The History of Punk! Volume III, Side B, Track I

The History of Punk
Wednesday September 28 7:30PM
Location: Humanities 2-12, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome
*FREE*

“Punk and Indigenous Issues”

In this class, we are kicking off the fall term with a look at important contemporary Indigenous issues. In the past few years, the Idle No More movement has led to a resurgence of Indigenous culture and activism. Taken with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and voices like Gord Downie’s, Canadians are finally confronting the country’s legacy of oppression, and continued mistreatment of Indigenous peoples.

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Using punk as our starting point, or “lens,”  we will examine this history, and the challenges faced today. We will also discuss how education can help address both the past and its current consequences. Two guest speakers, Chris from Paroxysm, and Josh from A New Rhetoric, will share their perspectives on punk and Indigenous issues, and so can everyone else who attends.

Readings: 
“the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action
Dancing the World into Being: A Conversation with Idle No More’s Leanne Simpson
Gord Downie to play Secret Path shows to honour Chanie Wenjack
Dakota Access Pipeline Company Attacks Native American Protesters with Dogs & Pepper Spray

Playlist:
Paroxysm – “Open Wounds Demo
A New Rhetoric – “Decolonize Now” (Live on CJSR)
A New Rhetoric – “The Origin Spirit and Intent
A Tribe Called Red – “Woodcarver
Neil Young – “Indian Giver

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