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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.

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Donate Now to Support Hupacasath FIPA Challenge

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!

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Nepean Redskins to change team name

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The club has been under fire from across Canada for what critics say is an outdated, racist reference to native people.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.

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Idle No More weighs in on Quebec’s proposed Charter of Values

By  - Global News, Photo Credit: Ravens Light

MONTREAL – Quebec’s Idle No More movement has made its position clear on the province’s proposed Charter of Values. 

“The Charter is racist and exclusionary,” Melissa Mollen Dupuis, a spokesperson for the movement, told Global News. “It’s a step back for Quebec.” 

The Parti Quebecois unveiled its controversial plan on Tuesday, which proposes to ban public employees – hospital workers, teachers and school employees, police and judges and city workers – from wearing “conspicuous” religious symbols during working hours.

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IDLE NO MORE LANCE UN APPEL À L’ACTION DE MASSE POUR LE 7 OCTOBRE!

Notre mouvement collectif « Idle No More » (Fini, l’inertie!) a connu une croissance exponentielle au cours de la saison estivale! Notre campagne #SovSummer (l’Été de la souveraineté), lancée le 21 juin dans le cadre de la Journée nationale des Autochtone, a été soulignée par des centaines d’actions locales menées par des Autochtones à travers l’Île de la Tortue et la Terre-Mère! Nous avons accumulé une base de données de plus de 120 000 partisans du mouvement Idle No More grâce à la création d’un nouveau site Web en plus d’une liste grandissante de centaines de milliers d’adeptes sur les médias sociaux ainsi que de plusieurs autres actions dans les rues et sur le terrain.

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Idle No More Calls for Mass Action on October 7th!

Our collective movement “Idle No More” has been growing in leaps and bounds over the summer season! Our #SovSummer campaign launched on June 21's National Aboriginal day was lifted up by hundreds of Indigenous-led community actions across both Turtle Island and Mother Earth!  We have amassed a database of over 120,000 Idle No More supporters through the new website along with a growing list of hundreds of thousands of followers on social media and many more taking action in the streets and out on the land.

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Idle No More in solidarity with Saami struggles for clean land,water and sovereignty

By Johan Sandberg MacGuinne

Over the last couple of months, Gállok – an area of huge cultural importance to the indigenous reindeer herding communities Sirges and Jåhkågasska, situated close to Jåhkkåmåhke on Lule Saami lands – has become the physical base of an on-going protest against the British mining company Beowulf and its Swedish counterpart Jokkmokk Iron Mines AB.

Since early June, a group of dedicated activists have been camped next to the road that was illegally made through the area to allow JIMAB access to the area in order to commence their prospecting, and what might have been dismissed as a small interference of no greater importance soon turned into a pan-Saami protest against neo-colonialism on Saami lands.

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Dakota Sovereignty Challenged

Sovereignty is being challenged by both the Canadian and the Dakota governments. The question has been asked of the Dakota, "How are the Dakota Sovereign?" The Dakota have also asked Canada the same, "How is Canada Sovereign?" 

To answer the question as to how the Dakota people remain sovereign; 1. We have retained our language 2. We have retained our people 3. We have retained our laws 4. We have retained our land 5. We have retained our government

Dakota sovereignty is Creator given, Canadian sovereignty is man made.

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Theresa Spence, Attawapiskat Chief, Wins Re-Election

By The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Chief Theresa Spence has been re-elected to a second three-year team as chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario.

Electoral officer Louie Noah told The Canadian Press that Spence received 214 of the 507 votes cast.

Spence gained notoriety last winter for subsisting on fish broth and tea for six weeks as a form of protest during the rise of the Idle No More movement.

The Idle No More cause was a protest against the Conservative government’s omnibus Bill C-45 which First Nations groups claimed threatened their treaty rights.

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Hupacasath Disappointed with Federal Judicial Review of Canada-China FIPA

Joint News Release. August 27, 2013


(Hupacasath Territory – August 27, 2013) The Federal Court of Canada has released its judicial review, Hupacasath First Nation v. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Canada and the Attorney General of Canada, regarding the pending ratification of the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the People’s Republic of China for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments (FIPA).

Brenda Sayers, a representative of the Hupacasath Nation stated "We are not surprised though we are deeply disappointed with the decision as we firmly believe the FIPA will have a profound impact on our inherent Indigenous rights and for all Canadians who cherish the environmental heritage we leave for our future generations. We will work with our legal counsel and will fully explore all options available to the Hupacasath Nation. We have until the end of September to decide if the decision should be appealed, and we trust the Government of Canada will not take steps to ratify the FIPPA during that time, which would effectively deprive us of our right to appeal. We would to thank all of the organizations, First Nations and individuals who worked, supported and donated to this great effort."

 

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