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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 23:17

INM Direct Action Training - Spreecast


Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 CST


  • Heather Milton Lightning,
  • Satsi Nazel,
  • Chrissy Swain and
  • Elle-Maiji Tailfeathers

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Satsi Naziel-Well I grew up the city of Prince George most of my life, last summer I decided to move away from the city and into the traditional lifestyle of the cabin. I decided to do that because when I lived in the city, I felt so incomplete, I had my family with me, nice clothes, friends, everything you need to live a "good" life in the system, but there was still something missing. And last summer I discovered what my traditions are, I discovered how my ancestors lived, and how it was a perfect solution to live a happy fullfilled life, to bring strength and good health to our people, to protect the land, the animals, and to reassert our aboriginal ownership over the territory that was given to us to protect. I found my spirit, that's what was missing in my life. 
I live at the Unist'ot'en cabin. It is placed directly on the right of way of the pipelines for the purpose to block, preserve and defend our ancestors way of life from pipelines, mining and all industries and corrupt people who wish to harm it. 

My new home is not only a blockade, but a solution to all problems indigenous people face today, spirutal or physical.

Elle-Maiji Tailfeathers-has helped organize the resistance against fracking on the Blood reserve. Last September, Tailfeathers was one of three women arrested for peacefully blockading the entrance of the first drilling site. After her release, Tailfeathers, who had been working as an actor, created a film to help raise awareness about fracking on the Blood reserve. That film, Bloodland, has just completed the festival circuit, where it has received positive reviews and inspired national debate. Tailfeathers’ second short film, A Red Girl’s Reasoning, about violence against indigenous women, recently won the Crazy 8s contest for films made in eight days or less. The Crazy 8s’s website describes A Red Girl’s Reasoning: “After the justice system fails the victim of a brutal, racially driven sexual assault, she becomes a motorcycle-riding, ass-kicking vigilante who takes on the attackers of other women who’ve suffered the same fate.” Tailfeathers is currently working on the screenplay for her first feature-length narrative film, set on the Blood reserve. protectbloodland

Chrissy Swain- Booshoo! My spirit name is Southern Wind Woman, I come from the lynx clan. My engish name is Chrissy Swain, I am a youth of Asubpeeschoseewagong - the ojibway name for Grassy Narrows, which is located 80 kilometers north of Kenora, Ontario.

"It was below zero degrees Fahrenheit on the night of Dec. 2, 2002, when sisters and young indigenous mothers Chrissy and Bonnie Swain from the Grassy Narrows First Nation drove from their reserve, located in the southern fringe of the vast Boreal Forest in northern Ontario, to the logging road just a few miles from their home. The sisters felled trees over the road to protest unwanted logging on their land by Abitibi Consolidated. They then headed home, afraid their father would be mad at them. Instead, he was proud. Their protest was the spark that ignited their small community of 1,000 to launch a sustained direct-action campaign to stop logging."

Published in Get Involved

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 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,


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!



(Retrieved April 23, 2013 from

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

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
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



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.



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

Posting as per request from FIPA INM communications


The Council of Canadians


On January 18, 2013, the Hupacasath First Nation of British Columbia took the first steps toward challenging the Harper government’s new corporate rights pact with China through the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPPA). That’s the day the Hupacasath filed an application in court to stop the ratification of the FIPPA until the government has fulfilled its obligation to consult with First Nations about the impacts the treaty will have on their rights and their lands.

No trade or investment deal in recent memory has attracted so much opposition in Canada – and for good reason. No investment treaty since North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) poses a greater threat to the environment, public health, First Nations and basic notions of democracy. If the FIPPA is ratified, China-based corporations will be able to directly challenge local, provincial and federal policies that interfere with their “right” to make a profit from energy, mining or other controversial projects. Canadian firms will have the same “right” in China, which will have a direct impact on human rights and environmental protections in that country also.

The Hupacasath First Nation is doing all of us a great service by challenging the FIPPA with China. Their legal battle will put Canada’s FIPPAs on trial and shine an important light on how trade and investment pacts undermine democracy in Canada and around the world. You and I need to help the Hupacasath however we can.


 Stop FIPA! Help Legal Action on Canada-China Deal




For those who do not know, Brenda Sayers is the spokesperson for the Hupacasath First Nation of Port Alberni, B.C. The Hupacasath are a small First Nation of 280 people. On January 18, 2013, the Hupacasath filed in the Federal Court of Canada their Notice of an Intention to apply for an injunction against the federal government to prevent them from ratifying the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA) with China. They have since filed the application. The basis of their application is that the government failed to honour its constitutionally mandated duty under section 35 of the Constitution Act to consult with First Nations peoples, the Métis and the Inuit when it negotiated ...the FIPPA with China. Several other organizations or Band Councils have also filed for Intervener status, which means they can file Affidavits in support of the Hupacasath. 

Here is what Brenda and I talked about:

    1. Brenda is the spokesperson for the Hupacasath regarding this application. She is very happy to hear of support for Hupacasath from Treaty 7 / Calgary people.

    2. The Band Council has retained a Vancouver law firm that specializes in Aboriginal Law, Underhill, Boies, Parker Law Corporation. Their address is: 440-355 Burrard St., Vancouver, B.C. V6C 2G8. The lead counsel is Mark Underhill.

    3. There is a case management meeting on Thursday, March 21, 2013 involving the Hupacasath legal team, lawyers for the feds and a Federal Court judge. Among other things, they will be deciding on dates for hearing the application. As I’d said, there are several groups or First Nation band councils seeking Intervener status. The federal lawyers are objecting. This is to be expected. The judge however will undoubtedly rule that the other FN band councils do have the right to be heard on this application as FIPPA affects their rights too. The date of the hearing could be as early as late April.

    4. The legal costs are estimated to be $75,000, which is why it is imperative to start fund-raising now. The Council of Canadians is raising funds through its site. There’s also a page available through Causes. Finally, anyone wishing to donate by cheque can do so by making it payable to, Underhill, Boies, Parker Law Corporation in Trust.

    5. The cost of around $150 is the fee for filing the intervenor paperwork with the federal court. The cost to put together an affidavit is much more and would be based on the lawyer's hourly billable rate, which is much more than $150 an hour. Since the issue is the same for all First Nations, Metis and Inuit, which is the failure of the federal government to discuss in a meaningful way the parts of FIPPA that affect First Nations/Metis/Inuit rights (by extension, the rights of all Canadians), it would make sense for various band councils that wanted to get intervenor status to join together and split costs for a single application as opposed to everyone doing their own thing.

Written by Brian Seaman, Human Rights Lawyer



There are 1.6 million First Nation, Metis, and Inuit and if we all pull together and get intervenor status for FIPA China Deal and Omnibus Bills this increases are chances of winning in the courts.

If band council wish not to get involved, speak with the elders and get a petition going and as long as it is a majority, this will be good enough to get an intervener status. In the works: YouTube Video and tryin to get Brian on APTN. He is in the process of getting us a lawyer for our use nation-wide: cheaper and more organized. Then we know on our side how many FN groups are in support of this application.

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

The Journey of Nishiyuu Walkers

The Quest of Wisjinichu-Nishiyuu, Quest For Unity

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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.


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.


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.


  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


Facebook Group: The Journey of the Nishiyuu

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Facebook Event: Welcoming the Journey of the Nishiyuu to Ottawa


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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