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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

SOVEREINTY SUMMER SM                         

     

FURTHER READING:

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

GO HERE TO > READ FURTHER DETAILS

  

Twitter: @idlenomore4    #idlenomore    @landdefenders    #SSINM 

 

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Published in Announcements
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

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!

***

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.

 

***

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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