Welcome to our latest Idle No More email update. We have important news to share about a handful of the many awareness campaigns, Indigenous rights to self-determination campaigns, and Indigenous-led land and water protection actions. All across our territories, Indigenous youth, men, women, and Two-Spirit peoples are out on the land taking a stand and raising awareness. Whether our resistance comes in the form of art, music, or language revitalization camps, people are sharing food sovereignty knowledge, reclaiming cultural tradition, and holding space in response to the Indigenous child apprehension crisis. Our communities come together in so many different ways and bring a vast wealth of skills and knowledge to help advance Indigenous rights to self-determination and environmental protections.Read more
Idle No More Stands In Solidarity with Justice for Our Stolen Children Organizers
Idle No More stands in solidarity with the Justice For Our Stolen Children (JFOSC) camp in Treaty 4 territory, and agrees with the organizer’s call to reform the foster care system in the province of Saskatchewan. The peaceful demonstration began in the late spring at the legislative building in Regina in response to the acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the murder of Colten Boushie and the acquittal of Raymond Cormier in the murder of teenager Tina Fontaine. The purpose of the camp is to expose and draw attention to the inequalities of the systems in place that kills Indigenous men, women, Two-Spirit people and children on a daily basis. The practices of these systems go unscrutinized by most Canadians.Read more
On the morning of Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in Hamilton, Ontario, a jury of 5 women and 7 men found Peter Khill not guilty of the second-degree murder charge, for the intentional premeditated shooting of an unarmed Six Nations man, Jon Styres. The parallels between the Jon Styres and Colten Boushie cases cannot be ignored, as both cases highlight how Canadian jurys across the country continue to send the message to Indigenous communities, that Canadians private property holds more value than the lives of Indigenous Peoples. Both young men were unarmed on private property when they were shot. In both cases, the men standing trial for second-degree murder were found not guilty for the shootings.Read more
On February 14, 2018 Prime Minister Trudeau gave a speech in Parliament announcing a new framework that would legislate "Rights Recognition". The proposed framework is a direct threat to Indigenous Peoples right to self-determination. This proposed framework needs to be stopped.
Mohawk policy analyst Russell Diabo responds to the government's proposed framework and discusses the termination tables: Video: Russell Diabo
These efforts are not new, but are a variation on rhetoric and policy that has been tried before in Canada and the United States. In the 1970’s, Dr. Buffy Sainte-Marie also discussed termination, the erosion of Treaties and the direct connection to resource extraction. Watch the video at the link below and listen for parallels in the language: Video: Dr. Buffy St. Marie
Colten Boushie was a 22-year-old from Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. In August 2016, Colten was shot and killed by a farmer.
On February 9th, the jury and judge ruled that Gerald Stanley was acquitted of all charges.
In honor of the late Colten (Coco) Boushie, we are calling for a day of action to show solidarity and support for the Boushie and Baptiste family.
Gather wherever you are. Rallies and vigils by location will be posted here as soon as information is available.Read more
The First Continental Summit of Indigenous Nations, Pueblos and Organizations was convened in Teotihuacan, Mexico in 2000. Previously, there were realized two Continental Indigenous Encounters, building up to the summit, in 1990 in Quito, Ecuador and then in 1993, in Temoaya, Mexico. The Second Continental Summit Abya Yala occurred in Quito, Ecuador (2004), then to be followed by the third in Iximche, Guatemala (2007); the fourth in Puno, Peru (2009); and then the fifth in Cauca, Colombia (2013).
At the fifth summit in 2013, at the request of the representatives of the Civic Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras COPINH led by Berta Cáceres, the summit plenary agreed in consensus to organize the Sixth Continental Summit Abya Yala in Honduras.
On March 2, 2016, armed men murdered human rights defender Berta Cáceres in her home in the town of La Esperanza, Department of Intibucá, Honduras. The family of Berta and the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) immediately requested an independent investigation due to concerns that Honduran authorities would not identify the intellectual authors of the crime. The call for an independent international investigation continues now in 2018, even as the country of Honduras suffers yet another political coup being instituted by the elite power structures of that country, with open support from the US government and military apparatus.
We have now started the 22 week training in Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Ten community members are learning how to build and will be starting to build the sustainable village. It's a land - based curriculum that incorporates carpentry, indigenous knowledge, language and culture as well as design. Stay tuned for updates!Read more
INM Solidarity statement
For immediate release
Idle No More stands in solidarity with Indigenous Taiwanese who are currently occupying the 228 Peace Memorial Park/台北市二二八和平紀念公園. This current occupation has been for more than 260 days. INM calls for the Canadian government to impose immediate trade restrictions on Taiwan.Read more
For the great Secwepemc leader Arthur Manuel, decolonization meant recovering the land, and rebuilding the economy. His book “The Reconciliation Manifesto” presents a devastating look at the backrooms and predatory spaces of settler state colonialism in Canada. But it also theorizes in plain language the steps Indigenous peoples are taking and must take to get back their lands and emplace themselves back in protective spaces of belonging and political freedom.Read more