by CKUT News: http://ckuwnews.ca/node/167
TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline is a natural gas pipeline which will be converted into an oil pipeline and then extended so that it moves Alberta Tar Sands Crude across the prairies, Ontario, Quebec and then into New Brunswick. First Nations communities along the route are understandably concerned about how they will be impacted. A number of indigenous activists and their allies met at Circle of Life Thunderbird House the weekend of March 7th in order to share strategies. CKUW NEWS Director and Contributor Michael Welch availed himself of the opportunity to speak to activists and warriors on the front lines of these struggles.Read more
Idle No More stands with the many individuals, families, groups, and communities working on the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
In concert with the many responses and calls for action issued by Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups and the families of missing and murdered women, Idle No More denounces the Conservative government’s report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada, released today. A commitment to a national inquiry and a national action strategy, which have been called for repeatedly, are blatantly absent from the report.
The Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Families of Sisters in Spirit, Walk4Justice, as well as the many groups organizing vigils and marches around the country have been actively working on this issue for many years.Read more
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” ~ Gandhi
From all 4 corners of the Earth, let us pray.
Pray for justice, pray for peace, pray for nations, states, communities, a World that cherishes its’ Children, Loves and Honours its Women, and for Men to rise up in Love; to Honour themselves and the Women and Children.
Yes, there are many groups asking the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, to do a public inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls; which is required and needed on a global level also. However, for personal/collective responsibility on change, don’t wait on this one man, who has failed and abused his role as a leader so miserably, already. Let us work to support, strengthen, and empower each other to create a world we want all to be safe, free, and cherishes the gift of life.Read more
By Candida Hadley - Halifax Media Co-op (Photo PolicyAlternatives.ca)
An Interview with Harsha Walia
K'JIPUKTUK (Halifax) - Harsha Walia is an activist, writer and founder of the Vancouver chapter of No One is Illegal. She has organized in migrant justice, Indigenous solidarity, Palestinian liberation, antiracist, feminist, anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist movements and communities for over a decade. Naomi Klein called her “one of Canada’s most brilliant and effective political organizers.”Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday February 24, 2014
Indigenous journeyers complete 1700 km trek
Forty-nine days ago, a group of First Nations adults and youth began a spiritual journey from Attawapiskat First Nation by James Bay to Ottawa. The twenty-five Indigenous walkers arrive in Ottawa this morning. Some of them have walked 1700 kms!
Concerned about broken treaties, land and water protection, and human rights issues the Omushkegowuk Walkers vowed to take their steps back by walking all the way to Ottawa. They have a message to share when their journey ends at Parliament Hill today at 12:30 PM.Read more
Mathias Colomb Cree Nation Reiterates Moratorium Against Extractive Activities on Territory
Pukatawagan, MB. Mathias Colomb Cree Nation confirmed today that their moratorium against any extractive activities within their territory is still in place. Mathias Colomb Cree Nation (MCCN) will reject any and all applications, permits, leases, licenses and/or authorizations for exploration, extractions, removals, or work of any kind in relation to mining and any other extractive activity until a mutually-designed consultation and consent protocol with the province of Manitoba has been implemented.Read more
For Immediate Release
9:00 p.m., February 18, 2014
Manto Sipi Cree Nation Blocks Mineral Exploration on Ancestral Lands
Manto Sipi Cree Nation, MB. Manto Sipi Cree Nation announced today that it will block all mineral exploration and work permits on Manto Sipi Cree Nation ancestral lands and will not engage in Crown-First Nation consultation with the Province until all land disputes are addressed and settled. The government of Manitoba recently sent three (3) work permit applications for mineral exploration to Manto Sipi Cree NationRead more
Red Sucker Lake First Nation defies Court Injunction
Community vows to stop Mega Precious Metals from drilling on Ancestral Lands
Red Sucker Lake, MB. – February 12, 2014 Red Sucker Lake First Nation community and Chief and Council will not give its consent to any further mineral exploration on their ancestral lands and traditional territories as of today. On January 16, 2014, Manitoba Mineral Resources sent correspondence asking the Red Sucker Lake First Nation to consider an Application for a Work/General Camp Permit for mineral exploration. On January 27, 2014, Mega Precious Metals also sent a letter to request a meeting with the Red Sucker Lake Chief and Council. Both requests were denied by a vote of the Council. The Council said they will oppose the issuance of any new permits or any extension of the 2013/14 work permits which are due to expire March 31, 2014.Read more