Bellerose: Indigenous Jewish Rights


RYAN BELLEROSE, 

Ryan Bellerose, a Métis- indigenous to Canada, specifically the Red River region, is an ardent advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide. In this compelling and personal narrative, Bellerose takes the reader on an emotional and inspiring tour through his life, connecting the poignant lessons of childhood and young adulthood, to his struggle to have indigenous rights recognized, and to overcome the multiple barriers which exist in our own communities. Bellerose also includes in this book his journey to Zionism and support for Israel, which he calls "the world's first modern indigenous nation."



“Your story is one of the best stories in history. A tiny people, broken, damaged, conquered several times, treated horribly, enslaved, yet, remained unbroken, unconquered and unassimilated. You not only returned to your ancient homeland, but you rebuilt it and made it thrive despite monumental pressure from the entire world. And if that is not the best story in history, I don’t know what else would qualify.” 
- Ryan Bellerose 


"The old federation pro-Israel advocacy consisted mainly of verbose posters, extolling the virtues of Israel and its people, computer chips, beaches in Tel Aviv, facts that nobody bothered to read. It consisted of being apologetic, on the defensive, sounding like you are trying to sell something rather than celebrating it, EXPLAINING RATHER THAN ADVOCATING. Even the name for what they did – “Hasbara” – means “explanation” and tends to sound more like rationalisation or justification..."

http://www.israellycool.com/2015/05/06/pro-israel-advocacy-out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new/

We are working on several projects including several that cooperate with Canadian first Nations, Israel and other indigenous peoples around the world. Ryan is focusing on the importance of identity while also working towards effecting real world change. please consider supporting his efforts. Updates will be posted regularly on Ryans website     ryanmbellerose.com
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