On Earth Day the Trudeau government and 175 other countries signed the Paris Agreement -- pledging to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
We must ensure that Canada keeps the promise made in Paris by keeping fossil fuels in the ground. We must also ensure that Canada keeps its promise to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in it's entirety. This means upholding Indigenous Peoples right to “Free Prior and Informed Consent”, including the power to say NO to energy extraction and infrastructure on our territories.
We need a plan, a “People’s Climate Plan” to create community pressure across the land to ensure that the Trudeau government’s forthcoming climate strategy ensures a just transition for all Indigenous Peoples and workers.Read more
Open Invitation To Attend & Support:
On behalf of the “Great Nibi Gathering” Planning Committee and with great excitement we are honoured to let you know about an incredible gathering this summer. It will take place at Ojibway Park in Garden River First Nation, Ontario July 14-17, 2016.Read more
Overview Of Canada’s Termination Plan
Onkwehonwe Governance And Politics
Presented on March 24/16 by Russell Diablo, First Nations Policy Consultant
Idle No More Stands in Solidarity with the People of Honduras
Honduran Indigenous, environmental rights campaigner and co-founder of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), Berta Cáceres was assassinated in her La Esperanza home. Telesur correspondent, Gilda Silvestruci confirmed that the Honduran leader was killed at 0100 local central standard time, on Thursday March 3rd.
Idle No More organizers stand in solidarity with the family of Berta Cáceres, the Lenca people, and the people of Honduras. We extend our deepest condolences for the irreplaceable loss that is felt worldwide.Read more
January 4, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
To bring attention to the housing crisis in Canada, Idle No More started the One House Many Nations awareness and action Campaign in October 2015.
Over 300 people and organizations have donated money or supplies and have volunteered time to the One House Many Nations Campaign.
The first sustainable, off the grid and eco-friendly mini-home is finished and is to be delivered to a family on the Big River First Nation. The delivery is scheduled for Wednesday January 6th 2016.
In a wealthy country such as Canada, it is absolutely possible to provide affordable, sustainable and alternative energy homes. In an era of reconciliation and “Nation to Nation”: the issue of shelter needs immediate solutions and attention. This is one of many amazing actions toward mitigating climate change and the First Nations housing crisis.
An opportunity will be given to the public as well as to the media to view and ask questions about the mini-home at the Grasswoods Gas station tomorrow Wednesday January 6th 2016 between 9:30 and 10:30 AM. For further information please contact the following;
Sylvia McAdam 306-281-8158
Sheelah McLean 306-280-3245
Anita Munn 204-509-2354
To donate supplies or building materials contact Avery: OneHouseManyNationsINM@gmail.com
The One House, Many Nations campaign is creating networks to support sustainable housing on First Nations. We are raising awareness about Federal responsibility for adequate funding, while taking action ourselves. Be part of the movement.
Visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OneHouseManyNations
Make a Donation: www.indiegogo.com/projects/one-house-many-nations
Idle No More Québec, Femme Autochtones du Québec, le Réseau de la stratégie urbaine autochtone à Montréal, le centre Native Montréal et Amnistie internationale Canada francophone en appellent au leadership politique des premiers ministres Trudeau et Couillard dans une lettre ouverte, afin de mettre un terme final à la violence que subissent les femmes autochtones au Québec et dans le reste du Canada.
Les révélations de l’émission Enquête ont mis en lumière des allégations de comportements inadmissibles de plusieurs agents de la Sureté du Québec (SQ) et ont ainsi montré au grand public l’ampleur de la détresse et la discrimination vécues par les femmes autochtones de Val d’Or.Read more
Idle No More's intention in the release of this document is to make the information available to those who understand that voting is simply one tool in our toolbox, and a method of harm reduction to stand against the policies of a colonial government that directly affect our lives.
Idle No More will continue to support the work of communities across these lands facing colonial environmental violence.
In solidarity with Indigenous nations, communities, and grassroots resistance: first and foremost, our allegiance is to these lands, these waters, and the future of our planet.
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Pipelines, Tar Sands, Oil and Gas Mining
Conservative: Supports Enbridge Northern Gateway, supports TransCanada Energy East. (source 1, 2, 3)
"Expanding our pipeline network is critical for Canada to access global markets for its oil and gas. Canada’s biggest customer, the United States, has increased its own domestic production of crude oil, and the International Energy Agency projects it will be the world’s biggest oil producer by 2020. At the same time, Asian markets and other emerging economies are increasing their demand. Canadian crude has recently been selling at a significant discount due to insufficient access to global markets. Building the infrastructure to move our energy products to global markets will help us overcome these challenges."
Source: Enhancing Pipeline Safety
Green: opposes any and all pipeline developments
"The Green Party is the only party opposing any and all current pipeline plans. We will oppose any and all pipeline proposals committed to shipping raw bitumen out of Canada. We must move to a national energy policy with a strong climate plan."
Source: Pipeline Politics
Liberal: Supports the Keystone XL pipeline, but has also said the current federal pipeline review process is not strict enough. (source 1, 2, 3)
"Pipelines are an important part of the infrastructure necessary to move Canada’s energy resources to domestic and global market. When planned and executed with appropriate expert, environmental and community consultation, they are safer for the environment and communities than other delivery methods such as rail. Canada does not need to make a choice between protecting the environment and growing our economy. "
Source: Liberal Party statement to Vote Compass
NDP: opposes the Keystone XL pipeline. He has also said other pipeline projects such as Energy East should be approved only if they are “consistent” with Canada’s emissions-reduction targets. (source 1, 2, 3)
[NDP Leader Tom Mulcair:] “What we especially said in the case of Northern Gateway — and I got a chance to visit the Douglas Channel — was there was no safe way to bring those large super tankers into that narrow channel. That just doesn’t make any sense. What I have said in the case of Keystone XL — you just heard me repeat it — part of sustainable development is creating those value-added jobs in your own country. You don’t export them to another country. […] With regard to Energy East, it could be a win-win-win: better price for the producers, more royalties for the producing province. It could also help create those jobs in Canada. And of course it could help with Canada’s own energy security.
"The story of Neeve Nutarariaq is heartwrenching. We cannot stand idly by - we have to take action on the issue of housing." - Anna Lee-Popham, Idle No More organizer
Housing is a basic human right, one that should be readily available in a wealthy country such as Canada. However due to a series of past and present governmental policy decisions to move toward austerity rather than addressing the impacts of an ongoing housing crisis, federal and provincial governments have cut back on housing support, women’s shelters and other social programs that support families. As a result, Canada is experiencing a growing housing crisis that encompasses all people; it’s particularly affecting Indigenous women, two-spirit people and their families. Neeve Nutarariaq an Inuit woman is now living in a tent with her family in Igloolik, Nunavut, because the housing shortage is at crisis levels. This is only one example of this emergency situation.Read more
Since time immemorial, the Unist’ot’en house of the Wet’suwet’en have lived by Wedzin Kwah (Morice River), fishing, hunting, trapping, and practicing ceremony. The Wet’suwet’en people have also governed themselves by their own system of governance for centuries, and under their governance, each house is responsible for its own lands. The Wet’suwet’en governance system and Indigenous economy survive today, despite continued efforts of the Canadian state to destroy it.
In order to protect their ability to continue living on the land and from the land, for the last five years, the Unist’ot’en have maintained a camp by Wedzin Kwah that is blocking 7 oil pipelines that do not have Unist’ot’en consent to use their land. In this effort the Unist’ot’en are joined by many supporters and allies whom they have invited to their land.
On July 17, the situation on Unist’ot’en land escalated.Read more