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Quetzal Co-op in Phoenix

Quetzal Co-op - Indigenous Peoples Commerce Cooperative

"Taste of Justice in Every Cup"

Abya-Yala.jpgBeginning in January of 1996, following in the tradition of ancestral trade routes that once spanned the continent, QuetzalCo-op began marketing coffee from indigenous coffee cooperatives in Chiapas, Mexico. The project was birthed amid the bloodshed of the armed uprising of the EZLN, Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional in Chiapas Mexico on January 1, 2004 that brought worldwide attention to the historical injustices institutionalized across Mexico in violation of the human rights and basic human dignity of the Indigenous Peoples, specifically the Maya of Chiapas.  January of 1994 marked the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiated among the governments of Canada-USA-Mexico without any consideration for the human rights of Indigenous Peoples, specifically the right to COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTon our own terms as Peoples, equal to all other peoples.

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Mount Polley Mine: ‘Indigenous Law’ Will Now Be Enforced


Photo By Janice Billy

Story By Jan Lee

Triple Pundit

”One thing I want to make perfectly clear is this policy isn’t a wish-list,” said Jacinda Mack when the policies were announced. Mack serves as the the council coordinator for the Secwepemc Nation. “This is Indigenous law.”

The 55-page document spells out in specific terms the responsibilities of the mining company and the rights of the First Nation to oversee and enforce those guidelines. It invokes the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights to define the Native peoples’ right to “determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development or use of their lands or territories and other resources.” It also defines its right to close the mine and evict mining companies as it sees fit."

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Coastal Guardian Watchmen confront armed trophy hunters to save grizzlies

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Story by Mychaylo Prystupa

Vancouver Observer

"Patrolling up and down British Columbia's coast with binoculars are a group of dedicated First Nations volunteers that boat right up to armed hunters, often American, in their vessels to dissuade them from killing at-risk grizzlies just for sport. 

Called the Coastal Guardian Watchmen, they urge unsuspecting trophy hunters to halt their pursuit of grizzlies as insensitive to First Nations culture, and against tribal law"

To Read More Check out the Story in the Vancouver Observer HERE

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Haida Nation win injunction against commercial fishery on Haida Gwaii


Photo By Mike Vesterback

Story by Justin McElroy/Global News

"A federal court has ruled that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans cannot open a fishery in Haida Gwaii this year.

An injunction was given to the Haida Nation, against the federal government, to prevent the re-opening of a commercial herring fishery on the nation’s north coast"

Read the full story on Global News HERE

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Open Letter to Prime Minister Harper

Open Letter to Prime Minister Harper: In Bad Faith Justice at Last and Canada's Failure to Resolve Specific Claims
March 9, 2015

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The Battle for the Sacred Medicine Lake Highlands


Protect Medicine Lake! Court Hearing in San Francisco


"Medicine Lake is our church. It is there we heal our bodies and our spirits. Would you want a power plant in your church?,”  Cecelia Silvas, Ilmawi Band of Pit River 

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Grassroots Indigenous leaders throw down on Maritime 'Energy East' collaborators



Story and Photo by Miles Howe

Halifax Media Co-op

"If Indigenous voices in the Maritimes had up until now been relatively silent in publicly opposing TransCanada's 'Energy East' pipeline, on Monday, February 23rd, a cross-sectional panel of Indigenous grassroots leaders spoke collectively, and firmly, against TransCanada's latest and largest proposed pipeline to date. Their message was simple and clear: The pipeline will not pass through the Maritimes, and they are prepared to name and out Indigenous collaborators with TransCanada."

Read more of the story from Halifax Media Co-op HERE

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Indigenous activists opposing Energy East don’t fear proposed anti-terror bill


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APTN National

Story by Trina Roache

"Indigenous grassroots leaders say the Harper government’s anti-terrorism Bill C-51 won’t stop their opposition to the Energy East pipeline.

The proposed bill would give more power to law enforcement authorities and Canada’s spy agency to counter perceived terrorism threats."

Read and watch more of the APTN National Story HERE

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Highway of Tears Upcoming Screenings (UPDATED)

Highway of Tears


"A documentary looking into the missing and murdered women along a 724 kilometre stretch of highway in Northern British Columbia"


A documentary film by LA-based, Canadian filmmakers Matt Smiley and Carly Pope

Women in Film & Television Vancouver, Film Festival - Best Documentary Award

Narrated by Nathan Fillion, "Highway of Tears" chronicles the notorious, decades-long string of murders and disappearances of young Aboriginal women along British Columbia's Highway 16, and how the systemic racism that defined their lives also contributed to their deaths. Since the late 1960s, at least eighteen young women — many of them from disadvantaged First Nations communities — have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretchof Highway 16 in northern British Columbia.

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Treaties mark legitimacy of First Nation jurisdiction


Chief Isador Day-Photo by Anishinabeck News

Treaties mark legitimacy of First Nation jurisdiction

"Anishinabek Nation Lake Huron Regional Chief Isadore Day says that First Nation issues and interests will be more defined this year at the 15th Annual Prospectors and Developers Association (PDAC) meeting being held this week in Toronto.

Major issues affecting Ontario’s resource sector will be discussed,” says Chief Day whose community of Serpent River is signatory of the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850. “Developers and investors seek to establish formal business relationships with respect to the mining industry. The Ring of Fire is one of many examples.”

Read the full story from Anishinabeck News HERE

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