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.
On Tuesday Indigenous Peoples rejected the fabricated "First Nations Control of First Nations Education - Bill C-33" and asserted that we need INDIGENOUS EDUCATION FOR AND BY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES!
The motion to reject Bill C-33 at the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) was carried. The Chiefs in Assembly listened to the voices of the communities, making this historic decision a step forward for Indigenous peoples. As Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee stated, “The job of our Chiefs was to listen to what our experts and citizens were telling us. What we saw in the bill was a lot of government control and no First Nations control of education for our children.”Read more
Thanks to Doug Thomas for these great shots of the INM Winnipeg Rally on May 21st, 2014.
ON’s new plan for clearcut logging at Grassy Narrows looms
Ottawa - Today the Supreme Court of Canada will hear Grassy Narrows’ legal case for Treaty rights and against clearcut logging. The case challenges Ontario's jurisdiction to unilaterally award logging and mining licenses on a vast tract of Treaty 3 lands north of the English River (the Keewatin Lands). The case, called Keewatin v. MNR, has been winding its way through the courts for fourteen years.Read more