FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 10, 2015 Grassroots Water Defenders Pledge to Continue Fight to Protect the Water for Future Generations....
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 6, 2015 Grassroots Indigenous People say they will be the ones to decide if Tarsands Oil...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.Read more
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.Read more
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).Read more
Idle 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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 Toronto. 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.Read more
The world had its eyes on Canada this week as the final gathering for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission convened in Ottawa, unceded Algonquin Territory. The gathering brought together residential school survivors, their descendants, and other concerned citizens to review the long-awaited final report of recommendations that resulted from a 5-year investigation into the genocidal legacy of the residential school era. The final report lists 94 calls to action. Read those and more critical news stories in this edition of INM Roots.Read more
The Red Jam Slam Society exists to host events, celebrations, and annual festivals that promote and feature emerging and seasoned aboriginal artists and performers. We are creating a five day Radio festival celebrating Aboriginal Week airing live from five venues in Vancouver beautiful British Columbia and will be broadcasted from station-to-station and coast-to-coast in Canada.
The live show will also be available via podcast or Internet Stream. We're raising funds to ensure quality of stage and broadcasts throughout the radio festival. The radio festival will run from June 17 till June 21. Click here to help Support the Festival's crowdsourced funding.
Join Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson for a launch of "Unsettling Canada."
"Unsettling Canada" chronicles the modern struggle for Indigenous rights covering fifty years of struggle over a wide range of historical, national, and recent international breakthroughs.
"Unsettling Canada" is built on a unique collaboration between two First Nations leaders, Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ron Derrickson.