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Support ACTION’s Spiritual Decolonization Training Initiative!

Posted on the 09 January 2014 by Earth First! Newswire @efjournal

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Short Summary

ACTION (Anishinabek Confederacy to Invoke Our Nationhood) is union of sovereign Anishinabe individuals, communities and allies of other nations who are restoring our Anishinabek institutions in assertion of our sovereignty on our collective territories.

We have established the Oshkimaadziig Unity Camp, a reclamation site on illegally occupied lands in what Ontario calls Awenda Provincial Park, at a traditional Anishinabek Council Rock where we have lit and preserved an Anishinabek Council Fire. This camp is a spiritual base camp for our program of re-establishing clan governance, inter-tribal agreements, and other forms of traditional society; counselling, land-based skills training, storytelling and ceremonial life; and prophecy teaching, decolonization workshops, and unity-building towards emancipation from illegal Canadian policies.

We also have a growing community of Anishinabek and brothers and sisters from other nations in Southern Ontario – mainly Toronto. We are asking for support funds to run a spiritual decolonization training program where Anishinabek can visit Oshkimaadziig, receive spiritual training from guides and elders, and develop a decolonization framework for future actions.

We are centered around the idea that national consciousness and decolonization efforts first need spiritual health and focus as a starting point. 

What We Need

In more detail, we will need $5000.00 (more is fine!) for:

- Rideshare programs and fuel/food/other financial support for youth to visit Oshkimaadziig from different parts of Southern Ontario throughout this winter = $2500.00

- Travel costs for elders to visit, with support workers = $1500.00

- Educational material production and distribution, and speaking tour honorarium for ACTION members = $1000.00

If we don’t reach our funding goal, all funds raised will cover portions of the above costs.


The Impact

This project is a small, but vitally important, step towards rebuilding indigenous governance and decolonizing part of Turtle Island. This is the first stage, guided by careful elder teachings and Anishinabek prophecy, of a much larger project we hope all nations will see a role in.

Since we founded the camp, our efforts have been noticed all over Turtle Island by indigenous and non-indigenous people. Indigenous-led decolonization, rooted in the reawakening of traditional governance and adapted to our current situation, will re-establish nation-to-nation relationships and work to end centuries of colonial genocide.

We want to expand the camp’s impact, and bring some of our programming to other communities in the region.

We would love to see you at one of our workshops – please help us grow this movement, for settlers, migrants and indigenous alike!

Other Ways You Can Help

If you’re unable to contribute today, please circulate this link to all your relations who might have the means to make even a small contribution this holiday season!


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