Breaking! Idle No More Delivers Sovereignty Summer Message for Canada Day - This is Stolen Native Land.

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July 1, 2013 - Activists with No More Silence and Idle No More unveil surprise banner at Canada Day celebration in Toronto, call attention to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

North York—At this evening’s Canada celebration at Mel Lastman Square, a group of activists as part of Idle No More’s Sovereignty Summer campaign, scaled the main stage at Toronto’s official Canada Celebration  and ‘dropped’ a banner reading, “Oh Canada, your home on Stolen Native Land.”

9186345515_b474b59ff3_c.jpgAlso, members and supporters of the group No More Silence were on hand at Mel Lastman’s Square handing out educational flyer’s about Idle No More and also No More Silence’s campaign to call attention to the tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.  Silvia McAdams, a spokesperson for Idle No More says, “there is a deep interconnection between the ongoing extractive industries based economy of Canada and the violence that industry represents against our most sacred mother earth and this country’s ongoing failures to address and resolve the murdered and missing First Nations  women's  and girls’ crisis. Sovereignty Summer calls for an immediate national Inquiry led by grassroots Indigenous women to develop a national action plan.”

Also on hand were activists dressed up as a promotional team from RBC, handing out flyers for a fictional “Colonialism Dividend” for Canada Day. “The point of this is to call attention to the source of Canadian wealth: Native land and resources,” says Audrey Huntely of No More Silence. “While the stereotype of the drunken lazy Indian living on hand outs persists it is in fact Native land and resources that make up the riches of this country - projects like the tar sands financed by banks such as RBC generate huge profits for a few while destroying the land and communities in their path. Hand in hand with this destruction go skyrocketing rates of violence against women. In fact Native women are five to seven times more likely to be murdered than other women,” Huntley says.

Sovereignty Summer is the new campaign of the Idle No More movement and the Defenders of the Land Network, intended as an education and action-based campaign focused on Indigenous Rights and in defense of Mother Earth. Building on the momentum and enthusiasm of the Idle No More Winter and Spring towards a strategic and effective next stage of this movement.

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Photo Credit Kevin Konnyu

Pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fifth_business/9186345515/

 

Media Contacts

 

- Clayton Thomas-Muller, National Campaigner, Idle No More/ Defenders of the Land #SovSummer Campaign – 613 297 7515creeclayton77@gmail.comhttp://idlenomore.ca, #IdleNoMore

 

- Audrey Huntley, No More Silence, 647 981 2918http://nomoresilence-nomoresilence.blogspot.ca/

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  • Benjamin M.
    commented 2013-07-07 06:45:29 -0700
    Now it seems fairly evident that violence against aboriginal women is due at least in part to poverty, poor/corrupt law enforcement, alcoholism, harmful objectifying stereotypes, substance abuse and higher rates of unemployment, all of which can be traced back to colonial policies and attitudes many of which are still alive today. With that being said, for the average person you’ll be handing out pamphlets to saying “there is a direct relationship between resources extraction and violence against aboriginal women” is at best a loose abstract/symbolic connection and at worse a conspiratorial claim meant to cram the “issues of the day” into one cohesive movement.

    Now, I would be interested in how you cement the claim that there is a connection between the two because I am sure there are ways. However, if you take it for granted that this connection is somehow obvious or widely acknowledged, you’re doing a disservice to the movement.
  • Jack Troughton
    commented 2013-07-02 12:45:55 -0700
    It’s a pretty arbitrary line to say that the latest groups of non-europeans to settle this land are the ones who are “native” to it, irrespective of the undeniable violence and exploitation that’s taken place.