By Amanda Kelly - Global News, Photo Credit: Ravens Light
MONTREAL – Quebec’s Idle No More movement has made its position clear on the province’s proposed Charter of Values.
“The Charter is racist and exclusionary,” Melissa Mollen Dupuis, a spokesperson for the movement, told Global News. “It’s a step back for Quebec.”
The Parti Quebecois unveiled its controversial plan on Tuesday, which proposes to ban public employees – hospital workers, teachers and school employees, police and judges and city workers – from wearing “conspicuous” religious symbols during working hours.Read more
Notre mouvement collectif « Idle No More » (Fini, l’inertie!) a connu une croissance exponentielle au cours de la saison estivale! Notre campagne #SovSummer (l’Été de la souveraineté), lancée le 21 juin dans le cadre de la Journée nationale des Autochtone, a été soulignée par des centaines d’actions locales menées par des Autochtones à travers l’Île de la Tortue et la Terre-Mère! Nous avons accumulé une base de données de plus de 120 000 partisans du mouvement Idle No More grâce à la création d’un nouveau site Web en plus d’une liste grandissante de centaines de milliers d’adeptes sur les médias sociaux ainsi que de plusieurs autres actions dans les rues et sur le terrain.Read more
Our collective movement “Idle No More” has been growing in leaps and bounds over the summer season! Our #SovSummer campaign launched on June 21's National Aboriginal day was lifted up by hundreds of Indigenous-led community actions across both Turtle Island and Mother Earth! We have amassed a database of over 120,000 Idle No More supporters through the new website along with a growing list of hundreds of thousands of followers on social media and many more taking action in the streets and out on the land.Read more
From The Canadian Press published on cbc.ca
As First Nations groups marched on Parliament Hill to mark National Aboriginal Day, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair forecast a "hot summer" as tensions in the country's indigenous communities threaten to boil over.
"I can tell from having talked to hundreds of representatives of First Nations that that frustration is palpable, it's growing, especially amongst the young people," Mulcair said Friday.
"We're going to see a lot of activity on this file during the summer. ... I'm quite concerned that it will be a hot summer on the native file across Canada, on the aboriginal file. Mr. Harper's going to have only himself to blame."Read more
It was another day of protest in New Brunswick as Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and their supporters voiced their opposition to shale gas exploration in Kent County.
About 100 people have gathered near the town of Birch Ridge, NB, where SWN Resources Canada and their subcontractors have equipment and vehicles used for shale gas exploration stored.
SWN Resources Canada is one of the largest companies involved in shale gas exploration in the province. Many Mi’kmaq and Maliseet are opposed to the exploration, saying that it will eventually lead to ‘fracking’ and cause serious harm to the environment, especially water.
First Nations also say there was insufficient consultation done by the province.Read more