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United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues April 20- May 1, 2015

"Reality
The impact will not endure-
of that you can be sure
and conquest is not my quest
much less my address. or redress:
so that there then
NOW
you may begin to see
I don't fly by doctrines
instead we
Nations of Indigenous Peoples
Are, have been, will permanently be-
reality"

-Chantlaca

In 2008 the very first session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was held. Every year in New York there are 2 sessions to address the issues of Indigenous People . Input is given by community members, Non-profit organizations, Academic Institutions and Indigenous Groups.

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Fire Destroys Everything for One Navajo Nation Family

10384379_10155447548845361_4607126167911725340_n.jpgIn late April Brenda Lee and her children lost everything they own in a fire. With little money for extras, insurance for many Native families is just not an option. This family has lost absolutely everything will be starting over again with the kindness of family, friends, community and quite possibly strangers.

 

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#INMroots Protecting our scared mountains from Mount Polley to Mauna Kea

Welcome to #INMroots Number Six!   The goal of the #INMroots newsletter is to share news stories that promote Indigenous rights and sovereignty and the protection of land and water. The newsletter will share our stories and actions, and honour resistance, while celebrating the world that we are protecting.

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Interview with those walking for Nihígaal bee Iiná :: Journey For Existence.

It is our intention to walk throughout the Navajo Nation to document both the beauty of land and people and how this is being desecrated by resource extraction. We will do this through a social media campaign and a documentary films. Along our route, we will visit communities to listen to the issues our people are facing and share information about the state of water, air, land, and health, as our communities often have very little access to media or information about these issues. Our hope is that we can help to inspire our people to become engage in the care our land, air, and water, and culture so that we will have a future as Diné."

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Madii Lii Camp

On Aug. 26, 2014, the hereditary chiefs of the territory declared access to the territory closed to all fracked gas (LNG) pipeline development and other unauthorized industrial activity, and enacted the Luutkudziiwus Territorial Management Plan.

Madii Lii is the Lax Yip (territory) of the Wilp (house) of Luutkudziiwus of the Gitxsan Nation. The territory is located in the Suskwa valley, and is accessed via the Suskwa Forest Service Rd at km 15. Our Wilp consists of three high-ranking Simgiigyet (Hereditary Chiefs): Luutkudziiwus (Charlie Wright), Xsimjiitsiin (Lester Moore), & Noohla (Norman Moore), and over 600 other Wilp members. The Gitxsan Nation is divided into 64 Wilps (Luutkudziiwus is one of the most populous), and within the Gitxsan Matriarchal Hereditary System, Wilp chiefs are the highest ranking in the nation.

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Madii Lii Camp Construction

 

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Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp

National Day of Action to STOP Mount Polley Reopening on April 29, 2015

"The Secwepemc Woman Warriors Society calls on all people across the land to use any tactics possible to stand in solidarity with the Secwepemc Peoples eviction of Imperial Metals from their Territory!"

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Ellen Gabriel of Kanehsatà:ke Condems Bill C-51

Since I have not been provided with the opportunity to be a witness in person, I write today as a citizen of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation from the community of Kanehsatà:ke, whose un-ceded lands continue to be appropriated and stolen through the support of third party interests by Canada. As a citizen of my nation, I have spent the last 25 years educating the Canadian public on Canada’s history of colonization and genocide. My journey in participating in the protection of Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) lands and resources began before 1990 but became more intense during and after the 1990 Occupation of Kanehsatà:ke, known as the “1990 Oka Crisis”.


During the “1990 Oka Crisis”, myself and other members of the communities of Kanehsatà:ke and Kahnawà:ke came under police surveillance in which we were notified of through the mail. In this notice authorities informed me that all my telephone conversations had been recorded and provide me with a photocopy of a page from the Criminal Code of Canada which highlighted in yellow articles that referred to the justification of my surveillance as “threats to public security” and “suspicion of criminal activities”. I received three of these types of notices up until around 1995, each with the same reason of ‘criminal’ activities highlighted as the justification for their surveillance.

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Wahta Community Fire April Update

Clumsily Stumbling About

In mid-March, the Wahta Council sent out a late newsletter and added postings on their website to notify the people of Wahta, the Wahtaronon, of the Council’s intent to have a vote on their “Wahta Mohawks Membership Consultation Plan.” A general community meeting was held on March 28, 2015. The Council admitted that they had received minimal, if any, substantive feedback on their Consultation Plan since it was introduced at the previous general community meeting last fall. In the end, no vote was held.

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Chevrons Dirty Hands - Caravan & Updates

ChevronDirtyHands.jpgWe are the Solidarity Committee with the communities affected by Chevron in Ecuador. This is a Canadian campaign to expose the dirty hand of Chevron and learn about the poison this company left in the Ecuadorian Rain Forest.

Update about the current legal case in Canada, the recent victory at the Hague Court and also to share information about the caravan to Washington DC.

Join the Chevron's Dirty Hand Facebook event page or RSVP via the Idle No More Event Page

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Clyde River Solidarity Network

Idle No More Ontario and Amnesty International have announced a solidarity campaign, supporting the Inuit of Clyde River in their struggle against offshore seismic surveys for the oil and gas industry. In addition to the support of Idle No More and Amnesty International, several other organizations have joined the campaign in support of Clyde River to create the Clyde River Solidarity Network. We invite you to join the Clyde River Solidarity Network and sign the list of signatories who have become involved and joined this newly formed solidarity network.

 

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