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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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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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