Sakej powerfully reclaims the native perspective of what it means to be a warrior, and dismantles the 'great forgetting' that happened when native american cultures were eroded by the assimilation efforts of the white colonialists. See his YouTube channell here.
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Sakej Ward in his video presentation defines a Warrior's responsibility, is to look after his people and the land, preparing it for the next seven generations.
Sakej states that warriors have a sacred responsibility to manage the land and that nature is taken care of, but when there is a threat that will impact everything around you somebody needs to stand up, and it is the responsibility of these warriors to take action.
Sakej Ward discusses the resurgence of Indigenous Warrior Societies, their roles and responsibilities, and the targeting of Indigenous peoples under the auspice of Bill C-51 (The Anti-Terrorism Act). A veteran of both the Canadian and American militaries, Sakej belongs to the Wolf Clan, and is Mi'kmaw, from the community of Esgenoopetitj.
This talk was filmed at VIVO Media Arts Centre as part of the premiere of Line In The Sand, a documentary chronicling the widespread grassroots opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline.
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Ways of the warrior is detailed protocol about the responsibility and morality of of the indigenous warrior.
What does it mean to be a warrior?
We're used to a very sensationalized image of 'warrior', as a terrorist, a violent person, an extremist ... a fringe group.
When we see the destruction of our homelands, we see there is more need for this role of the warrior than ever before.
In all native american warrior cultures, there is a common concept: that we are all have a responsibility for taking care of the land.
We have a responsibility to take care of it for the next 7 generations.
Think about what that means "responsibility to the land". Am not talking about private ownership.
You have a responsibility for that land to be handed over to the next 7 generations in the same condition you received it, if not better.
From those original instructions we have the idea of sacred responsibility.
When there is a threat that ensures the destruction of the land, someone has to stand up.
Somebody has to be willing to put their life and liberty on the line to fulfill that sacred responsibility.
And that's what I mean when I talk about warriors.
It's those who are willing to stand up and fulfill their sacred responsibilities to that land and the next 7 generations.
If there was no thread to your homeland, if there was no threat to that parcel of Mother Earth, there would be no need for warriors.
They would be able to relax and fulfill the other side of that role which is to look after the people.
But we live in a time where that threat is larger and more powerful than anytime in history.
So that need for the warrior has to come forth from our people.