For Immediate Release
The Indigenous peoples of Denendeh have travelled 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
Bills C-38 and Bills C-45 revoked and establish a nation to nation
relationship with Canada.