Write2Know (http://write2know.ca) is a activist-research initiative formed out of a collaboration among academics, scientists, activists, NGOs, Aboriginal community groups, and members of the public. It is a response to the recent cancellation of over a hundred Canadian federal research programs, the firing of thousands of federal scientists conducting environmental monitoring and inquires into Aboriginal health, and the Canadian government’s communication policies that prevent scientists from talking to the public and the media about their research. This information about the health of our bodies, communities, and environment is crucial for making good policy decisions and arguing for change. Write2know is a letter-writing campaign that mobilizes the public to press Canadian federal scientists and ministers on questions that matter to public and environmental health. This is an international campaign.Read more
CN Rail recently showed up at a First Nations water ceremony to serve a respected community member with an injunction. The blessing was supposed to take place on the tracks and was called off by the Elders, but that did not stop CN from interrupting the ceremony with threats and intimidation. This is a threat to everything we have fought for: our ceremonies, our right to be on our land, and the right to be treated with respect.
The following photos were taken on April 19th across the land to remind CN how many of our territories they pass through, and, of how many of us First Nations there actually are.Read more
by Mauna Kea Protectors - Intercontinental Cry
APRIL 7, 2015 - We applaud Governor Ige for stepping forward to take some kind of action in this crisis.
His call for a one-week halt to TMT’s construction is a victory for the Mauna Kea Protectors, clear evidence that he recognizes the worldwide groundswell of public support we have for halting further desecration of our sacred mountain. Mahalo, Governor Ige.
However, it is not enough to pause for a week. We need a commitment from the Governor or TMT to stop the desecration until our legal appeals can work their way through the courts to the State Supreme Court.
Read full article here
By Adrian Burragubba
We, the Wangan and Jagalingou people, are the TRADITIONAL OWNERS of the land in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. Coal company Adani wants to use our ancestral lands for their Carmichael coal mine.
We do hereby firmly REJECT a Land Use Agreement with Adani for the Carmichael mine on our traditional lands.
We DO NOT consent to the Carmichael mine on our ancestral lands.
We DO NOT accept Adani’s “offers” to sign away our land and our rights and interests in it. We will not take their “shut up” money.
We will PROTECT and DEFEND our Country and our connection to it.
We call on Adani to IMMEDIATELY WITHDRAW from this damaging project on our land.
Read more and sign the petition here.
By Rick Kearns - Indian Country Today
Yanomami activists fought to get their blood returned from United States anthropologists who took the samples from Yanomami people in Brazil and Venezuela in the ‘60s and then sent the samples to the U.S. for experiments without their leaders’ consent; the blood was returned recently and then honored in a ceremony in Brazil.
Yanomami leaders returned the blood of their family members to the earth in a ceremony honoring the ancestors on Friday, April 3, a week after finally receiving the thousands of blood samples from U.S. universities that held the blood for the last several decades.
The ceremony was held in a Yanomami community house in the village of Toototobi that sits on the edge of Amazonas state bordering Venezuela.
Read full story here.
By Fernando Arce - Two Row Times
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 20, Canadian and Indigenous activists will head to Washington, D.C. to join thousands of demonstrators seeking justice for the indigenous and farming communities of Ecuador who have been affected by Chevron Corporation’s pollution.
The Canadian Committee in Solidarity with the Affected Communities by Chevron – a Toronto-based grassroots group – is filling buses quickly with people interested in seeing Chevron own up to a $9.5 billion judgement against it dating back to 2011. That ruling was upheld by the International Court of Justice in March 2015.
Read full article here.
By Pete Caggiano - KITV.COM
HONOLULU —A few hundred University of Hawaii students and teachers walked out of class today to protest what they believe to be a desecration of a sacred site. The construction of the controversial 30 meter telescope or TMT at the top of Mauna Kea has brought out strong emotions with those who believe this is just the latest in a continued disrespect of the Hawaiian land.
Watch full report on KITV here.
Idle No More supports and acknowledges the Mauna Kea Hui, protecting the Sacred Mauna Kea and surrounding water against construction of a Canadian funded proposal to build a massive 18-story telescope. The structure will reach 20 feet underground and also include a 21,000 square foot office building, road and parking lot all on conservation lands on Mauna Kea’s summit. This mega-telescope is called the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).Read more
Welcome to #INMroots Number Five! The title of this newsletter “Reconnecting Through Resistance” honours a Saami protest and manifesto. 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
Anishinabe Women, Youth & Elders Hold Ceremony, Public Event on Lake of the Woods, March in Kenora for World Water Day
Grassroots Indigenous Water Defence hosted an event at McLeod Park to raise awareness about threats to local waterways, in solidarity with Indigenous communities protecting water around the world Kenora, Treaty #3
On March 22nd at McLeod Park, Anishinabe women & Treaty 3 People from the Grassroots Indigenous Water Defence (GIWD) conducted a traditional water ceremony on Lake of the Woods to honour our sacred connection to the water. A ceremony that protect the local lakes and waterways from threats including the Energy East Tarsands Pipeline, Tarsands bitumen and natural gas transported by rail, industrial logging and mining, destructive hydro dams, and other forms of industrial pollution. The march was followed by a rally-style speaking event and a march through the streets of Kenora.Read more