Growing up in Winnipeg as a native person you experience a lot of racism. As long as I could remember, I was a self-hating native. Every word was hurled at me in hate, every racial insult. It’s what politicized me at a very young age -- not punk rock, not hip-hop, but the climate of Winnipeg …and it has gotten worse in recent years. I chose to leave in 2007 for a new life in Newfoundland and again in 2012 after I got stuck there for a few months.
Newfoundland has racism, mostly from ignorance and lack of education but not to the extent that colonial oppression is dug into institutionalized racism of the prairies. I was happy for a very long time. The people were wonderful for the most part and there were very few incidents of racism.
One night in 2013, a bunch of coked-out hipsters tried to get into our venue, said some super misogynist shit to my partner and homophobic slurs to me and proceeded to attack me violently. I didn’t fight back, not going to lie. I wasn’t troubled by the physical confrontation, even though they did rip out two of my dreads and my fave anti-fa t-shirt from the Czech Republic. At the end, one of them yelled out, “fuck you, dirty AIDS-filled Indian!”
That sparked a lot of the pain I was running from, from living in Winnipeg. It made me look at my past and reflect/re-focus a lot of my political agenda. It was time to confront the racism I had endured, not with fists like when I was doing anti-fascist work in the late 90’s fighting Nazis, but to learn more about my culture and the effects colonialism has had on my people. I am still in the beginning stages of this journey, but these songs are a result of my experiences.
Fuck Canada and its apartheid, its cold-blooded attempt at genocide.
The states murder, conquer, destroy and divide the blood-soaked land they hide.
They called us "savages" as they murdered our children, “uncivilized” as they beat and raped them.
The attempt at a mass eradication -- just look at the fallen Beothuk Nation
Fuck you, bigots and racists, you ignorant fucking hipsters.
Fuck your sports team’s logos. You have no regret and it shows.
Goddamn you, racist media.
Idle no more and we will show ya a people backed into a corner.
Colonialist mentality is a cancer.
We must destroy and build back up, show what equality is all about.
Cut us down as much as you can, (we are) resilient to the oppression.
They use words of hatred to break us down and try to make us feel less than human. Prairie nigger, sausage, half-breeds, a dirty AIDS-filled Indian. These words are used by oppressors of the withering empire. You say you are not racist but still choose to use them.
Formed late 2001 w/ the idea of creating a political punk band with pop punk song writing. The band has gone through many
line up changes while doing 16 Cross Canada tours, 4 full lengths and multiple EP releases. Has sold over 8000 albums, 1 release in Australia (Eight Ball records) and released with Universal Canada/Undergound operations in 2005....more