On Tuesday Indigenous Peoples rejected the fabricated "First Nations Control of First Nations Education - Bill C-33" and asserted that we need INDIGENOUS EDUCATION FOR AND BY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES!
The motion to reject Bill C-33 at the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) was carried. The Chiefs in Assembly listened to the voices of the communities, making this historic decision a step forward for Indigenous peoples. As Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee stated, “The job of our Chiefs was to listen to what our experts and citizens were telling us. What we saw in the bill was a lot of government control and no First Nations control of education for our children.”Read more
Idle No More supports the National Day of Resistance taking place on May 14, 2014 in Ottawa and across the country. Tomorrow, Indigenous people and their allies will converge on Parliament Hill and in other locations to participate in various forms of protest against Harper’s termination agenda toward FIrst Nations.Read more
by Gloria Galloway and OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
‘Never forget who you work for.”
That’s Patrick Madahbee’s advice for whoever takes over after the abrupt departure of Shawn Alteo last week from the Assembly of First Nations.
Mr. Madahbee, the Grand Council Chief of the Union of Ontario Indians, was one of the chiefs involved in setting up the AFN. But he and other native leaders say Canada’s largest indigenous organization must now change to more closely reflect the wishes of those it represents.
What they’re calling for: a new structure for the organization that was created to be the voice of the country’s more than 600 First Nations – one that would prevent the AFN and its national chief from being manipulated by the government or acting without the broad consent of aboriginals. Particularly aboriginal youth.Read more
Shawn Atleo Forced Out As National Chief By The Indignation of First Nations Peoples, As Opposition Builds Against Rushed, Assimilationist First Nations Education Act
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Today, after four years of servility and weak leadership in the face of a Harper government bent on an aggressive agenda of assimilation and termination of First Nations, National Chief Shawn Atleo was forced by popular pressure and a brewing chiefs’ revolt to resign, the first time a national chief has resigned since the creation of the institution. Throughout his term, Atleo has been more concerned with keeping Ottawa happy than with representing the aspirations of First Nations people. When people rose up during Idle No More, he undermined the movement by legitimizing the government’s empty posturing by attending a controversial meeting with the Prime Ministers’ Office on January 11, 2013 without the mandate of the Chiefs in Assembly.Read more
APTN News Coverage on February 7, 2014: First Nations Education - Harper Announcement on Kainai Nation Treaty 7 Territory, Standoff, AB: http://youtu.be/Xj-LDLf1CBQ
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Meet with AFN NC Shawn Atleo:
Chief Arlen Dumas of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation Manitoba, confronts National Chief Shawn Atleo after Atleo showed up at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs meeting to promote his AFN-Harper deal and First Nation Education legislation. Then, Chief Dumas gives the rest of his time to grassroots Lisa Currier who prepared a petition against FNCFNEA to give Atleo.
Idle No More – Northern Manitoba also lashes out at Atleo for support of proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act - Smokescreen