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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
Friday, 19 April 2013 18:36

Water Not For Sale

ALONG JASPER AVENUE in EDMONTON, AB

FEDERAL CANADA PLACE TO ALBERTA PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURE BUILDING

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM

 

WE NEED A GOAL OF 3000 PEOPLE OR MORE FROM ALL ACROSS ALBERTA TO WALK IN THE ALBERTA CAPITAL TO TELL ALBERTA

 

"OUR WATER IS NOT FOR SALE" 

For all of our future. 

Please join us, your future literally depends on it.

All People Are Affected, Water is not selective...we ALL NEED IT...SO LET'S STAND TOGETHER IN SOLIDARITY

 

Created by Damian Abrahams

From Canada Place (9777 102 Avenue) to Alberta Legislature Building (10800 97 Avenue)

The Alberta Government is currently working on policy that will place all of Alberta's water on a market. You know that pond in your land, that stream in your community?..The Alberta Government is going to stake claim in all of the water, and place it on a market. That means that pond behind your house, you will have to pay to use that water, but if someone has more money and pays more for it, they can use it, whether that be Cenovus, Statoil, you name it, the highest bidder will have much control over the water. In 2006 the first ever water market was created in Canada..guess where? Southern Alberta, in Treaty 7 territory.

Now the plan is to place all of Alberta on a water market. Water is not a commodity, it is not to be sold, and NO ONE OWNS THE WATER, we are all given it for life. All living beings require water for survival. Water is a human right, one which the Alberta Government is currently trying to control.

In this proposed policy which is being said will come out in the fall of 2013, there are certain people who have first rights to water. It is called FITFIR, FIRST IN TIME, FIRST IN RIGHT. In 1894 a system was set up to encourage settlers to settle in Alberta, everyone who settled was given a water licence, under this new policy, those people have first right to water, but with the water market, those original license holders can sell their water to whoever they want.

Make no mistake, the Alberta Government is setting up a system to make it easier for Industry to have access to large amounts of water. Industry contaminates water until it's unusable, so there are massive amounts of water being taken out of surface and underground aquifers by FRACKING, SAGD, OPEN PIT MINING, COAL that takes the water and most is unable to be returned; what is returned, becomes poisonous toxic tailing ponds...with high risk of getting the ground or other water sources.  For example, look at the Fort McMurray plant, the tailing ponds are right next to the Athabasca River and directly upstream from well populated Indigenous communites.  Highly recommend watching the movies Revolution by Rob Stewert and White Water, Black Gold by David Lavallee.

On May 24 the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta is meeting in Edmonton to review policies, most of which, I am sure none of us have been made aware, consulted on, or even know about. One of those policies we are certain will be to privitize all water and place it on a market, with the highest bidder having control. In the proposed policy, guess who has last rights to small amounts of water? First Nation people and if you are not First Nation, please don't think you are in any better of a situation...you aren't!  If you are not a big company, chances are, you won't have any more rights to water.

On May 24th we will march from Canada Place to the Legislature to tell the Alberta Government, in unity, that

 

"OUR WATER IS NOT FOR SALE" 

For all of our future.

Please join us, your future literally depends on it.

Hiy Hiy.

We also encourage other Idle No More Organizers to plan relative Water Events all across Alberta.

 

PREPARATION FOR MARCH:WATER LABEL DIRECTIONS SM

We are asking all participants to assist in awareness of the sacredness of water; bring to light the disrespect of water; and how Indigenous Nations and non-Indigenous Communites are being affected by Industry through oil exploration and other means like seismic, fracking, etc..

  • Drinkable: We also ask all attendees to please bring the "Water of Life" with you. We encourage and prefer (if possible) all to bring the water in steel, ceramic, or glass containers. We highly encourage steel due to the movement required on the march. We do prefer (if possible) "non-plastic" containers as it's made from oil by-products.
  • Non-Drinkable (Target Group - Boil Water Advisories, Well Contamination etc.): We ask all participants to collect water from your home/nation/community.  Suggest collected at least a week before event.
    • DIRECTIONS for Labeling (DO NOT place in sun):
      • Place in a glass canning jar
      • Date & Time
      • Location (place, GPS if possible, water source etc.)
      • Who Collected
      • Type of poisoned effect (ie. Fracking, Boil Water Advisory, Flammable)
      • When first contaminated (if know) ie. When Anadarko did seismic testing in 2005

 

PATH OF THE JASPER AVENUE

MARCH FROM CANADA PLACE TO ALBERTA LEGISLATURE BUILDING

March Route Map

Approximately 13 Blocks

 

FURTHER LINKS AND READS:

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 WNFS May 2013 Poster3

Created by Damian Abrahams

 

Created by Damian Abrahams

 posting: group collaboration of Volunteering Organizers

Published in Alberta 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%

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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
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
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