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Women in Libya’s Civil War

7 Aug

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In the history of the world, the civil war in Libya will undoubtedly be remembered as a male event.  Continue reading

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Industry vs. Native Women

31 May

In some ways, this isn’t a new story.  America is built on the idea that the land is empty, devoid of any native peoples or any landscapes that are valuable without destructive extraction of some resource.  But it’s not just history; it’s ongoing, continuing today and for the foreseeable future. Rachel van Zanten was “[i]nspired by images of Tahltan women blockading Shell in defense of the Sacred Headwaters in northern British Columbia [to] wr[i]te ‘My Country’.

She was invited to perform it for the Tahltan people at the Iskut Music Festival a year later, where we filmed this video.

One of the Klabona Keepers brought us up to the Headwaters, the birthplace of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine rivers and a traditional Tahltan territory. This area is critically endangered by a number of industrial mega-projects which threaten all 3 watersheds, affecting an area larger than Ireland.

You can learn more about how to help here, including signing an online petition.

h/t Anishinaabekwe.