This afternoon Hamilton Police arrested 8 individuals at the Hamilton Court House, in the midst of the Swamp Line 9 Trespassing Hearing
AUGUST 14, 2013
BREAKING NEWS: 8 PROTESTERS ARRESTED INSIDE HAMILTON COURT HOUSE
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(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.
By 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.Read more
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.
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.
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."Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Turtle Island, July 26, 2013)
Clearing the Path | To the many supporters, organizers, and people in the struggle for Indigenous justice: We extend an invitation to you to participate in an important conversation about the future of our work together...
Our purpose is simple and important: to heal and repair relationships.
We wish to recognize these things and offer a space to listen to each other, learn from each other, and see if we can repair the bonds between us to continue the work we all believe in.
Where there is agreement, we can move forward. Where there is difference we can seek understanding, common ground, and workable compromise.
We need (and want) your deep engagement in the issues surrounding the intentions, actions, and dynamics of our movement.
Differences of opinion do exist. Critiques of the movement are there. Conflict and ill feeling sit in front of us.
We have much to learn from this and this need not continue to be a problem to mutually supportive actions among us.
We are seeking open dialogue about these issues from the people who are interested in finding resolution to the issues which have arisen between those who are most active in the movement. This is with the hope that we can come to a place of mutual support.
We are at different levels of experience, awareness, and agency and we have diverse points of resistance we engage in. These need not be points of division but points of strategic collaboration. It is with this in mind we must clear the path behind us for those who are following and seriously assess where we are at and how we wish to proceed in this struggle
Respect for the time, effort, and commitment of organizers who continually work towards the goals of fighting colonialism, exercising sovereignty, protecting the land, and motivating people to join the fight is essential for collaborative efforts. This will only improve our abilities to mobilize enough people to present serious challenges to state conduct, industry incursions, and inertia of the masses. We cannot indulge in the luxury of ignoring the problems which have surfaced and the divisions which have resulted from those problems. We must talk this through.
We recognize there are issues, concerns, or problems with particular actions or dynamics of the movement. Questions exist about the intentions, decisions, and motivations that the Idle No More founders have made and we see a need to find clarity and restore relationships. We believe the lack of these things create barriers for others who would join the movement. With that, our desire is to host a series of dialogues to address the factors causing divisions among organizers. Our hope is to clear space so that we will be able to move together to work toward achieving our collective goals in a respectful and mutually supportive way.
Our plan is simple and important. We will initiate discussion threads on the Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/ClearingThePath. We invite all involved in the movement to bring forward feedback, critiques, and your ideas on how we can address what exists. Furthermore -- we seek to identify those who are passionate and committed to this work to be a part of live streamed round tables. We will invite all to participate in open and transparent live streamed dialogue to access these discussions. The conversations and insight gathered will be documented and published through creative means and posted on the internet.
Ian Ki’laas Caplette, Gisbutwaada House of Gamiyaam, Gitendau Tsimshian
Daniel-Léo Richard, Two-Spirit of Mi’kmaq, Huron, French & Norwegian Descent
Jessica Gordon, Cree/Anishnabe. Treaty 4 Territory Pasqua First Nation
Khelsilem Rivers, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh/Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw
Nina Wilson, Nakota/Dakota/Cree
We extend an invitation to you to participate in an important conversation about the future of our work together... Our purpose is simple and important: to heal and repair relationships.
Canada's premiers are backing a call by aboriginal leaders to launch a national public inquiry into the case of missing or murdered aboriginal women, CBC News has learned.
"The premiers at the table agreed to support the call of the Native Women's Association of Canada for a national public inquiry on this very, very important issue," Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said.
A delegation of First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders met with Canada's premiers this afternoon ahead of a two-day summit of the Council of the Federation in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. that begins Thursday.Read more
Over the last few weeks you and thousands of other Idle No More supporters signed-up with your email address to receive updates and info about Idle No More actions and events. We continue to be amazed and humbled by our Peoples awakening and want to thank you for taking action. We recognize and honor you for being among the many who are just getting involved or are among the many who have been taking political action for years.Read more
Canadians from many cultural communities call on Feds to #HonourTheApology to Residential School Survivors
ACROSS CANADA (Venues below) - Today, Canadians, newcomers, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples from all walks of life and religious denominations will reflect upon the impacts of Canada’s residential schools in a national moment of silence, prayer, and commemoration. They are calling on the federal government to release all documents pertaining to the residential schools in Canada to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission IMMEDIATELY, commission a national inquiry into the biomedical experiments on First Nations communities, and to work toward the end of continued violence toward Indigenous peoples in Canada.Read more