Quotes and contact information for interview of regional Idle No More Action leaders:
1. Suzanne Patles, cell: 902-317-6040 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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."Read more
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.Read more
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 350.org 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.”
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.
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).
Submit your Videos and post your local actions for Idle No More’s Global Day of Action, #Oct7Proclaim!
To our Indigenous Peoples & Allies across Mother Earth,
Idle No More’s Global Day of Action #Oct7Proclaim is quickly approaching. Up to this point we have 21 actions that have been listed on the INM website and many more that are being organized. We strongly urge you all to stand up and be counted and list your actions here: http://www.idlenomore.ca/eventsRead more
A message from Powershift 2013 Mass Action
Dealing with climate change will never be an easy task. We are up against the largest and wealthiest corporations on the planet, but if history has proven anything, its that a movement of organized people can beat even the most entrenched organized money. If I can distill one goal from PowerShift it’s to build that movement, and in doing so to work across movements because when movements organize together, we can move mountains.Read more
Truth and Reconciliation walk turnout amazes organizers, as an estimated 70,000 brave downpour in Vancouver
BY SARAH TAGUIAM - THE PROVINCE, PHOTO CREDIT: @BenSimons28
A sea of people that organizers estimated at 70,000 braved pouring rain and chanted their way through downtown Vancouver on Sunday in Canada’s first reconciliation walk.
“It’s amazing ... that so many people came out in spite of the rain to show their commitment to reconciliation and creating a new society that embraces all of us,” said Reconciliation Canada executive director Karen Joseph.Read more
The Hupacasath First Nation in BC has filed a legal injunction to stop an extreme 31-year corporate rights deal between Canada and China that holds massive environmental, human rights and sovereignty implications. And they need your help to raise critical funds this week!
BY Chris Cobb - Ottawa Citizen, Photo Credit: Bruno Schlumberger
The Nepean Redskins football club’s board of directors will officially announce Friday that they will change the club’s name.
The club has been under fire from across Canada for what critics say is an outdated, racist reference to native people.
But the Redskins had resisted the change, saying there was never any intent to offend any group.Read more