Featured Statements of Support

Featured statements:

Humanitarian Crisis is the Legacy of Colonialism: OFL Statement on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2013

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 20, 2013) - As many Canadians prepare for summer trips to camp grounds and cottages, the First Nations community and its allies will be building off of the strength of the Idle No More movement to mobilizing actions across Ontario and Canada demanding rights, justice and dignity. The Ontario Federation of Labour proudly continues to stand with the First Nations community and, on the occasion of National Aboriginal Day, calls on the governments of Ontario and Canada to pay more than lip service to a community that has been put into crisis by Canada's legacy of colonialism.

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Canadian Artists Including Feist, Broken Social Scene, Blue Rodeo, Sarah Harmer, Bif Naked, and more...

Canadian Artists Statement of Solidarity with Idle No More

We, the undersigned Canadian writers, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, and artists call on all Canadians to join us in unequivocally supporting the demands and actions of the First Nations’ Idle No More movement for healthy, just, equitable, and sustainable communities.

We recognize that our identity as Canadian artists is coloured by the shameful and continued history of injustice and colonialism, and support the Idle No More movement's demands that Canadians honour and fulfill Indigenous sovereignty, repair violations against land and water, and live the intent and spirit of our Treaty relationship.

We also call on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to meet with First Nations peoples and their representatives in the intended spirit of the original Treaties, as sovereign nations. We agree with Idle No More’s contention that recent legislation proposed and passed by the Canadian Government, including Bill C-45, violates those sacred and sovereign Treaties.

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Nelly Furtado

Furtado.jpg"On BC ferry this AM got a beautiful gift from woman from KwaKwaKewak Nation (Alert Bay) #idlenomore "

"The t-shirt says, 'Canada- Our Home On Native Land'.. I couldn't agree more. #idlenomore "



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Green Party of Canada

The Green Party of Canada calls on all Canadians to take part in #idlenomore events throughout Canada. Green Leader Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, specifically invites citizens to take part in the 21 December 2012 rally in Ottawa.

“Harper’s record on Aboriginal Affairs is dishonourable. The C-45 Omnibus bill included legislative changes detrimental to First Nations. I tabled amendments to ensure that the definition of aboriginal fisheries was fully respectful of First Nations and aboriginal treaties and inherent rights,” said May.

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New Democractic Party of Canada

WHEREAS years of inaction and broken promises from successive liberal and conservative government has led to severe social injustice and shocking poverty in too many communities

WHEREAS as a consequence we are witnessing an historic and growing grassroots movement joining Indigenous peoples and other Canadians in a long overdue conversation

BE IT RESOLVED that the New Democratic Party continues to work towards building a new relationship on a nation-to nation basis with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that the NDP engages with grassroots Aboriginal activists who are calling on the government of Canada to repeal legislation like omnibus bill C-38 and C-45 that diminishes environmental protections of land and water and affect Aboriginal and Indigenous rights and title

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Canadian Nurses Association

The Idle No More movement is a clarion call that it’s time to restore the health of First Nations, as André Picard aptly states. Registered nurses (RNs) on reserves and in rural and remote communities bear witness to the many inequities First Nations people experience. Amnesty International’s new report clearly shows Canada is failing to address aboriginal needs.

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) supports efforts by First Nations to call on the federal government to fully address these disparities.  Added resources to treat illnesses alone won’t turn the tide.  A recent report from CNA’s independent National Expert Commission, which examined the state of health and health care, recommended increased focus on health promotion, disease prevention and the unique social factors that can affect the health of Aboriginal Peoples. Successful solutions will need to be community-driven and not imposed on First Nations from the outside.

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University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU)

Students recognize and understand that Indigenous people and communities continue to confront the systems of colonization and oppression established by successive Canadian governments.  As an organization committed to social justice and increasing access to higher education, it is natural for UMSU to support the Idle No More movement in its efforts to educate and inform the rest of the country on the issues facing Indigenous people in Canada.

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Today, as demonstrations take place across the country, Greenpeace Canada is expressing its support for the growing Idle No More movement that calls on all people, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to take action and engage in our democracy and government policy.

With a new year on the horizon, it is time for Canadians and our government to embrace a new approach to our collective relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and their communities. The Idle No More movement is a peaceful non-violent resistance that is rejecting a business as usual approach to our economy and promoting a truly just society grounded in environmental sustainability. Theirs is a message of unity, not division.

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c8990c97425c93ba8e7905c445a0.jpgCUPE NATIONAL WILL;

Support the Idle No More protests currently taking place in communities all across Canada and encourage all CUPE locals to attend and support these peaceful protests in their communities.

Support Chief Theresa Spence in her efforts to force the federal government to engage in a meaningful process of nation to nation negotiations aimed at addressing outstanding treaty rights and federal government obligations to First Nations communities.

Provide information to all CUPE locals outlining the issues that have given rise to both the Idle No More protests and the hunger strike of Chief Theresa Spence.

Support the Assembly of First Nations and demand that the federal government engage in a meaningful process to respect all treaty rights and begin to address the Canadian government obligations negotiated in First Nations treaties.

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David Suzuki

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

Two years ago, under your leadership, Canada endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, despite initially voting against it at the UN General Assembly. Canada's decision to reverse its position to support international efforts that recognize and protect the rights of indigenous peoples was heralded by your government as an important milestone on the road to respect and co-operation with Aboriginal Canadians.

The official statement from the government on its decision to endorse the UN Declaration offered a strong commitment to Canada's First Nations, Inuit and Métis to work towards reconciliation and outlined an ambitious vision whereby the health and wellbeing of Canada's Aboriginal peoples were guaranteed and communities were empowered and supported.

"In endorsing the Declaration, Canada reaffirms its commitment to build on a positive and productive relationship with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples to improve the well-being of Aboriginal Canadians, based on our shared history, respect, and a desire to move forward together."

"The Government's vision is a future in which Aboriginal families and communities are healthy, safe, self-sufficient and prosperous within a Canada where people make their own decisions, manage their own affairs and make strong contributions to the country as a whole."

The commitments laid out in the UN Declaration and in subsequent promises by Canadian governments to Aboriginal communities across the country cannot be taken lightly. Canadian and international experts, and well-respected human-rights organizations, such as Amnesty International , have found that Canada's Aboriginal peoples suffer unacceptable risks to their health and wellbeing from poverty, poor housing, and ongoing environmental degradation of their lands and waters.

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