Launch of Website for Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women on Anniversary of Bella Laboucan-McLean’s Death
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 16, 2014
In April of 2013, No More Silence (NMS), Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) began what has become a long term vision for a community-led database documenting the violent deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women. It is our collective hope that the lives of Indigenous Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTTQQIA) will also be recognized as gender based violence also impacts these communities and is often invisiblized.Read more
In December 2012, flash mob round dances took place in shopping malls, street intersections and public/political spaces across Turtle Island and beyond. These events invited Indigenous and settler participants to move together and create a space for questioning, discomfort and potentially reconciliation.
This year at Encuentro over 300 participants joined hands to share in this powerful urban intervention on unceded Mohawk territory.
The recent T’silhqot’in Supreme Court decision is certainly a victory for the Indigenous peoples who fought for so long in disputing the Government's claims that only intensive activity land areas were within the scope of T’silhqot’in peoples jurisdiction. This SCC decision has recognized a vast land base as their territory . As well, it’s significant in recognizing that Indigenous peoples have their own laws that apply to land and resources, which counters the racist doctrine of Terra Nullius (Latin for 'land belonging to no one'). The Supreme Court held that Tsilhqot'in laws are to be given equal weight in determining land claims, and evidence was produced at trial to show that the Tsilhqot'in people had such laws. This decision applies equally to treaty claims.
In the past few weeks, thousands of people across Turtle Island have been organizing major campaigns to protect Indigenous sovereignty, land, water, and, territories.
NO to Northern Gateway
First Nations and non-First Nations gave a resounding NO when the Harper Government approved Enbridge Northern Gateway Project this week. People have joined in a wide variety of actions such as legal cases, mass rallies, and peaceful sit-ins in local MP’s offices. This is just the beginning!! There will be a wall of resistance as First Nations groups and other concerned citizens have vowed to fight the Canadian government’s approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline. The ongoing failure to consult First Nations violates Indigenous inherent rights. Enbridge’s Northern Gateway, a $7 billion pipeline, would carry tar sands oil from the province of Alberta to the coastal town of Kitimat, British Columbia, where the oil will be loaded onto tankers and transported along the coastlines.Read more
On June 11, 2014 Pictou Landing First Nation (Mi'kmaw) erected a blockade over an effluent spill at the Northern Pulp Mill. Idle No More and Defenders of the Land urge all people to support Pictou Landing First Nation in defense of one of their ancient burial grounds as well as their fisheries both of which have been threatened by this massive spill.
Read the following alert from Pictou Landing and check out the links below to learn more about the blockade and the effluent spill.
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
ON’s new plan for clearcut logging at Grassy Narrows looms
Ottawa - Today the Supreme Court of Canada will hear Grassy Narrows’ legal case for Treaty rights and against clearcut logging. The case challenges Ontario's jurisdiction to unilaterally award logging and mining licenses on a vast tract of Treaty 3 lands north of the English River (the Keewatin Lands). The case, called Keewatin v. MNR, has been winding its way through the courts for fourteen years.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
#KillBillC33#NoWayFNEA #IdleNoMore #CDNPoli
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