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Idle No More & Defenders of the Land Stand with Unist’ot’en

Since time immemorial, the Unist’ot’en house of the Wet’suwet’en have lived by Wedzin Kwah (Morice River), fishing, hunting, trapping, and practicing ceremony. The Wet’suwet’en people have also governed themselves by their own system of governance for centuries, and under their governance, each house is responsible for its own lands. The Wet’suwet’en governance system and Indigenous economy survive today, despite continued efforts of the Canadian state to destroy it.

In order to protect their ability to continue living on the land and from the land, for the last five years, the Unist’ot’en have maintained a camp by Wedzin Kwah that is blocking 7 oil pipelines that do not have Unist’ot’en consent to use their land. In this effort the Unist’ot’en are joined by many supporters and allies whom they have invited to their land. 

On July 17, the situation on Unist’ot’en land escalated. 

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Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery

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Idle No More stands with our relations of the International Tribunal of Justice Abya Yala being organized in Guatemala from September 15-17, 2015.  We will continue to support the continental movement to implement Indigenous Self Determination and Nationhood. We will work together across borders to construct a long-term continental decolonization strategy, in the spirit of Self Determination of Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples.

We support the formation of a Continental Indigenous Commission  (North-Central-South Abya Yala - Turtle Island) to deliver the findings of the International Tribunal of Justice Abya Yala to the Lenape-Delaware territories of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in September, when Pope Francis will be present.  It is our hope that this Commission will directly address the continued sanctification of the Colonial Doctrines of Discovery via the Papal Bulls Inter Caetera. The Indigenous Law Institute has recognized that “this Papal Bull has been, and continues to be, devastating to our religions, our cultures, and the survival of our populations”. In a Communiqué to the Vatican, the V Continental Summit Abya Yala held in the Cauca Territories of Colombia called for Pope Francis to publicly renounce the Doctrine of Discovery.

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Anishinaabe Water Walk just the First Steps towards Stopping Energy East

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August 10, 2015

Grassroots Water Defenders Pledge to Continue Fight to Protect the Water for Future Generations.

Iskatewizaagegan, Shoal Lake 39 First Nation—This past weekend, the Anishinaabe Water Walk against the Energy East Pipeline concluded its week-long, 125 km trek from Eagle Lake Lake to Shoal Lake in Treaty 3, Anishinaabe Territory, along the route of TransCanada’s proposed Energy East tarsands pipeline project.

The Walk included more than three dozen participants from more than a dozen different First Nations and non-native communities over the course of the week, including the Chiefs of two Treaty 3 First Nations, Chief Patricia Big George of Naongashiing, Big Island First Nation, and Chief Fawn Wapioke of Iskatewizaagegan, Shoal Lake 39 First Nation who was on the Walk for its entirety.

“Our Anishinaabe laws and values tell us everything we need to know about Energy East; that is why we say no,” said Wapioke.

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Anishinaabe Water Walkers and Supporters March in Kenora against Energy East Pipeline

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August 6, 2015

Grassroots Indigenous People say they will be the ones to decide if Tarsands Oil can cross their Territories.

Kenora—Today is day 5 of the Anishinaabe Water Walk, and already more than 40 walkers have covered 100 km of the route that TransCanada wants to use for the Energy East Pipeline project that will pump tarsands bitumen through a 40 year old gas pipeline where it crosses and threatens more than a dozen waterways in Treaty 3 Territory. The Anishinaabe Water Walk, organized by Grassroots Indigenous Water Defence (GIWD), will pass through downtown Kenora today, and will be joined by supporters for a rally at Market Square at 3pm, and will then march through the streets of downtown Kenora to McLeod Park for a community meal, from which the Water Walkers will continue to their final destination at Shoal Lake 39 on Saturday.

Fawn Wapioke is Chief of Iskatewizaagegan (Shoal Lake 39) First Nation and a mother who has been one of the lead walkers since Sunday. “The bravery and the strength of our young people, Elders, men and women in collectively opposing the proposed Energy East project is admirable,” she says.

“The walk has created awareness, unity, and a stronger connection to one another as well as to the lands, waters, and to our responsibilities as the Anishinaabeg who are indigenous to this territory,” says Wapioke.

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Treaty 3 Grand Council Signs Energy East Communications and Engagement Funding Agreement

On July 27 at Wauzhusk Onigum, Grand Council Treaty #3 (GCT3) and Energy East Pipelines Ltd (a subsidiary of TransCanada) held a ceremony and public relations event for the announcement of a pre-signed, July 10 ratified Communications and Engagement Funding Agreement (CEFA) for the Energy East Pipeline project. The purpose of the CEFA is “information sharing and discussion… to identify and consider strategies or measures to avoid, mitigate and manage” concerns about impacts from the pipeline project. The CEFA deal does not signal consent for the pipeline project, but it does allow TransCanada to dictate and constrain the process of “consultation”—money always comes with strings. TransCanada is currently in discussion with many individual Treaty 3 First Nations Band Councils, in the hopes that they will lead to more CEFA deals. The GCT3 CEFA deal makes specific reference to “any regulatory or governmental authority that is… undertaking a review or assessment of the adequacy of consultations with GCT3 .“  So, while GCT3 is actually just an advocacy group for Treaty Rights, there is no doubt that TransCanada will be able to use this process as evidence of it having consulted with Treaty 3 First Nations. However, they still need to “consult” with individual First Nations that will be impacted by the pipeline. This is why it is more important than ever that grassroots organizing against the pipeline be supported and elevated.  

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Anishinaabe Water Walk to Unite Treaty 3 People against Energy East Pipeline

On August 2, 2015, nearly two dozen (or more) Anishinaabe Women and Men, Youth and Elders will be joined by supporters in a week-long walk against the Energy East Pipeline. The walk will cover more than 125 km of TransCanada’s proposed pipeline route where it crosses and threatens more than a dozen waterways in Treaty 3 Territory. The Anishinaabe Water Walk is organized by Grassroots Indigenous Water Defence (GIWD).

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Idle No More Joins the Neil Young Rebel Content Tour (USA)

INMhand.jpgIdle No More is pleased to announce that we have been invited to travel with Neil Young’s Rebel Content tour during July 2015. We will be one of twelve leading environmental rights and justice organizations on the tour that are tackling today’s greatest environmental challenges through education and by impacting legislation. 

 

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Solidarity with the COTTFN

Idle No More & Defenders of the Land stand in solidarity with Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in their legal challenge against Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline project.

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Idle No More Stands in Solidarity with the Families of the Missing Ayotzinapa Students of Mexico

Idle No More supports and stands in solidarity with the families of the missing Ayotzinapa students following Mexico’s mid-term elections. Several months ago the families of the 43 missing students denounced yesterday's midterm election, stating that the conditions would not allow a fair and transparent election due to the evidence of links between organized crime and local governments. The recent election has been called the “Narco-Elections” by activists and protesters.SolidarityMexico1.jpg

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Anti Chevron Toronto - May Events Update

May 21st, 2015 International #AntiChevron Day of Action

Toronto Solidarity Committee - Day of Action

On May 21st, 2015 the Canadian Solidarity Committee, Chevron's Dirty Hand organized the second #AntiChevron International Day of Action outside of the R.B.C. in downtown Toronto. Allies from Six Nations of the Grand River, the migrant community, and labour movement reps joined in solidarity to raise awareness and support of the Black Hand campaign in Canada directly in the financial district of 11258912_787725438001048_6869523384970427334_o.jpgToronto. We support the ongoing international fight to hold Chevron (formerly Texaco), accountable for one of the worst man made environmental disasters on the planet.

We are the land and violence against our territories is violence against our people. We are directly connected with our land and water, whether we live in North or South America our people are getting sick due to the poison and devastation left behind in the wake of "development" and progress. This has been going on since contact and together we will rise and lead the way to climate sustainability by making the right choices about what "development" happens in our territories. 

"We are here in solidarity from the Grand River. It is now time to fulfill the prophecy of the Condor and the Eagle. The struggle of the Indigenous people of South America is our struggle too, that's why we are here standing in Solidarity with our brothers and sisters. It's time to stop Chevron." said Jagwadeth of Six Nations.

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