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SOVEREINTY SUMMER 2013 SMIdle No MoreINM  Defenders Logo

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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

 

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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

 

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Published in Announcements
Mon, 2013-04-15 14:37ERIKA THORKELSON
 
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Experimental Lakes Founder David Schindler Says Oliver and Redford Make Canadians "Look Like a Bunch of Absolute Idiots"

 
 
 
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Once upon a time, in the beautiful land of Alberta there were magical machines that could turn sand into oil, that drew the toxins from the land and left the air and water clean and clear. It sounds like a fairy tale, but this is more or less what politicians like Premier Alison Redford and Environment Minister Joe Oliver are selling on their trips to Washington, according to scientist David Schindler.  

The founder and former director of the recently endangered Ontario Experimental Lakes Area was the keynote speaker at Carleton University’s Community Engagement Celebration on Friday. In a speech focusing on the environmental “propaganda war” Canada is facing, he said that believing in clean tar sands development is akin to believing in “magic fairies.”

“Why are people allowed to lie to the public like this? I just don’t understand this. We have to challenge them,” he said. “Obviously the people who used to challenge them, the civil servants, are no longer allowed to...READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE

 

I remember sitting in a meeting in 2011 to listen to the results of an Soil Ingestion Study I was involved in and lead by Dr. Jules Blais of the University of Ottawa. Dr. Schindler and many other key scientists were present during the presentation to review the results of the study.  Anyways, after review of results, I remember, from across the table, an associate of Dr. Schindler's said, "the people need to realize the power of the treaties because it's those treaties that will save the planet" (unquote) ~ Shannon M Houle

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Published in Global News

Instead of meeting with Aboriginal youth who had traveled 1,600 kilometres by foot in -50°C frigid winter temperatures to Parliament Hill, Prime Minister Harper went to an airport photo-op with two pandas.

Inspired by the Idle No More movement, 17-year-old David Kawapit Jr. and six friends left their traditional territory to travel for two months through brush, snow and frigid winter temperatures - walking from northern Quebec to Ottawa to call attention to local issues facing youth, including suicide, and fight for the future of Aboriginal people in Canada.

And instead of meeting with the walkers, Prime Minister Harper chose to leave town for a photo-op with two pandas. He’s spending $10 million to rent the pandas. Seriously. $10 million for panda priorities. 1 It’s outrageous to spend $10 million on pandas while Aboriginal children and youth receive $2-3,000 less education funding each year than non-native children and youth -- and need to walk 1,600km just to be heard by our government. 2,3

Sign the petition to PM Harper: It’s wrong to put PR stunts before people. Recognize First Nations rights and commit to equal education funding for Aboriginal children and youth.

SIGN THE PETITION NOW


Background:

Canada’s Aboriginal youth face many hurdles -- and this panda PR shows you the problem with this government’s priorities.

Cindy Blackstock, founder of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society has said that this means First Nations students have “fewer books, no libraries, no computers and very few science labs or learning supports for learners with different needs. Many First Nations children have to leave home at a young age to go to school hundreds of kilometers away and others go to schools in terrible conditions that include rat, snake and mold infestations. These horrible conditions contribute to less than half of First Nations children graduating from high school.” 3

Young people shouldn’t have to walk 1,600km to get our government’s attention.

Education funding for Aboriginal children and youth is a federal responsibility.We need our government to commit to a plan to reach equal education funding for Aboriginal children and youth in Canada.

Equal education funding is a good start, and we need to think big-picture. Time and again, Canada has broken its treaty promises to First Nations. That’s why Canada and many Canadians have gotten rich off the land’s resources, while First Nations have been locked into structural poverty. 4,5

This is a moment to make sure Canadians know what’s going on, make our voices heard, and keep our promises. Please sign this urgent petition now and share it with your friends and networks.

Here’s quote from our friend Heather Milton Lightening, Cree advocate and organizer, who offered this statement of support:

"Our people have more power than we know and understand. Harper is someone who understands power. This is a game of wills, and his acknowledgment of pandas over the Nishiyuu youth is intended to show that our people are powerless in the eyes of his regime. Little does he know leaders come and go but our people are forever. These youth showed the world the power of our people. Now it’s time to act."


Published in Global News
Saturday, 16 March 2013 06:41

The Journey of Nishiyuu Walkers

The Quest of Wisjinichu-Nishiyuu, Quest For Unity

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Summary:

6 Youth under the age of 20 with two guides wish to walk 1500 KM to Ottawa and arrive in Parliament Hill. This is a strong message to prove to other First Nations across Canada that the Cree Nation of Quebec are not sellouts, but keepers of the Language, Culture, Tradition and more importantly; today, we still carry the sacred laws of our ancestors.

Mission:

This Quest-Journey will establish and unite our historical allies and restore our traditional trade routes with the Algonquin, Mohawk and other First Nations. The time for Unity is now.

Vision:

Through Unity and Harmony, the quest will revive the voices of our “Anskushiyouch”. Their voices will be heard once more. With their guidance and strength, the Truth to all the sacred teachings will be revived and we will become once more, a powerful United Nations across Turtle Island.

The warriors have awaken and will rise:

The Cree people have always been fierce warriors; they have always been the gatekeepers of the North. They have had many battles and disputes over the territory, and to this day we have never surrendered our land to no nation, not now, not ever.

This land, the earth, the rivers, the winds, the mountains, the clouds and all of the creation, we are the true keepers and will continue to do so until time on earth is over. This Quest, it is time the Youth become the Warriors and the leaders for they are the “Anskushshiyouch” as foretold. The Earth Walkers, the beings put here on earth to protect all of Chisamanitou's Creation. In unity, in harmony, in peace, in war, we will achieve.

ORIGINAL SEVEN:

  1. Stanley George Jr, 
  2. Johnny Abraham, 
  3. David Kawapit, 
  4. Raymond Kawapit, 
  5. Geordie Rupert, 
  6. Travis George 
  7. Isaac Kawapit (Guide)

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Quest of Wisjinichu-Nishiyuu, Quest For Unity

From Helen Atkinson

  • The trekkers started from their community which is on Hudson Bay on the Quebec side (they left on January 11?). Their community has no road access. They are snowshoeing through the wilderness and are camping along the way. They had 85 km under their belts on Jan 23rd, since they left their community a week ago.
  • Their community is Cree and Inuit. It is called Whapmagoostui in Cree, Kuujjuarapik in Inuktitut, Great Whale River in English and Poste de la Baleine in French. It is the farthest north Cree community and the southernmost Inuit community, in Quebec.
  • It will take them another week or so (from January 24)  to get to the first community on their trek which is Chisasibi. The Youth Council is preparing for their arrival and for their accommodation while they are here. Chisasibi is connected by road so it will be easier to support them on their trek. It is at least 1400 km to Ottawa by road from here (Chisasibi).
  • Around here this morning (January 24) the wind chill is -42 degrees C. It is probably much colder where they are.

Journey of Nishuyuu Timeline

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Facebook Group: The Journey of the Nishiyuu

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Facebook Event: Welcoming the Journey of the Nishiyuu to Ottawa

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Journey of Nishiyuu - TEASER - YouTube

Published on Feb 7, 2013

Six young Cree men and a guide started the epic Journey of Nishiyuu on January 16, 2013, to carry a message to embrace and celebrate culture, hope, peace, the protection of Mother Earth, unity and healing of all humanity.

The seven walkers embark on the historic snowshoe journey from their hometown of Whapmagoostui, which is located along the coast of Hudson Bay in Northern Quebec, to Ottawa, Ontario - this is The Journey of Nishiyuu.

This montage features moments from the first 200KM and the eventual arrival in Chisasibi, Quebec. More footage will be added until the feature documentary is released.

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Official Website of the Nishiyuu Journey

Official Website of the Nishiyuu Journey

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