Last week, in response to this summer’s Supreme Court decision in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, the Harper government quietly put forward an aggressive revision of Canada’s Indian policy. It is the first major revision of Canada’s comprehensive land claims and Aboriginal self-government policies since 1986.
by Martin Lukacs - The Guardian (photo credit Friends of the Nemaiah Valley)
Indigenous rights offer a path to a radically more just and sustainable country – which is why the Canadian government is bent on eliminating them.
The unrest is palpable. In First Nations across Canada, word is spreading of a historic court ruling recognizing Indigenous land rights. And the murmurs are turning to action: an eviction notice issued to a railway company in British Columbia; a park occupied in Vancouver; lawsuits launched against the Enbridge tar sands pipeline; a government deal reconsidered by Ontario Algonquins; and sovereignty declared by the Atikamekw in Quebec.Read more
Four days ago the Klabona Keepers and the Secwepemc exercised their natural law and set-up a blockade at the Red Chris Mine to ensure that their land is not poisoned by another disaster like the spill at the Mount Polley mine. Two days from now over 125 vigils for missing and murdered Indigenous women will be held from coast to coast to coast. Two weeks ago Indigenous organizers from Idle No More and many other groups joined together for a massive Peoples Climate March in New York. These are just a few glimpses of the powerful movement that we are a part of, a movement towards self-determination and the protection of our lands and waters. Read more below!Read more
By Madeline Kotzer, CBC News
A Saskatoon-based organizer for the Idle No More movement has entered into the debate over whether or not a national inquiry is needed into the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women.
Alex Wilson, an Idle No More organizer as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and the Academic Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, told CBC News on Wednesday that not only is an inquiry needed, but that it must be lead by indigenous women.Read more
by Louis Gagne - Le Journal de Montreal
Les chefs et les élus de la nation atikamekws ont procédé lundi à une «déclaration unilatérale de souveraineté» sur leur territoire ancestral, le Nitaskinan, qui s’étend dans la vallée de la rivière Saint-Maurice sur une superficie de quelque 80 000 kilomètres carrés.Read more
by Alexandre Robillard - The Times Colonist (Image Credit Intercontinental Cry)
QUEBEC - The Atikamekw First Nation has declared its sovereignty over 80,000 square kilometres of territory and says any development in that area must get its approval.
Armed with a Supreme Court of Canada judgment recognizing ancestral rights for First Nations in British Columbia, the Atikamekw want to have their say on projects located in the Nitaskinan region.
In Today’s webinar, Arthur Manuel will focus on the Tsilhquot'in Supreme Court of Canada Decision, including the BC Premier Sept 11th, 2014 Meeting with First Nation Leadership Council & BC Chiefs. This is the second in the Turning the Tables: Self Determination Not Termination series of webinars facilitated by Idle No More and Defenders of the Land. This Webinar will address colonization, self-determination and the need for Indigenous Peoples to take a strong stand on our Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.Read more
Please join us to Turn the Tables on Termination in our Idle No More Webinar:
The Idle No More webinar on the Termination Tables will be presented by policy analyst Russell Diabo and moderated by Dr. Shiri Pasternak. Monday August 18th 7:00 p.m. E.S.T.
It will answer important questions such as: What are the Termination Tables? Who is negotiating at the Termination Tables? How will this affect future generations of Indigenous people? What can communities do to organize and stop these negotiations?
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What is Termination?
Termination means the ending of First Nations pre-existing sovereign status through imposed Indian Act legislation, policy and federal coercion of First Nations into Comprehensive Land Claims and Self Government Final Agreements that convert First Nations into municipalities, their reserves into fee simple lands and extinguishment of their Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty Rights!Read more
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