Idle No More in Solidarity with Ayotzinapa
On September 26, 2014, 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Teachers' College, in Iguala, went missing after they were attacked by state police and gunmen. Three students were killed and forty three “disappeared.” The bodies of the disappeared students have never been found and the Mexican government has not undertaken a credible investigation into the disappearance. The families keep struggling to find out what happened to the students.
This atrocity is part of a landscape of violence and impunity carried out through alliances between elements of the Mexican state and organized crime. The search for the students has uncovered more than 15 mass graves in neighbouring areas of the state of Guerrero, none of them containing the bodies of the students. In response, a national movement of resistance has emerged.Read more
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Canadian Artists Statement of Solidarity with Idle No More
We, the undersigned Canadian writers, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, and artists call on all Canadians to join us in unequivocally supporting the demands and actions of the First Nations’ Idle No More movement for healthy, just, equitable, and sustainable communities.
We recognize that our identity as Canadian artists is coloured by the shameful and continued history of injustice and colonialism, and support the Idle No More movement's demands that Canadians honour and fulfill Indigenous sovereignty, repair violations against land and water, and live the intent and spirit of our Treaty relationship.
We also call on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to meet with First Nations peoples and their representatives in the intended spirit of the original Treaties, as sovereign nations. We agree with Idle No More’s contention that recent legislation proposed and passed by the Canadian Government, including Bill C-45, violates those sacred and sovereign Treaties.
The Idle No More movement is a clarion call that it’s time to restore the health of First Nations, as André Picard aptly states. Registered nurses (RNs) on reserves and in rural and remote communities bear witness to the many inequities First Nations people experience. Amnesty International’s new report clearly shows Canada is failing to address aboriginal needs.
The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) supports efforts by First Nations to call on the federal government to fully address these disparities. Added resources to treat illnesses alone won’t turn the tide. A recent report from CNA’s independent National Expert Commission, which examined the state of health and health care, recommended increased focus on health promotion, disease prevention and the unique social factors that can affect the health of Aboriginal Peoples. Successful solutions will need to be community-driven and not imposed on First Nations from the outside.
Today, as demonstrations take place across the country, Greenpeace Canada is expressing its support for the growing Idle No More movement that calls on all people, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to take action and engage in our democracy and government policy.
With a new year on the horizon, it is time for Canadians and our government to embrace a new approach to our collective relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and their communities. The Idle No More movement is a peaceful non-violent resistance that is rejecting a business as usual approach to our economy and promoting a truly just society grounded in environmental sustainability. Theirs is a message of unity, not division.Read more
"The United Nations of Aboriginal Australia proudly supports Idle No More and the right to treaty and sovereignty of all indigenous peoples."