of the long knives for termination of aboriginal rights as the final solution for the Indian question

CULTURE & LIFE

n Hollywood Indian. By Amirit Bains

Stereotypical representations in media of Aboriginal peoples and their cultures have been comprehensive and systematic since the 1880s. The aim of this stereotyping has been to dehumanize the peoples depicted to, amongst other things, justify the genocidal expropriation of their land and resource base.

n Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision: two new books by Dr. Marrie Battiste and Dan Paul released

n "Autobiography" and Three poems. By Noah Augustine

n Storyteller helps bind generations. By Trina Roache

n Women -- Second to none.Staff

Aboriginal women have been second to none in fighting for their rights, from the right to self-determination to "women's rights," those rights which belong specifically to women in their role as mothers, the care of youth, proper housing, etc.