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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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Grassy Narrows Supporters Wake up Wynne at Home, Demand Action on Mercury Poison

RELEASE Sunday Aug. 25, 2013

Toronto - Hundreds of Grassy Narrows Indigenous Nation supporters, including a massive 80 person strong marching samba band, are parading to Premier Wynne's house today. Their banners will read "You wouldn't live with mercury in your home, why must Grassy Narrows?"

WHEN: Sunday, August 25 12:15 p.m.

WHERE:  Meet at the North Toronto Collegiate field on Roehampton St. just east of Yonge, one block north of Eglinton.

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Youth and Women from Grassy Narrows to Send Message about Water Protection on their Territory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 22, 2013

Members of Grassy Narrows First Nation take action to protect Keys Lake

Keys Lake, Asubpeeschoseewagong Territory (Grassy Narrows First Nation)—Today, Anishnabe youth attending the annual Grassy Narrows Youth Gathering, along with women from Grassy Narrows First Nation will be travelling from the centre of Asubpeeschoseewagong Territory to Keys Lake on Hwy 671, to send a message that the lake is still in use by the people of Grassy Narrows and that they intend to protect all the waters on their territory.

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Thunderchild band members protest oil drilling plans

By CBC News

A fight is unfolding on a Saskatchewan First Nation where a group of protesters are trying to stop a drilling operation on their land.

A group of band member from Thunderchild First Nation, a reserve located near North Battleford, Sask., has been camping out on what they call the "Sundance grounds" since Sunday.

The reserve's chief has approved the oil drilling, but band members said they've only learned of the plans a few days ago.

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Idle No More Solidarity SF Bay led the march of over 2,500 people to Chevron in Richmond, California

Photo by Navajo

On August 3, 2013, Idle No More Solidarity SF Bay led the march of over 2,500 people to Chevron in Richmond, California. The march commemorated the 1 year anniversary of the Chevron refinery explosion and fire which sent 15,000 people to hospitals. The morning began with prayers by Dr. Melinda Micco (Seminole) and Wounded Knee Ocampo (Miwok) of the American Indian Movement, as well as a teach-in on the effects of fossil fuel on indigenous people.

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Hupacasath First Nation rallies in Ottawa against China-Canada FIPA deal

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This afternoon Hamilton Police arrested 8 individuals at the Hamilton Court House, in the midst of the Swamp Line 9 Trespassing Hearing

MEDIA ADVISORY

AUGUST 14, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: 8 PROTESTERS ARRESTED INSIDE HAMILTON COURT HOUSE

CONTACT: 1-226- 203 3034

(Hamilton, ON) — This afternoon Hamilton Police arrested 8 individuals at the Hamilton Court House, in the midst of the Swamp Line 9 Trespassing Hearing.

Many friends and allies attended the trespassing hearing, offering support to those arrested and charged on June 26th at the Swamp Line 9 Blockade, a blockade of Enbridge's Westover site. Activists had been occupying an Enbridge pumping station north of Hamilton, Ontario. 18 protestors were arrested at the blockade, 13 of whom were on trial today. This action, dubbed Swamp Line 9, was aimed to prevent construction on Line 9 and block the transport of Tar Sands through Ontario and Quebec. This action is also part of the Idle No More campaign Sovereignty Summer.

 

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The Chemical Valley

By By Patrick McGuire Vice News

The first thing you notice about Sarnia, Ontario, is the smell: a potent mix of gasoline, melting asphalt, and the occasional trace of rotten egg. Shortly after my arrival I already felt unpleasantly high and dizzy, like I wasn’t getting enough air. Maybe this had something to do with the bouquet of smokestacks in the southern part of town that, all day every day, belch fumes and orange flares like something out of a Blade Runner-esque dystopia.

Sarnia is home to more than 60 refineries and chemical plants that produce gasoline, synthetic rubbers, and other materials that the world’s industries require to create the commercial products we know and love. The city’s most prominent and profitable attraction is an area about the size of 100 city blocks known as the Chemical Valley, where 40 percent of Canada’s chemical industry can be found packed together like a noxious megalopolis. According to a 2011 report by the World Health Organization, Sarnia’s air is the most polluted air in Canada. There are more toxic air pollutants billowing out of smokestacks here than in all of the provinces of New Brunswick or Manitoba.

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Statement of Clarification

Those of us who have been organizing with Idle No More since October 2012 participated in specific events and incidents which led to a decision in January 2013 to register a non-profit organization called Idle No More. A proposal was initiated at that time for possible future structuring of horizontal leadership in each province/ territory/ traditional region by grassroots organizers. This was done in order to be accountable and transparent in accepting donations.

Recently there has been misinformation circulating in social media that Idle No More founders have trademarked the name of the movement. The name is not trademarked, however an application was made in January to protect the name because Idle No More organizers were concerned about the possibility of corporations using the name for profit. In reality, the Idle No More name has been used widely by hundreds of thousands of people across the globe. Indigenous peoples and allies have come together in one of the largest mass movements for Indigenous rights and environmental protections, which is the spirit of Idle No More . We must focus our collective energy on our shared vision, and organize strategic resistance towards our six goals outlined in the #SovSummer campaign.

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