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Australians Rally against Closure of Aboriginal Communities

Thousands rallied Western Australia Wednesday, following similar actions last week in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide, to protest against plans to close 150 of Western Australia’s 274 remote Indigenous communities.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 census, there were 69,665 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in WA.

 

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Unsettling Canada - A National Wake Up Call

By Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson 

Foreword by Naomi Klein  

“This is the back story of both grassroots and backroom struggles that created the context in which we find ourselves today, one in which a new generation of First Nations leaders is demanding sovereignty and self-determination, and more and more non-Indigenous Canadians finally understand that huge swaths of this country we call Canada is not ours—or our government’s—to sell.” – Naomi Klein, from the Foreword

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Nationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal Systems

SylviaBook.jpgNationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal
Systems

 

by Sylvia McAdam

 

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Emergency ! Solidarity For Life Of Guarani-kaiowà

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Guarani Kaiowá communities of the border between Brazil and Paraguay are seriously threatened, despite constitutional rights, the Convention 169 of the ILO, that Brazil had signed in 2002, the sponsors of the industrial agribusiness and monocultures, supported by the police and the Brazilian government want to evict these communities after March 16. In complete violation of the laws and surely with a maximum risk to cause dozens of deaths, the Brazilian government and agribusiness entrepreneurs continue with the idea of stripping all native peoples from their ancestral lands.

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Action 8: Mourning Star #FreeWestPapua

Action 8: Mourning Star - #‎FreeWestPapua" attracted the largest community of performers and supporters; we came together to demonstrate solidarity for the people West Papua at Auckland's iconic #‎PasifikaFestival on Saturday 14 March 2015. After five public 'interruptions' in the Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands and on the periphery of the Aotearoa village, the women turned heads, opened eyes, engaged hearts and minds... thank you....

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The Saami Manifesto 15: Reconnecting Through Resistance

by Niillas Holmberg and Jenni Laiti
All Photos by Johannes Samuelsson

Sápmi, our homeland, has been colonized and exploited. We, the Saami people, have been dislocated and disconnected from the land and from each other. We are struggling to hold on to the remains of our self-determination, our territorial and cultural rights. Without having the rights to exist and determine our future, we are unable to live as a distinct society. Sápmi encompasses northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. The Saami people are the only Indigenous people in Europe. However, our Indigenous rights remain unrecognized and the Saami issues are still not taken seriously on national political agendas. A result of this situation is that we are not living; we struggle to survive.

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Raoni's Canadian Tour

Community Call out for Solidarity & Support for Raoni & Bemoro's fight to Protect the Amazon Rainforest

Requested by Judy DaSilva of Grassy Narrows

 

bemoro___raoni.jpgRaoni Metuktire is known to the world simply as Raoni. Chief Raoni of the Kayapo people, a Brazilian Indigenous peoples from the plain lands of the Mato Grosso and Pará is known around the world for his active resistance to the Amazon Rainforest deforestation and industrialization.

Right now there is a big hydro dam being built which is called Belo Monte. This dam threatens to destory the forest where the Kayapo and many other indigenous groups are located.  It will destroy the  Xingu River which gives life to the forest and the ones who inhabit the forest including the animals, numerous rare plants and birds.

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World Water Day March 22nd

World Water Day - Sunday, March 22nd 2015

 

#LoveNibi #InTheNameOfTheMother #LoveWater

 

"The Water is sick and people need to really fight for that water, to speak for that water, to love that water." - Josephine Mandamin, Grandmother, Water Walker

 

Video posted on YouTube by UPLIFT 

Below is a list of Indigenous Women Led World Water Day Events:

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Grassy Narrows Protestors Remain Firm in Message: No Logging in Grassy Narrows Territory

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March 16, 2015

 

Youth and Elders joined by Grassy Narrows Drum Groups for public demonstrations at Weyerhaeuser, MNR, and Kenora Forest Products

Kenora—Today, Members of Grassy Narrows First Nation—Youth groups, Band Councilors, Drum Groups, Elders and others—are engaging in a multi-stage protest against logging in their territory.

People from Grassy Narrows First Nation are demonstrating to remind the Province and Logging Industry that Grassroots People from Grassy Narrows remain firm in their commitment to protect the land from industrial logging, and to demand that the Province remove all lands in Grassy Narrows Traditional Territory from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s (MNRF) Whiskey Jack Forest Management Unit, and that Weyerhaeuser and Kenora Forest Products (KFP) publicly commit to not taking any wood from Grassy Narrows Traditional Territory.

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#INMroots Indigenous Voices Rising from Selma to Whangarei

Welcome to #INMroots Number Four!  The goal of the #INMroots newsletter is to share news stories that promote Indigenous rights and sovereignty and the protection of land and water. The newsletter will share our stories and actions, and honour resistance, while celebrating the world that we are protecting.

INMroots Newsletter ImageWe are all invited to add to this newsletter. Post your story now!The deadline for the next newsletter is midnight on Sunday March 15th. We will accept all submissions that are connected to Indigenous and environmental issues as long as they do not condone or promote violence or lateral violence or include hate speech.  

 

The next newsletter will be published on Monday March 23rd, so check your inboxes!

 

If you see a news story on your social media networks that is worth sharing, please tag #INMroots.

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