Idle No More and Indigenous teen who wore "Got Land? Thank an Indian” shirt call on people everywhere to wear it as act of truth-telling protest

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Idle No More and Indigenous teen who wore "Got Land? Thank an Indian” shirt call on people everywhere to wear it as act of truth-telling protest

Tenelle Starr will appear as honorary guest at Neil Young concert in Regina on Friday

(Turtle Island/Canada ) - A 13 year old Indigenous teenager, Tenelle Starr, prevented initially from wearing a sweatshirt at her school in Balcarres near Regina that read "Got Land? Thank an Indian" is now calling, along with the Idle No More movement, for people everywhere to don the shirt as an act of truth-telling and protest.

Now and up to a January 28 Day of Action, Tenelle and Idle No More and Defenders of the Land are encouraging people across the country to make the shirt and wear them to their schools, workplaces, or neighbourhoods to spark conversations about Canada's true record on Indigenous rights. They have created a website (http://www.idlenomore.ca/got_land) where people can get stencils to make a shirt, to buy it, and upload photos of themselves wearing it.

"Everyone can wear the shirtI think of it as a teaching tool that can help bring awareness to our treaty and land rights. The truth about Canada's bad treatment of First Nations may make some people uncomfortable, but understanding it is the only way Canada will change and start respecting First Nations," says Tenelle, an Idle No More supporter who has participated in many Idle No More rallies with her mother.

Tenelle will also be appearing as an honorary guest at the Neil Young Honour The Treaties concert in Regina on Friday night. Chief Allan Adam and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation have gifted her and her mom with tickets to pay respect to her courage.

Since the media started reporting on Tenelle’s acts, she has has been attacked on her facebook page by an online hate group that has threatened her safety, forcing her to disable her facebook account.

The January 28 National Day of Action is also a day of Teach-ins to raise awareness about the federal Harper government's attack on native education through the First Nations Education Act and his continuing agenda to "terminate" or abolish Indigenous peoples rights, sovereignty and status as Nations and dispossess them of their lands and resources.

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Media contacts:

Janice Makokis, Idle No More organizer:  780-915-0310

 

Email: idlenomoremedia@gmail.com


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  • commented 2014-01-23 12:54:43 -0800
    Stay strong, for all the haters there’s thousands more with love and support behind you. I see an elder yet to come. We must open the eyes of non indigenous, not only in Canada but also here in the US where first nations where also subject to the same treaties and land theft.
  • commented 2014-01-21 10:19:50 -0800
    http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/facebook-immediately-remove-hate-group-called-end-race-based-law-as-it-incites-hatred-and-shame-upon-the-indigenous-people-of-canada

    Petitioning Facebook: Immediately remove hate group called END RACE BASED LAW
    Facebook: Immediately remove hate group called END RACE BASED LAW as it INCITES HATRED AND SHAME Upon the Indigenous People of Canada!
    Melissa Watts
    New Westminster
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    END RACE BASED LAW mission statement:

    About

    END RACE BASED LAW” is a not for profit organization dedicated to the discussion and process of reopening the constitution for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, abolishing race based law for special interest groups. One Nation, One Law for all.

    Mission
    Our mission is to reopen the constitution IN 2017 and END RACE BASED LAW.
    ONE NATION, ONE LAW.

    Description

    Beyond the obvious of Canada’s ‘race based’ reserve system — which is itself reliant on the ‘race based’ Indian Act — and the ‘race based’ Section 35 of the Constitution,

    “With the repeal of sections 24 and 35 of the Charter, the legislatures of Canada, the House of Commons and the provincial legislatures, their legislative supremacy restored, and, they not being constitutionally restricted as… before, would then be able to pass laws in the areas of their respective jurisdictions reversing, eliminating or otherwise dealing with…The Indian Act and its progeny, the reservation system and special race-based laws and entitlements for Indians — the heart of the whole benignly racist, segregationist, dysfunctional and harmful matter…”
    —D. Peter Best, “Ending the Reservation System and Race-based Laws”

    Here is a link to the END RACE BASED LAW facebook group (an Aboriginal hate group):

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-The-Movement-Canadians-Against-Idle-No-More/456244834433614#!/pages/END-RACE-BASED-LAW/332982123470694?fref=ts

     

    Pages that have screen shots to support our claims:

    https://m.facebook.com/groups/1440621019487635?ref=m_notif&notif_t=group_comment&__user=636120308

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/143832102438467/

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/184420745048326/?fref=ts

    http://exposeracists.yolasite.com/

     

    Videos made by the founder of ERBL (hate page) on Youtube all targetting “Aboriginals”:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/micheletittler1

     

    Tittler is using Facebook and Youtube to harass, slander, and libel Idle No More Supporters which is a breach of our human rights:

    http://m.youtube.com/results?q=melissa+amos+watts&sm=1

     

    Video made that names/slanders individuals that support Idle No More made by ERBL Admin:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bg0imnZymg

     

    **HELP US STOMP OUT RACISM AND PLEASE SIGN :)
    Letter to:
    Facebook: Immediately remove hate group called END RACE BASED LAW
    Please remove the racial hate page called END RACE BASED LAW as it incites hatred and disinforms the general public on Facebook. Hate speech is a regular daily diologue on the ERBL page which needs to be removed. It is a page that hides behind equality, but only promotes hate towards Aboriginal people and often speaks of wanting to `kill off`the rest of the Aboriginal because they claim they should have `killed off Aboriginals a long time ago`! This is regular dialogue along with every Aboriginal racial slur known to man which is disgraceful now that knowledge of Residential Schools being a form of cultural genocide has come to light. Please show that you do no allow hate groups on your website.
    http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/facebook-immediately-remove-hate-group-called-end-race-based-law-as-it-incites-hatred-and-shame-upon-the-indigenous-people-of-canada
  • commented 2014-01-20 13:09:13 -0800
    The 13 year old girl who wore the “Got Land? Thank an Indian” shirt has deactivated her facebook account after receiving hateful comments. We are following this story and will bring you an update shortly. We’ll post the latest news on our page at www.cbc.ca/aboriginal her name is michelle tittler , she goes by michelle Canada tittler also this is the lady that runs this site lets put her information on blast since she did it to that young Native girl
    END RACE BASED LAWls https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW

    http://chn.ge/1haAuzs
  • commented 2014-01-20 09:44:44 -0800
    Stand Proud Sister, look them in the eye when you respectfully educate them on the truth of this lands history. Generation after generation we continue to educate truth because the silence is still killing us. Woliwon for your voice in the world.
  • commented 2014-01-20 08:28:51 -0800
    Ur awesome loved the saying will be getting one for my son.
  • commented 2014-01-18 23:30:58 -0800
    You R. Awesome and proud to see that Native Pride that reminds me of our daughter she is the same and only 10 reads a lot n see s a lot on facebook and news I love it. Where it should keep going right from the New age red skin natives especially young ladies such as you n our daughter .
  • commented 2014-01-18 20:49:10 -0800
    I’m very proud of you! You at a very young age, have made a big noise, that was heard around the country! I live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia…and I heard your voice loud and clear from where I am! You young lady are very smart, courageous; someone I want my daughter to be like when she’s your age _ Hold your feet steady under you…you have thousands if not millions of people standing behind you!!! YOU GO TENELLE!!!
  • commented 2014-01-17 22:27:19 -0800
    Best story i’ve heard in a very long time…Tenelle Starr is now a star of freedom, courage and truth.

    Smart girl…good luck on your adventures Tenelle…you make Canada proud.

    Big hugs!
  • commented 2014-01-17 13:43:11 -0800
    I admire her Pride and her courage to show it.
  • commented 2014-01-17 12:26:37 -0800
    That online hate group is funded by oil and gas interests.
  • commented 2014-01-17 12:05:19 -0800
    Very proud of this girl for making a statement and standing her ground even in the face of such ignorance and hate. I’m ashamed of my country for the allowing such ongoing poor treatment of our Aboriginal populations. Hopefully if more young people take up the cause and bravely fight back against oppression, the rest of the country will take notice.
  • commented 2014-01-17 11:46:10 -0800
    It is a day day when a teenager wears this shirt to school and the resulting media storm that labels it “controversial”. Tenelle should not have to be brave to educate her community. What happened to all this Treaty education that was suppose to happen in this province. What happened to the campaign “We are all Treaty people”?
    Why does the media give time to a lunatic in B.C. to spread her hate and allow her to look like the victim?