South Asians in Solidarity with Idle No More - All Out #Jan11
Jan 11, 2013
We come from different nations, different caste, class, and religious backgrounds. Some of us consider ourselves Canadian and some don’t; some of us are constantly reminded that we are outsiders, wanted for our labour, barred access from healthcare and good jobs, and easily deported when we're no longer needed for the capitalist machine. Sometimes the 'South Asian' umbrella feels too limited to contain the many lands we've called home before this one. Sometimes it feels too broad to do justice to the partic...ular struggles of our people. And sometimes we want little to do with our people because of how we've been rejected for our gender, sexual, caste and national identities.
But this much we have in common, regardless of if we came to these lands yesterday or 150 years ago: we are marked by colonialism. Both in our subcontinent of origin, other forced or adopted homes, and in our complicities on Turtle Island.
Idle No More is a call for us to commit ourselves to decolonizing our communities. It is a call for us to recover the stories of our common struggles with the Indigenous peoples of these lands against colonialism and capitalism, as well as grapple with the ways in which we have lost sight of our common visions and given in to the white supremacist colonial agenda of the genocide of Indigenous peoples. We can idle no more. Harper's latest attacks affect all the peoples on these lands, and cushy finance jobs will not protect our children when they can no longer drink the water or breathe the air. Nor will our supposed progressive roles if they are not actively centering Indigenous knowledge and worldviews, and decolonizing our social structures.
Come join us under the "South Asians in Solidarity with Idle No More" banner on Friday, and meet us afterwards to scheme about decolonizing our communities, conducting teach-ins, translating Idle No More materials into South Asian languages, and much more.