We’re promoting literacy! And, you know, Molotov Cocktails… (wait, what?)


redwire1.jpg  redwire2.jpgredwire4.jpg This is the magazine Redwire, which is distributed free to youth in Inuvik.It explicitly recommends and instructs young aboriginal people to “take direct action” and burn bridges, break power lines, throw molotov cocktails at vehicles, etc. This is rationalized as “sabotage of the corporate colonial system,” which is here left vague but basically refers to industrial activity such as logging and urban construction coming into aboriginal land. It’s published in Vancouver.I don’t mean to cause a media controversy, but has anyone actually opened one of these and read it? It’s a guide to destroying stuff! It specifically advocates torching bridges using molotov cocktails! To be fair, I have never seen a young person in Inuvik actually reading this stuff.


7 responses to “We’re promoting literacy! And, you know, Molotov Cocktails… (wait, what?)

  1. Dude, where can I get one??

  2. There’s a small stack of them at the Youth Centre, next to the (much better and reasonable) pamphlets on literacy, sexually transmitted diseases, suicide prevention, drug abuse, etc. I also saw one laying around the high school once.

    …the worst part is, “Redwire” has some good articles sometimes!

    It’s just presented as this revolutionary aboriginal-meets-anarchist Earth Liberation Front kind of manual.

    But then again, if a controversial book is left on a table and no one reads it, is it still controversial?

  3. Oh, too funny! You should do a story about them. Ask the kids what they think of them.

  4. I figure since it’s been around since 2007, any media coverage would in fact be worsening things and making a controversy where none exists. No one reads them…pretty much end of story?

    Besides, I doubt the youth in this town who vandalize stuff attempt to justify their actions along political lines.

  5. The typo on the front is classy

  6. I think that sometimes people like the *idea* of Redwire, and because of this they aren’t too critical of the content.

    After all, a magazine by and for aboriginal youth is a great idea, and I wish it the best of luck!

    This article just reminds me of time at Carleton U, hanging out at OPIRG — the Ontario Public Interest Research Group — where a kind of angry, anti-capitalist, anarchist language would come to alienate most outside people. (ie: You oppose Harper, alright…but why have a flyer where he has vampire teeth and dollar bills for eyes? Will that really change anyone’s mind?)

    If anything, I guess Redwire illustrates that there are still serious grievances between the aboriginal community and the rest of Canada.

    Hopefully they can be resolved without any “bridges being burned,” ha ha

  7. Well, it’s only one article out of many although it would have been nice to see more articles about how to lobby government, explanations of environmental laws etc. To be honest, I’d rather see the youth in the center reading this magazine than to see them being disengaged with the social issues that mark their lives.

    OPIRG is different from my pov. OPIRG is formed by educated university students, many of them middle class with a great deal of social priviledge in their background.

    p.s. sorry I didn’t make it out to your party. I crashed after the jamboree, spending all weekend in bed with some kind of gross cold…

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