People’s History articles

Lakhbir, from the Ghadar Party Centenary Celebrations Committee and the East Indian Defence Committee

Vancouver commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru

Vancouver commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru

Connecting the Old Canada with the New Canada: a legacy of Racism By Tascha Shahriari-Parsa On May 23rd, 1914, the Komagata Maru steamship arrived in Vancouver with 376 passengers who were fleeing India. There were already over 2000 Indians living in Canada, primarily Punjabis, who faced blatant discrimination. Due to racist government policies to keep

Drone victim abducted and tortured

by Zainab Syed and Arsalan Samdani “They tortured me. They punched me on the head, they slap[ped] my arms and they beat me with a stick,” said Kareem Khan to journalists after his release from detention on February 13th. Khan, a vocal anti-drone activist from FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas), was kidnapped (allegedly by Pakistan’s

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Welcome to Canada: Growing up Latino in Toronto

This is an interview by Camila Uribe-Rosales of BASICS with Oscar and R (who prefers to remain anonymous), two Latin American youth who migrated to Canada from El Salvador and Mexico, and their experiences in the Canadian education system. EARLY YEARS O: I was born in El Salvador. My parents migrated here.  I didn’t speak

Several hundred demonstrators gathered outside the Toronto Police Headquarters in downtown Toronto to protest state inaction on missing and murdered indigenous women.  SHAFIQULLAH AZIZ/BASICS.

Feb 14: Over 600 gather outside Police Headquarters to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women

by Nicole Oliver “The strawberry represents love, courage, and women,” explained Wanda Whitebird in Toronto at the 9th Annual Strawberry Ceremony Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and those who have died violent deaths by colonialism in ‘Canada.’ “Over 600 strawberries and cups of water were handed out,” Audrey Huntley of No More Silence posted

Zapatista rebellion in Mexico celebrates 20 year anniversary

by Pablo Vivanco On January 1st, the governments of Canada, US and Mexico marked the 20th anniversary of the passing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  In Chiapas, the southernmost state of Mexico, the day was being commemorated for very different but connected reasons. The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), often referred

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The Threat of Liberation: Imperialism and Revolution in Zanzibar – Book Review

by Saraswati Ali, writer and lawyer in Toronto The Threat of Liberation: Imperialism and Revolution in Zanzibar by Amrit Wilson Pluto Press, 2013. 192pp. Paperback. African Studies. CDN$ 32.56 at Amazon.ca The Threat of Liberation returns to the tumultuous years of the Cold War, when, in a striking parallel with today, imperialist powers were seeking to

The origins of ‘multiculturalism’ in Canada: colonization and cheap labour

by Steve da Silva Many of us have the impression that immigration policy in Canada is driven by so-called “Canadian values” like humanitarianism.  This may have been part your or your parents Citizenship test, or maybe you learned this in school. However, since the 1870s, Canadian immigration policy has primarily been about attracting workers to

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Beating of 24-year-old Innu man by Quebec police caught on camera – Onkwehon:we Week in Review (Aug 5-11)

Onkwehon:we (Original Peoples) – Week in Review (August 5-11, 2013) ‘Onkwehonwe’ is a word used by Haudenosaunee peoples (also known as the Six Nations Confederacy) that means ‘original peoples’ and refers to all Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America). by Steve da Silva – Reproduced from the Two Row Times Flood Evacuees of Siksika

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Introducing the Two Row Wampum

An agreement for peace, friendship and respect. by Tom Keefer The Two Row Wampum is one of the oldest treaty relationships between the Onkwehonweh (original people) of Turtle Island (what Indigenous nations called North America before European colonization) and European immigrants. This treaty was made in 1613 between the Dutch and the Haudenosaunee as Dutch

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