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Friday, 10 May 2013 18:06

We Borrow From Our Children

WE BORROW FROM OUR CHILDREN...

                                                             & They're Taking It Back

 

They Have Spoken...

 

I wonder what would happen if all our Seventh Generation stood all at once & stopped them...THE CHILDREN...after all IT'S THEM who we borrow these lands, water, and all....more and more everyday, I see MORE & MORE OF the CHILDREN STANDING UP! 

 

 

RISE

 

IDLE

 

NO MORE

Ta'Kaiya Blaney

12 young leaders changing Canada

Generation Why: Ta'Kaiya Blaney

 

 

 

  

   TAKE STAND...

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Published in Celebrating Greatness

An Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe View of the Nuclear Industry

by Dr. Lynn Gehl

Contrary to what the television commercials and the nuclear industry would like us to believe the nuclear fuel cycle is far from safe and green.  The process of mining, milling, and building nuclear power plants requires huge amounts of energy obtained from fossil fuels.  Thus, this process alone produces carbon dioxide emissions and is not green.

The nuclear fuel cycle is harmful in other ways...READ FULL STORY

Published in Select Readings

May 17th, 2013 by Julia Reinhart

As Tar Sand exploitation threatens the lands of many Native American tribes, the Committee of Religious NGOs held an All Nations Prayer Ceremony at the United Nations headquarters demanding legal rights for Earth against destruction and exploitation...SEE FULL STORY

Published in Global News

SOVEREINTY SUMMER 2013 SMIdle No MoreINM  Defenders Logo

&

Defenders of the Land

 

DECLARE "SOVEREIGNTY SUMMER"

...NOW RISE UP

 

CALL TO ACTION

A campaign of coordinated non-violent direct actions to promote Indigenous rights and environmental protection in alliance with non-Indigenous supporters.

A declaration, jointly released with Defenders of the Land in March 2013, where a network of Indigenous communities, leaders, and activists involved in high-profile struggles to defend their land rights, calls for a “Solidarity Spring” to precede a “Sovereignty Summer,” with actions on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21, Earth Day on April 22, and through the summer.

Indigenous communities have the right to determine the development on their traditional and treaty territories. In defending their right to say "No" to unwanted development, First Nations like Barriere Lake, KI, Grassy Narrows and many others are advancing alternatives that help us re-imagine our relationship to the environment. Across the country, people are increasingly supporting First Nations who are trying to protect lands, waters and air for everyone, and to win recognition of marine protections, of sustainable forestry, of local, just economies, and ofthe principle that we must respect the environment that we are a part of. 

We are calling on non-Indigenous people to join Indigenous communities in coordinated non-violent direct actions in the summer. Alternatives will only come to life if we escalate our actions, taking bold non-violent direct action that challenges the illegitimate power of corporations who dictate government policy. 

 

CALL TO ACTION

FROM SOLIDARITY SPRING TO SOVEREIGNTY SUMMER: AN INTERNATIONAL CALLOUT TO ALL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, SUPPORTERS, ALLIES OF IDLE NO MORE & DEFENDERS OF THE LAND

 

Over the past few months, Idle No More has ignited a spiritual fire in the hearts of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples to come together to address issues related to: Honoring Treaties and Indigenous Sovereignty, Human Rights, Deepening Democracy reflecting a meaningful Nation to Nation relationship, and increasing Environmental Protections and protecting Mother Earth. 

 

In March, Idle No More joined forces with Defenders of the Land to launch a Declaration that calls on all People to participate in a campaign that was called “Solidarity Spring” and “Sovereignty Summer”.

 

Idle No More and Defenders of the Land are now transitioning into Sovereignty Summer and people are calling for increased and escalated activities.  The actions aim to bring attention to the Harper government agenda that undermines the rights of Indigenous Peoples, Canadian citizens, and the ongoing policies disrupting Indigenous peoples' lives - such as land claims, third party management, and no free and prior consent to development on Indigenous lands. We are in a critical time where lives, lands, waters and Creation are at-risk and they must be protected. 

 

The Harper government is moving quickly to pass the suite of legislation (C-45, C-428, S-2, S-6, S-8, S-212, C-27, and the First Nation Education Act) that undermines the treaties, our nation-to-nation relationship and Indigenous sovereignty, which is the last stand to protect our lands. Idle No More calls on non-Indigenous people to join Indigenous communities in coordinated non-violent direct actions in the summer. Alternatives will only come to life if we escalate our actions, taking bold non-violent direct action that challenges the illegitimate power of corporations who dictate government policy. 

 

People have been inspired to engage in creative activities of reclaiming, resurgence and resistance in exercising their Nationhood in ways they see appropriate for them.  There has been a historic “Turtle Lodge Treaty” signing ceremony on Indigenous education, nations have reclaimed sacred spaces and peoples continue to protect their lands from invasion.  There is a spiritual energy stirring and a large awakening is on the horizon as we transition to Sovereignty Summer.  The spirit in which Idle No More began was through the resurgence of Indigenous laws and it is only appropriate for the resurgence of our spiritual and ceremonial practices - which are the foundation of our Nations - to guide us into this transitioning period.  The time for Unity and Solidarity is NOW, our future generations are depending on us and asking us to come together to think about what we will leave for them.

 

~ A CALLOUT TO ALL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, SUPPORTERS AND ALLIES OF IDLE NO MORE ~


Leading into Sovereignty Summer, Idle No More calls on all people to join in a grassroots gathering for a Public Awareness Campaign in all Cities, Towns, Indigenous Communities and Villages across Canada and Internationally.

WHEN:
An on-going gathering and occupation, starting on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 5:00pm and continuing once a week, at the same time and at the same place as people/ groups see appropriate for them. As we move closer to summer, Nations/peoples/ groups may want to increase the frequency of their gatherings to each day of the week on a consistent basis.

 

WHERE:
People can determine for themselves the appropriate location that has significance to them.  For those in urban Centre’s this could be: prominent Government Buildings (Federal or Provincial) in Canada and at Canadian Embassies around the World. For those in their communities, this could be sacred sites, places of cultural importance and locations that are significant to people.

 

WHY:
To bring awareness to the public at large of the mission of the Idle No More Movement. To honor, fulfill and solidify Unity and Solidarity with all who support Idle No More in your community, city, town or village. This is not a onetime event but an ONGOING CAMPAIGN leading into Sovereignty Summer.

 

HOW:
Gather, Occupy, Rally and bring your songs, dancing, drums, signs, banner, flags and get to know and network with those who share your passion for the mission of the Idle No More Movement.  Those events that wish to end with a March are encouraged to do so if your numbers permit.


The following Events and ongoing Activities have confirmed their participation in this Call to Action:

 

  1. Our Water is NOT for Sale

Edmonton, AB

Friday May 24, 2013 10:30-2:00

March from Canada Place to Alberta Legislature

 

  1. Grassroots Gathering Public Awareness Campaign

Toronto, ON

Starting Saturday May 25, 2013 at 5:00pm (Every Saturday)

Queens Park, University Ave and College Street

March afterward if numbers permit

 

  1. Million First Peoples March and Welcoming the Sacred Journey Walkers

Ottawa, ON

June 21, 2013

Ottawa, ON

Parliament Hill

 

The inspiration for this Call to Action came from an Idle No More supporter in the Toronto region and other supporters asking for people to come together to take action to bring attention to the current Harper agenda and ongoing narrative of colonialism. 

 

 

Twitter: @idlenomore4    #idlenomore    @landdefenders    #SSINM    #SOVEREIGNTYSUMMER

 

  • FEEL Free to use the DOWNLOADABLE ATTACHMENTS, below to further assist in awareness in the "Sovereignty Summer" Campaign...spread the word...

 

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ACTION

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Published in Global News
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00

SOVEREIGNTY SUMMER

SOVEREINTY SUMMER 2013 SMIdle No More

&

Defenders of the Land

 

DECLARE "SOVEREIGNTY SUMMER"

...NOW RISE UP

 

CALL TO ACTION

 

A campaign of coordinated non-violent direct actions to promote Indigenous rights and environmental protection in alliance with non-Indigenous supporters.  

A CALLOUT TO ALL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES,

SUPPORTERS AND ALLIES OF IDLE NO MORE


Leading into Sovereignty Summer, Idle No More calls on all people to join in a grassroots gathering for a Public Awareness Campaign in all Cities, Towns, Indigenous Communities and Villages across Canada and Internationally.

WHEN:
An on-going gathering and occupation, starting on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 5:00pm and continuing once a week, at the same time and at the same place as people/ groups see appropriate for them. As we move closer to summer, Nations/peoples/ groups may want to increase the frequency of their gatherings to each day of the week on a consistent basis.

 

WHERE:
People can determine for themselves the appropriate location that has significance to them.  For those in urban Centre’s this could be: prominent Government Buildings (Federal or Provincial) in Canada and at Canadian Embassies around the World. For those in their communities, this could be sacred sites, places of cultural importance and locations that are significant to people.

WHY:
To bring awareness to the public at large of the mission of the Idle No More Movement. To honor, fulfill and solidify Unity and Solidarity with all who support Idle No More in your community, city, town or village. This is not a onetime event but an ONGOING CAMPAIGN leading into Sovereignty Summer.

HOW:
Gather, Occupy, Rally and bring your songs, dancing, drums, signs, banner, flags and get to know and network with those who share your passion for the mission of the Idle No More Movement.  Those events that wish to end with a March are encouraged to do so if your numbers permit.


The following Events and ongoing Activities have confirmed their participation in this Call to Action:

 

  1. Our Water is NOT for Sale

Edmonton, AB

Friday May 24, 2013 10:30-2:00

March from Canada Place to Alberta Legislature

 

  1. Grassroots Gathering Public Awareness Campaign

Toronto, ON

Starting Saturday May 25, 2013 at 5:00pm (Every Saturday)

Queens Park, University Ave and College Street

March afterward if numbers permit

 

  1. Million First Peoples March and Welcoming the Sacred Journey Walkers

Ottawa, ON

June 21, 2013

Ottawa, ON

Parliament Hill

 

SOVEREINTY SUMMER SM

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Twitter: @idlenomore4    #idlenomore    @landdefenders    #SSINM 

 

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Saturday, 11 May 2013 20:26

International Unity

Everyday thousands of Indigenous Peoples all of the World are challenged to protect all that is sacred, the land, air, water...all that is Mother Earth and every living being.  This also requires Indigenous Peoples to unite with each other Internationally and with allies.  This means we are all connected...Interpedendant and Interconnected on Mother Earth.  There is no time to wait, we need each other more than ever to TAKE A STAND for ourselves, all living, and protect ourselves from extinction.  Scientists estimate with our oceans dying due to oil industry, forestry etc...we need to rethink what "development" means...embrace "sustainability"...and accept we all need each other to exist and co-exist.

SUPPORTING THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND THEIR LANDS IN THE AMAZON

WE HEAR YOU

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BLUE QUILLS FIRST NATIONS COLLEGE

MASTERS OF EDUCATION COHORT

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BRAZIL'S AMAZON RAINFOREST

Posted & Retrieved from the Support Chief Raoni Facebook Community Page

 

Letter from the courageous and inspirational Indigenous People of Brazil's Amazon Rainforest, who occupied Belo Monte for 9 days, ending today, when troops moved in to remove them."We are the people who live in the rivers where you want to build dams. We are the Munduruku, Juruna, Kayapo, Xipaya, Kuruaya, Asurini, Parakanã, Arara,fishermen and peopleswho live in riverine communities. We are Amazonian peoples and we want the forest to stand. We are Brazilians. The river and the forest are our supermarket. Our ancestors are older than Jesus Christ.

You are pointing guns at our heads. You raid our territories with war trucks and soldiers. You have made the fish disappear and you are robbing the bones of our ancestors who are buried on our lands.

You do this because you are afraid to listen to us. You are afraid to hear that we don’t want dams on our rivers, and afraid to understand why we don’t want them.

You invent stories that we are violent and that we want war. Who are the ones killing our relatives? How many white people have died in comparison to how many Indigenous people have died? You are the ones killing us, quickly or slowly. We’re dying and with each dam that is built, more of us will die. When we try to talk with you, you bring tanks, helicopters, soldiers,machineguns and stun weapons.

What we want is simple: You need to uphold the law and promote enacting legislation on free, prior and informed consent for indigenous peoples. Until that happens you need to stop all construction, studies, and police operations in the Xingu, Tapajos and Teles Pires rivers. And then you need to consult us.

We want dialogue, but you are not letting us speak. This is why we are occupying your dam-building site. You need to stop everything and simply listen to us."

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Published in Global News
Saturday, 27 April 2013 18:17

Idle No More win's Best Democratic Movement

January 22, 2013

Idle No More wins Samara’s Best Democratic Moment of 2012

When Samara started the “Best Moment in Canadian Democracy” contest in 2011, the Arab Spring had just begun. Reflecting on these uprisings in the Middle East, an American in Samara’s community emailed to thank us for this contest, noting it was important to remember to be vigilant and celebrate democracy at home.

“Given what is happening in the Middle East now,” he wrote, “I think your survey results are particularly resonant… thanks for the reminder that democracy is important and for helping celebrate Canada's own democracy.”

We are pleased to provide this opportunity for us to reflect on the best moments in Canadian democracy.

This year, you nominated five worthy candidates – the Quebec Student Movement, Female Premiers, Checks and Balances, the Speaker’s protection of minority voices, and Idle No More -and the votes are in. The winner, with 32% of the vote, is Idle No More.

The Idle No More movement may have begun in 2012, but it, and the demonstrations it’s spurred are thriving in 2013. Protests continue, Chief Theresa Spence continues her hunger strike and blockades are making international news.

The rise of the citizens’ voice through protest is a trend we’ve been seeing in this contest since its inception. In each year since this began a protest of some kind has won the contest: anti-prorogation rallies in 2010, the Occupy Movement in 2011 and now Idle No More in 2012.

These movements began, at least in part, online, or were considerably boosted through their presence in social media. While it’s likely true that an online contest privileges these types of movements, we still see it as a snapshot of what’s capturing the imagination of Canadians.

We hope you have enjoyed taking time to reflect on the best moments in Canada’s democracy last year, and here’s wishing you a democratic 2013!

*****

Congratulations to Ryan Patrice who, as the official winner of our contest, will be awarded a political book of his choice.

Final votes:
Idle No More: 32%
Female Premiers: 20%
Speaker’s ruling: 17%
Quebec Student Movement: 19%
Checks and Balances in Place: 10%

READ FULL REVIEW

Source retrieved April 28, 2013: 

http://www.samaracanada.com/samarablog/samara-main-blog/2013/01/22/idle-no-more-wins-samara-s-best-democratic-moment-of-2012

Published in Announcements

With Idle No More only months old and the intensity of energy that lead the movement into the lives of millions worldwide from the tables of families to the tables of corporations...to the fingertips shared on social media to the lips of children, youth, and adults in classrooms...we sometimes get preoccupied with planning the next steps, creating and creating, to the next everything to create more awareness, knowledge, and empowerment; that sometimes we forget in our busy selfless days of Idle No More to show and share our gratitude.

Therefore, this goes out to all those who are doing their part to support humanity and Mother Earth to heal, celebrate life, and honor each other...this goes out to the walkers, the water walkers, the fasters, the ceremonial holders, the pipe holders, the hunger strikers, the ones who are putting their lives on the line to create Change.

We can not ever show or say enough to share how grateful and thankful we are for all that you do...therefore, we send this out to all of you (not limited to any)...

With humbled respect to all peoples of all languages, creeds, and cultures, I send this out on behalf of all and in my Cree language (only because it's the closest word I know) as a way to express the utmost gratitude is to say,

"KINANÂSKOM'TINAN"

I can not completely translate in English or any other language without it loosing it's true value but I can try my best ...

it means:

to be grateful, with the most respect, honor, with humility, and whole hearted joy, and love...

 

We send this out and dedicate these Indigenous (Native American) Poems to you all...

we smudge and pray the Eagle Beings carry our prayers and hopes on their wings to the Creator for you all...

#idlenomore Forever...its a Spirit and Lives!

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SPIRITUAL WARRIOR

(Retrieved April 23, 2013 from http://www.blackhawkproductions.com/poetrynative.htm)


Life offers us the opportunity to become a Spiritual Warrior. 
A warrior is one who bravely goes into those dark areas within 
themselves to ferret out the Truth of their being. 
It takes great courage, stamina and endurance to 
become a Spiritual Warrior.


The path is narrow, the terrain rough and rocky. 
You will walk alone: through the dark caves, 
up those steep climbs and through the dense thick forest. 
You will meet your dark side. The faces of fear, deceit, and 
sadness all await your arrival


No one can take this journey but you. 
There comes a time, in each of our lives, 
when we are given the choice to follow this path. 
Should we decide to embark on this journey, 
we can never turn back.... Our lives are changed forever 
On this journey, there are many different places we can 
choose to slip into and hide. But the path goes on. 
The Spiritual Warrior stays the course, wounded at times, 
exhausted and out of energy. Many times, the Warrior will 
struggle back to their feet to take only a few steps before 
falling again.


Rested, they forge on, 
continuing the treacherous path. 
The journey continues. The Spiritual Warrior 
stays the course. Weakened, but never broken. 
One day, the battle, loneliness and desperate fights are over. 
The sun breaks through the clouds; the birds begin to sing 
their sweet melodies. There is a change in the energy. 
A deep change within the self.


The warrior has fought the courageous fight. 
The battle of the dark night of the soul is won. 
New energy now fills the Warrior. 
A new path is now laid before them. 
A gentler path filled with the inner-knowing 
of one who has personal empowerment.


With their personal battle won, they are filled with joy. 
A new awareness that they are one with the Spirit beams 
as they go forth to show others the way. 
They are not permitted to walk the path for others. 
They can only love, guide and be a living example 
of the Truth of their being.

 

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A Song of Hope

A Song of Hope by Oodgeroo (Kath Walker)

(Retrived April 23, 2013 from http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/arts/a-song-of-hope)

Look up, my people,

The dawn is breaking

The world is waking

To a bright new day

When none defame us

No restriction tame us

Nor colour shame us

Nor sneer dismay.

Now brood no more

On the years behind you

The hope assigned you

Shall the past replace

When a juster justice

Grown wise and stronger

Points the bone no longer

At a darker race.

So long we waited

Bound and frustrated

Till hat e be hated

And caste deposed

Now light shall guide us

No goal denied us

And all doors open

That long were closed.

See plain the promise

Dark freedom-lover!

Night's nearly over

And though long the climb

New rights will greet us

New mateship meet us

And joy complete us

In our new Dream Time.

To our fathers' fathers

The paid, the sorrow;

To our children's children

the glad tomorrow. [1]

 

Published in Celebrating Greatness
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