The Portland Radicle

A drawing by Gord HillA condensed version of this article appeared in the March 2013 issue of The Portland Radicle.

Radicle: Could you explain how indigenous power is apportioned in Canada and the Assembly of First Nations?

Gord Hill: The AFN is comprised of all the band council chiefs. We refer to them as the “Indian Act chiefs” because the Indian Act is federal legislation that was introduced in 1876 and it was through this act that the Canadian government imposed the reservation system and the band council system and status, like who is a Native. That’s the main thing about the Indian Act, so since then they imposed these band councils and chiefs onto all the reserves. The Assembly of First Nations was established in the early 1980s and it’s a national organization of these Indian Act chiefs. They’re basically a lobby group with the government. They’re a political organization of the Indian…

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About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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  1. bolobaau says:

    Hey, it’s Mike from The Radicle. I checked some of your stuff out and like it a lot. Anytime you have something that would work for a Portland/West Coast anarchist mag, we’d love to have much, much more radical, decolonial content. Keep up the great work.

    • Vince says:

      Thanks for dropping a line. Funny…. I actually live in Portland. I grew up in Juneau, and go back to there or Wrangell at least once a year for a month or two.

  2. bolobaau says:

    I read your open-source tribalism article. It was great and I’d love to get something like that for the paper. Hit me up via e-mail. I’m meeting with the paper tonight.

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