Join Idle No More in Toronto on July 29th - 31st, as we stand with Grassy Narrows to bring attention to their continuous struggle for clean water, and their inherent right to protect it. The mercury discovered in the fish has poisoned and destroyed their main staple diet as well as their primary source of revenue. The devastation of Grassy Narrows continues to this day with clear cutting and the termination policies of the Canadian state, which result in the loss of traditional lands and waterways. Canadian policies and legislation regarding Indigenous lands that backs the oil industry will adversely affect our communities from coast to coast.
The Anishinaabe of Grassy Narrows live everyday with the devastation that mercury poisoning has done to their land, food, water and most importantly, their bodies.Read more
By: Alexandra Paul - Winnipeg Free Press (Photo Credit Alex Wilson)
There will be no nuclear waste buried in Creighton, Sask., if a pair of First Nations get their way.
Both Opaskwayak Cree Nation, which is near The Pas, and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, near Creighton, have passed bans on nuclear waste from Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick passing through their traditional territory and being stored there.
OCN passed its ban in a bylaw, known as a band council resolution, July 14.
Creighton, which sits next to Flin Flon, agreed to stand as one of four sites in Canada that could eventually store radioactive nuclear waste.
OCN and Peter Ballantyne are ready to stand against a deep-rock repository dug in the granite bedrock of this remote town.Read more
First Nation leaders, Elders and citizens from across the region will gather along the Niagara River for two days to commemorate, celebrate and discuss the 250th Anniversary of the Treaty of Niagara.
To mark the 250th anniversary of the signing of this Treaty there will be a gathering of representatives of the Native Nations which negotiated a Treaty of Peace with Sir William Johnson on behalf of Great Britain.
Friday August 1 - A gathering at Fort Niagara (Youngstown, NY) 7pm to 9 pm
Saturday August 2 – A gathering at Fort George, the site of the old Indian Council House, starting with a sunrise ceremony and knowledge sharing
The 1764 Treaty of Fort Niagara was signed by Sir William Johnson for the Crown and 24 Nations from the Six Nations, Seneca, Wyandot of Detroit, Menominee, Algonquin, Nipissing, Ojibwa, Mississaugas, and others who were part of the Seven Nations of Canada and the Western Lakes Confederacy. The Treaty was concluded on August 1, 1764.Read more
Launch of Website for Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women on Anniversary of Bella Laboucan-McLean’s Death
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 16, 2014
In April of 2013, No More Silence (NMS), Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) began what has become a long term vision for a community-led database documenting the violent deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women. It is our collective hope that the lives of Indigenous Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTTQQIA) will also be recognized as gender based violence also impacts these communities and is often invisiblized.Read more
In December 2012, flash mob round dances took place in shopping malls, street intersections and public/political spaces across Turtle Island and beyond. These events invited Indigenous and settler participants to move together and create a space for questioning, discomfort and potentially reconciliation.
This year at Encuentro over 300 participants joined hands to share in this powerful urban intervention on unceded Mohawk territory.
The recent T’silhqot’in Supreme Court decision is certainly a victory for the Indigenous peoples who fought for so long in disputing the Government's claims that only intensive activity land areas were within the scope of T’silhqot’in peoples jurisdiction. This SCC decision has recognized a vast land base as their territory . As well, it’s significant in recognizing that Indigenous peoples have their own laws that apply to land and resources, which counters the racist doctrine of Terra Nullius (Latin for 'land belonging to no one'). The Supreme Court held that Tsilhqot'in laws are to be given equal weight in determining land claims, and evidence was produced at trial to show that the Tsilhqot'in people had such laws. This decision applies equally to treaty claims.
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
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