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For Immediate Release

Three Days of Solidarity with the Hupacasath for Canada and Freedom!

 
Calgary, Alberta – June 5th, 6th & 7th, 2013, at Olympic Plaza, 228 – 8 Avenue SE, Idle No More and Concerned Canadians in solidarity with the Hupacasath will be holding Rallies and Round Dances.
 
In September of 2012, Prime Minister Harper and China’s President Wu signed a treaty entitled the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA). This treaty would lock Canada into a 31-year deal with China. FIPPA passed through Parliament without serious scrutiny or debate. However, it has not yet been ratified; the only thing standing in the way of FIPPA is the Hupacasath, a small group of First Nation people on the west coast. The Hupacasath have taken the federal government to court over FIPPA, and the hearings are underway, June 5th, 6th and 7th, 2013.
 
FIPPA will be detrimental to Canadian People and our Environment. China would have the right to take legal action against all levels of government and receive compensation from Canadian taxpayers for loss of profits. This includes any environmental protection rules that China’s government does not agree with. China could also be off the hook for paying clean-up costs associated with an oil spill or other environmental disaster.
 
Canadian employment standards will also be on the chopping block within Chinese companies, and the restrictions on foreign labour would not apply. Companies under the FIPPA agreement could refuse to follow Canadian standards including paying compensation to Canadian workers injured or families devastated by employees killed on the job.
 
Stand up for freedom and true democracy. Show Stephen Harper and his government that freedom and respect for Indigenous peoples matter. Raise your voices and let the Conservative Government know that economic development should not be at the expense of Our Environment and Our Children’s Future.
 
Rise in solidarity and support the Hupacasath in their mission to protect the Environment, Canadian Human Rights, Democracy and Our Future.
 
 
Details:
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
12:00 PM - Noon
Olympic Plaza
228 – 8 Avenue SW
 
Thursday, June 6th, 2013
12:00 PM - Noon
Olympic Plaza
228 – 8 Avenue SW
 
Friday, June 7th, 2013
7:00 PM
Olympic Plaza
228 – 8 Avenue SW
 
 
Links:
Information about FIPA – http://fipafacts.ca/
Idle No More – http://www.idlenomore.ca/
Idle No More Calgary - http://idlenomorecalgary.ca/
Facebook Calgary Event Page - https://www.facebook.com/events/198847133598983/
 
Media Contacts:
 
Brian Seaman
Calgary Human Rights and Civil Liberties Lawyer
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Chantal Chagnon
Idle No More Calgary, Green Party of Canada                    
Published in National News

 

 Happy Indigenous Solidarity Day and Summer/Winter Solstice!

We are pleased to announce that Idle No More will launch a new website next Friday, June 28th. Please join us for the launch!

Published in Announcements
Monday, 27 May 2013 11:46

NO FIPPA ~ Send The Pandas Home

Come On People

The Pandas Want To Go Home

INM Send Panda Home NO FIPPA

Published in Announcements
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, 17 May 2013 01:58

IDLE NO MORE PICTURES

Idle No More is currently revamping the Official Website and doing a CALL OUT for

 

Pictures

 

Videos

 

Songs

 We are looking for the media to be used and featured and become part of the face of www.idlenomore.ca

Capture the Spirit & Intent of Idle No More

Ever since the first INM Teach in to the Rallies, Forums, Live Streams, & Millions of Awakenings...we have seen humanity share and express their gifts.  We can only be in "Awe" as there's no words to explain but can only feel the amazement...we again are asking all to "Let Their Light Shine" and send in your creations, expressions, and or extentions of self, humanity, Mother Earth, Unity, Solidarity, Pride, Humility, and so forth...

We are honored to receive.  

CRITERIA:

PICTURES: must be High Quality at least 1000px wide minimum

Include: Permission to Use, Name of Artist(s), contact information (if need to contact), and any other relivent information deep important.

Please forward all media via attachment and/or hyperlink to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Forward as soon as possible and by DEADLINE by June 5, 2013.

* Please note, we will not be able to use all received; however, hope to use at various times.

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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...

 

                                          ACTION

              DIRECT ACTION

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 

 

                                          ACTION

              DIRECT ACTION

ACTION

Published in Announcements
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."

LINKS CONNECTED TO MESSAGE:

 

 

 

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Published in Global News
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%

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

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