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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Go back to your country; living reality of settler-colonialism in Canada

CPTnet
12 December 2017
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Go back to your country; living reality of settler-colonialism in Canada

by Rebaz K. Mohammed


“Why don’t you go back to your country?” said the young man to me at the YMCA gym that I attend in Winnipeg/Treaty 1 territory. I naturally tried to defuse the tension, but at the same time I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to point out his position as a white settler on a land taken from the original peoples. I replied calmly, “I can ask you to do the same, you know!” I suspect he understood what I meant, as he gave me an empty stare before walking away quickly.
    
This incident was a good reminder of the consistent racism that non-white people face in Canada. It usually goes unnoticed because Canada is pictured by politicians as a land of inclusiveness, and it still welcomes everyone the same way the first European immigrants were welcomed by the indigenous nations hundreds of years ago. More importantly, this incident was a good reminder of how much work there is to be done in exposing and undoing oppression, the main manifestation of it Canada being settler-colonialism.

Cloth with painted "Freedom from colonization" hangs on the wooden wall

Prayers for Peacemakers, 7 December 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 7 December 2017

Thanksgiving for the CPT Iraqi Kurdistan’s partner – Baste community - who celebrate a new connection to electrical grid after many years of struggle and life under cross-border bombardments. Prayer for the families who had to flee their village Gullala after Turkish warplanes bombarded them for the fifth time in the last month.

CPT Iraqi Kurdistan team celebrates with its long-term partners, community of Baste, and leaders of nearby communities, that Baste has finally gotten connected to the electrical grid. This connection is what the people of Baste, a well-known ancient "Peace village", enduring for three decades under the shadows of Turkish and Iranian bombs and rockets, have struggled for for many years. Please read more about this great achievement here.

Celebratory meal in Baste

IRAQI KURDISTAN: CPTers celebrate with partners from Baste village an important achievement - connection to electrical grid - which the community strove for for many years

CPTnet
7 December 2017
IRAQI KURDISTAN: CPTers celebrate with partners from Baste village an important achievement - connection to electrical grid - which the community strove for for many years

by Lukasz Firla

Christian Peacemaker Teams has accompanied the community of Baste and their mukhtar – traditional community leader – kak Bapir since the early days of the team’s presence in Iraqi Kurdistan, for over ten years now. Baste is an ancient village, famous widely for being a “Peace village”, for providing a safe haven for women and men running from blood feuds and for negotiations between warring Kurdish clans and armies.

Baste village in the forefront of the high border mountains

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos November 21-27

 

Occupying Generations 

Pictured here: Every morning in the Salaymeh neighbourhood, this mother walks her son to the checkpoint that blocks his path to school, waiting for the bus to arrive on the other side. How many generations of Palestinians in al-Khalil will have to walk through checkpoints to get to school? 

(11/23/2017)

Prayers for Peacemakers, 29 November 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 29 November 2017

Please pray for more than 7,000 refugees stranded on the Greek island of Lesbos, they ask for protection from approaching winter and freedom to continue their journey. Pray for an Afghani family of a 10-year-old boy who drowned in the sea and a family that may be torn apart by deportation. Please hold in your prayers the CPT team, team's partner Pikpa, and other people who act in love and solidarity.

The situation on Lesbos is rather bleak currently. Winter is approaching, and there are many who only have a summer tent to sleep in. The government is repressive in the manner that it interacts with the refugees on the island. There have been instances of arrests and physical use of force from the side of the police.

The trials of people accused of being human smugglers, many of whom are refugees who ended up steering a boat to safety, have started up again, and the Lesvos team have gotten back into the swing of attending those. The solidarity camp Pikpa is full, and the other camps on the island are overflowing. There are more than 7,000 people in the government run camp of Moria, which was built and can provide for about 2,500. This is only exacerbated by the laws of the European Union which are not allowing people to leave Lesbos. We would invite people to check out the #opentheislands campaign.

While there are many people and families that could really use prayer right now, I would like to specifically highlight a couple stories of families in Pikpa. One family from Afghanistan is very new on the island, and during their crossing one of their children, a 10-year-old son, drowned. The family is being supported by the other residents of Pikpa and the CPT team, but it is still very hard for the family.

The second story is of a family with two young children. The father of this family has been denied his blue stamp, which would allow him to continue on to the main land, twice now. This means that he is facing government issued deportation. This has caused a lot of psychological stress for the family.

We want our right -- Open the islands