Submitted by the walkers of Nihígaal Bee Iina
On February 1st 2015, the walkers of Nihígaal Bee Iina (pronounced ni-hi-gahl beh ee-nah, meaning "Our Journey for Existence") completed their quest to walk over 200 miles in the name of their children, land and ancestors. The walk was in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of The Long Walk, whereby over 9,500 Diné (Navajo) were marched at gunpoint for hundreds of miles into Bosque Redondo—a concentration camp they would stay for four years. Only 7,304 survived the internment to return back to Diné Tah, the original Navajo homeland. In addition to honoring the resilience of their ancestors, the walkers also set out to raise awareness about issues surrounding oil and gas extraction in Diné Tah. Ultimately, the group walked the entire span from Dził Naa’oodiłii (Huerfano Mounatin) to Tsoodził (Mount Taylor) in 26 days, a total of 225 miles.Read more
by Lyla Johnston
At dawn on January 6, 2015, a group of young Diné (Navajo) women and their supporters gathered at sunrise near the fire department at the base of Dził Na’oodiłii (Huerfano Mountain). From there the group embarked on a 200-mile trek through eastern New Mexico—a tribute to the 150thanniversary of the tragic “Long Walk.” Throughout this journey they have been raising awareness about the historical and present day challenges faced by Diné people and inspiring hopeful solutions to address these issues.
Idle No More Communications volunteers have been in contact with some of the walkers and will feature images and reflections from their powerful walk in the next grassroots newsletter. Keep reading to learn more about the beginning of their journey.Read more
by CBC News (photo credit Kathy Fitzpatrick/CBC)
Last night in Saskatoon people brainstormed ideas for helping the families of murdered and missing aboriginal women.
They packed the hall at Station 20 West in the city's core. About 150 people turned out, both aboriginal and non-aboriginal.
The gathering was organized by social workers and social work students — who formed a social justice committee last summer.
"We thought it was really relevant for us to discuss issues that were pertinent to Saskatoon. So missing and murdered Indigenous women has been a hot topic recently," said Jessica Fisher, the committee's student co-chair.
One of the most dramatic moments came when an impassioned Monica Goulet, one of the panellists, stood to speak.Read more
We are welcoming the third year of the Idle No More movement by creating a bi-weekly newsletter. This goal of the newsletter is to lift up the voices of Indigenous peoples and struggles around the world. It will tell our stories, share our actions, and honour our resistance while celebrating the world that we are protecting.
We are all invited to add our voices, our stories, our events, and our actions to this newsletter. Post your story now! Deadline for the first newsletter is Sunday January 18th.
We will accept all submissions that are connected to indigenous issues as long as they do not condone lateral violence or include hate speech.
The first Newsletter will be published on January 26th, so check your inboxes!Read more
Idle No More stands in solidarity with all land and human rights defenders and protectors. Read the actions and updates below and share your Idle No More story for Dec 10th!
Dec 10th - Celebrating Idle No More Stories
We invite you to share your artwork, videos, poems, songs and stories for us to share with the world. SHARE THE SPIRIT OF IDLE NO MORE! What does Idle No More mean to you? How did you get involved in the movement? How are you still involved? How is your INM work impacting your community?Read more
Independent Poll Shows that 70 Per Cent of Burnaby Citizens Support City’s Decision to Oppose Kinder Morgan Pipeline Proposal
To gauge Burnaby citizens’ opinions on the Kinder Morgan pipeline/tank farm/terminal
proposal and on the opposition position the City has taken, the City of Burnaby engaged
Insights West to ask Burnaby residents for their thoughts on several aspects of the proposal.
“The poll clearly demonstrates that the majority of Burnaby residents are opposed to Kinder
Morgan’s proposal – 61 per cent of citizens who have an opinion on the proposal said they
oppose the project – and an even higher number (70 per cent) support Burnaby’s opposition
to the project,” says Mayor Derek Corrigan.
Atlantic Canada – Cherri Foytlin, a US Gulf Coast mother of six, advocate for the region and organizer with Idle No More - Gulf Coast, is traveling along Canada’s Atlantic Coast this week as part of a contingency urging the Canadian government to reject TransCanada’s proposed Energy East export pipeline project. If built, the proposed pipeline would be the largest tar sands pipeline in North America, shipping 1.1 millions barrels per day of mostly tar sands oil from Alberta to ports along the Atlantic coast. Foytlin will be warning Canadians about the hazards of the pipeline, including the high probability of a spill and the callous disregard many oil companies have for impacted communities in the wake of a disaster.
Last week, in response to this summer’s Supreme Court decision in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, the Harper government quietly put forward an aggressive revision of Canada’s Indian policy. It is the first major revision of Canada’s comprehensive land claims and Aboriginal self-government policies since 1986.
by Martin Lukacs - The Guardian (photo credit Friends of the Nemaiah Valley)
Indigenous rights offer a path to a radically more just and sustainable country – which is why the Canadian government is bent on eliminating them.
The unrest is palpable. In First Nations across Canada, word is spreading of a historic court ruling recognizing Indigenous land rights. And the murmurs are turning to action: an eviction notice issued to a railway company in British Columbia; a park occupied in Vancouver; lawsuits launched against the Enbridge tar sands pipeline; a government deal reconsidered by Ontario Algonquins; and sovereignty declared by the Atikamekw in Quebec.Read more
Four days ago the Klabona Keepers and the Secwepemc exercised their natural law and set-up a blockade at the Red Chris Mine to ensure that their land is not poisoned by another disaster like the spill at the Mount Polley mine. Two days from now over 125 vigils for missing and murdered Indigenous women will be held from coast to coast to coast. Two weeks ago Indigenous organizers from Idle No More and many other groups joined together for a massive Peoples Climate March in New York. These are just a few glimpses of the powerful movement that we are a part of, a movement towards self-determination and the protection of our lands and waters. Read more below!Read more