By Candyce Paul
From April 14 – 16, 2015 Kirstin Scansen, Marius Paul and Candyce Paul, of Committee for Future Generations, participated in this important conference, with professionals and grassroots indigenous people from 20 countries and 5 continents.
The Cree of Eeyou Istchee were one of the primary sponsors. They have led the effort through action and lobbying of the Quebec government to get a moratorium on uranium mining in Quebec. There was a large contingent of indigenous people from far and wide, Australia, Mongolia, Greenland, Africa, Dineh from New Mexico, Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Innu from Quebec, Anishnabe from Ontario, Cree and Denesuline from Saskatchewan, Inuit from the NWT, all came to learn from the expert scientists, researchers, and physicians and to share our common experiences dealing with the nuclear industry.Read more
Welcome to #INMroots Number Seven! 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 May 10th. 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 May 11th, so check your inboxes!
If you see a news story on your social media networks that is worth sharing, please tag #INMroots.Read more
The impact will not endure-
of that you can be sure
and conquest is not my quest
much less my address. or redress:
so that there then
you may begin to see
I don't fly by doctrines
Nations of Indigenous Peoples
Are, have been, will permanently be-
In 2008 the very first session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was held. Every year in New York there are 2 sessions to address the issues of Indigenous People . Input is given by community members, Non-profit organizations, Academic Institutions and Indigenous Groups.Read more
Welcome to #INMroots Number Six! 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.Read more
It is our intention to walk throughout the Navajo Nation to document both the beauty of land and people and how this is being desecrated by resource extraction. We will do this through a social media campaign and a documentary films. Along our route, we will visit communities to listen to the issues our people are facing and share information about the state of water, air, land, and health, as our communities often have very little access to media or information about these issues. Our hope is that we can help to inspire our people to become engage in the care our land, air, and water, and culture so that we will have a future as Diné."
By Mychayio Prystupa - Vancouver Observer
One of the more legally trailblazing tribes in Canada — the Tsilhqot’in — has just declared the BC Liberal government grizzly hunt as unlawful on traditional Aboriginal lands, the Vancouver Observer has learned.
“The hunt is illegal,” said Chief Joe Alphonse, tribal chair of the Tsilhqot’in National Government on Wednesday from Williams Lake in B.C’s interior.
“If [grizzly] hunters come on to Tsilhqot’in title lands, they better check with us,” he added.
The six Tsilhqot’in bands, fresh off an historic Supreme Court land rights victory, sit atop one of B.C.’s fledging recovery of grizzlies. The landmark ruling last summer requires outsiders to gain the consent of First Nations before impacting traditional territories, including its wildlife.
Read the full story here.
By Jessica Valois and Daeran Gall
The old model of 'feeding the world' is being replaced by giving people the resources to feed themselves.
The first settlement in Western Canada is now home to a blossoming river delta market garden.
Valerie Deschambeault, Mayor of Cumberland House, saw a need in her village of roughly 2,000 Aboriginal, Cree and Metis people, and knew growing self-reliant would leave a legacy for future generations.
"We want to work towards the long-term goal of creating a good, healthy food source and a medicinal herb concept for Aboriginal communities," she says.
Read full story here.
By Jeremy Warren - The StarPhoenix
Grace Lafond-Barr believes healing starts in the home, so she moved her family to Muskeg Lake Cree Nation from Saskatoon two years ago to escape the city where murder took away her two brothers and a son.
She hopes the distance between the city and her grandkids will mean a quieter life without the spectre of violence and vice following them as they grow into young men. Lafond-Barr has seen enough of that: in 2002, her 36-year-old brother was stabbed to death; in 2011, a 15-year-old boy shot and killed her 28-year-old son; her 35-year-old halfbrother was fatally stabbed in front of their elderly father in November 2014. "It's a heartache I don't wish on anyone at all. In a lot of ways, we've failed our children because we're not the parents we're supposed to be," Lafond-Barr said in a recent interview at her home on the reserve north of Blaine Lake.
"We just keep on forgetting how to heal - quit the drugs, quit the gangs. Sometimes I feel powerless because every day you're reminded of a girl missing or a guy missing."
Read full story here.
An oil pipeline approved for development across the US state of New Mexico has prompted members of the Navajo Nation to commemorate the 150th anniversary of "The Long Walk". Activists began marching against the 130-mile long Piñon Pipeline in January to demonstrate how their tribal lands have been "desecrated by resource extraction". Called the "Journey For Existence", this 1,000-mile walk aims to galvanize Navajo communities throughout the US.
Read full story here.
by Laura Paskus
For centuries, the Diné people have raised their families and livestock on the high desert lands of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. They have survived even the most difficult of conditions. But as drought has dragged on, more or less for two decades—and the climate continues to warm—some are saying the tribal government needs to better protect its water resources and undertake more long-term planning.
“When you’re living in the desert, you don’t expect it to get even worse,” said Russell Begaye, a Navajo Nation Tribal Council Delegate from Shiprock, NM. He pointed out that reservoir levels are dropping, farming plots are becoming sandier, and the rain- and snowfall have declined.
Read full story here.