Category: Journalism

The economics of insurgency: Thoughts on Idle No More and critical infrastructure

Originally published by Link: News reports are ablaze with reports of looming Indigenous blockades and economic disruption. As the Idle No More (INM) movement explodes into a new territory of political action, it bears to amplify the incredible economic leverage of First Nations today, and how frightened the government and industry are of […]

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Occupy(ed) Canada: The political economy of Indigenous dispossession in Canada

Originally published by  Republished in The Winter We Danced: Voices From the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement by The Kino-nda-niimi Collective (Editor) (Winnipeg, MB: ARP Books, forthcoming, 2014). Link:, The political economy of Canada rests on claims of ownership to all lands and resources within our national borders. So, what, in […]

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First Nations Under Surveillance

Co-written with Russel Diabo.  Originally published by First Nations Strategic Bulletin, Vol. 9, Issues 1-5, January-May 2011.  Republished on Media Co-op and expanded in Socialist Bulletin. Links:,, Harper Government Prepares for First Nations “Unrest” Russell Diabo and Shiri Pasternak Internal documents from Indian Affairs and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) show that shortly after forming […]

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