All That We Say Is Ours: Guujaaw and the Reawakening of the Haida Nation
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For what? For protecting their land? And we have good reason to be here. And how come the government want to make a claim on it, I want to know if the government made this island, or the good Lord? These are people who had a lot of living behind them and were not just a radical fringe element going out to raise heck with the government for the sake of doing that.
She was one of the few younger women on the line at Lyell Island, and she remembers the importance of the elders joining the blockade.
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They brought validation, they brought history, and they brought the future. Lots of others had to block the road before they could stop it altogether.
All That We Say Is Ours
But the elders went first. Ethel Jones was led away. Then Ada Yovanovich, reading from the Bible 2 Timothy, v. Or rather, their days.
A ritual was established, something that has come to happen with increasing frequency in Canada in confrontations between developers and environmentalists, industry and Indians. On Lyell Island, for almost one month, the process server was there most mornings, offering up injunction papers that fell to the ground when protesters refused to take them, papers that were then used to fan the protest fire.
Appeared in Choice on A Haida man who honored his heritage, Guujaaw was prepared for leadership and stepped into the forefront when he and others saw that an extractive economy was converting "landscape and ecology" to a single end: the harvesting of "green gold. Lost forests meant lost habitat for "salmon, bear, birds" and medicinal and food plants. Even kelp beds were being stripped to meet corporate interests. The book recounts the story of a reawakening of Haida values and the politics of conservation, sustainability, and cultural survival from a personal perspective. The narrative is far ranging, covering aspects of British Columbian and Canadian history, environmental activism, and the opportunistic maneuvering of the logging industry.
All That We Say Is Ours (by Ian Gill)
Gill, a "social entrepreneur" and president of Ecotrust Canada, also describes a useful collaboration between Haida Gwaii leadership and conservationists. Guujaaw and the Haida Gwaii have inspired indigenous leadership worldwide. A compelling story. Summing Up: Recommended. Public and general collections.
De Danaan emerita, Evergreen State College. This book artfully bridges in the vast gulf of misunderstanding that still pervades our society. This book raises very difficult questions about our country's political integrity and our civilization's flawed relationship with the earth itself. It is about the spirit of Haida Gwaii, about respecting Haida stewardship, and about recognizing the responsibilities we all have to the world we live in.
Gill goes along with all that, but he also reveals a more important story of collaboration and cooperation among and between the Haida and their non-native allies.
Gill goes along with all that, but he also reveals a more important story of collaboration and cooperation among and between the Haida and their non-native allies. Indeed, it is a story in which the Haida came late to play the leading role, on their own islands.
All That We Say is Ours: Guujaaw and the Reawakening of the Haida Nation, by Ian Gill
Haida Gwaii is the ancient homeland of the Haida nation. In the s, after enduring 70 years of aggressive logging, the Haida joined forces with environmentalists in a battle to save the islands. Guujaaw, an artist, who later became president of the Council of the Haida Nation, emerged as a catalyst in the conflict, which escalated beyond blockades to legal challenges, and on to claims against the federal and provincial governments for their entire Haida traditional territory.
The narrative also gives voice to first-person accounts and conveys the excitement of reasserting responsible personal and political control for traditional lands and resources. Gill is the president of Ecotrust Canada and a seasoned print and television reporter. He has authored several books.
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Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. Add to list Share On a book page, this tab will allow you to add a book to one of your lists. In the s, after decades of rapacious logging, the Haida joined forces with environmentalists in a high-profile struggle to save the islands. The battle found powerful expression through Giindajin Haawasti Guujaaw, the visionary artist, drummer and orator who would later become president of the Council of the Haida Nation.
The victories over logging interests are just one highlight in the Haida's epic, decades-long struggle to take back control of their own destiny.