A banner drop and a series of gaged protestors demonstrated what is being left out of the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings that are taking place this week in Toronto. The subject of the hearings is Enbridge's Line 9 reversal and expansion proposal, which would allow the company to ship tar sands bitumen from Sarnia to Montreal. Groups today protested the fact that the hearings have explicitly banned discussion of upstream and downstream impacts of the pipeline reversal and expansion, which would allow the tar sands to expand production and refining.Read more
Indigenous Nations Are at the Forefront of the Conflict With Transnational Corporate Power That Affects Us All
On Monday, October 7, 2013, indigenous nations and their allies held 70 actions throughout the world proclaiming their sovereignty. The call to action was issued by Idle No more and Defenders of the Land to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the British Royal Proclamation of 1763, which was the first document in which an imperial nation recognized indigenous sovereignty and their right to self-determination. As we wrote last week, treaties with First Nations are not being honored, and even the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples does not adequately recognize the sovereignty of indigenous peoples.Read more
The Idle No More Global Day of Action on Oct. 7th was a huge success - thousands of people stood together in solidarity at over 70 actions and events across the world!! Idle No More organizers want to sincerely thank our many supporters for your amazing energy in helping us to continue to build this movement, and educate the public regarding Indigenous self-determination and sustainability. Check out these amazing #Oct7Proclaim photos!Read more
By Elyse Bruce
We don’t celebrate Columbus Day in this house, and we never will. It’s not that we don’t enjoy holidays when they come around. We love holidays around here as much as anyone, but there are some holidays that, in my opinion, should not be celebrated.
Columbus Day is one of those holidays I believe should not be celebrated … ever!
I’d consider celebrating Columbus Day in this house if it was treated the same way we observe Remembrance Day. There are far more similarities between Columbus Day and Remembrance Day than there are between Columbus Day and happy celebrations like the 4th of July or Christmas.Read more
Colonialism reinforces violence and oppression such as homophobia, transphobia, racism and sexism. Idle No More is committed to decolonizing practices which challenge these oppressions and validates queer identities, gender self determination and body sovereignty.
Idle No More organizers are requesting action against the racism that was directed at and inflicted upon a peaceful protest in Montreal. On the anniversary of the 1763 Royal Proclamation, the Montreal police took down and destroyed a tipi that community members had set up as part of the Idle No More Global Day of Action. According to witnesses, police did not attempt any negotiations and moved into the camp, pushing aside a group of Aboriginal women who were gathered around the tipi. Idle No More organizer Melissa Mollen-Dupris describes the event:Read more