Welcome to #INMroots number three! The goal of the #INMroots newsletter is to share news stories that promote Indigenous rights and sovereignty and the protection of land and water. The newsletter will share our stories and actions, and honour resistance, while celebrating the world that we are protecting.
We are all invited to add to this newsletter. Post your story now! The deadline for the next newsletter is midnight on Sunday March 1st. We will accept all submissions that are connected to Indigenous and environmental issues as long as they do not condone or promote violence or lateral violence or include hate speech.
The next newsletter will be published on Monday March 9th, so check your inboxes! If you see a news story worth sharing on your social media networks, please tag #INMroots
Protect Oak Flat Today and Everyday
WHEREAS, the U.S. Congress did pass the Southeastern Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act as part of the national defense budget; and
WHEREAS, this Act takes away Oak Flat, a most holy and spiritual area known to us as Chich'il Bildagoteel and gives it to Resolution Copper, a foreign mining conglomerate;
WHEREAS, today, we are gathered to protect Oak Flat, because we want the world to know that we are here to pray for Oak Flat, and that through the power of our prayers and the strength of our purpose we hope that Congress will realize the error of its ways and repeal the Act;
WHEREAS, today, I call upon everyone and all nations - tribes, natives and indigenous people - to join with us to commence our fight to take back Oak Flat;Read more
Don Montgrand reads Northern Dene Alliance Statement from the Holding the Line Camp The Northern Saskatchewan Trappers Association Annual General Meeting was held in Prince Albert on February 17 -18, 2015. Members of the Holding the Line Camp were given an opportunity to explain their position and reason for making a stand for the last 102 days north of LaLoche. Don Montgrand read the statement from the Camp which he wrapped up with, “We should be one working together and I’m asking for the support. We’re still on the highway over there.” Overall he said they received 100% support from the trappers from all over the north. People gave them encouragement for doing the right thing and told them never to give up. The new President of the Northern Saskatchewan Trappers Association, Adam Ochares, has promised to pay the Camp a visit in the spring.
Brought together and supported by the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, the Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQQIA Mentors, Elders, and Grandparents Support Circle is an effort to increase access to identity-affirming culture and support.
What we do:
The Circle aims to share information about community and cultural activities, including ceremonies, gatherings, events and workshops, to provide peer support and help facilitate access to culture in ways that are safe and affirming of our identities.
Photos by Thunder Currier
Welcome to the second Idle No More grassroots newsletter which will now be called #INMroots! Thanks to everyone who submitted ideas for the newsletter name.
The goal of the #INMroots newsletter is to share news stories that promote Indigenous rights and sovereignty and the protection of land and water. The newsletter will share our stories, actions, and honour resistance while celebrating the world that we are protecting.Read more
Thanks to Bobby Fuentes for these great pics!
Northern Dene Trappers Alliance Vows to Stand Vigil Indefinitely
On January 29 -31, 2015 about 150 people participated in the Big Meeting held in the Trapper’s tent beside Highway #955. Conspicuously absent were the local leaders and representatives of the Saskatchewan Government. Richard Turkheim of Government Relations sent a tersely worded letter late in the day January 28, 2015 stating they are only willing “to meet with representatives of your group” under their terms behind closed doors not at the roadside camp. The only leader who accepted the invitation to attend was Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the AMC who spoke clearly that “each time one man or woman is raised up above another it creates imbalance and violence.”Read more
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