Calls for Change

Idle No More and Defenders of the Land, a network of Indigenous communities in land struggle, have joined together to issue this common call for escalating action. Our message is clear and in accordance with the principles of coexistence and mutual respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples. We call for Canada, the provinces and the territories to:

  1. Repeal provisions of Bill C-45 (including changes to the Indian Act and Navigable Waters Act, which infringe on environmental protections, Aboriginal and Treaty rights) and abandon all pending legislation which does the same.
  2. Deepen democracy in Canada through practices such as proportional representation and consultation on all legislation concerning collective rights and environmental protections, and include legislation which restricts corporate interests.
  3. In accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ principle of free, prior, and informed consent, respect the right of Indigenous peoples to say no to development on their territory.
  4. Cease its policy of extinguishment of Aboriginal Title and recognize and affirm Aboriginal Title and Rights, as set out in section 35 of Canada’s constitution, and recommended by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
  5. Honour the spirit and intent of the historic Treaties. Officially repudiate the racist Doctrine of Discovery and the Doctrine of Terra Nullius, and abandon their use to justify the seizure of Indigenous Nations lands and wealth.
  6. Actively resist violence against women and hold a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and involve Indigenous women in the design, decision-making, process and implementation of this inquiry, as a step toward initiating a comprehensive and coordinated national action plan.

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  • Naveen Raju
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  • Toch Whakan
    commented 2015-04-23 15:11:30 -0700 · Flag
    Join the Facebook Group
  • Eric Goulais
    commented 2015-02-05 19:30:17 -0800 · Flag
    Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
  • Daniel Tudor
    commented 2014-06-27 10:20:42 -0700 · Flag
    My slave/govt. name is Daniel Tudor. I am an activist in support of so many conscious causes….the environment, glbt rights, poverty and classism stemmed from colonialism; Its refreshing to see American Indians “First Nations or Natives” rise up in numbers. I’d love to see more action here in the US. Nebraska and South Dakota have lots of Natives.
  • Andrew Cameron
    commented 2014-04-07 18:00:10 -0700 · Flag
    I’m not sure about some of the reactions here, but I certainly agree with everything stated here. Keep doing the good work, I’d like to see more of this and maybe get involved in making it happen.
  • Bill Elliott
    commented 2014-02-22 00:05:27 -0800 · Flag
    “What has happened is the Harper regime has ignited the spark of equality in the human spirit and Unites all Nations in the Idle No More Global Movement.” Yes I agree, at least he has done 1 good thing with his term in power, we are all united in our desire to get rid of him.
  • Timothee Harry Henderson
    commented 2014-02-07 19:17:08 -0800 · Flag
    Wow, some amazingly articulated truths that must somehow get represented at the United Nations judicial Court system, which upholds the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. “The federal government has endorsed a United Nations declaration that recognizes global human rights standards for indigenous populations, reversing its initial opposition to the document.” This last statement was in 2010, no change in Indigenous Governmental Policy to date. What has happened is the Harper regime has ignited the spark of equality in the human spirit and Unites all Nations in the Idle No More Global Movement. Here is a legal brief just click on the link: My name is Pimuptoon Mukatay Myangun and I am “Idle No More.”
  • Floyd sabit
    commented 2013-12-14 12:36:10 -0800 · Flag
    I have been doing alot of thinking lately and have been asking myself…when the king of England claimed our land of his own…how can anyone claim land that is owned by we first nations people? It would be exactly like going across to your neighbors yard and claiming it for your own and that is not right. This land is ours and we have been fooled into thinking that it was not so that is why we have been fooled into signing a treaty that should have not been signed by our Grandfathers. So legally this land is ours 100% of it…this should be taken to the United Nations court so that they can say to the world that the First Nations people of Canada are the true owners of this beautiful country! I hope this makes sense.
  • Ernie M
    commented 2013-11-23 12:48:39 -0800
    Today, Im sickened. I see aboriginal people being tossed aside, being told there is no money for us in the budget. Yet everywhere I go I see hand outs for some hurricane in Philippines. My heart goes out to these people, but what about the people here? We are told that Manitoba is in debt becasue of flooding, where is the help form the Philippines? They say they have less money to budget for us, and need to raise our taxes. Canada has 35 million people and Philippines has almost a hundred million. Why would you tax us and send money to them when they could tax their own people? We didnt want ANY immigrants here and the government swarms us with more and more each year, and they just send all the money back home. We are being undermined on all levels. Time to say no more to foreign aid for countries that could raise their own taxes, and time to say no more to immigration, the biggest enemy of the native peoples in history
  • Frederick Peitzsche
    commented 2013-10-12 09:05:12 -0700 · Flag
    Delay the new Education Act so that a majority of the over 600 reserves in Canada can have their say about native needs before yet another education folly is imposed upon them.
  • Spencer Mann
    followed this page 2013-09-18 11:38:04 -0700
  • Donna Chevrier
    commented 2013-09-05 15:17:58 -0700
    I have been so proud of the Idle No More groups of Canadians standing up to those who are polluting our air, water and land. Our Native Canadians have been setting an example of leadership that we wish our governments could emulate. I recently listen to a TED speaker on the topic of standing up to authority and changing lives. I want to share it with everyone who refuses to be pushed around. One of the memorable statements, “Freedom doesn’t exist if you don’t use it.”
  • Dennis Carlock
    commented 2013-07-24 12:30:01 -0700 · Flag
    Bet I’m the only volunteer in Texas. How do I get in touch with other volunteers in my area?
  • Ernie M
    commented 2013-07-18 11:26:43 -0700 · Flag
    Great work guys, do you accept donations at events as well or just on the internet?
    You know I got to thinking today about how we never really wanted any immigrants and yet the goverment lets in millions of new immigrants that we never ask for. I find this very insulting. This takes up land and jobs for aboriginals and makes less space for hunting and fishing. I would like to see us starting to tell them enough is enough, you let in too many already, They say its to help the economy but all it does is make there big companies richer and makes more competition for us. I say we tell them we had enough of that crap. They say we dont have clear goals, well theres a clear one to start. Dont let so many if any immigrants anymore, I dont care where theyre from, they give away land thats not even theres to give
  • Stan Wilson
    commented 2013-06-28 07:33:03 -0700 · Flag
    re: no 3 above. Stating that FNs or IPs ought to able to say “no” to any development in their territory is too restrictive and sends a negative message, Rathar I think the statement ought to be positive by decalring that FNs and IPs are to have a say in any development in their traditional territory. Having veto power would ensure anyone interested in development to seek their input.