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Join a Wave of Idle No More Winter Teach-Ins

Idle No More and Defenders of the Land groups and supporters across the country are beginning to organize a wave of local Teach-ins starting today, January 28th and beyond, around the proposed First Nation Education Act (FNEA) and the broader Indigenous Termination Plan that it represents.  

Organize your own Teach-In and check out these videos and resources you could use!

We recognize that every Nation and community has their own unique stories, struggles, and practices and we hope that every teach-in is rooted in the on-the-ground realities that are at the heart of the Idle No More movement.

As part of this wave of Teach-Ins, Idle No More and  Defenders of the Land are encouraging people across the country to wear the “Got Land?  Thank an Indian” shirt to their schools, workplaces, or neighbourhoods to spark conversations about Canada's true record on Indigenous rights.  Take action and learn more about the Got Land? Campaign

Here is a list of Teach-Ins that will be taking place on January 28th to launch an ongoing wave on winter Teach-Ins.  If you don’t see your Teach-In add it to the website!

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Idle No More Organizers Show Support for Honour the Treaties Tour

Idle No More organizers and supporters led round dances outside several of the Honour the Treaties concerts and helped to gather signatures and donations in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s (ACFN) legal challenge against the Federal Government and Shell Canada.

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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.

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How NAFTA Drove Mexicans into Poverty and Sparked the Zapatista Revolt

By EDELO - Creative Time Reports (Photo Credit: TJ Scenes / Cesar Bojorquez/Flickr)

December 30, 2013 |  Mexico was said to be one step away from entering the “First World.” It was December 1992, and Mexico’s then-president, Carlos Salinas, signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The global treaty came with major promises of economic development, driven by increased farm production and foreign investment, that would end emigration and eliminate poverty. But, as the environmentalist Gustavo Castro attests in our video, the results have been the complete opposite—increased emigration, hunger and poverty.

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Mall of America threatens arrest of Idle No More organizers if New Years Eve Round Dance occurs

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Contact: Reyna Crow reynacrow@gmail.com 218.269.2661 (text) 

MALL OF AMERICA THREATENS `IDLE NO MORE’ ORGANIZERS WITH ARREST, PROMISES `ADDITIONAL ACTIONS’ TO `PROHIBIT… GATHERING’ IF NEW YEARS EVE ROUND DANCE PROCEEDS

Duluth, MN Various organizers identified by the `Mall of America’ management team as being connected with the `Idle No More’ movement have received letters from the mall indicating the mall “…will utilize additional actions… including trespassing the organizers of the protest” (emphasis added) should a flash mob Round Dance recur there on New Year’s Eve this year.

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Advisory: Anniversary of Aamjiwnaang First Nation Blockade, Toxic Tour March in Chemical Valley, Dec. 27

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Advisory: Anniversary of Aamjiwnaang First Nation Blockade, Toxic Tour March in Chemical Valley, Dec. 27

(Sarnia, ON) — On the one year anniversary of the CN Rail blockade, Aamjiwnaang First Nation community members and supporters will take to the streets to raise awareness about the ongoing risks of living next to Chemical Valley.  The several hour tour will follow Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline and stop at the site planned for Shell’s LNG (liquefied natural gas) Plant as well Nova Chemicals which currently processes fracked gas.  The community is marching to say no to fracking on their territory and no to Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline through Ontario.  The tour will begin at 12pm at the Aamjiwnaang Community Centre on Friday, December 27th.

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Idle No More and Defenders of the Land Condemn the Alberta Court Judgment Issued Against the Lubicon Lake Nation Land Protectors

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(Turtle Island/December 23, 2013) - Idle No More and Defenders of the Land networks condemn the December 16, 2013, court judgment granting an injunction to Penn West Petroleum Ltd (Penn West) to remove Lubicon Lake Nation Land Protectors from protecting their land against fracking. The Lubicon Lake Nation were in a Calgary court December 16, 2013, on an injunction hearing that would determine the fate of their land protection camp initiated for operation Frack OFF. In their application, Penn West applied for a 7 day short term order under the Public Lands Act and was granted 6 month injunctive relief. The judge did not even take the time to hear evidence from the Lubicon Lake Nation on a matter that affects their future and livelihood. It’s a sad day for those who have braved cold winter conditions for weeks to protect their lands and waters from environmental devastation.

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Wynne ruins Xmas in Grassy Narrows, logging plan approved

Grassy Narrows - Today the Wynne government approved plans for another decade of clearcut logging in Grassy Narrows Territory against the will of this Indigenous community. The decision has ruined Christmas in a community already struggling with the long term health impacts of mercury poisoning. The Whiskey Jack Forest Management Plan 2012-2022 plans for dozens of large clearcuts on Grassy Narrows Territory, some nearly the size of pre-amalgamation Toronto.

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Idle No More & Defenders of the Land Support the Actions of Indigenous Peoples of Elsipogtog, Barriere Lake & Lubicon Lake Nation to Protect Their Waters, Lands & Forests

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Idle No More & Defenders of the Land Support the Actions of Indigenous Peoples of Elsipogtog, Barriere Lake & Lubicon Lake Nation to Protect Their Waters, Lands & Forests

 

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(Turtle Island/December 16, 2013) - Idle No More and Defenders of the Land networks call on Indigenous Peoples and Canadians to support Indigenous Nations currently engaged in protecting their lands and waters against the corporate-sponsored agendas of the federal and provincial governments.  In the past month, the Mi’kmaq of Elsipogtog, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake and the Cree of Lubicon Lake Nation have been involved in land protection struggles to defend against invasive extractive natural resource development (natural gas exploration, drilling for oil & natural gas/fracking and clear cut logging) taking place on their territories without their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

 

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“NO” to First Nations Education Act (FNEA) and Federal Termination Plan.

December 10, 2013

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Idle No More and Defenders of the Land set January 28, 2014 as national day of teach-ins focused on First Nations Education Act.

National Treaty Alliance and Assembly of First Nations joins Idle No More and Defenders of the Land on Canada’s Parliament Hill to say “NO” to First Nations Education Act (FNEA) and Federal Termination Plan.

Ottawa - Today is International Human Rights Day and also marks Idle No More’s one-year anniversary of last year’s national day of action. In honor of this occasion, hundreds of First Nations protesters have taken to the steps of Canada’s Parliament to send a resounding “No” to the Conservative government’s First Nations Education Act (FNEA) and the federal Termination Plan to extinguish First Nations’ collective rights. On this historic day, we are choosing to launch IdleNoMore 2.0 – our call to the tens of thousands of supporters in our movement to join in a massive educational undertaking from coast to coast to coast on January 28th – and introducing our crowdfunding campaign, which will be available on December 11, 2013, atwww.idlenomore.ca/support.

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