Day of Resistance in Sudbury

First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act (FNCFNEA)
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Contraband Tobacco Act: taxation on-reserve

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The federal conservative government has continued it's agenda to eliminate First Nations' rights at all levels. Bill C-33, the FNCFNEA gives the Minister of Indian Affairs full power and authority over First Nation education from pre-K to post-secondary. French and English will be mandatory languages at First Nation schools and First Nation language and culture must be approved by the minister. Please spend a day with First Nation students to develop one-page messages, letters, signs and posters with reasons why the Minister of Indian Affairs should not be in control of First Nation education- students should sign and date their messages identifying their Nation and bring those messages to Parliament Hill. We are also asking for First Nation citizens to boycott schools for the day and take a group picture in front of your schools with a slogan and share it on Facebook. (eg. Our school, our kids, our education)

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is a national disgrace and we want to hear from anyone who has lost a female member in their family. Tell us why women are an important part of Indigenous culture and why you think Canada should open a public inquiry. Small towns are filled with perverse predators who seek out vulnerable Indigenous women of all ages and justice is rarely served. We will no longer allow Canada to turn a blind eye to a national crime against our mothers, daughters, aunties, grandmas and cousins.

The Criminalization of First Nation citizens. Harper's government has introduced Bill C-10, the Contraband Tobacco Act, which will make it an indictable offense to sell tobacco without paying taxes. Tobacco is an Indigenous plant to North America and had been cultivated by First Nations for hundreds of years before Canada became a country. Canada has no right to tax First Nation citizens for buying and selling tobacco. By making it an indictable offense, the RCMP and Provincial Police can raid and arrest family-owned business ppl if they sell any type of tobacco on or off-reserve.

May 14, 2014 at 12pm - 1:30pm
Tom Davies Square
200 Brady St
Greater Sudbury, ON P3E 5K3
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Bruce McComber Tori Cress Michael Ulasich Jessica Gordon Michael Hinkel

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  • Bruce McComber
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-05-08 20:36:40 -0700
    Another issue to keep in mind and discuss around defending Indigenous Rights and Sovereignty or Jurisdiction is; The Land Defenders of the MikMaq Nation who are on trial and could use some public support and attention.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-05-07 19:30:16 -0700
    “Canadian mining operations are just destroying large parts of the world...Canada is trying to take the lead in destroying the possibility of decent survival: that’s what it means to exploit the tar sands, and the gold mining in Colombia, and coal mining, and so on…. That means destroying the world in which your grandchildren might be able to survive: that’s the Canadian idea now.” Noam Chomsky Anishinaabe and other Indigenous people whose ancestral lands are now occupied by the corporate nation-state known as Canada have been in or under constant attacks from Imperial governments or nations such as the British, French, and Spanish. These Imperious states or organizations are the still the main perpetrators or violators of Indigenous rights and of human rights in general. It is more clear each day that the government of Canada is an inherently corrupt and criminal set of organizations. Canada was built as an asset to the ruling classes of European based Empires who directed governmental, military, and spiritual forces for the centuries of colonialism on Turtle Island. Today, Canada and the U.S are still assets to the ruling classes of European and Western societies. Whether you identify as Indigenous or Settler - you must be aware that we are under attack by the very same entities. We live under what the likes of Marx, Stalin, and Memmi would call a bourgeois democracy. Canada was, in fact, created as an Act of the British Imperial Parliament in 1867, the same year as Karl Marx's Capital was first released. Marx lives, studied, and wrote in London. The legal concept of corporate personhood was shortly thereafter entrenched in Canadian common law. It seems clear that the Fathers of Confederation knew they were empire building and NOT nation building. Our lives, rights, freedoms, and privileges are directed, in large part, by multi-national corporations that plague our collective existences and are seemingly immune to law. Sudburians and Northerners know all too well that the corporate sector is not accountable to the greater good of the population. For example, the Westray law, which is meant to hold corporations. and particularily CEO's, accountable for negligence in safety standards in mines. This law has been on the books for 10 years with over 800 deaths and there has not been ONE charge laid on a CEO. One of the original definitions of neo-colonialism is, the idea that the colonized should forgive the colonizer because they are no longer bringing harm to our communities and nations, all the while allowing the same corporations and the ruling class people to operate, to exploit, and to steal. Canada is part of a neo-colonial corporate Empire and all Canadians who support human or environmental rights or freedom ought to be Resisting with the Indigenous people of these lands to rid ourselves of the dark corporate forces of Empire. “Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability." Arundhati Roy