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INMroots: From Apology To Action

INMroots-_9_(1).jpgThe 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.

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Red Jam Slam Radio Festival


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.


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Unsettling Canada - Kamloops Book Launch

UC_flyer_Kamloops_rev.jpgJoin 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.

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No Energy East in Wolastoq Territory

Why do we walk?

  1. To protect our community.

  2. To oppose the tar sands and the Energy East pipeline

Trina_Roache.jpgBecause this 42-inch diameter export pipeline also implies a 150-hectare tank farm situated right in the middle of the rural community of Red Head, a 183-hectare marine terminal complex and some supertankers carrying 2.2 million barrels of oil crossing over the Bay of Fundy which threaten :

  • The traditional lands of the Wolastoq (Maliseet) First Nations
  • The 1500 residents of Red Head
  • The Saint-John River, its tributaries and the drinking water of hundred thousand people
  • The Bay of Fundy's rich biodiversity and endangered species like the North Atlantic Right Whales
  • Our climate
Photo by Trina Roache.
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The Migration Water Walk 2015

The Migration Water Walk 2015 will begin from the land of the Wabanaki, on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Matane, Quebec and end at Madeline Island in Wisconsin on or around August 20, 2015.
We will arrive and set up camp on June 22nd, have pipes smoked, share our creation stories and especially the Original Great Migration to Madeline Island where food was found growing on water. Then on June 23rd, we will move forward towards the First Original Stopping Point at Gitigan Zibing. Pipes will be smoked, sharing of traditions, migration stories and nightly drumming, fun for all.

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Defenders of the Black Hills Camp-out on June 10 - 16th

An Environmental Camp-out will be held from June 10 - 16, 2015, at the Reva Gap Campground on state Highway 20, between the towns of Buffalo and Reva . Board member, Harold One Feather, will be coordinating the event with day trips to where the Keystone XL Pipeline plans on entering South Dakota, to the Bowman-Haley Lake and Shadehill Reservoir which collect the radioactive runoff from the North Cave Hills abandoned uranium mines, and other trips to historic sites. Bring your own camping gear, food, and water. Primitive camping available. Contact Harold at, or PO Box 2003, Rapid City, SD 57709.

Environmental Camp-out on June 10 - 16th
Reva Gap Campground

Wopila (Thank you) Prayer Gathering on June 12th
Riley Pass Mine

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Anishinaabe Water Walk 2015

Join our water walk from Eagle Lake to Shoal Lake in Treaty 3/Ontario along TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline route. 
The Walk will take place beginning on August 3 to 7 2015.


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National Election official of Mexico ridicules Indigenous Peoples

Submitted by Tupac Enrique Acosta

MEXICO CITY, DF - In a private telephone conversation whose audio was uploaded to YouTube, the president of the National Electoral Institute (INE), Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, is overheard to ridicule in racist tones the representatives of the Indigenous Peoples of Mexico. President of the INE had recently conducted a session in consultation with Indigenous Peoples regarding the call for the creation of a specific sixth constituency within the national electoral proceedings to allow the Indigenous Peoples to nominate candidates outside of the party structures of the current system.

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Amah Mutsun Tribal Band: Open Letter to Pope Francis

Valentin Lopez, Chairman Amah Mutsun Tribal Band on April 23, 2015 at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues reasons why Father Serra is guilty of committing ethnocide. It has been clearly documented that Father Serra wanted to destroy Native culture including their communities, their Spirituality, their languages and their way of life leaving the Indigenous people no choice but to accept the Catholic religion.

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The 94 TRC Calls To Action

As Found on the Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada document, pages 189 - 368. Read More Here.


The Legacy


Photo from Wikimedia Commons: Carlise_pupils.jpg

Calls to Action:

1) We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to commit to reducing the number of Aboriginal children in care by:

i. Monitoring and assessing neglect investigations.

ii. Providing adequate resources to enable Aboriginal communities and child-welfare organizations to keep Aboriginal families together where it is safe to do so, and to keep children in culturally appropriate environments, regardless of where they reside.

iii. Ensuring that social workers and others who conduct child-welfare investigations are properly educated and trained about the history and impacts of residential schools.

iv. Ensuring that social workers and others who conduct child-welfare investigations are properly educated and trained about the potential for Aboriginal communities and families to provide more appropriate solutions to family healing.

v. Requiring that all child-welfare decision makers consider the impact of the residential school experience on children and their caregivers.

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