Posted tagged ‘Idle No More’

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

“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.

“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

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

The History of Punk, Class #22


The History of Punk
Monday 24 March 7:30PM
Location: Humanities Centre 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages & All-Welcome


Idle No More

It’s generally agreed that punk started in reaction to mainstream music and politics. Looking back on early rock ‘n’ roll with nostalgia, participants in the punk community set out to create their own cultural forms instead of consuming what was put in front of them. Disregarding what they were supposed to like put punks at odds with cultural, economic, and political institutions.

Of course, punks weren’t the first (or last) to do this. Understanding the tenets of punk, however is useful because it opens up a new way of learning, and examining a range of issues, movements, and cultures.

In this class, we will be taking a punk pedagogical approach to studying Canada’s treatment of indigenous people during and after the country’s Indian Residential School System was in operation for 116 years (1880-1996). Following Prime Minister Harper’s apology for Residential Schools in 2008,  the inter-generational impact of the residential school system was brought into the public consciousness. With the onset of the Idle No More movement, the anger at the residential school system moved to resistance – and to a resurgence of aboriginal culture.

This class is timely, because it is happening on the eve of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Alberta National Event in Edmonton. Running from March 27th to the 30th, it is the seventh and final national event.

“Duncan Campbell Scott: The Poet Who Oversaw Residential Schools”
“Hungry aboriginal people used in bureaucrats’ experiments”
“White Skin Didn’t Save Loretta Saunders From Colonial Violence”
“Fire Safety is Out of Bounds in First Nations”
“Idle No More protesters block QEII Highway”
“Historic Apology for Aborigines”
“John Howard restates opposition to indigenous apology”
“Ottawa forced to turn over reports of electric chair use at residential school ”

Midnight Oil – “Beds are Burning”
Midnight Oil – “Blue Sky Mine” 
Alexisonfire – “Dead Heart”
Neil Young – “Pocahontas” (live 2014)
Rellik – “Idle No More (feat. Nathan Cunningham)”
Blackfire – “Downfall” 
Blackfire – “Is this Justice”
Propagandi  – ”Oka Everywhere”


The History of Punk, Class #14


The Edmonton Free School
Sunday January 27th  1:30PM
Location: Roast Coffeehouse (10359 104 Street NW)
All-Ages & All-Welcome

“Idle No More” 

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Idle No More is bringing all kinds of  issues, opinions, and feelings to the surface in Canada.  In this seminar, we’ll discuss the movement’s  tactics, aims, and portrayal in the media. We’ll also debate its success in communicating grievances, and how its message is resonating with mainstream society.

And if we’re lucky, we’ll help dispel some myths, and place what’s happening now in the wider history of social movements.

UofA PhD Candidate Daniel Johnson will be there to speak and discuss the movement as well.

Please RSVP to if you plan on attending, so we know how many seats to save.

‎”The music strikes up as regularly as at a political meeting.” Edmonton Bulletin report on ceremony at the flats, 1882.
Martin Luther King on “The White Moderate”
Alcatraz is Not an Island”
You say you want a revolution: Soundtracks for Change in American Protest Movements”
“Idle No More is Not Just an ‘Indian Thing'”
Storify’d: Welcome to #Ottawapiskat
Justice minister’s blockade rhetoric risks inflaming public passions
Racism, hunger and laziness: A First Nations youth perspective on Idle No More media coverage
Red Deer Radio DJ Responds to Idle No More
“Daniel Johnson’s Twitter Feed”
“Idle No More – Priscilla Settee and Sheelah McLean”
Idle No More Art: Posters Promote A Revolution
Idle No More: Canadian musicians throw their support behind the movement
“Idle No More album unites Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists”
“How Idle No More Could Help Save Canadian Democracy”

Propagandi  – “Oka Everywhere”
“Idle No More – Round Dance Flash Mob at WEM in Edmonton”
“Idle No More – Songs for Life, Volume I”
“Idle No More Mix”
Drezus – “Red Winter”
Crystal Shawanda – “Not Without A Fight”
Boogey The Beat ft. Charlie Fettah, Wab Kinew, Young Kidd – “Idle No More”
Brother Ali – “Letter to my Countrymen”
Nathan Cunningham – “Warriors”
Blue Rodeo – “Fools Like You”
aul Kelly – “From Little Things Big Things Grow”
Shy-Anne – “The Awakening”

Feel free to add to the “Readings” and “Playlist” by leaving a comment below.

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