February 6, 2014 PEACEFUL RALLY TO SHOW OPPOSITION TO FIRST NATIONS EDUCATION ACT
Twila Singer 403 795 4417 or Rachel Crowspreadingwings 403-‐715-‐2406
10:30 am MST, February 7. 2014
Kainai High School -‐ Blood Reserve; Standoff, AB WHY
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to visit to the Blood Reserve, in Treaty No. 7 territory on Friday February 7, 2014. Prime Minister Harper will be in attendance to make an announcement, along with National Chief Shawn Atleo and other Assembly of First Nations representatives on the First Nations Education Act (FNEA). The FNEA disregards our jurisdiction, inherent rights and the Treaty right to Education without our Free, Prior and Informed Consent. The FNEA does not address the chronic underfunding of First Nations education on reserves. Blood Tribe members, other First Nations’, and supporters will be in attendance to have a peaceful assembly showing our opposition to the First Nations Education Act (FNEA) .
Lakota are united with our relatives and allies up north. We must stop this kxl from entering the territory our ancestors loved, lived on for thousands of generations, and gave their greatest gift of all to defend, their lives. Our Creation stories teach us that this is our Home on Unci Maka, our homeland is part of our identity, we have our inherent birth right as Lakota Oyate. Our inherent birth right is a spiritual and human right, and we have treaty rights. We do not want kxl, we do not want tarsands in our lands, the tarsands must stay in the ground, the extraction and its aftermath is killing humans and all of life up there, and wasting precious water. The leaders of the world are looking at this, we need them to be good leaders and stand in the way of something bad coming toward us, all over the world, and here, in the big land, it is time for people to be clear to their leader. Now is a time when he can be a green revolutionary, and make decisions that can change the world.Read more
Idle No More and Defenders of the Land stand with the Lakota Nation, Owe Aku, Protect the Sacred, Honor the Earth, and all land defenders opposing Keystone XL. We stand with our neighbours to honour the treaties, protect sacred water, and to defend the Indigenous ways of life.
Below is a statement from Honor the Earth that has been developed in collaboration with the Oglala Sioux Nation, Owe Aku, and Protect the Sacred. Check the information links below and organize a vigil in your community in solidarity with the Lakota resistance to the Keystone XL Pipeline.Read more
By Jorge Barrera
APTN National News
A Native American alliance is forming to block construction of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline which still needs final approval from U.S. President Barack Obama after the State Department released an environmental report indicating the project wouldn’t have a significant impact Alberta tar sands production.
Members from the seven tribes of the Lakota Nation, along with tribal members and tribes in Idaho, Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska and Oregon, have been preparing to stop construction of the 1,400 kilometre pipeline which is slated to run, on the U.S. side, from Morgan, Mon., to Steel City, Neb., and pump 830,000 barrels per day from Alberta’s tar sands. The pipeline would originate in Hardisty, Alta.Read more
The Idle No More-Defenders of the Land Joint crowdfunding campaign has surpassed its goal! - with 36 hours left in our campaign, your support can help the movement do even more!!
Thank you to all of you who have contributed, pushing our campaign over the top. We are all part of a movement, and your support will make it stronger.
Let’s continue to show our commitment to the Indigenous-led movements happening across North America by coming out into the streets and onto the land, and by contributing directly to local community struggles.
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Check it out and spread the word: www.idlenomore.ca/supportRead more
By Faith Gemmill as guest blogger for platformlondon.org (photo credits: Faith Gemmill)
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
Idle No More organizers and supporters led round dances outside several of the Honour the Treaties concerts and helped to gather signatures and donations in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s (ACFN) legal challenge against the Federal Government and Shell Canada.Read more
by âpihtawikosisân (Image credit, Strong Families)
It is so easy to get bogged down by all the problems indigenous peoples face. Poverty, suicide, addiction, disease, incarceration, homelessness, violence — where does one even begin to address these things?
We can cast our nets widely, and see the big picture in all its ugly colonial horror. This is absolutely necessary; but philosophically deconstructing colonialism can only get us so far when so many indigenous peoples are struggling just to have their basic needs met.Read more
By EDELO - Creative Time Reports (Photo Credit: TJ Scenes / Cesar Bojorquez/Flickr)
December 30, 2013 | Mexico was said to be one step away from entering the “First World.” It was December 1992, and Mexico’s then-president, Carlos Salinas, signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The global treaty came with major promises of economic development, driven by increased farm production and foreign investment, that would end emigration and eliminate poverty. But, as the environmentalist Gustavo Castro attests in our video, the results have been the complete opposite—increased emigration, hunger and poverty.Read more