Zi-Ann Lum for Huffington Post
Canada singled itself out as the only country to raise objections over a landmark United Nations document re-establishing the protection of the rights of indigenous people last week. It was a gesture one prominent First Nation leader called “saddening, surprising.”
“Canada was viewed always as a country that upheld human rights,” said Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde. “For Canada to be the only nation state to get up to make a caveat on the vote – that’s very telling.”
Bellegarde travelled to New York City to attend a special UN General Assembly meeting of more than 1,000 delegates and heads of state for the first-ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples on Sept. 22 and 23.
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Photo: Carl Johan Utsi
A mining company is threatening the Sami people and their lands in their quest to find Iron Ore. Beowolf Mining has proposed a 25 year mining concession that lay before the Swedish government for a decision. The Sami are voicing against the proposal because it threatens their livelihood and cultural way of life.
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Who are the Sami People? Check out this LINK from Cultural Survival to learn more.
By Jessica Lukjanow
Up to 200 indigenous communities in Australia could lose access to power and water because the government says it can no longer afford to deliver the basic services.
The remote communities are mainly located across the northern tip of Australia and the Kimberley in the country's northwest. The federal government announced late last year that it would stop paying for the utilities, making states responsible for the communities. The Western Australia (WA) state government says it can't afford to cover the costs.
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Oral statement delivered 29 January 2015
Water Walks & Healing Walks Listing 2015
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“As women, we are carriers of the water. We carry life for the people. So when we carry that water, we are telling people that we will go any lengths for the water. We’ll probably even give our lives for the water if we have to. We may at some point have to die for the water, and we don’t want that,” Josephine Mandamin - Grandmother, WaterWalker
The Condor And The Eagle
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“Violence against Mother Earth is violence against women, the two are inextricably linked” Melina Laboucan-Massimo
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Submitted by Valerie Goodness
Watersheds and Indigenous peoples know no borders. Canada’s watershed management effects American’s watersheds and vice versa. As Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, launches significant First Nations termination contrivance he negotiates legitimizing Canada’s settler colonialism under the guise of “progress”. Progress, through Harper’s political allusion, provides inadequate allocation of money for water and wastewater systems on Canada’s reservations.Read more
Submitted by John Byrne
From the Green Fields of my County Cork, in Southern Ireland is a long way from the Homelands of the First Nations . We have however a Bond that goes beyond the distance & Ocean that separates us, we have Both know about captivity within our own Lands and the destruction of Religion-Culture & Spiritual wellness denied by the aggression of Greed.Read more
Submitted by William Ruff
My name is William and I am a first generation settler. My father was born in Canada and is Russian descendant. My mother born in Holland and survivor of WW2. I grew up in the public school system where they don’t tell you the whole truth of first nations but pieces. Only in the last couple of years my eyes where open to some hard truths of the world. As I became more involved with the world around me I started to become part of a greater community. Knowing the issues the world faces I could only reach out and support all those of like mind. In reaching out I found their was a deeper problem the world faces. We are divided as a human race. Spiritually, culturally and ethically we are divided.Read more