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From Residential Schools to the First Nations Education Act, colonialism continues

By Âpihtawikosisân -

Education is widely seen as a key component to future success not only for the individual children who receive that education, but also for the society to which they belong, as a whole. We use graduation rates and post-secondary degree attainment numbers to help determine the efficacy and accessibility of a system of education. More than simply informing us of how many individuals are meeting educational standards, these numbers give us fundamental information about the overall health of a society.

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Largest Climate Conference in BC History Ends With Joint Idle No More Day of Action

Oct 7, 2013

 For Immediate Release


Largest Climate Conference in BC History Ends With Joint Idle No More Day of Action

Hundreds gather in Victoria to push back on dirty energy projects

Victoria, Coast Salish Territories – Today, hundreds of youth attending the PowerShift BC summit joined with local Idle No More organizers and frontline Indigenous organizers from BC and Alberta for a march and public civil disobedience training at the British Columbia Legislature. The action took place along with over 60 others across Canada, the US and beyond marking the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation.

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American Indian Nations demand US fulfill Trust and Treaty obligations during US government shutdown

By United Native Americans
October 7, 2013
Noon until 2 pm, with press conference, at BIA

SACRAMENTO, CA - United Native Americans, in solidarity with Idle No More Global Day of Action will host a peaceful rally and press conference Monday, October 7, 2013 at the John Moss Building. Central California Agency/Bureau of Indian Affairs located 650 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, California to address the issues regarding the government shut down and its effects on the American Indian community. The event will begin at noon and end at 2:00 PM.
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Idle No More Global Day of Action, #Oct7Proclaim 55 Actions in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, and across the Planet


October 7, 2013-Ottawa, Canada: Today marks the global day of action of Idle No More, the Indigenous Peoples social movement. On October 7, 1763, King George III of England signed the British Royal Proclamation, an historic document that legally mandated Canada to recognize Indigenous land rights.

Today, two hundred and fifty years later, at over 55 actions and events taking place across Canada, the United States, and in countries across the planet, thousands of Indigenous Peoples and our supporters are taking direct action to assert sovereignty and self-determination over Our Land -- Our Water -- Our Bodies -- Our Stories -- Our Future -- and to proclaim our Indigenous Sovereignty!

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Over 50 Idle No More Actions and Events Tomorrow! #Oct7Proclaim

We are so inspired by everyone who is rising for tomorrow’s Global Day of Action, #Oct7Proclaim! If your event is not listed on the Idle No More site or in this list below please take the time to add your event and be counted!  

Idle No More now has text alerts!  To receive text updates from Idle No More simply text “INM” to 306-994-7009 

(Thanks to Aaron Paquette for the artwork)

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#Oct7Proclaim Quotes and Contacts

Quotes and contact information for interview of regional Idle No More Action leaders:

1. Suzanne Patles, cell: 902-317-6040 email:

Member of Eskasoni First Nation and spokesperson for Elsipogtog First Nation Anti-Fracking Blockade in New Brunswick, Canada, Mi'kmaq territory:

"The time has come for us to emancipate our Nations; it is time for us to assert our sovereignty. We must protect our water, and we must unite together to sever the chains of colonialism. Our fight is for the water, for our Treaties, for our Rights, and for our People. Let's unite and proclaim our right to our voices and speak out against corporate greed and environmental genocide. We are stronger when we stand together."

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First Nations Occupation of Ontario park enters 7th straight month

By Martha Troian - MEDIA INDIGENA, Photo Credit Hayden King

Elizabeth Brass Elson remembers standing on the picket line when she was just seventeen-years-old.

Her mother, once a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, was with a group of women trying to form a union.

Elson says her mother taught her to make a stand in times of need.

Today, she is doing just that.

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Idle No More gets US boost from top climate activist for day of action

By Jorge Barrera - APTN National News

One of the U.S.’s top environmentalists has thrown his considerable clout and that of his organization behind Idle No More’s planned Oct. 7 day of action.

Bill McKibben, a prominent journalist who wrote for the New Yorker magazine and founded which is one of the driving forces behind U.S. opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, said Indigenous peoples have “spearheaded the fight to preserve the planet at its most critical hour.”


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Media Advisory: Signigtog Mi'kmaq Reclaim Stewardship of Native Lands

For Immediate Release ~ Media Advisory

October 1, 2013
Elsipogtog First Nation

Signigtog Mi'kmaq Reclaim Stewardship of Native Lands

“There will be no more of our lands being held in trust by governments.”

Elsipogtog First Nation Chief and Council will announce their resolution to reclaim their stewardship over all unoccupied alleged “Crown” land. The Band Council Resolution (BCR) will be publicly unveiled at a media conference at the Rexton shale gas resistance site at the junction of  Highway 11 & 134 at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2013.

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Indigenous leader travels to Europe to counter pro-tar sands lobbying

Friday 27th September – For immediate release -  Photo Credit: howimontreal

  • EU climate legislation which would discourage tar sands imports to Europe is in its final stages
  • Two Ministers from Alberta are travelling to Europe to lobby against the directive
  • First Nations leader will visit Europe and meet with decision-makers to advocate for the directive and highlight importance of regulating against tar sands
  • Climate scientists say emissions must be cut by 10% per decade to avoid runaway climate change

On Saturday, George Poitras, a former Chief from the Mikisew Cree First Nation, will travel to the Netherlands, France and the UK, to raise awareness of the devastating impacts of tar sands development on First Nations communities, and to advocate that the EU supports the labelling of tar sands fuel as highly polluting in the EU Fuel Quality Directive (FQD).[1]


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