Bellerose: Indigenous Jewish Rights

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Raised by 234 people in 39 months
Kara Meyer  Calgary, AB

RYAN BELLEROSE, AUTHOR OF JEWISH INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

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."

We are funding Ryan Bellerose's book, "Jewish Indigenous Rights" because his voice is unique and it cuts through the noise of old style advocacy, or "Hasbara" which has not been effective enough.

“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/

Below is  a link to Ryan's personal story: www.cuwi.ca/ryan-bellerose
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Update 28
Posted by Kara Meyer
28 months ago
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Dear friends of Ryan,
As you all know there is a profound connection between the indigenous position and solidarity of native peoples and Jews through Ryan's advocacy.

This connection between a Zionist Metis & Standing Rock Sioux regarding the sacred rights to water and indigenous land would occur just before Sukkot, which also has an ancient water ceremony associated with it.

We would love for Ryan to have a presence and share his position on this with the Standing Rock Sioux community.

It is our belief that these matters concern all human beings. We are all connected and feel compelled to support each other in this endeavor.

Thank you all for continuing to support Ryan's mission and vision.

Jews in Sioux Unity- We teach the world
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Update 27
Posted by Kara Meyer
29 months ago
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Dear friends of Ryan,
I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you that our advocate and emissary, Ryan is still struggling with his health. I know we get updates from his Facebook profile, but I desire to convey more from my own perspective. The Indigenous Identity concept is not new, but it is innovative in how Ryan utilizes it to promote and explain Jewish origin and a connection to our people and land.

Ryan and I joke around about the f-word a lot. For me, it is a different f-word. The word "friend" is not an easy one for me to say. However, Ryan has been a friend to the Jewish people and also a mentor.

Join us in our continued support as he relentlessly pursues our story, our history, our ancestral connections and give back to Ryan for giving so much of himself to us.

Thank you to those who consistently support Indigenous Jewish Rights and together let's be unified in backing our champion Ryan Bellerose.
Our friend needs his friends right now.
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Update 26
Posted by Kara Meyer
29 months ago
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Dear friends of Ryan,
I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you that our advocate and emissary, Ryan is still struggling with his health. I know we get updates from his Facebook profile, but I desire to convey more from my own perspective. The Indigenous Identity concept is not new, but it is innovative in how Ryan utilizes it to promote and explain Jewish origin and a connection to our people and land.

Ryan and I joke around about the f-word a lot. For me, it is a different f-word. The word "friend" is not an easy one for me to say. However, Ryan has been a friend to the Jewish people and also a mentor.

Join us in our continued support as he relentlessly pursues our story, our history, our ancestral connections and give back to Ryan for giving so much of himself to us.

Thank you to those who consistently support Indigenous Jewish Rights and together let's be unified in backing our champion Ryan Bellerose.
Our friend could use his friends-
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Update 25
Posted by Kara Meyer
31 months ago
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Hello friends of Ryan!
Just wanted to give an update on Ryan's activities.
He has been very busy with several speaking engagements across Canada and the U.S. Ryan's voice is being heard and people are being influenced. This is ultimately what we want. We are a network of voices sharing the message of indigenous identity and how paramount it is to Jewish issues facing us today.

Additionally Ryan's health is a matter of concern. Ryan has experienced several set-backs due to health challenges. Ryan is need of our support now more than ever. When one of us is wounded we must all come together and unite.

Thank you all so much for your undying devotion and continued support to our great friend and advocate.
Ryan needs us and we need him too.
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Raised by 234 people in 39 months
Created October 22, 2015
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20 months ago
JK
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Joshua Keypour
23 months ago

Thank you, Ryan

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Joshua Keypour
27 months ago

Very much looking forward to reading this. Thank you, Ryan.

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27 months ago
JG
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Jacob Gore
27 months ago

it's for the people heading south to Dakota

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James Gross
27 months ago

Donation for the Dakota protest camp. Thanks Ryan.

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27 months ago
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27 months ago

God bless you and protect you, God give you long life and a strong healthy heart, God give you the desires of your heart.

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