“By any means necessary”: UVic prof advocates reclaiming aboriginal lands

University of Victoria associate professor Waziyatawin. Photo courtesy Waziyatawin and UVic.

An associate professor at the University of Victoria is in hot water over remarks made in a November 8 speech saying that North American aboriginal lands should one day be reclaimed “by any means necessary”.

According to a story in Minnesota’s Winona Post newspaper, the professor–who goes by the name Waziyatawin–made the remarks during a lecture to students at Winona State University in Minnesota.

Waziyatawin, formerly known as Angela Cavender Wilson, has a doctorate degree and is currently an Associate Professor and holder of the Indigenous Peoples Research Chair in the Indigenous Governance Program at UVic.

Her remarks were quickly denounced by several American First Nations leaders who said Waziyatawin’s opinions were not shared by them.

In the speech, Waziyatawin says, “But in terms of dismantling industrial civilization, I think that can happen in any variety of ways, and I think that that’s going to be about attacking infrastructure.”

In an interview with Minnesota Public Radio published January 7, Waziyatawin says peaceful protests by the Dakota people have been worthless and that she is doubtful that the end of social and environmental destruction can happen without violence.

The scholar later claimed she was called by the FBI following the speech but the agent’s telephone inquiry ceased when she referred him to her lawyer.

An essay on her website says that modern civilization is “on the verge of collapse” and that Indigenous Peoples should “mobilize for revolutionary change” so that they are able to survive. VV

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Mike K.

Mar 05, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Bingo forwarded the following photo of the newly painted University Faculty Club building accessible off the western side of Ring Road.



Mar 05, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Site preparation to begin for UVIC's CARSA Facility



Site preparation will begin the week of Feb. 25, 2013, at the intersection of Gabriola Road and McKenzie Avenue. In preparation for construction, parking lot 3 off Gabriola Road will be permanently closed. The Alumni Chip Trail through the construction zone will also be closed for the duration of the project to ensure public safety. Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to consult directional information posted at the site, and use alternate routes. Alternative nearby parking areas are lots 2, 4 and 7.




Mar 05, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Ooh, I'm guessing the sticking-out thingy will be the climbing wall. Cool.


Apr 09, 2013 at 4:36 pm

At the entrance of First Peoples House.


amor de cosmos

Aug 17, 2013 at 8:45 am

Quote: UVic seeing healthy growth in new students
By Edward Hill - Victoria News
Published: August 16, 2013 5:00 PM
Updated: August 16, 2013 5:35 PM

The University of Victoria is seeing a healthy bump in student enrolment this year, especially in the faculty of engineering.

The university has a 13 per cent increase in new full-time students for the fall semester, or about 520 people. About 4,500 students will experience the campus for the first time this September, out of more than 20,000 total in full- and part-time undergrad and graduate studies.

"This is a banner year. There's much bigger numbers this year," said Wendy Joyce, director of UVic undergraduate admissions. "We are seeing a healthy trend."

Engineering programs have the biggest increase in new students, Joyce said, up 35 per cent. Those numbers should tip that faculty to more than 1,600 students.

Camosun College's Lansdowne and Interurban campuses are on track to see an influx of at least 11,440 students in September, which is on par from last year. The vast majority are from south Vancouver Island and other parts of B.C.

"Camosun is very much a local community college," noted Joan Yates, Camosun's vice-president of community engagement.

Royal Roads University has a different ebb and flow of students than UVic and Camosun, and is expecting about 2,500 full-time equivalent students though its blended online and on-campus graduate programs and on-campus undergraduate programs.


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