For Immediate Release
The Indigenous peoples of Denendeh have traveled freely across our territories since time immemorial. We respect and uphold this freedom and so have chosen as some of the organizers for Idle No More Denendeh not to participate in #J16, the national day of economic disruption.
In so doing, we recognize that Denendeh is unique within Canada in many respects. Our communities are isolated and our people depend greatly on the permanent and seasonal roadways that connect us.
Economic activity in the NWT travels these same roads.
We respect that our brothers and sisters in other regions must act in accordance with their own realities. However, we acknowledge that many of our own people would be negatively impacted by economic disruptions if we were to follow suit, as would the many businesses owned and operated by Aboriginal groups in the NWT. Unemployment and economic inequality in our communities remain significant issues and we cannot afford to move backwards on the progress that has been made to date.
We continue to stand in solidarity with the actions of other First Nations around the country. We are in full support of the peaceful actions of Idle No Know. We are for the land and water and want the
Bill C-38 and Bill C-45 revoked and to establish a nation-to-nation relationship with Canada.