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  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 09:00 AM

    Gulf Coast Week of Action April 15-22

    More Info on the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1562556280663219/ Five years since the beginning of the BP disaster, the Gulf’s people and wildlife continue to reel from the impacts of BP’s negligence. Coastal residents are struggling to maintain their livelihoods and culture, while they wrestle with health problems from exposure to oil and toxic chemical dispersants. The abundant oyster, shellfish and finfish populations that helped sustain coastal communities for generations have yet to return to their pre-disaster levels. Scientists are documenting ongoing impacts on the Gulf’s ecosystems, including unusually high numbers of dolphin deaths. In the face of this devastation, Gulf coast residents are banding together and rising up to call for the restoration of our Gulf communities, cultures and environment. BP must stop lying and pay what they owe. The oil and gas industry must be held accountable for their ongoing desecration of our bioregion, and ultimately we must work towards a just transition to a more sustainable clean energy economy. Full list of events below with specific event links, many levels of participation - there's room for everyone. Wednesday, April 15 - NATIONAL DAY ECONOMIC JUSTICE/COMMUNITY BILL TO BP, NEW ORLEANS, LA (https://www.facebook.com/events/1595931010649095/) Thursday, April 16 - LOUISIANA RISING!, BATON ROUGE, LA (https://www.facebook.com/events/368577856677268/) - COME FISH OFF MY BOAT - BAY ST. LOUIS, MS Friday, April 17 - CRY YOU ONE PERFORMS IN MASON PARK (4/17- 19), HOUSTON, TX (http://countercurrentfestival.org/festival-overview/cry-one/) - COME FISH OFF MY BOAT - BILOXI, MS Saturday, April 18 - NOLA EARTH DAY FESTIVAL& SOLAR DERBY, NEW ORLEANS, LA (https://www.facebook.com/events/1559287707653442/) - FAMILY FEST COMMUNITY CELEBRATION, MASON PARK, HOUSTON, TX - COME FISH OFF MY BOAT - HOUMA, LA Sunday, April 19 - COMMUNITY GATHERING - FIVE YEAR EVENT, CODEN, AL (https://www.facebook.com/events/921306071249083/) - SOUTH PADRE ISLAND EVENTS, TX (https://www.facebook.com/events/1392449551076043/) - COME FISH OFF MY BOAT - VENICE, LA Monday, April 20 - THE GULF REMEMBERS - 5 YEAR MEMORIAL OF THE BP DISASTER AT BP HQ, HOUSTON, TX (https://www.facebook.com/events/657556231039458/) - SOAKED IN OIL PARADE/RIVER CEREMONY, NEW ORLEANS, LA (https://www.facebook.com/events/1539048623010656/) - WATER CEREMONY & SUNSET VIGIL, PENSACOLA BEACH, FL (https://www.facebook.com/events/450183065138365/) - COME FISH OFF MY BOAT - VENICE, LA (TENTATIVE) - FIFTH YEAR REMEMBRANCE - DAVANT, LA Tuesday, April 21 - END TOXIC DISPERSANT USE DAY OF ACTION, NATIONAL - COME FISH OFF MY BOAT - BAYOU LA BATRE & CODEN, AL - 87 DAYS OF ACTION BEGINS, NATIONAL Wednesday, April 22 + - EARTH DAY - GC CALL OUT FOR A JUST TRANSITION, REGIONAL - TALLAHASSEE SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY HORIZONS 2015, FL (4/23) (http://search.tallahassee.com/localevents/event/100/95247-5TH-ANNIVERSARY-DEEPWATER-HORIZONS-PANEL-DISCUSSION) Please share and invite others! To make a donation for supplies and to help provide transportation to affected Gulf Coast community members, please go to https://www.everribbon.com/bpat5 Thank you!
  • Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Chippewa River Water Walk - April 19-24

    Walk begins on April 19 at New Post, Wisconsin at the convergence of the East and West Chippewa Rivers and ends at Wabasha, Minnesota. This walk is in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire to commemorate Aldo Leopold’s work.  For more details you can check on the Nibi Walk website here
  • Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM
    Lake Winnebago

    Winnebago Water Walk 2015 - April 19 - 26

    "At one time, this lake was teaming with great multitudes of fish and wildlife;  wild rice grew in abundance; and giant cedar trees grew upon its shores.  Lake Winnebago is the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk Nation, whose ties to this water go back to time immemorial; likewise for the Menominee Nation, whose creation stories include wonderous creatures born of these waters.  And at one time, the Ojibwe, Stockbridge and Brotherton people also called Lake Winnebago their home.  Indeed, these waters are sacred!  Today, like all of our fresh waterways, Lake Winnebago is in need of our attention and action" Shared with permission, from the Lake Winnebago Water website. You can find more information about the Lake Winnebago Water Walk 2015 here. You can also like the Facebook page here.
  • Monday, April 20, 2015 at 09:00 AM

    Fourteenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

    The fourteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held in UN Headquarters, New York from 20 April to 1 May 2015. Programme of the Opening Session (Monday, 20 April 2015 (11:00am – 1pm) General Assembly Hall Registration The Registration Desk will be open on: Sunday, 19 April: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 20 April to Wednesday 22 April: 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday 23 April and for the duration of the Forum: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note: The Registration Desk will close each day from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Online pre-registration has now closed. For those who have preregistered, upon arrival at the United Nations Headquarters, representatives of indigenous peoples' organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) requiring entry-passes for admission to the UN complex will be screened at the UN Visitors Entrance at 46th Street and 1st Avenue and then proceed to the registration desk to complete their registration and pick up their entry-passes. Remember to bring a printed copy of your confirmation letter and government ID, such as a passport or driver's license. You can generate your confirmation letter signing in here: http://bit.ly/unpfii14-register Forgot login details? (username and password): http://bit.ly/unpfii14-forgotpass -----   DEAR PFII ANNUAL SESSION PARTICIPANTS:   PLEASE DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT this year's Forum session is primarily focused on the Reform of our Methods of Work.     In relation to our efforts to make the annual sessions more constructive and focused, we have prepared the following Concept Notes to draw your attention to specific topics and key questions related to four areas of focus for the Fourteenth Session.   We are especially keen to gain your Feedback & Ideas for Reform of the PFII.  We respectfully request that you do not approach the Fourteenth Session in the same way that you may have engaged in previous sessions.  We are genuinely trying to make the PFII a more effective mechanism within the UN system and request that you do not draft lengthy interventions for each item on the agenda and do your utmost on behalf of your respective constituency to remain focused on how to improve our overall work, both within and outside of the UN.    Therefore, please turn your thoughts and minds to two matters: 1. Feedback on how the Forum currently functions and operates; 2. Ideas for reform of Forum annual sessions; and 3. Constructive and substantive responses to the questions posed in the Concept Notes shown herein.   All interventions should be framed in light of the questions and ideas laid out in the following Concept Notes on the opening page of the PFII.   As you will see in the Program of Work for the Fourteenth Session, we have dedicated a majority of the morning and afternoon sessions to the topic of future work.  We look forward to your innovative and creative ideas and proposals for reform.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.   SINCERELY, EXPERT MEMBERS OF THE PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES   Provisional Agenda (with Concept Notes to guide the discussions) Election of officers   Adoption of the agenda and organization of work.   Follow-up on the recommendations of the Permanent Forum: Outcome of the high-level plenary meeting also known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; (Concept Note EN | ES | FR | RU) Post-2015 development agenda; (Concept Note EN | ES | FR | RU) Youth, self-harm and suicide (Concept Note EN | ES | FR | RU)   Half-day discussion on the Pacific region. (Concept Note EN | ES | FR | RU)   Half-day discussion on the expert group meeting on the theme “Dialogue on an optional protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”. (Report of the meeting AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH)    Comprehensive dialogue with United Nations agencies and funds: Post-2015 Development Agenda, with special focus on Food, Hunger and Disease (Concept Note EN | ES | FR | RU)   Human rights with focus on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: (Concept Note EN | ES | FR | RU)  Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.   Future work of the Permanent Forum, including issues of the Economic and Social Council and emerging issues. (Concept Note EN | ES | FR | RU)   Draft agenda for the fifteenth session of the Permanent Forum.   Adoption of the report of the Permanent Forum on its fourteenth session. Proposed Organization of Work by day: AR | EN | ES | FR | RU | ZH   Media Backgrounders/Factsheets: Indigenous Peoples and Post-2015 Development Agenda, with focus on Hunger and Disease (EN | ES | FR) Youth, Self-harm and Suicide (EN | ES | FR) The Pacific Region (EN | ES | FR) Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (EN | ES | FR)
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM · 26 rsvps
    Earth Mother Creations Challenge WORLDWIDE in Saddle Lake, AB, Canada

    Earth Mother Creations

    Earth Mother Creation Challenge #CreateEarthMother SHE IS SACRED ~ OUR EARTH MOTHER   Challenge all humanity from all walks of life to "MAKE EARTH MOTHER GARDENS" in their homes, communities, nations, and anywhere possible to encourage respect and honouring of our mother.   The hope is that the Creation of a physical representation of her will further assist in the protection, honouring, and encourage others to demonstrate their respect for her. I got the idea when I visited the Edmonton Mutant Conservatory in March 2015 and I was so honoured and moved by this Greek representation of “Gaia” ~ Earth Mother.  Just seeing her lying there so peaceful and vulnerable re-enforced how precious and fragile she is, yet she gives us everything we need and our life.  However, as her children, how have we honoured and respected her?  We have forgotten!   We need to be reminded she is our mother, all of us, and it is our time as her children, to help her heal, as she is ill, weak, and vulnerable. That day, I felt compelled to make an offering to her according to Nehiyaw (Cree) Protocol and say a prayer for her.  Being in her presence rejuvenated my spirit and humbled my heart but also re-awaken a fire in me. Create a physical representation of her and help us, all humanity to give back to her and write on a stone, tablet, banner or anything that shares to the world who she is in your family and/or culture...what have you been taught?  For example, in Greece she is called “Gaia” and to many she is called other names but she is still to all ~ Our Mother. This creation can START ANY DAY, WORLDWIDE!  YOU DECIDE DAY! Just choose your best day to create her.   Make it a community event or a solitary one! As for me, I have to wait until the snow leaves my nation of Saddle Lake Cree within Treaty No. 6 Territory on Turtle Island (Canada). All I ask is for all to create your own events and record your progress, do ceremony, post pictures, videos, testimonials, share your stories etc... for all to enjoy and share in the experience worldwide.   This is our common connection to each other, One Mother For All ~ Our Earth Mother. GAIA Long ago before the first humanBefore the first treeHer life beganShe breaths and growsblood rushes through her veinsShe can feel painShe can feed us when we are hungryHeals us when we are sickShe has the power to give us energyThe power to make us smileShe is not humanShe is the Earth There is a reasonwhy we call her GaiaEarth Mother Gaia: Greek word for Earth Mother — at Muttart Conservatory.     Facebook Posts for the Day I Visited Her: Earth Mother is Sleeping Who is Gaia at the Muttart Conservatory   Show her through your ACTIONS, how “Sacred" she Is! SACREDNESS is...OUR EARTH MOTHER!    ** Only Chose APRIL 22 because this is INTERNATIONAL EARTH DAY.
  • Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    DULUTH MN~Native Lives Matter, Native Lives Matter Coalition, Idle No More -SOLIDARITY FOR MURDERED AND MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN

    Solidarity & Support for The Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Inclusive of girls, LGBTQ,and denied justice within the judicial legal system.~Justice For All the Denied! Showing Support for Our Sisters & March's of Protect Across Canada, Community Presentation on current MN Campaign MMIW-MN Native Lives Matter & Idle No More Mn Native Lives Matter, Native Lives Matter Coalition & Idle No More -This is our 4th event for MMIW Show Your Support for Our Sisters By Joining our Campaign! Face Book Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/796456883779127/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming  
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    SAINT PAUL, MN~Native Lives Matter, Native Lives Matter Coalition, Idle No More SOLIDARITY FOR MURDERED AND MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN

    Solidarity & Support for The Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women~Justice For the Denied! Showing Support for Our Sisters & March's of Protect Across Canada, the MMIWG2S & the Denied Justice. #JusticeforCindyGladue Rally -Round Dance-Vigil -In Solidarity for Our Sisters Please Bring Hand Drums to Sing the Warrior Song and Add to the Call for Justice! Jingle Dress Dancers Please Join the Red Solidarity Shawls (Jingle Dress Healing Dance)   Face Book Events Page https://www.facebook.com/events/796456883779127/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 07:00 PM
    Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada

    Public Forum With Leaders of Mexican Social Uprising - Ayotzinapa to Toronto

    On September 26, 2014, 43 Mexican student-teachers, were kidnapped by Mexican state authorities in Ayotzinapa, Iguala district, Mexico. The resulting social movement has seen millions of people take to the streets in over 100 cities around the world. Now, for the first time, organizers from Ayotzinapa will be speaking in Toronto about their experiences, and calling for support. To learn more or register:  https://www.facebook.com/events/813015278779207/ Speakers: ISIDORO VICARIO AGUILAR is the Coordinator of the Legal Department of the Tlachinollan Centre for Human Rights. Isidoro is Indigenous Me'phaa HILDA LEGIDENO VARGAS is the mother of Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño, one of the students disappeared on Sept. 26, 2014 JORGE LUIS CLEMENTE BALBUENA is a spokesperson of the 43 students from the Raul Isidro Burgos teachers school Canada plays a critical role in supporting the Mexican state responsible for the disappearances. In 2012, two way trade between Mexico and Canada totalled $20 billion. As a signatory to NAFTA, Mexico is Canada’s 5th largest export destination. Despite the human rights crisis in Mexico, Canada’s refugee system has deemed it a ‘safe country’. In the lead up the Pan-Am Games, the Pan-Am Economic Summit and the Pan-Am Climate Summit, join us on April 29th to learn about what's happening in Mexico and how we can support them from here in Toronto. Part of the Ayotzinapa to Ottawa Cross-Canada tour: http://makemexicosafe.ca/ayotzinapa2ottawa/ Supported by: CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean and Common Frontiers Endorsed by: No One Is Illegal | Personne n'est illégal | Nadie es ilegal - Toronto, United Food and Commercial Workers of Canada, Amnesty International Toronto Organization and LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN SOLIDARITY NETWORK For more information see http://makemexicosafe.ca/ayotzinapa2ottawa
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 09:00 PM
    Across BC, Canada and around the World in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    National Day of Action to STOP Mount Polley Reopening

    "The Secwepemc Woman Warriors Society calls on all people across the land to use any tactics possible to stand in solidarity with the Secwepemc Peoples eviction of Imperial Metals from their Territory!"On April 1st, the province of BC accepted the application to reopen Imperial Metals Mount Polley mine, leaving 1 month for the public to respond. This company and mine is responsibly for dumping 14.5 million cubic metres of mining wastes into pristine waterways, the Fraser River Watershed, the 2nd largest salmon spawning grounds in the World and devastating the unceded Territory of the Secwepemc Peoples and their way of life.Imperial Metals has not cleaned up their mess! The province of BC and Imperial Metals are responsible and must be held accountable. Please stand in action with us on April 29, 2015 and demand that Mount Polley NOT reopen.Background:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzorBOXiDHs   Update and event info shared from the Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp Facebook page.
  • Friday, May 01, 2015 at 12:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    Skate Park, Cams, Irving Area in Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Warriors Rally: Occupy Chester