by Alexandre Robillard - The Times Colonist (Image Credit Intercontinental Cry)
QUEBEC - The Atikamekw First Nation has declared its sovereignty over 80,000 square kilometres of territory and says any development in that area must get its approval.
Armed with a Supreme Court of Canada judgment recognizing ancestral rights for First Nations in British Columbia, the Atikamekw want to have their say on projects located in the Nitaskinan region.
In Today’s webinar, Arthur Manuel will focus on the Tsilhquot'in Supreme Court of Canada Decision, including the BC Premier Sept 11th, 2014 Meeting with First Nation Leadership Council & BC Chiefs. This is the second in the Turning the Tables: Self Determination Not Termination series of webinars facilitated by Idle No More and Defenders of the Land. This Webinar will address colonization, self-determination and the need for Indigenous Peoples to take a strong stand on our Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.Read more
Please join us to Turn the Tables on Termination in our Idle No More Webinar:
The Idle No More webinar on the Termination Tables will be presented by policy analyst Russell Diabo and moderated by Dr. Shiri Pasternak. Monday August 18th 7:00 p.m. E.S.T.
It will answer important questions such as: What are the Termination Tables? Who is negotiating at the Termination Tables? How will this affect future generations of Indigenous people? What can communities do to organize and stop these negotiations?
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What is Termination?
Termination means the ending of First Nations pre-existing sovereign status through imposed Indian Act legislation, policy and federal coercion of First Nations into Comprehensive Land Claims and Self Government Final Agreements that convert First Nations into municipalities, their reserves into fee simple lands and extinguishment of their Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty Rights!Read more
By: Alexandra Paul - Winnipeg Free Press (Photo Credit Alex Wilson)
There will be no nuclear waste buried in Creighton, Sask., if a pair of First Nations get their way.
Both Opaskwayak Cree Nation, which is near The Pas, and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, near Creighton, have passed bans on nuclear waste from Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick passing through their traditional territory and being stored there.
OCN passed its ban in a bylaw, known as a band council resolution, July 14.
Creighton, which sits next to Flin Flon, agreed to stand as one of four sites in Canada that could eventually store radioactive nuclear waste.
OCN and Peter Ballantyne are ready to stand against a deep-rock repository dug in the granite bedrock of this remote town.Read more
First Nation leaders, Elders and citizens from across the region will gather along the Niagara River for two days to commemorate, celebrate and discuss the 250th Anniversary of the Treaty of Niagara.
To mark the 250th anniversary of the signing of this Treaty there will be a gathering of representatives of the Native Nations which negotiated a Treaty of Peace with Sir William Johnson on behalf of Great Britain.
Friday August 1 - A gathering at Fort Niagara (Youngstown, NY) 7pm to 9 pm
Saturday August 2 – A gathering at Fort George, the site of the old Indian Council House, starting with a sunrise ceremony and knowledge sharing
The 1764 Treaty of Fort Niagara was signed by Sir William Johnson for the Crown and 24 Nations from the Six Nations, Seneca, Wyandot of Detroit, Menominee, Algonquin, Nipissing, Ojibwa, Mississaugas, and others who were part of the Seven Nations of Canada and the Western Lakes Confederacy. The Treaty was concluded on August 1, 1764.Read more
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.