Welcome to #INMroots number three! The goal of the #INMroots newsletter is to share news stories that promote Indigenous rights...
Protect Oak Flat Today and Everyday WHEREAS, the U.S. Congress did pass the Southeastern Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act...
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.
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.
We 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.Read more
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.
The Canadian "low-cost" gold mining company Eldorado Gold is on the brink of turning one of the last remaining areas of intact old-growth forest in northeastern Greece into a polluted industrial wasteland. Greece's new left-wing Syriza government promised to stop the mining project but has yet to actually do so. The people of Halkidiki need support from the international community to put pressure on Syriza to stop the project, and tell Eldorado Gold that their short-term profits are not worth the irreversible destruction they are causing to the future of the region and its ecosystem.Read more
Write2Know (http://write2know.ca) is a activist-research initiative formed out of a collaboration among academics, scientists, activists, NGOs, Aboriginal community groups, and members of the public. It is a response to the recent cancellation of over a hundred Canadian federal research programs, the firing of thousands of federal scientists conducting environmental monitoring and inquires into Aboriginal health, and the Canadian government’s communication policies that prevent scientists from talking to the public and the media about their research. This information about the health of our bodies, communities, and environment is crucial for making good policy decisions and arguing for change. Write2know is a letter-writing campaign that mobilizes the public to press Canadian federal scientists and ministers on questions that matter to public and environmental health. This is an international campaign.Read more
By Mychayio Prystupa - Vancouver Observer
One of the more legally trailblazing tribes in Canada — the Tsilhqot’in — has just declared the BC Liberal government grizzly hunt as unlawful on traditional Aboriginal lands, the Vancouver Observer has learned.
“The hunt is illegal,” said Chief Joe Alphonse, tribal chair of the Tsilhqot’in National Government on Wednesday from Williams Lake in B.C’s interior.
“If [grizzly] hunters come on to Tsilhqot’in title lands, they better check with us,” he added.
The six Tsilhqot’in bands, fresh off an historic Supreme Court land rights victory, sit atop one of B.C.’s fledging recovery of grizzlies. The landmark ruling last summer requires outsiders to gain the consent of First Nations before impacting traditional territories, including its wildlife.
Read the full story here.
By Nicola Valley First Nation - Intercontinental Cry
The five Nicola Valley Chiefs and their representatives (Chief Harvey McLeod of Upper Nicola, Chief Marcel Shackelly of Nooaitch, Chief Aaron Sam of Lower Nicola, Chief Percy Joe of Shackan and Chief Lee Spahan of Coldwater) and supporters of Friends of the Nicola Valley, faced with inaction from the Provincial Government and its Ministries on the grave issue of importing sewer sludge into the Nicola Valley, have together decided to occupy the office of the Honourable Premier Christy Clark in West Kelowna.
“The Nicola Valley First Nations hold and exercise Aboriginal Title and Rights over areas where biowaste operations are currently being carried out, and where future biowaste operations have been proposed. The biowaste operations affect our Aboriginal Title and Rights. The Province of British Columbia is obligated to consult and accommodate us in relation to the impacts of biowaste operations on our Rights and Title”, says Chief Aaron Sam.
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By Zig Zag - Warrior Publications
From Voice of the Voiceless, Junction Creek (Xwisten Territory, St’at’imc Nation), April 13, 2015
We have heard that Aspen Planers is going to start logging at Lac Le Mer, very near the camp, this week! We think they will be trying to start at Junction Creek too. Christine Jack who has been living at the camp is requesting support. We need more people up there ASAP!!!!
Voices of the Voiceless camp is an Indigenous re-occupation of Junction Creek area in Xwisten territory, St’at’imc Nation. This camp was set up on March 16th under the direction of Xwisten elders to stop the logging by Aspen Planers. The site of the VoV Camp is just below a heritage site that has huge cultural significance to Xwisten people. Junction Creek summer village has been a traditional meeting place where people come to hunt, gather and process food. The Xwisten people continue to access and use Junction Creek for these traditional purposes today.
Read full article here.
The Swinomish Tribe of Washington filed a lawsuit in federal court today in hopes of stopping the transport of crude oil through the reservation.
According to the complaint, BNSF Railway has broken the terms of an agreement with the tribe. To resolve a century of trespass claims, the company promised just one train of 25 cars could pass through the reservation in each direction daily.
But with energy development in the Bakken region on the rise, the tribe recently learned that BNSF is sending as many as six trains with 100 cars through the reservation every week. The lawsuit seeks an end to the practice.
“A deal is a deal,” Chairman Brian Cladoosby said in a press release. “Our signatures were on the agreement with BNSF, so were theirs, and so was the United States. But despite all that, BNSF began running its Bakken oil trains across the reservation without asking, and without even telling us. This was exactly what they did for decades starting in the 1800’s.”
Read the full article here.