Monthly Archives: August 2014

on cascadian independence and fourth world decolonization (sketch #1)

Míle Gaiscíoch


A member[1] of the Cascadia(n?) Independence Party recently asked:

“Question, what would you do if the natives said they did not want us to officially create Cascadia and told us to get out? What if they started to “fight back” and start a war with us to make us leave, how would you feel about it? After all they were here first right and we are just occupying their land.”

It’s a good question, worded in a way to get folks from any persuasion to show their true colors.  And it opens up one of the biggest questions that I explore here on this blog (as well as through other venues).  So here goes:

First, there are no “the natives.”  There are at least 140 Indigenous Nations within the Cascadian bioregion.[2]  If a settler was asked or forced to leave a place, refuge with the neighboring Indigenous Nation would be…

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i am a settler. i live in a colony.

Míle Gaiscíoch


The following is a list of readings for people who feel “unsettled” by the term settler.  Settler is not a pejorative term.  It is a term relative to the historical trajectory of Empire and ENTRENCHED by the laws of the US and Canadian States.  As an optimistic bioregionalist, I share these on the premise that “we can’t know where we’re going if we don’t know where we’re coming from.”  I wrote the first from a Cascadian perspective, the rest are based on general theory.

Notes on a Bioregional Decolonization

Indigenous Settler?  Decolonization and the Politics of Exile

Understanding Colonizer Status

Settler Colonialism Primer

Who are you calling a “settler”?

Why the term ‘settler’ needs to stick

Decolonization is not a metaphor 


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Open Letter to BC Witchcamp on Issues of Cultural Appropriation & Respect

Awakening the Horse People

Follow the link to An Open Letter to the British Columbia Witchcamp on Issues of Cultural Appropriation & Respect.  See for yourself at: BC Witchcamp website.

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Indigenous solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of so-called “British Columbia”

SkwomeshAction: Skwomesh Action was formed in early 2014 to be a Skwomesh (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) part of the movement to protect the waterways and homelands of the Salish Sea.

Unist’ot’en Camp: of the Unis’tot’en of the Wet’suwet’en Peoples (Yinka Dini – People of this Earth) is a resistance community whose purpose is to protect sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory from several proposed pipelines from the Tar Sands Gigaproject and shale gas from Hydraulic Fracturing Projects in the Peace River Region.

If you have other links, please post in the comments!

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