Peoples’ Social Forum 2014 solidarity money will be awarded primarily to youth, Indigenous, Peoples of Colour, remote and low income individuals with special considerations for maximizing the number of people able to attend.
To be considered for this scholarship, Regional Expansion Commissions and Caucuses are required to submit a request for financial support, identifying which individuals from their community need to come to the forum, documenting their work in their communities, the contribution they will make to the Forum and the skills/knowledge/connections etc. they will bring back to their communities and expressing awareness of the goals of the PSF (250 words or less).Read more
In the past few weeks, thousands of people across Turtle Island have been organizing major campaigns to protect Indigenous sovereignty, land, water, and, territories.
NO to Northern Gateway
First Nations and non-First Nations gave a resounding NO when the Harper Government approved Enbridge Northern Gateway Project this week. People have joined in a wide variety of actions such as legal cases, mass rallies, and peaceful sit-ins in local MP’s offices. This is just the beginning!! There will be a wall of resistance as First Nations groups and other concerned citizens have vowed to fight the Canadian government’s approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline. The ongoing failure to consult First Nations violates Indigenous inherent rights. Enbridge’s Northern Gateway, a $7 billion pipeline, would carry tar sands oil from the province of Alberta to the coastal town of Kitimat, British Columbia, where the oil will be loaded onto tankers and transported along the coastlines.Read more
On June 11, 2014 Pictou Landing First Nation (Mi'kmaw) erected a blockade over an effluent spill at the Northern Pulp Mill. Idle No More and Defenders of the Land urge all people to support Pictou Landing First Nation in defense of one of their ancient burial grounds as well as their fisheries both of which have been threatened by this massive spill.
Read the following alert from Pictou Landing and check out the links below to learn more about the blockade and the effluent spill.
On Tuesday Indigenous Peoples rejected the fabricated "First Nations Control of First Nations Education - Bill C-33" and asserted that we need INDIGENOUS EDUCATION FOR AND BY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES!
The motion to reject Bill C-33 at the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) was carried. The Chiefs in Assembly listened to the voices of the communities, making this historic decision a step forward for Indigenous peoples. As Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee stated, “The job of our Chiefs was to listen to what our experts and citizens were telling us. What we saw in the bill was a lot of government control and no First Nations control of education for our children.”Read more
ON’s new plan for clearcut logging at Grassy Narrows looms
Ottawa - Today the Supreme Court of Canada will hear Grassy Narrows’ legal case for Treaty rights and against clearcut logging. The case challenges Ontario's jurisdiction to unilaterally award logging and mining licenses on a vast tract of Treaty 3 lands north of the English River (the Keewatin Lands). The case, called Keewatin v. MNR, has been winding its way through the courts for fourteen years.Read more
Idle No More supports the National Day of Resistance taking place on May 14, 2014 in Ottawa and across the country. Tomorrow, Indigenous people and their allies will converge on Parliament Hill and in other locations to participate in various forms of protest against Harper’s termination agenda toward FIrst Nations.Read more
by Gloria Galloway and OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
‘Never forget who you work for.”
That’s Patrick Madahbee’s advice for whoever takes over after the abrupt departure of Shawn Alteo last week from the Assembly of First Nations.
Mr. Madahbee, the Grand Council Chief of the Union of Ontario Indians, was one of the chiefs involved in setting up the AFN. But he and other native leaders say Canada’s largest indigenous organization must now change to more closely reflect the wishes of those it represents.
What they’re calling for: a new structure for the organization that was created to be the voice of the country’s more than 600 First Nations – one that would prevent the AFN and its national chief from being manipulated by the government or acting without the broad consent of aboriginals. Particularly aboriginal youth.Read more
Shawn Atleo Forced Out As National Chief By The Indignation of First Nations Peoples, As Opposition Builds Against Rushed, Assimilationist First Nations Education Act
#KillBillC33#NoWayFNEA #IdleNoMore #CDNPoli
Today, after four years of servility and weak leadership in the face of a Harper government bent on an aggressive agenda of assimilation and termination of First Nations, National Chief Shawn Atleo was forced by popular pressure and a brewing chiefs’ revolt to resign, the first time a national chief has resigned since the creation of the institution. Throughout his term, Atleo has been more concerned with keeping Ottawa happy than with representing the aspirations of First Nations people. When people rose up during Idle No More, he undermined the movement by legitimizing the government’s empty posturing by attending a controversial meeting with the Prime Ministers’ Office on January 11, 2013 without the mandate of the Chiefs in Assembly.Read more
Tsleil-Waututh Nation is launching a legal challenge today (May 2), launching a legal case against the Canadian Government and its National Energy Board for their conduct thus far in the review of the tar sands Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion project (KMX).
Please share and link to our Livestream page for the press conference today at 10am PST: https://new.livestream.com/tsleilwaututh/kindermorgan
See the media advisory here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=696316270426610&set=a.639946432730261.1073741828.630937800297791&type=1&theater
FIRST NATIONS, TRIBAL LEADERS, & LANDOWNERS SEND MESSAGE TO CANADA, STOP TAR SANDS AT THE SOURCE
Idle No More stands in solidarity with the mass mobilization Reject and Protect happening in Washington, Deceit, as well as the Moccasins on the Ground blockade training in Red Shirt, South Dakota, and the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Woman Pipe Spiritual Encampment in Green Grass, South Dakota, and recognizes the words of Protect the Sacred spokesperson, Faith Spotted Eagle, “These three encampments represent the physical, spiritual, and political manifestations of our movement.”Read more