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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

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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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Idle No More waters are still stirring

BY Robert Horton - The Chronicle Journal

First and foremost, I would like to extend a heartfelt and sincere “miigwech” and “thank you” to all those here in Anemkii-Wiikwedong and all areas of the Thunder Bay region who have been so supportive of Idle No More.


Community (and the community heartbeat defined by engagement, awareness, and understanding across any line) truly is the life-spark when our shared dreams and common ground become shared efforts and a common purpose for the well-being of generations to come and generations we may not meet in our day.

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Paddlers end successful journey from Cross Lake to Winnipeg

By Adam Wazny - Winnipeg Free Press, Photo Ken Gigliotti - Winnipeg Free Press

After 18 days on choppy waters, members of the Ininiwi Aski Quest finished with a smooth glide into their Winnipeg port.

The crew from the Northern Manitoba community of Cross Lake arrived to the sound of drums and cheers at The Forks this afternoon. It was a warm welcome for the paddlers, who made the 890-kilometre canoe journey through mighty headwinds, a few thunderstorms and a broken boat.

"This is special, this is really something else," a humbled Nelson McKay said moments after stepping out of the large warrior canoe and on the concrete platform that hugged the Assiniboine River. "It was tough but the arms and shoulders feel good, though. I could keep going."

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