Five days after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, the rural town resembles a scene of desolation. Its downtown is a charred sacrifice zone. 50 people are likely dead, making the train's toll one of the worst disasters in recent Canadian history.
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
Miles Howe - Halifax Media Co-op
Nightfall finds unknown number of activists still in woods along SWN's woodland testing line.
The Canadian Press -
The Canadian government says it's appalled to hear hungry aboriginal children and adults may have been used as unwitting subjects in nutritional experiments by federal bureaucrats.
Recently published research by food historian Ian Mosby has revealed details about one of the least-known but perhaps most disturbing aspects of government policy toward aboriginal people immediately after the Second World War.
"It was experiments being conducted on malnourished aboriginal people," Mosby, a post-doctoral fellow in history at the University of Guelph, told CBC's As It Happens program on Tuesday.Read more
By Martin Lukacs hosted by the Guardian
At the root of the explosion is deregulation and an energy rush driving companies to take ever greater risks
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ACFN disappointed by JRP’s initial approval of Shell tar sands mine expansion; expects mitigation and accommodation to be in place prior to further approvals for the expansion
July 9, 2013 Fort McMurray, AB— Quick on the heels of oil washing up on the shores of Ft. Chipewyan and a 100 km long slick along the Athabasca River, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) is disappointed by the recent decision by the Joint Review Panel (JRP) to recommend Shell’s Jackpine mine expansion project go forward, despite a Panel acknowledging, for the first time, the significant adverse impacts tar sands have on Aboriginal rights and cultures.Read more
By Miles Howe - Halifax Media Co-op
MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK - Elsipogtog War Chief John Levi was today sent to jail until Monday morning at 9:30am, which, according to the presiding judge, was the "earliest convenient time" to set bail.
Levi stands accused of two charges, both related to an anti-shale gas action that took place on June 21st. The first, mischief, is most likely related to the actions of four people, three of whom went out onto highway 126 into the path of SWN Resources Canada's seismic testing trucks. These four people were arrested - along with eight others on that day - and Levi stands accused of telling protesters to "stand their ground".Read more
Wednesday July 3rd 10am
Cayuga Courthouse, 55 Munsee St. N., Cayuga
Rides leave from Keele Subway, Toronto at 8 am
See below for info for other cities.
Six Nations land defender Theresa “Toad” Jamieson and the Two Row Society join Idle No More Sovereignty Summer’s calls for action with a rally and court support at the Cayuga courthouse on Wednesday JULY 3rd at 10am.
Toad has been defending Indigenous land rights and Kanonhstaton, the Six Nations Reclamation site, ever since the land near Caledonia, ON was reclaimed by Six Nations in February 2006. At the height of this winter’s Idle No More movement, the rounddance during her court date sent a strong message that the fight for the land requires lasting support of Indigenous women land defenders.Read more