January 28th: National Day of Teach-ins focused on First Nations Education Act
As we begin a new year, we invite Idle No More groups to organize local teach-ins on January 28th based around the First Nation Education Act and the broader Termination Plan that it represents. We recognize that every Nation and community has their own unique stories, struggles, and practices and we hope that every teach-in is rooted in the on-the-ground realities that are the heart of the movement. When we include our local allies and supporters to attend, help, and promote local teach-ins we believe this adds strength to the bundle of arrows we continue to build through education.
Check out some of the Teach-In resources below!
As a support to teach-in organizers we are developing educational tools to use at local teach-ins that will focus on the First Nation Education Act and the broader Termination Plan of the Canadian government. Please feel free to use these tools, or to develop your own! We are also hoping that each teach-in will create a quick list of local struggles or issues and that we can share these lists to help guide the Idle No More movement.
We need to support one another as we continue to fight for our lands, water, sovereignty, and our future generations. We hope that these teach-ins help to deepen and strengthen our roots and prepare us for the work that lies ahead.
Yellow dots were used to mark invited guests and blue dots were used for the "uninvited" people by Conservative Party...
La Loi sur l'éducation des Premières Nations - Le consentement préalable, donné librement et en connaissance de cause est un incontournableWENDAKE, QC, le 11 févr. 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - La récente annonce faite par le premier ministre au regard de...
Yellow dots were used to mark invited guests and blue dots were used for the "uninvited" people by Conservative Party of Canada organizers to brand people at Harper's Kainai announcement of the First Nations Education Act, to identify and segregate them. #NOFNEA #IdleNoMore #bluedots #bluedot
La Loi sur l'éducation des Premières Nations - Le consentement préalable, donné librement et en connaissance de cause est un incontournable
WENDAKE, QC, le 11 févr. 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - La récente annonce faite par le premier ministre au regard de la Loi sur l'éducation des Premières Nations le vendredi 7 février est de l'opportunisme politique à son meilleur. Le soi-disant engagement ne représente qu'un changement de nom accompagné de promesses recyclées. L'annonce a été faite sans consultation avec les Premières Nations du Québec, ni leur consentement.Read more
On Friday February 7th, Stephen Harper visited the Blood Reserve to announce a new legislation known as the First Nations Education Act. Prime Minister Harper was welcomed by our elected Chief Charles Weaselhead and our band council. Along with Harper, Shawn Atleo, the Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and Bernard Valcourt, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, were also present.Read more
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Harper Surprise Speech to be met by protest by First Nations
Kainai People Demonstrate Opposition to Harper Government’s Top Down Approach to First Nations Education Act
Kainai Nation, Treaty No. 7 Territory/ February 6, 2014 – Grassroots members of the Kainai Nation (Blood tribe) are organizing a peaceful rally outside the Kainai Nation High School on Friday where Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make a surprise announcement related to First Nations Education.
The Blood Tribe’s Idle No More members condemn the process leading up to this announcement, regardless of the content of what the Prime Minister may promise to First Nations regarding education. There was no prior information provided to the First Nation Peoples’ across Canada and given the track record of the Harper government there is no reason to believe or trust the that Prime Minister Harper has the best interests of First Nations in mind.Read more
Idle No More and Defenders of the Land groups and supporters across the country are beginning to organize a wave of local Teach-ins starting today, January 28th and beyond, around the proposed First Nation Education Act (FNEA) and the broader Indigenous Termination Plan that it represents.
We recognize that every Nation and community has their own unique stories, struggles, and practices and we hope that every teach-in is rooted in the on-the-ground realities that are at the heart of the Idle No More movement.
As part of this wave of Teach-Ins, Idle No More and Defenders of the Land are encouraging people across the country to wear the “Got Land? Thank an Indian” shirt to their schools, workplaces, or neighbourhoods to spark conversations about Canada's true record on Indigenous rights. Take action and learn more about the Got Land? Campaign
Here is a list of Teach-Ins that will be taking place on January 28th to launch an ongoing wave on winter Teach-Ins. If you don’t see your Teach-In add it to the website!Read more
We recognize that this has been a very powerful and intense year that has involved a lot of hard work from Indigenous peoples and allies from across the globe. The purpose of the Teach- in resource materials are to provide a framework that you can potentially use for your Teach -in on January 28th. We recognize that people are tired and still working tirelessly. At these times it’s important to lend out a hand of support to each other as we sit together and learn better ways to move forward.
Most of the Teach-ins have been organized as groups. If you do not know of other people involved with Idle No More in your area you can also contact Idle No More / Defenders of the Land organizers through the website (http://www.idlenomore.ca/contact). We can help you get in touch with other people in your area involved in the movement.
Possible Agenda / Template:
1. Begin with Ceremony or with something appropriate for your group or community
Rationale: We are at a time in history where our very existence is being continually threatened. The guidance of our Ancestors and the Spirits will help nurture our efforts so that we are able to move forward in a strong, cohesive, and grounded way. These teachings are found in ceremonies that permeated our governance structures, our relationships with others, our roles and responsibilities, and our responsibilities to protect the Earth. When our work is grounded in our ceremonies we are able to go beyond shallow intellectual responses towards coming up with solutions which truly provide spiritual connections to the Earth. While ceremony can have a wide range of definitions, it is important that whatever your group decides, that people are welcomed and not excluded.
by âpihtawikosisân (Image credit, Strong Families)
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