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- April 29, 2017: How Canada set up Aboriginal treaties to keep First Nations down
There are many stories about how Canada was formed. One of those stories focuses on the dispossession and displacement of the land's first inhabitants through force. Doctrines of discovery, adverse possession, and conquest figure prominently in these accounts.
- April 18, 2017: First Nations across Canada are shifting to clean energy
Beaver Lake Cree Nation, or Amisk Sakahikan Nehiyaw, a First Nation located halfway between Edmonton and Fort McMurray in the heart of Alberta's oil and gas country, installed its first solar power project last month. The 24.5-kilowatt system is just one of the latest initiatives by First Nations in Canada to decrease their carbon footprint and take control of their energy future.
- April 4, 2017: Garry John participates in Naskan Uxwal healing walk
Prior to the beginning of the walk, the Lillooet News reported, 'Sixty-six people have pre-registered so far as participants in an historic walk for survivors of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, their families and friends.
- April 4, 2017: Canada 150 is a celebration of Indigenous genocide
This year, the federal government plans to spend half a billion dollars on events marking Canada's 150th anniversary, prompting a great deal of debate about its historical treatment of Indigenous peoples. The majority of Canadians don't have all the facts about that, while First Nations continue to live the crisis-level effects of that legacy.
- March 18, 2017: Native Americans Bring Dakota Pipeline Protest To Trump's Doorstep
Thousands of demonstrators, including members of dozens of indigenous tribes, marched through the streets of the nation's capital on Friday morning, capping a four-day protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline and President Donald Trump.
- March 17, 2017: Evidence of good faith lacking in Trudeau’s Indigenous agenda, Pamela Palmater
After 10 oppressive years under Stephen Harper Conservatives, the long-awaited change in government brought a collective sigh of relief from most Indigenous peoples in Canada. Justin Trudeau’s many pre-election promises to Indigenous peoples represented a drastic departure from Harper’s racist, assimilatory agenda. Trudeau even inspired Indigenous people who normally don’t vote in federal elections. The result of these and core promises related to the environment, democracy and accountability was a Liberal majority.
- March 15, 2017: Nation to Nation: Pipelines and pushback
On this week’s episode, Nation to Nation interviews Fort McKay First Nation Chief Jim Boucher about his community’s success in Alberta’s energy sector. Nation to Nation also interviews warrior Kanahus Manuel who is a veteran of the resource wars on both sides of the Medicine Line.
- March 14, 2017: American Indians gather in D.C. for four-day protest against Trump, Dakota Access pipeline
Members of American Indian tribes from around the country are gathering in Washington for four days of protests against the Trump administration and the Dakota Access oil pipeline that will culminate with a Friday march on the White House.
- February 27, 2017: Canada 150: what's for Indigenous people to 'celebrate,' exactly?
When I was in Grade 1, the entire country was celebrating 100 years of Confederation. Every school child was given a commemorative coin minted for the centennial.
- February 13, 2017: Dakota Access protesters vow 'mass resistance.' They will be hard to stop
Activists are threatening 'mass resistance' to President Donald Trump and the Army Corps of Engineers on the hotly disputed Dakota Access pipeline -- and it could be difficult for the White House to counter the movement.
- February 12, 2017: This is the NoDAPL Last Stand
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe will likely sue and ask for a temporary restraining order to halt construction while the legality of this decision is reviewed in court.
- February 12, 2017: Water Protectors Call for Global Mass Mobilizations as Army Plans to Approve Dakota Access Pipeline
On Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday it will greenlight the final phase of construction of the pipeline. Amnesty International called the announcement 'an unlawful and appalling violation of human rights.'
- February 11, 2017: The Real Bowling Green Massacre
Much is being made of the Bowling Green Massacre in Kentucky that never happened but was nonetheless highlighted by Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway. Twitter memes are bursting forth.
- February 3, 2017: Indigenous Groups Pledge Mass Mobilization to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline
The Indigenous Environmental Network today hosted numerous Indigenous people from across the country today in a call with press to outline next steps to fight back against the Keystone XL pipeline following news late last week that Transcanada submitted a new application to revive the pipeline following President Trump's executive orders on the topic last week.
- January 26, 2017: Native Americans expect nothing good from Trump...
America's journalists are truly and deeply sorry for their behaviour during the election. They are sorry they failed to see the simmering animosity and racism that helped Donald J Trump take the White House.
- January 26, 2017: Métis president vows to continue pipeline protest in northern Alberta
A handful of protestors have vowed to continue to block access roads to prevent crews from entering the construction site of a TransCanada natural gas pipeline near Chard in northern Alberta, a protest that has now stretched into its fifth day.
- January 19, 2017: Charges dropped in Sarnia against Aamjiwnaang Anishnaabe land defenders
A group of environmental activists who chained themselves to Enbridge Line 9 equipment left a Sarnia courtroom Friday without criminal convictions in what’s being billed as a precedent-setting victory for pipeline demonstrators across Ontario. Vanessa Gray, 24, of Sarnia, along with Guelph residents Sarah Scanlon, 30, and Stone Stewart, 29, had been facing charges of mischief endangering lives and mischief over $5,000 after they occupied an Enbridge site on Mandaumin Road and allegedly manually shut down a valve there on Dec. 21, 2015.
- January 15, 2017: Art Manuel: Defender of the Land, Manuel, Arthur
Arthur Manuel (1951 - January 11, 2017) was a First Nations political leader in Canada. He was four times elected chief (1995-2003) and three times elected chair of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council (1997-2003). Since 2003, he served as spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET), a network of indigenous nations working on the international level to achieve recognition of Aboriginal title and rights.
- January 14, 2017: First Nations Strategic Bulletin, Russell Diabo
Special points of interest: Canada’s 150th Anniversary--Where Do You Stand?; PM Trudeau and Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould Have a Two-Track Plan to Rebrand Termination as Reconciliation; INAC in Secret Talks to define ‘Nation-to-Nation’ Relationship.
- January 13, 2017: Two Gitxsan chiefs seek to block Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal construction
New legal challenge becomes fourth action asking Federal Court to overrule Trudeau cabinet approval of LNG terminal on Lelu Island.
- January 10, 2017: Treaty Alliance Against TarSands Expansion
The seed of the Treaty was planted on April 10, 2015, when, the day before leading the 25,000 people climate march in Quebec City, a number of Indigenous leaders and Indigenous representatives from across Canada, including a number of leading activists from our thriving Indigenous grassroots movements, met to strategize about the climate change crisis, including the threat of Tar Sands expansion.
- December 27, 2016: Colonies and Capital, Benjamin Balthaser
Considering the AFL-CIO’s recent endorsement of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), one may be forgiven for thinking that we are living through yet another revival of the debate between indigenous rights and left labor activists. The terms of the argument go back at least to the early 1980s, when American Indian Movement (AIM) cofounder and activist Russell Means delivered a speech to the International Survival Gathering in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
- December 26, 2016: Holy Rage: Lessons from Standing Rock
The snow-scoured hills and buttes of the Missouri Breaks are dotted with isolated houses, until the sudden appearance of the Oceti Sakowin encampment on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The presence of so many people catches at the heart.
- December 22, 2016: Unions Congratulate the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Denial of Authorization for the Dakota Access P
We congratulate leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and thousands of supporters for the news that the federal government will deny authorization for the Dakota Access Pipeline to go through tribal lands posing a threat to water sources and sacred sites.
- December 15, 2016: Major Victory for Mohawk Tribe in New York State
New York's Mohawk Tribe recorded a major victory with the ruling to remove the 11-foot-high Hogansburg Dam from the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation, built in 1929.
- December 14, 2016: What's Next for the Water Protectors at Standing Rock?
As we reflect on the decision by the US Army to suspend the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) river crossing easement and conduct a limited Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the resistance camps at Standing Rock are making plans for the next phase of this movement.
- December 13, 2016: Shoal Lake 40 chief calls for immediate construction of Freedom Road after barge breaks down
The chief of Shoal Lake 40 is in Winnipeg to call on the federal government to support immediate construction of a road that will provide access to his community, a day after the only way in and out -- a barge -- broke down.
- December 13, 2016: Justin Trudeau continuing proud Liberal tradition of betraying Indigenous peoples, Russell Diabo
In the late 1980s, because of my Indigenous policy background, I was convinced by a close friend to get involved in efforts to create an Aboriginal Peoples' Commission within the Liberal Party of Canada. The Liberal Party already had a Women's and Youth Commission so the model to change the Liberal Party's constitution was already there. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is using his majority government to break or manipulate his 2015 Indigenous platform promises, aided and abetted by his Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and his Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett.
- November 26, 2016: Mourning Day: Water is Life, Life is Struggle, Leonard Peltier
Here we are again. This time the year is 2016. It has been more than 41 years since I last walked free and was able to see the sun rise and sit and feel the earth beneath my feet. I know there have been more changes then I can even imagine out there. But I do know that there is a struggle taking place as to whether this country will move on to a more sustainable way of life. This is something we wanted to have happen back in the seventies.
- November 26, 2016: Fighting for Our Lives: NoDAPL in Historical Context, Nick Estes
Little has been written about the historical relationship between the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the longer histories of Oceti Sakowin (The Great Sioux Nation) resistance against the trespass of settlers, dams, and pipelines across the Mni Sose, the Missouri River. This is a short analysis of the historical and political context of the #NoDAPL movement and the transformative possibilities of the current struggle.
- November 24, 2016: DAPL: How Native American Culture Is Being Destroyed for Oil
This summer, Tim Mentz Sr. took to YouTube to tell the world about the destruction of his cultural heritage. A former tribal historic preservation officer of the Standing Rock Sioux, Mentz wore a baseball cap, rimless glasses and two thin braids of graying hair. He was upset and spoke rapidly about the area behind him, an expanse of the Great Plains cut by a new 150-foot-wide road.
- November 24, 2016: The Battle at Standing Rock
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies have been protesting the 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline for months. The pipeline could both threaten their water source and destroy sacred sites. 'Whenever there's a resource that needs to be exploited, our lands just kept getting taken,' says one member of the tribe in this documentary, Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock. Another adds: 'We don't have any place else to go, these are our only remaining homelands. We have to protect them. Enough’s enough.'
- November 23, 2016: Injustice At Standing Rock
A historical and unprecedented gathering of many tribes to protect the water started in April 2016 at the Standing Rock Indian reservation in North Dakota, but the mainstream media has failed in covering it.
- November 22, 2016: Lessons from the Standing Rock Pipeline Battle
One week ago Tara Houska was arrested while opposing the $3.8-billion Dakota Access Pipeline. Now she’s come to Canada to share her experiences and expertise with people planning to fight back if Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion goes ahead. A federal decision on the project is expected in the next month.
- November 22, 2016: Standing Rock pipeline protesters repelled by force at bridge crossing
Tensions flared anew on the Dakota Access pipeline as protesters tried to push past a long-blocked bridge on a state highway only to be turned back by a line of law enforcement using a water cannon and tear gas.
- November 20, 2016: The #NoDAPL call echoes across the country
Many thousands of people stood together against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on November 15 in a national day of action to demand that the Obama administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers act now to halt its construction.
- November 17, 2016: No Mining on Barriere Lake Algonquin Lands
The Algonquins of Barriere Lake have set-up a land protection camp at a proposed mining site in the heart of their territory, where core sample drilling is scheduled to begin at any time.The drilling would require construction of access roads and tree cutting, as well as the disposal of drilling debris and waste water.
- November 14, 2016: At the table? What you should know about the land claims policy that Trudeau is not telling you
The recent announcement by the Trudeau government that Indigenous
and Northern Affairs Canada is opening 20 'exploratory tables' to
possibly develop new terms for the land claims and self-government
processes must address the current core federal mandates listed below.
We reject the euphemistic changes to the policy that replaced
'extinguishment' to 'modification' to 'certainty' to 'recognition'
without ever changing the termination plan.
- November 9, 2016: At Standing Rock, women lead fight in face of Mace, arrests and strip searches
Prairie McLaughlin said she has daily flashbacks – “daymares” – about the police. Sitting inside a small tipi where she is camped out while protesting the Dakota Access pipeline, she took a drag of her cigarette and recounted how officers took her to a North Dakota jail last month where, she says, a group of male and female guards forcibly removed her clothes when she refused to strip in front of them.
- November 7, 2016: Toronto protest denounces Dakota Access pipeline
Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Toronto on Saturday to protest the construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota, a resource project that has galvanized opposition from indigenous communities and environmentalists across the continent.
- November 5, 2016: Standing Rock Protectors BRUTALIZED By Cops In Standoff
TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton reported from just east of the main camp, where Standing Rock water protectors attempted to cross a makeshift wooden bridge they built over the river in order to pray where their ancestors are buried.
- November 4, 2016: Dakota Access Pipeline protesters shut down Grand Central station
Dozens of demonstrators aiming to raise awareness of the ongoing pipeline protest in North Dakota disrupted the morning commute at New York's Grand Central Terminal on Tuesday before marching on the offices of major US banks to question their decision to fund the pipeline.
- November 4, 2016, Bullet No. #1325: Standing Rock Solid with the Frackers, Sean Sweeney
If anyone were looking for further evidence that the AFL-CIO remains unprepared to accept the science of climate change, and unwilling to join with the effort being made by all of the major labour federations of the world to address the crisis, the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) provides only the most recent case in point. Taking direction from the newly minted North American Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and the American Petroleum Institute (API), the federation stood against the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribal nations.
- November 2, 2016: #StandingRockSyllabus
This syllabus project contributes to the already substantial work of the Sacred Stones Camp, Red Warrior Camp, and the Oceti Sakowin Camp to resist the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens traditional and treaty-guaranteed Great Sioux Nation territory. The Pipeline violates the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 and 1851 signed by the United States, as well as recent United States environmental regulations.
- November 1, 2016: 85 First Nations, Tribes call on Trudeau to condemn Enbridge for involvement in Dakota pipeline proj
An anti-pipeline Indigenous treaty alliance on Monday issued a call for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to condemn Enbridge Inc.’s role in the Dakota Access Pipeline project which is facing fierce resistance from Native Americans in North Dakota.
- October 31, 2016: Canada continues to fail Indigenous women under the Indian Act
“Canada keeps making the situation worse,” said lawyer Pam Palmater about the government’s latest attempt to take gender-based discrimination out of the Indian Act.
- October 30, 2016: Indigenous Youth Occupy Hillary Clinton Campaign Headquarters
Just minutes before the the police raid on the camp in North Dakota, here in New York City Native American youth flooded the campaign headquarters of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to demand that she oppose the Dakota Access pipeline.
- October 30, 2016: How To Talk About #NoDAPL: A Native Perspective
This piece is very personal because, as an Indigenous woman, my analysis is very personal, as is the analysis that my friends on the frontlines have shared with me. We obviously can’t speak for everyone involved, as Native beliefs and perspectives are as diverse as the convictions of any people.
- October 29, 2016: Native Americans Protest 'Genocidal' Cleveland Indians Logo
Hundreds of Native American activists protested Tuesday against the racist "Chief Wahoo" logo of the Cleveland Indians as they played their first World Series game in 19 years against the Chicago Cubs.The logo on the team jerseys depicts a grinning, red-faced cartoon with a feather headband.
- October 29, 2016: As Standing Rock Protesters Face Down Armored Trucks, the World Watches on Facebook
“If any of these law enforcement shoot one of my people, it is going down, people,” Atsa E’sha Hoferer tells the camera on Facebook Live. “We are prayerful people.” He gets cut off by the screaming of a long range acoustic device—a sound cannon, the kind used by police to break up protests in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this year.
- October 28, 2016: Showdown over oil pipeline becomes a national movement for Native Americans
The simmering showdown here between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the company building the Dakota Access crude-oil pipeline began as a legal battle. It has turned into a movement.
- October 27, 2016: Victory! Coalition of Tribes and Environmentalists Defeat Proposed Shell Oil by Rail Facility in Was
On October 6th, Shell Oil announced that they will be suspending their permit for a planned Bakken crude-by-rail project that was slated to be built at March Point in Anacortes, WA, ancestral lands of the Swinomish Indian Nation. The proposal sought to bring an additional estimated 60,000 barrels of crude oil a day to its refinery.
- October 26, 2016: New Encampment in Pipeline Path and 2 Blockades Established on Unceded Territory
To ensure the protection of this new camp from overtly militarized law enforcement, water protectors have established two road blockades. One north of the Frontline Camp, on Highway 1806, and another immediately west of Highway 1806, on county road 134.
- October 26, 2016: Quebec Innu want to stop Muskrat Falls hydro
Quebec Innu are asking the Federal Court to reverse approval given by the federal government for the construction of new hydroelectric dams on the Lower Churchill River in Labrador. The group says the federal government largely ignored the August 2011 advice of a review panel.
- October 25, 2016: Citing 1851 Treaty, Water Protectors Establish Road Blockade and Expand Frontline
On October 23, at approximately 8am central, water protectors took back unceded territory affirmed in the 1851 Treaty of Ft. Laramie as sovereign land under the control of the Oceti Sakowin, erecting a frontline camp of several structures and tipis on Dakota Access property, just east of ND state highway 1806.
- October 25, 2016: $2B needed for 'immediate' fixes to First Nations schools, bureaucrats say
The federal Indigenous Affairs Department says it needs at least $2 billion to fix 115 First Nations schools that require "immediate attention," according to documents tabled in the House of Commons.
- October 25, 2016: Chippewas of the Thames protest pipeline
The pipeline snakes across the forested plain, east from a place called Aamjiwnaang and on through the land that Myeengun Henry says has never been surrendered.
- October 19, 2016: Heed the Call of the Indigenous and Moro People for Just Peace and Self-Determination
Together with the Filipino people, they are calling on the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to address these most pressing issues and demands.
- October 18, 2016: Protests swell on first potential day of flooding at Muskrat Falls
Two hundred turn out for the biggest protest yet at Muskrat Falls, demand Nalcor and government halt construction until concerns adequately addressed.
- October 16, 2016: Standing Rock: A New Moment for Native-American Rights
The last time Native Americans gathered and the nation noticed was in 1973. That February, after members of the Oglala Sioux tribe failed to impeach their chairman on charges of corruption, they, with leaders of the American Indian Movement, occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
- October 15, 2016: Standing Rock Joins the World's Indigenous Fighting for Land and Life
When opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline galvanized the support of hundreds of U.S. tribes, it became an unprecedented show of Indian Country unity and resolve. Now, it’s a global indigenous movement.
- October 15, 2016: Clearing the Plains
An extended conversation with James Daschuk, the award-winning author of Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life, an examination of the ecological, economic and political forces shaping the medical histories of First Nations peoples in western Canada.
- October 13, 2016: Indigenous tar sands treaty could be Trudeau’s worst nightmare, Ethan Cox
At simultaneous press conferences in Montreal and Vancouver earlier today, over 50 First Nations signed onto a new 'treaty alliance' to stop the expansion of Alberta’s tar sands. It amounts to a mutual defence pact -- call it NATO for pipelines -- with signatories promising to mobilize their communities against any pipeline development that allows the tar sands to be expanded, even those thousands of kilometres away from their territory.
- October 9, 2016: The Struggle at Standing Rock: Pipeline Protest, First Nations' Uprising
For the past few months, an encampment has sprung up on the banks of the Cannonball River in North Dakota in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The resistance has been led by the Standing Rock Sioux opposed to the routing of the $3.8-billion pipeline transporting oil from the Bakken oil fields through burial grounds and sacred sites under the Missouri River. The warrior spirit at Standing Rock is a critical drum beat inspiring other social and class struggles demanding an alternative.
- October 8, 2016: The long history of discrimination against First Nations children
The unequal provision of health and social services for First Nations children has been documented for more than a century. Is this the moment when the wider public will demand action?
- October 5, 2016: Dechinta: the NWT's bush university
A professor, elder professor and alumnus share their thoughts on the groundbreaking school.
- September 29, 2016: Mi'kmaq protesters block entrance at proposed Alton gas storage site
Mi’kmaq protesters are blocking access to a construction site near proposed natural gas storage caverns in Nova Scotia, saying the project threatens a tidal river that passes through their traditional lands.
- September 28, 2016: The Colonialism of the Present, Andrew Bard Epstein
In March 1990, armed warriors from Kanesatake — one of several Mohawk communities in Canada and the United States that constitute the eastern-most nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy — erected barricades to prevent the further extension of a private golf course into their land. When a police invasion four months later ended in the death of an officer, nearly three thousand Canadian soldiers descended. Mohawks from Kahnawake blockaded the Mercier Bridge into Montreal in solidarity. A seventy-eight day standoff ensued.
- September 26, 2016: A History and Future of Resistance, Julian Brave NoiseCat and Anne Spice
Mounted Lakota warriors, their horses resplendent in traditional regalia, charge a line of law enforcement. They gallop headlong, push back the police, pull up only at the last moment, and then circle back for more. The scene could be the Battle of the Little Bighorn, circa 1876. But it’s not. Here, along the banks of the Missouri River, just beyond the boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, indigenous land and water defenders are standing together to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens their land, water, ancestral burial grounds, and future generations.
- September 25, 2016: UN Special Rapporteur to USA: 'Indigenous Peoples Must be Consulted Prior to Oil Pipeline Constructi
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, on Thursday called on the United States to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline as it poses a significant risk to the drinking water of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and threatens to destroy their burial grounds and sacred sites.
- September 24, 2016: Standing Rock Sioux Chairman takes #NODAPL to the United Nations
David Archambault II, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman, addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, today to garner international opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the reservation.
- September 23, 2016: Line 9 Shutdown: The Case
On the morning of December 21st 2015 Vanessa Gray, a young woman from Aamjiwnaang First Nation, with the support of Stone Stewart and Sarah Scanlon, shut down Enbridge’s Line 9 on Anishnaabe Territory just outside of Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia.
- September 23, 2016: First Nation says Grand Rapids pipeline approval was 'botched'
A northern Alberta First Nation has filed a court challenge over the Grand Rapids pipeline project, alleging the approval process was "botched."
- September 23, 2016: New generation suffering mercury poisoning at Grassy Narrows, Ont.
More than 90 per cent of the population at Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations is showing signs of mercury poisoning, according to new research released on Tuesday by Japanese experts.
- September 22, 2016: On Solidarity with Standing Rock, Executive Clemency and the International Indigenous Struggle, Leonard Peltier
Greeting Sisters and Brothers: I have been asked to write a SOLIDARITY statement to everyone about the Camp of the Sacred Stones on Standing Rock. Thank you for this great honor. I must admit it is very difficult for me to even begin this statement as my eyes get so blurred from tears and my heart swells with pride, as chills run up and down my neck and back. I’m so proud of all of you young people and others there.
- September 17, 2016: Fort Nelson First Nation wins legal challenge stopping Nexen water license
Fort Nelson First Nation has won a major legal challenge against the BC government and Nexen Inc., an upstream oil and gas company. The first long-term water license granted in the Horn River Basin for shale gas fracking has been cancelled, effective immediately, by the Environmental Appeal Board.
- September 16, 2016: Time to Move On from Fossil Fuels
While Democracy Now! was covering the Standing Rock standoff earlier this month, we spoke to Winona LaDuke, longtime Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth.
- September 14, 2016: Aamjiwnaang Solidarity website
The purpose of this site is to create a forum for communication and action around the toxic reality of living in Chemical Valley. Through this forum, Aamjiwnaang First Nation community members can share their experiences, and we can increase wider public awareness of this unacceptable situation of environmental racism.
- September 10, 2016: A History and Future of Resistance
The fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline is part of a centuries-long indigenous struggle against dispossession and capitalist expansionism.
- September 9, 2016: A Pipeline Fight and America's Dark Past
This week, thousands of Native Americans, from more than a hundred tribes, have camped out on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, which straddles the border between the Dakotas, along the Missouri River.
- September 9, 2016: Blatant war and genocide: memories of Native Police haunt Indigenous Queensland
At a symposium in Brisbane this week, Indigenous activists and historians deplored the failure to recognise the lasting effects of the state’s bloody past.
- September 7, 2016: Solidarity with the Opaskwayak Cree Nation blockade against hydro-dam
Members of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, the Misipawistik Cree Nation and Métis from Grand Rapids have blockaded the junction of Highway 6 and Highway 39 in northern Manitoba stopping trucks en route to the construction site of Manitoba Hydro's Keeyask hydroelectric dam project.
- September 6, 2016: Tribal Dakota Pipeline Resistance the Start of Something Bigger, Jacqueline Keeler
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe announced via its Facebook page on Sept. 1 that 188 Tribes, or Native Nations, from across the United States and Canada have declared their support for the Lakota/Dakota Tribes’ fight to stop the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline carrying heavy Bakken crude oil from crossing the Missouri River and threatening the sovereign nations’ main water source.
- September 6, 2016: Advocate admonishes Ottawa for lack of progress on First Nations issues
A leading advocate for First Nations children and their families is admonishing Canada’s federal government about the snail’s pace its taking fixing problems that have festered for too long.
- September 6, 2016: Winnipeg school to make history with Ojibwa, Cree bilingual classes
History will be made as the bell rings welcoming students into Ojibwa and Cree bilingual classes in Winnipeg next week. The new language program run out of Isaac Brock School in the West End will have kindergarten students taught entirely in either Cree or Ojibwa.
- September 5, 2016: West coast First Nations bring solidarity to Standing Rock pipeline battle
A specially crafted totem pole is uniting Indigenous people from Washington and B.C. to North Dakota and Manitoba.
- September 5, 2016: Rediscovering Native American roots at pipeline protest
Since April, over 3000 Native American people have been camping in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. They are trying to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would run underneath the Missouri river near the Cheyenne river reservation.
- September 2, 2016: A Third of Canada's Homeless Are Indigenous
Indigenous people are 10 times more likely to live in a shelter than the general population. Canada's Indigenous people are disproportionately represented in the country's emergency shelters compared with the general population, according to a new federal study on the issue.
- September 2, 2016: New Pre-Contact Map Transforming Understanding of South America, One Tribe at a Time
Aaron Carapella, the 36-year-old architect behind a growing collection of Tribal Nations maps, in October released a map depicting 720 tribes of South America in their original locations and identified by their traditional names. Where possible, the rising cartographer also included historic photos of people or places.
- September 2, 2016: Indigenous Women Resist Environmental Destruction
Indigenous women are leading the fight against environmentally-destructive resource development projects in Canada. Despite consistent government promises to collaborate more closely with Indigenous groups, four activists were arrested Tuesday for occupying the headquarters of a Vancouver-based mining company that is responsible for one of the worst mining accidents in the country's history.
- September 1, 2016: What you should know about the historic Native American battle happening now
It's the summer of 2016, and thousands of American Indians from the northern Great Plains just came together to protect their sacred land ... again.
- August 31, 2016, Bullet No. #1298: Standing Up At Standing Rock, Brian Ward
Some 1,000 Native American activists from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and across the country faced off against police and security forces protecting the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline project. Dozens of people have been arrested and assaulted by police while attempting to stop the project, and many more continue to risk arrest to protest the pipeline. The Dakota Access pipeline, which is being built by Energy Transfer Partners, is planned to stretch 1,172 miles from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa, before ending in Illinois.
- August 29, 2016: First Nations band near Chilliwack files 'landmark' legal action against Canada, B.C.
A local First Nations band announced Wednesday what it calls "a landmark legal action" in the Supreme Court of British Columbia against the governments of Canada and B.C. seeking to confirm control of its fishing rights in the area.
- August 27, 2016: After 525 years, it's time to actually listen to Native Americans
The center of the fight for our planet’s future shifts. But this week it’s on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation straddling the border between North Dakota and South Dakota.
- August 27, 2016: Indigenous Australians win landmark $3m native title compensation claim
A federal court has ordered the payment of more than $3m in compensation to traditional owners over damage to sacred sites in one of the most significant rulings about native title since the Mabo decision 24 years ago.
- August 27, 2016: Dakota Access Pipeline 'Is Threatening the Lives of My Tribe'
In North Dakota, indigenous activists are continuing to protest the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which they say would threaten to contaminate the Missouri River. More than a thousand indigenous activists from dozens of different tribes across the country have traveled to the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp.
- August 26, 2016: Indigenous people from Winnipeg join Standing Rock protest camp in North Dakota
For the last few weeks, a few thousand Indigenous protesters from across North America have been gathering at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation in North Dakota, including First Nations people from Manitoba.
- August 26, 2016: Two years later
Before the Mount Polley Mine disaster struck two years ago, our communities of Xat'sull First Nation and Likely lived in the reassurance from B.C. and the company that no such tragedy could ever happen. On Aug. 4, 2014, our lives and the landscape were changed forever, as the impacts of mining are forever. Both our communities rely on the Quesnel Lake watershed for our way of life and economic prosperity.
- August 25, 2016: Mohawks threaten to block Energy East
The Mohawk nation is threatening to do everything legally in its power to block the Energy East pipeline project, calling it a threat to their way of life. Despite perceptions opposition to the project is harboured mainly by mayors in Quebec, a Mohawk-driven Canadian First Nations movement against the project is picking up steam in other parts of the country.
- August 23, 2016: 72 hours to vacate: First Nation gives eviction notice to salmon farm
A B.C. First Nation has served a 72-hour eviction notice to a fish farm on the northern coast of the province. Hereditary chiefs from Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw First Nation boarded a Cermaq/Mitsubishi salmon farm off the Burdwood Islands earlier this week. Their message was clear: it's time to leave.
- August 22, 2016: Saskatchewan: A special report on race and power, Nancy Macdonald
How many Indigenous people are in positions of power in Saskatchewan? We surveyed 265 of the most powerful people in the province. The results are shocking.
- August 22, 2016: Sayisi Dene struggles documented in Manitoba historical photos
As the Canadian government offers an apology to northern Manitoba Sayisi Dene 60 years after their forced relocation, some clear images show the squalor faced by the community.
- August 21, 2016: 'Cease and desist,' Neskantaga First Nation tells Ring of Fire mining company
The chief of a northern Ontario First Nation says he was offended and troubled earlier this month by a notice that a mining company was set to begin drilling on the community's traditional lands.
- August 20, 2016: Native Americans Banned from Protesting Pipeline on Own Land
The Bakken pipeline, as it is known, is almost as long as a previously proposed mammoth pipeline, Keystone XL. Despite ongoing resistance by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, a North Dakota federal court has ordered the Indigenous group to stop their blockade protests of a US$3.8-billion oil pipeline.
- August 20, 2016: Judge Issues Restraining Order As Pipeline Protest Grows
A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday to protesters interfering with Dakota Access Pipeline construction as pipeline opponents continued to grow in numbers.
- August 20, 2016: Tribal Activists Defy Lawsuit, Vow Continued Resistance Against Dakota Pipeline
An epic battle over land rights is being waged in the Dakotas, as a local Indigenous community, facing arrests and litigation, is standing firm in its resistance to a massive Bakken crude pipeline project.
- August 20, 2016: Native Liberation: The Way Forward
The Red Nation formed in November 2014 out of a collective desire to create a platform for revolutionary Native organizing and to fight back against this settler colonial system that seeks our annihilation.
- August 19, 2016: Haida Clan Strips Chiefs of Titles For Supporting Enbridge Pipeline
A Haida clan in British Columbia has stripped two hereditary chiefs of their titles because they supported the construction of an Enbridge pipeline that the Nation fought in court.
- August 17, 2016: B.C. Premier announces partnership with Ahousaht
Lone Cone Hostel and Campground was buzzing with activity on Aug. 12 as the Ha’wiih and people of Ahousaht prepared for a visit from British Columbia Premier Christy Clark. People cooked salmon over fire pits while drummers sang in the blazing summer sun. Children sang, played together and picked apples from a lonely tree, a remnant of Christie Indian Residential School.
- August 15, 2016: Natural beauty or unnatural oppression?
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS today is widely viewed the way Ken Burns coined it in his six-part documentary: "America's Best Idea," But is it?
- August 12, 2016: Canada lags Latin America, Africa on Indigenous land rights laws
Wealthier countries including the United States and Australia score behind Latin America and African nations when it comes to laws protecting indigenous land rights, according to the first analysis of an online global map of land ownership.
- August 10, 2016: If it doesn't tackle policing, Trudeau's national inquiry risks becoming national disgrace
Before being elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau told Canadians and First Nations that there was no more important relationship to him than the one with Indigenous peoples. To this end, he promised to engage with First Nations on a "nation-to-nation" basis where free, informed and prior consent means a veto. Once elected, he reiterated his promises.
- August 5, 2016: Trudeau just broke his promise to Canada's First Nations
Justin Trudeau’s government has quietly issued its first batch of permits for the Site C dam — allowing construction to move forward on the $8.8-billion BC Hydro project despite ongoing legal challenges by two First Nations.
- August 5, 2016: Trudeau grants permits to block Peace River for Site C dam
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved a Navigation Protection Act (formerly Navigable Waters Protection Act) permit and Fisheries Act permit for the construction of the Site C dam. For months First Nations and civil society groups - including the Council of Canadians - have been calling on Trudeau not to do so. We had hoped his commitment to a "nation to nation relationship" had some meaning.
- August 1, 2016: Treaty Rights Battle Links Hunting and Oil Pipelines in Minnesota
Members of several northern Minnesota Ojibwe Bands are preparing a legal challenge to reaffirm hunting, fishing and gathering rights guaranteed by their 1855 Treaty with the United States. In recent decades, tribes have overwhelmingly prevailed in similar legal challenges in the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes Region. However, the implications of the 1855 challenge go deeper.
- July 30, 2016: U.S. 'Unlawfully' OK's Pipeline that Will Destroy Tribal Lands
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “unlawfully” approved construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been compared to the Keystone XL, despite concerns that it goes through protected Indigenous land and could threaten the water source of residents in four states.
- July 29, 2016: Muskoday First Nation declares emergency over water supply
After four days of being shut off from its normal supply of water due to an oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River, the Muskoday First Nation has declared a state of emergency. The move was announced Wednesday afternoon when officials said the "discontinued supply of water" required "prompt action."
- July 29, 2016: In solidarity with Colonialism No More: A place for labour in anti-colonial struggles
For three months, Colonialism No More activists in Treaty Four territory have maintained a solidarity camp outside the Regina offices of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). In fact Tuesday marked 100 days of protest outside of INAC.
- July 27, 2016: Land and Reconciliation: Having the Right Conversations
This past summer, a conflict occurred between cottagers and Mississauga Nishnaabeg wild rice harvesters on Pigeon Lake when folks from the “Save Pigeon Lake” group and were issued permits from the Trent-Severn Waterway and Parks Canada to hire a contractor to remove wild rice from the lake.
- July 27, 2016: 'Genocide still exists': Community members rally against deaths of Indigenous inmates
As members of Winnipeg's Indigenous community gathered downtown around the Law Courts Building on Saturday, a woman stepped before the crowd, megaphone in hand. "Genocide still exists," she said. "It's real."
- July 27, 2016: Star Investigation: A Poisoned People
The steady drip of the neurotoxin mercury has percolated through river sediment, the food chain and generations of Grassy Narrows First Nations residents for more than four decades, killing a community’s livelihood and then contaminating its people.
- July 17, 2016: A Tribe Called Red Aim to Unite Artists, Activists Against Colonialism on 'Halluci Nation'
Over the past two years, Canadian experimental electronic group A Tribe Called Red has been working to build a nation. The group has been traveling around the world, running the global festival circuit and meeting and collaborating with musicians and activists from all walks of life.
- July 16, 2016: First Nations Strategic Bulletin (2016)
In this issue of the FNSB: Termination Table Chiefs Dominate and Weaken AFN Assemblies; St’at’imc Chief Don Harris intervenes at UN on BCTC Extinguishment Process; Book Review of Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call; Canada Historical Society Award for Unsettling Canada...
- July 14, 2016: Canada’s race problem? It’s even worse than America’s, Scott Gilmore
The racial mess in the United States looks pretty grim and is painful to watch. We can be forgiven for being quietly thankful for Canada’s more inclusive society, which has avoided dramas like that in Ferguson, Mo. We are not the only ones to think this. In the recently released Social Progress Index, Canada is ranked second amongst all nations for its tolerance and inclusion. Unfortunately, the truth is we have a far worse race problem than the United States. We just can’t see it very easily.
- July 13, 2016: Gitxsan First Nation Evicts CN Rail, Logging Companies From Its Land
British Columbia First Nations are wasting no time in enforcing their claim on traditional lands in light of a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision recognizing aboriginal land title.
- July 12, 2016: Is Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne the new face of colonialism in Canada?
Grassy Narrows First Nation and supporters continue to hike up the pressure on Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario government to clean up the Wabigoon-English River systems of toxic mercury waste. On July 7, prominent environmental, labour and social justice leaders marched through downtown Toronto to the Ontario Legislature where they delivered a canoe filled with letters and petitions representing more than 35,000 people.
- July 6, 2016: Results needed before protesters leave INAC office site in Regina
In the morning shade provided Sunday by the office building at 1827 Albert Street, a dedicated group of protesters emerged from their tents on what was the 77th day of their occupancy there.
- July 5, 2016: Province ignored minister's 1984 recommendation to clean up mercury in river near Grassy Narrows
The environment minister in 1984 recommended a plan to “cover the mercury sediments” near Grassy Narrows, a suggestion the provincial government of the day did not act on. More than 30 years later, the fish that feed the community are still contaminated.
- July 4, 2016: Grassy Narrows mercury disaster a form of environmental racism
“No more fancy talk, no more studies. We just want it cleaned up.” So declared Chief Simon Fobister of the Grassy Narrows First Nation earlier this month, commenting on the continuing, unconscionable mercury levels in the waters flowing through his community. His exasperation is warranted.
- July 4, 2016: July 4th: No Time for Celebration for Indigenous Peoples in U.S., Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
The Anglo-American settlers’ violent break from Britain, from 1775 to 1783, paralleled a decade of their search and destroy annihilation of Delaware, Cherokee, Muskogee, Seneca, Mohawk, Shawnee, Miami and other nations’ villages and fields, slaughtering the residents without distinction of age or gender and overrunning the boundaries of the 13 colonies into unceded Native American territories.
- July 2, 2016: Canada's discrimination against Indigenous children continues after landmark tribunal ruling
In New Brunswick, months after the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled Canada discriminates in how it pays for Indigenous child welfare, Mi’kmaq and Maliseet nations are asking what that means for them.
- June 30, 2016: Indigenous kids were healthy before they were sent to residential schools
A study suggesting Indigenous children from Saskatchewan and Manitoba were healthy when they were sent to residential schools undercuts government justification for nutritional experiments at the time.
- June 28, 2016: Advocate calls on Canada to remove sexism from Indian Act before MMIW inquiry
A prominent Indigenous feminist says Canada’s upcoming inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women can’t be taken seriously until the federal government addresses sexism within its own legislation that’s existed since 1876.
- June 28, 2016: Anishinabek respond to Waukesha water decision
Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee says he is greatly disappointed after the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Regional Body voted on June 21 to allow Waukesha, Wisconsin to divert water from Lake Michigan.
- June 27, 2016: Over a crackling fire, the Tsleil-Waututh pray to block oilsands expansion
It was a simple ceremony. There were no crowds, no cameras, no speeches -- only Tsleil-Waututh Elder Leonard George in his sleek grey jacket, shades, and Converse sneakers.
- June 25, 2016: Living on Stolen Land
I'm a white settler, a non-Indigenous occupier of Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Attawandaron lands. Those lands include the Haldimand Tract: a ribbon of territory about 10 kilometres deep on either side of Ontario’s Grand River, which Britain’s Governor-General in Canada granted to the Haudenosaunee people of Six Nations in 1784.
- June 24, 2016: Shoal Lake 40 water crisis an ugly reminder of Canadian colonialism
At the geographic centre of the continent, Shoal Lake 40 is a striking example of Canada’s colonial past and present and an opportunity for the federal Liberal government to show sincerity after all its talk about reconciliation.
- June 23, 2016: Grassy Narrows First Nation demands action after mercury dump site revelation
The chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation says the community is still reeling after a former worker at the Dryden, Ont., paper mill revealed he was involved with dumping drums of toxic chemicals into a plastic-lined pit decades ago.
- June 22, 2016: I Am Indigenous
Meet 7 inspiring, innovative, Indigenous community builders. From athletes to advocates, artists to activists, CBC introduces you to Indigenous people from across Ontario who are proud of their past and committed to forging a brighter future.
- June 20, 2016: Reconciliation with First Nations requires action
On the surface, it seemed like unfortunate political timing. On May 30th, Kathleen Wynne apologized for historic abuses toward indigenous peoples as part of her official response to the Truth and Reconciliation commission. “We do not approach reconciliation as something we need to get over with — we approach it as something we need to get right,” she said.
- June 20, 2016: Leonard Peltier Says 'Indian Lives Matter' in New Interview
Leonard Peltier, the famed Native American activist who has spent four decades in prison, suggested in an interview published Monday with the New York Daily News that he's paying the price for having fought for the value of Indigenous lives. 'That’s what we were always fighting to change -- the idea that Indian lives weren’t worth anything,' said Peltier.
- June 18, 2016: Two Spirits, One Heart, Five Genders
The New World. This romanticized term inspired legions of Europeans to race to the places we live in search of freedoms from oppressive regimes or treasures that would be claimed in the name of some European nation.
- June 18, 2016: Yes, Native Americans Were the Victims of Genocide
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues.
- June 17, 2016: This is a message to our leaders: Muskrat Falls protesters appear in court
Six Innu protesters who were arrested at the entrance to Muskrat Falls over the weekend were in court Monday morning where some friends and relatives showed up to offer support.
- June 14, 2016: Human Rights Watch cries foul on First Nation water crisis
The Human Rights Watch released a study on First Nations drinking water on Tuesday. Its report outlines that while Canada has an abundance of fresh water, it’s not safe to drink in many communities.
- June 13, 2016: No commitments by federal Health Minister after Attawapiskat visit
Last week, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott visited both Kashechewan and Attawapiskat, but did not make any commitments. The visit came two months after Attawapiskat declared a state of emergency, in response to a rash of suicides and suicide attempts in the community.
- June 9, 2016: Nation-to-nation relationship taking shape
In a speech to the Assembly of First Nations in a Gatineau hotel last December, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave what might have been his biggest promise in an already-crowded slate of commitments to indigenous peoples.
- June 8, 2016: Human Rights Watch takes Canada to task for unsafe water in Ontario reserves
One of the world’s leading human rights groups has turned its focus on the consequences of the decades-old problem of contaminated water in indigenous communities throughout Ontario. From July 2015 to April 2016, Human Rights Watch conducted research in 99 homes located in Ontario First Nations, examining water and sanitation surveys in Batchewana, Grassy Narrows, Shoal Lake 40, Neskantaga, and Six Nations of Grand River.
- June 7, 2016: First Nations communities suffering 'more intense' impact of climate change
Secret briefings to Canada’s indigenous affairs minister warn that natural disasters are increasing in number and severity, disproportionately affecting remote reserve communities. In the aftermath of the Fort McMurray wildfires, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wouldn’t say were exacerbated by climate change, First Nations assert they are first and worst affected by a rapidly-shifting environment.
- June 7, 2016: Grassy Narrows must be cleaned up now
The story of my people, the Grassy Narrows First Nation, weighs heavily on the collective conscience of Canada. For over half a century mercury poison has contaminated the river that is our lifeblood. In one of Canada’s most shameful and tragic acts of wilful neglect, nothing has ever been done to clean up the 9,000 kg of mercury dumped in our river, while generations of Grassy Narrows families continue to bear the debilitating burden of mercury poisoning.
- June 6, 2016: Montreal is getting a First Peoples Justice Centre
The overrepresentation of Aboriginals in our jails is a growing problem, and their number has more than doubled in the past ten years. According to the Correctional Investigator’s latest report, for the first time, a quarter of men in Canadian federal prisons are Aboriginal. It’s even higher for women. Nearly 36 per cent of female federal inmates are Aboriginal, while less than five per cent of all Canadians are Indigenous.
- June 5, 2016: Time to clean up river in Grassy Narrows First Nation, grandmother says
A grandmother from Grassy Narrows First Nation says it's time for the Ontario government to clean up mercury poisoning in the waterways that run near her community. Judy DaSilva, 54, environmental health co-ordinator for Grassy Narrows First Nation, told CBC's Metro Morning on Thursday that mercury poisoning in the Wabigoon River has sickened many members of the community, and that the Ontario government has refused to act despite several reports.
- June 4, 2016: Indigenous Resurgence with Glen Coulthard
In this fifth episode of The Ossington Circle, Justin Podur interviews Glen Coulthard, author of Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition. They discuss the revolutionary ideas of Frantz Fanon, the portability of revolutionary ideas, the indigenous resurgence, and the question of solidarity.
- June 4, 2016: Grassy Narrows Feels Like Home to Them
Grassy Narrows, known as Asubpeeschoseewagong [a-sub-eeshko-see-wa-gong] in Anishinaabemowin, is located on the Ontario side of the Manitoba border near Kenora, 1,700km northwest of Toronto. Struggling to protect their territory has been part of Grassy Narrows life for decades.
- June 4, 2016: Justice for Grassy Narrows
Almost half a century ago, a pulp and paper company dumped tons of mercury into the English Wabigoon River system in Northwestern Ontario. The health and livelihood of people of the Grassy Narrows Reserve between Kenora and Winnipeg is still being harmed these many years later. The mercury is still buried in the sediment of lakes and rivers, and the effects of the poison continues to harm the health of people in the community.
- June 3, 2016: Grassy Narrows First Nation demands cleanup of mercury contamination in northern Ontario
The chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation in northern Ontario says mercury dumped in the waterways near his community nearly 60 years ago must be cleaned up. Simon Fobister made the statement Tuesday, one day after scientists released research showing it is possible to remediate at least some of the lakes and rivers near Grassy Narrows.
- June 1, 2016: Mercury contamination at Grassy Narrows First Nation can be cleaned up, scientists tell government,
It is feasible to clean up some of the decades-old mercury contamination in Ontario's English-Wabigoon River system near Grassy Narrows First Nation, according to new research by three experts in the field.
- May 31, 2016: Battleground B.C.: Kinder Morgan vs. the people
About 70 members of First Nations and the B.C. communities south of the Fraser River met on May 24 at the Sumas First Nation Community Hall to talk about the threat of Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.
- May 30, 2016: Aboriginal women now make up one-third of Canadian female prison population
The number of aboriginal women in Canadian prisons is on the rise, according to the federal prison watchdog and the Native Women's Association of Canada wants justice officials to do something about it.
- May 30, 2016: Deadly water still haunts Grassy Narrows
After decades of environmental neglect, the water that flows through Grassy Narrows (Asabiinyashkosiwagong Nitam-Anishinaabeg) First Nation still remains and needs to be properly cleaned up. Even as experts in the field claim that the Wabigoon-English River can be cleaned of its deadly mercury legacy, politcians don't seem to care.
- May 30, 2016: Demonstrators continue to occupy Williams Lake Indian Band office
Occupation of the administration office at the Williams Lake Indian Band entered day two Wednesday with no quick resolution in sight. Six men entered the office just after 8 a.m. Tuesday after they forced their way in and asked staff to leave as women staffers were opening the building for the day.
- May 30, 2016: Indigenous children and racial discrimination as fiscal policy
The federal government knowingly discriminates against Indigenous children and their families. That discrimination is part of the colonial fabric that holds together Canadian political-economic development.
- May 26, 2016: Canada's aboriginals tell Trudeau they can block pipelines
Canadian aboriginal groups and their allies said on Friday they have the power to block proposed oil pipelines on land where they have proven title, dismissing comments by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who said no community has a veto. Trudeau told Reuters on Thursday that unanimous consent is not needed for the government to approve pipeline projects to bring Canadian oil to market, even as he pledged consultation with aboriginals and environmentalists who oppose projects.
- May 26, 2016: More Than Half Of The First Nations Kids On Reserves Live In Poverty
76% of Manitoba First Nations children on reserve live in poverty: study. Indigenous children in Canada are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than non-aboriginal kids, according to new findings released Tuesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
- May 23, 2016: First Nations vow to kill Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion with lawsuits
Despite a recommendation of federal approval from the National Energy Board (NEB), opponents of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion remain steadfast in their belief that the pipeline project will never break Canadian soil.
- May 20, 2016: Indigenous Artists and Activists reach out to youth in Attawapiskat
Since Attawapiskat first declared a state of emergency, many grassroots organizations, supporters and activists have stepped up to show their love and solidarity for Indigenous youth - one of them being Tristan Martell.
- October 28, 2014: Harper v. First Nations: The assimilation agenda, Russ Diabo, Shiri Pasternak
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.
- September 11, 2014: On Being Here to Stay, Neil Vallance
Michael Asch has enjoyed a distinguished career as an anthropologist and original thinker. In his writing he wrestles with the big questions of Indigenous/settler relations, proposes original answers, and argues his points with elegance and logic. His work is always a pleasure to read. The book under review represents his most recent thinking about a problem that has preoccupied him for thirty years.
- May 19, 2014: Harper's assimilation agenda just collided with First Nations resistance -- and lost
This has been a difficult month for Prime Minister Stephen Harper in terms of Crown-First Nations relations. Harper seemed too busy picking fights with Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverley McLachlin and defending another 'dodgy' Senate appointment, to notice that Canada's already brittle relationship with First Nations was crumbling.
- May 18, 2014: UN slams Canada over natives rights
A UN official has warned that Canada is facing a crisis over the conditions of its aboriginal population, "grappling with a housing crisis" as well as "poor education and healthcare." James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of the indigenous peoples, made the warning on Monday, as he published a report on the situation of Canada's First Nations.
- May 3, 2014: Shawn Atleo Forced Out As National Chief
Today, after four years of servility and weak leadership in the face of a Harper government bent on an aggressive agenda of assimilation and termination of First Nations, National Chief Shawn Atleo was forced by popular pressure and a brewing chiefs' revolt to resign.
- March 14, 2014, Bullet No. #949: The Blossoming of Idle No More, Alex Wilson
The First Nations-led movement Idle No More emerged in Canada in December 2012 to protest legislation that threatened both the rights of First Nations and environmental protections. The movement has since spread into the U.S. and beyond -- and has become one of the central voices in the struggle for Indigenous and ecological justice.
- January 6, 2014, Bullet No. #924: First Nations Fight Against the Frackers, Brian Ward
After facing months of protest led by the Mi'kmaq people of the Elsipogtog Nation in New Brunswick, the frackers of Houston-based Southwestern Energy Co. (SWN) have left the province and announced they won't be back before 2015.
- December 17, 2013: Harper Launches Major First Nations Termination Plan, Russell Diabo
On September 4th the Harper government clearly signaled its intention to: 1) Focus all its efforts to assimilate First Nations into the existing federal and provincial orders of government of Canada; 2) Terminate the constitutionally protected and internationally recognized Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty rights of First Nations.
- December 3, 2013: Indigenous Nationhood Movement
The Indigenous Nationhood Movement (INM) is a peoples' movement for Indigenous nationhood, resurgence, and decolonization. We are a vast circle of people connected through commitments to principled action supporting Indigenous nations in advancing, articulating, reclaiming, expressing, and asserting our nationhood, raising up traditional governments, and reclaiming and reoccupying our homelands.
- December 2, 2013: Support Two Row Times
Please join us in raising start-up funds to grow the Two Row Times, a Weekly Newspaper Publication from Six Nations. Serving all of Ontario and Upstate New York.
- December 2, 2013: Emergency Day of Action Dec 2nd
We are not giving up despite these harsh weather conditions, sacrificing time with our families, our jobs, our homes, not only to protect land, water and people but to ensure a brighter future for the next 7 generations. We are asking for more support, through road blocks to be in solidarity.
- October 24, 2013: New Brunswick fracking protests are the frontline of a democratic fight, Martin Lukacs
The image of burning police cars played endlessly on the evening news. Television and talk radio blared out reports of "clashes" between police and indigenous protestors. Last Thursday in New Brunswick near the Elsipogtog First Nation, we were told the government had enforced an injunction against a blockade of a US shale gas company. There was nothing about the roots of a conflict years in the making.
- October 22, 2013: Elsipogtog Everywhere
In the mid 1990s I moved to Mi'gma'gi to go to graduate school. I was expecting to learn about juvenile Atlantic salmon on the Miramichi River. I was naive and misguided. Fortunately for me, the Mi'kmaq people saw that in me and they taught me something far more profound.
- October 21, 2013: 120,000 indigenous protesters march throughout Colombia
ndigenous organizing groups partnered with student activists and other populist social movements Tuesday for a national mobilization to mark the start of indefinite protests.
- October 21, 2013: Indigenous Nations Are at the Forefront of the Conflict With Transnational Corporate Power, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
On Monday, October 7, indigenous nations and their allies held 70 actions throughout the world proclaiming their sovereignty. The call to action was issued by Idle No More and Defenders of the Land to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the British Royal Proclamation of 1763, which was the first document in which an imperial nation recognized indigenous sovereignty and their right to self-determination.
- October 19, 2013: Justice for Indigenous Peoples, CPA
The Canadian Peace Alliance, Canada's largest peace network stands in solidarity with the Elsipogtog First Nation and is calling on all our member groups and supporters to participate in ongoing actions and protests. The violent attack by the RCMP on peaceful protesters is another shameful act in the long history of brutality against indigenous people and must be opposed.
- October 19, 2013, Bullet No. #889: Seize the Moment, Stand with Elsipogtog, Derrick O'Keefe
Canada's colonial past is present, however much Prime Minister Stephen Harper seeks to obfuscate the reality of the history of this land. This week has served as a prime example of how denial of past colonialism helps to perpetuate ongoing colonial relationships. The current flashpoint is the small town of Rexton, New Brunswick, where the Elsipogtog First Nation and their supporters are facing down massive RCMP repression.
- October 18, 2013: Stand With #Elsipogtog Actions
Yesterday RCMP violently attacked a peaceful blockade against fracking in New Brunswick at #Elsipogtog. Today and tomorrow, actions across the country have been announced. Don't see one near you or have one to add?
- September 29, 2013: Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the Tar Sands
The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation would like to share the following statement released by the office of the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta. It is very important to understand the long term implications this policy would have on many First Nations ability to effectively assert and meaningfully protect their lands, rights and culture.
- September 26, 2013: Indigenous rights are the best defence against Canada's resource rush, Martin Lukacs
In a boardroom in a soaring high-rise on Wall Street, Indigenous activist Arthur Manuel is sitting across from one of the most powerful financial agents in North America. It's 2004, and Manuel is on a typical mission. Part of a line of distinguished Indigenous leaders from western Canada, Manuel is what you might call an economic hit-man for the right cause. A brilliant thinker trained in law, he has devoted himself to fighting Canada's policies toward Indigenous peoples by assailing the government where it hurts most - in its pocketbook.
- August 11, 2013: The Ballad of Crowfoot
This short film examines the situation of Aboriginal people in North America through the figure of Crowfoot, the legendary 19th-century Blackfoot leader of the Plains. A rapid montage of archival photos, etchings and contemporary newspaper clippings is married to the words and music of an impassioned ballad written by Micmac singer and songwriter Willie Dunn.
- August 9, 2013: The Bell of Batoche is repatriated to the Métis people, Roger Annis
On Saturday, July 20, the Bell of Batoche was unveiled and formally restored to the Métis people of western Canada at the 128th gathering of the Back to Batoche festival in Batoche, Saskatchewan. Several thousand people were on hand to witness the historic unveiling. The town sits on the South Saskatchewan River, north and east of Saskatoon.
- July 3, 2013: 4th Annual Healing Walk
The tar sands are growing out of control, destroying the climate for all Canadians and poisoning the water of everyone living downstream.
- July 2, 2013: Week of Enbridge Tar Sands Actions
Protesters across Canada engaged in civil disobedience in solidarity with Swamp Line 9 activists in Hamilton, Ontario; Toronto activists target Ontario courthouse - July 1.
- July 1, 2013: Idle No More
Idle No More calls on all people to join in a Peaceful Revolution. To honour Indigenous sovereignty and to protect the land and water. The new website is part of a planned summer of action to step up the fight for Indigenous, sovereign rights in Canada and to highlight the interconnected struggles against the worldwide, corporate destruction of the Earth's biosphere.
- June 26, 2013: Sovereignty Summer Launch, Clayton Thomas-Muller
Clayton Thomas-Muller -- #SovSummer National Campaigner gives speech at Canadian Parliament on National Aboriginal Day -- Welcoming of Sacred Walkers, June 21, 2013 to announce the official launch of Joint Campaign "Sovereignty Summer" of Defenders of the Land and Idle No More!
- March 21, 2013: First Nations say they will fight oilsands, pipeline
An alliance of First Nations leaders is preparing to fight proposed new pipelines in the courts and through unspecified direct action. Native leaders from Canada and the United States were on Parliament Hill on Wednesday to underline opposition to both the Northern Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines.
- March 20, 2013: Idle No More, Defenders of the Land form alliance, call for 'Sovereignty Summer'
Idle No More has joined forces with Defenders of the Land and the new alliance plans to launch 'escalating action' during what is being called the 'Sovereignty Summer,' according to a draft joint declaration obtained by APTN National News. The alliance has been endorsed by Jessica Gordon, Sylvia McAdam, Sheelah McLean and Nina Wilson, the four founders of Idle No More, along with the movement's lead organizers, provincial and territorial chapters.
- March 19, 2013: Awesome in the real sense
David Kawapit Jr. is a name that everyone who cares about this country deserves to know. This young man, a 17-year-old Cree from the isolated community Whapmagoostui on Hudson Bay in northern Quebec, decided it would be a good idea to walk 1,600 kilometres to Ottawa in support of the Idle No More movement. Some of his friends joined him.
- March 18, 2013: Scapegoat for a movement? Ron Plain struggles to fight charges for Idle No More action, Ethan Cox
Of all the myriad and varied actions, blockades and events which have taken place since the Idle No More movement came together late last year, only one has resulted in charges being laid. This is the story of the only person in the country facing legal consequences for his role in Idle No More, and his efforts to raise enough money to pay for his defence.
- March 13, 2013: Canada's Idle No More Indigenous Movement Sets Stage for Latin American Involvement
Idle No More, started in late 2012 as an aboriginal movement to block regressive legislation threatening indigenous, territorial and treaty claims in Canada, has quickly become a worldwide vehicle for indigenous peoples' rights and environmental complaints. By early 2013 It has attracted significant attention from Latin American quarters.
- March 12, 2013: Dancing the World into Being
Naomi Klein speaks with writer, spoken-word artist, and indigenous academic Leanne Betasamosake Simpson about 'extractivism,' why it's important to talk about memories of the land, and what's next for Idle No More.
- February 16, 2013: Tar Sands Resistance in Canada
This is an interview with John Riddell, a Canadian activist working against the Line 9 Tar Sands Pipeline going through Ontario. John talks about what's at stake with the tar sands and what's being done to resist it, with a special emphasis on indigenous activity and the Idle No More movement.
- February 15, 2013: What do Indians want?, Thomas King
Great question. The problem is it's the wrong question to ask. While there are certainly Indians in North America, the Indians of this particular question don't exist. The Indians of this question are "the Indian" that Canada and the United States have created for themselves. And as long as the question is asked in that way, there will never be the possibility of an answer. Better to ask what the Lubicon Cree of Alberta want or the Brantford Mohawk of Ontario or the Zuni of New Mexico or the Hupa of northern California or the Tlingit of Alaska.
- February 8, 2013: New Year, New Beginnings -- Launch of "ITS" Campaign
It is with great pleasure that we announce the launching of the new Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign (ITSC). Since its inception, the ITSC has been a project of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) based in the United States, and we have enjoyed working with IEN while the program has grown and developed. However, given the realities of organizing in Canada we have decided that this campaign needs to be based in Canada with a Canadian fiscal sponsor to help administer the program and help ensure its financial viability and management needs.
- February 7, 2013: More Info on Attawapiskat Blockade of De Beers Diamond Mine
The mining company De Beers is trying to find out more about why a small group of people from Attawapiskat is blocking the road to its diamond mine, 90 kilometres west of the community. Up to eight people who say they want Attawapiskat's Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) with De Beers to be reviewed have been blocking the road to the mine since Monday.
- February 2, 2013: When crisis becomes opportunity
Yesterday morning, I happened upon a Toronto Star article that woke me quicker than my morning coffee. The article featured a Conservative MP and Senator taking turns insulting Attiwapiskat Chief Teresa Spence after her six week hunger strike. In the world of public low blows, these were among the dirtiest I've seen.
- January 31, 2013: Idle No More starts to idle...
January 28 was Idle No More's 'Global Day of Action,' yet another in a series of rallies meant to put pressure on the Canadian government to rescind Bill C-45 and engage in 'meaningful dialogue' with Native peoples. The date was chosen as it is the day when members of parliament resume sitting in the House of Commons, located in Ottawa. Unlike previous days of action, this one was also called with Common Causes, a new (and little heard of) coalition that includes the Council of Canadians, environmentalist and labour groups.
- January 31, 2013: Dispossessing democracy
As Parliament resumes, Stephen Harper has made it clear that he remains committed to implementing Bill C-45 in the face of widespread social protest. But thanks, in part, to Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples are now working together, through the Idle No More movement, to grow a strong oppositional alliance against the Harper government, and Bill C-45 has become something of a lightning rod for criticism.
- January 31, 2013, Bullet No. #768: Choosing Not to Look Away: Confronting Colonialism in Canada, Monique Woroniak and David Camfield
Canada has "no history of colonialism." So said Stephen Harper in 2009. Today the Idle No More movement is shouting down this lie through actions both creative and courageous. In its place, it is telling Canadians at large what some of us have always known: that the country we live in was founded as -- and continues to be -- a colonial-settler state.
- January 29, 2013, Bullet No. #767: The High Stakes of Native Resistance, Geneviève Beaudet and Pierre Beaudet
The blossoming of the Idle No More movement signals the return of native resistance to the political and social landscape of Canada and Quebec. With its origins in Saskatchewan in October 2012, this mass movement has taken on the federal government and more specifically the adoption of Bill C-45.
- January 25, 2013: Two Uprisings, Justin Podur
In 2009, military scholar Douglas Bland predicted that the frustrations of Canada's indigenous people would boil over into an uprising. At the end of 2012, as Idle No More grew, it appeared that Bland was right. But also, that he was wrong. The question of what he got right, and wrong, can tell us a lot about how the Canadian establishment views First Nations.
- January 23, 2013: York U: Idle No More
Idle No More comes to York University in Toronto. This movement for aboriginal rights and recognition and a sustainable future for all peoples is in its first phase only.
- January 23, 2013: "Remain United with One Another", Leonard Peltier
It has come to my attention in the last week or so that a lot of our young people and women especially are standing up in support of our Indigenous Brothers and Sisters in Canada. It really does my heart good to see the activism and concern of the different generations of People coming together There is great potential for educating those who don't know about the perils that face our environment.
- January 21, 2013, Bullet No. #763: The Greatest Swindle in Toronto's History, Mick Sweetman
Toronto exists because of one of the biggest swindles you can think of. In 1787, the British Crown first made what was known as the Toronto Purchase from the Mississaugas who were the Indigenous Peoples in the region. However, this was no tidy real estate transaction, the deed for the original purchase was left blank, the exact size of land was unclear and the names of Mississauga chiefs were attached to it by separate pieces of paper.
- January 20, 2013: In any liberation movement there are internal and external struggles
We are living in exciting times, with large numbers of people clearly fed up and taking action, no longer content to wait for the right moment or the right ideas or the right leadership to tell them what to do. Whether we think of Occupy, the Arab Spring, or the current Idle No More upsurge, spontaneity and taking a stand seem to be the order of the day. For those of us have lived through less exuberant times, it is a welcome change. That said, this new environment that clearly comes with its own potential pitfalls and weaknesses.
- January 19, 2013: Palestinians in Solidarity with Idle No More and Indigenous Rights
Indigenous people have risen up across Canada in the Idle No More movement, a mass call for Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination and rights, against colonization, racism, injustice, and oppression. As Palestinians, who struggle against settler colonialism, occupation and apartheid in our homeland and for the right of Palestinian refugees -- the majority of our people -- to return to our homeland, we stand in solidarity with the Idle No More movement of Indigenous peoples and its call for justice, dignity, decolonization and protection of the land, waters and resources.
- January 19, 2013: Ron Bourgeault
Metis sociologist Ron Bourgeault was born at North Battleford, Saskatchewan, the son of Jules Bourgeault and Marjorie Brintal. He currently teaches sociology at the University of Regina and previously taught Indian Studies at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College in Regina. He completed his M.A. at the University of Regina in 1986 and is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology.
- January 19, 2013: Oily Chiefs, Idle No More, and the AFN
To fully understand the phenomenon of Idle No More, you must imagine two parallel universes. In one, INM is comprised of good-hearted grassroots Native people responding to a call to oppose Bill C-45 and to protect the land and water of their traditional territories. In the other, however, are chiefs using the mobilization to achieve their political & economic agenda, an agenda that includes partnering with corporations seeking to exploit oil and gas resources on reserve lands.
- January 19, 2013: IdleNoMore: We will be back
Three rail blockades launched in British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario were expected to end by late evening Wednesday on a day that saw rallies sweep across the country along with altercations between motorists and protesters. The blockade in Manitoba, which was about 90 km west of Winnipeg, wound down at around 4 p.m. local time, said former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson. In Ontario, a rail blockade launched between Belleville, Ont., and Kingston, Ont., by about a dozen Mohawks from Tyendinaga also wrapped up by 7 p.m. local time.
- January 18, 2013: IdleNoMore protests wrap after day of blocked highways, rail lines
Aboriginals and their supporters blocked bridges, slowed traffic on highways and stalled a rail line as the Idle No More movement flexed its public muscles in a show of solidarity. Amid pleas from aboriginal leaders for civility on both sides, peaceful protest appeared to be the order of the day, but motives varied. Some groups spoke of their own land claims, others decried the federal government's changes to environmental oversight. Still more spoke of the need to honour all First Nations treaties.
- January 18, 2013: Nelson says Canadian government only listens when challenged
Former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson led a blockade to shut down a rail line in Manitoba as part of the National Day of Action Wednesday.
- January 18, 2013: Idle No More
The Idle No More movement in Canada, a nationwide call to action by aboriginals, has gained significant momentum in recent weeks. 'Canada has consistently failed to live up to its obligations .... There is not a lot of good faith all the way around in this relationship.' - Pamela Palmater, a spokesperson for the Idle No More movement. It all began as opposition to a far-reaching set of laws introduced by Stephen Harper, Canada's prime minister. The movement says that among other provisions, Omnibus Bill C-45 threatens aboriginal treaty agreements and sovereignty.
- January 18, 2013: Paul Martin says Ottawa has 'no understanding' of native issues
Paul Martin has a keen interest in the issues raised by the Idle No More movement. As Canada's 21st prime minister, Martin oversaw the signing of the 2005 Kelowna Accord, which envisioned the investment of $5 billion over 10 years for education and social welfare programs for aboriginal Canadians. The project fell apart when Stephen Harper took over that year as prime minister, and cut the funding.
- January 18, 2013: First Nations taxation
I've been struggling with what to write next, given the unreal amount of attention my last blog post got. I felt some pressure to use the attention to get a message out...but what do I say, where do I start? How can I top a 'big picture' article like one by Wayne Spear, which address so much of what I've been trying to say in my responses to comments?
- January 17, 2013: Checking the right wing's math on First Nations tax exemptions
Apparently, some Canadians find it troubling that some First Nations citizens do not pay taxes. This supposed unfairness is the subject of frequent criticism. For example, the Frontier Centre for Public Policy reprinted an article (originally appearing in C2C Journal) reading: 'Tax relief and tax reform must be based on the principle of fairness. Taxes should be based on income; meaning if people do not pay taxes, it should be because they are too poor to pay, not because of their ancestry.' The Canadian Taxpayers Federation puts it more succinctly: 'Income--not race or ancestry--is the only valid basis for a tax exemption.'
- January 16, 2013: Karl Marx and the Iroquois, Franklin Rosemont
Karl Marx's Ethnological Notebooks - notes for a major study he never lived to write. These extensively annotated excerpts from the works of Lewis Henry Morgan and others are a jigsaw puzzle for which we have to reinvent the missing pieces out of our own research and revery and above all, our own revolutionary activity. Typically although the existence of the notebooks has been known since Marx's death in 1883, they were published integrally for the first time only eighty-nine years later, and then only in a highly priced edition aimed at specialists.
- January 15, 2013: Atleo humbled, native solidarity shattered -- advantage Harper
The very least Stephen Harper can do for Shawn Atleo is give the poor man a job in the PMO. What is he but the national chief of the Disassembly of First Nations? Atleo has earned a spot on the Harper Team for three reasons.
- January 15, 2013: Know Your Rights: A treaty primer for non-natives
In Canada today, most people associate treaty rights with Indigenous people. And some consider treaty rights to be 'special privileges,' which set their recipients apart from mainstream society. In fact, the majority of people living in Canada today have treaty rights and responsibilities.
- January 15, 2013: Idle No More, Enbridge No More
Friday was an historic day for the struggle of Indigenous peoples in Canada, as the #J11 global day of action inspired by Idle No More saw over 250 actions take place worldwide. Much of the media discussion, however, has been on the 'divisions' -- all because AFN Grand Chief Shawn Atleo and others met with Harper while many Chiefs boycotted the brief session with the prime minister.
- January 14, 2013: A day of protests and a closed-door meeting: What was accomplished?
On Friday January 11 there was a three hour 'Government-First Nations' meeting in the impenetrable Langevin Building that houses the Prime Minister's inner sanctum and a day of Aboriginal protests across the country. At the end of it all, Canada's First Nations people remain largely poor and marginalized.
- January 14, 2013: AFN releases 8 items of consensus presented to PM Harper
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn Atleo, together with the AFN National Executive today released the following statement expressing the need to continue all efforts to achieve the transformative change required for First Nations in Canada:
First Nations United For Real Change
Through decades of advocacy by First Nations leaders, we have been unwavering.
- January 13, 2013: What is the Idle No More Movement ... Really?
I have been honoured by the request of the Idle No More Founders to be one of their organizers and spokespersons. Working within this movement was a natural extension of the work we already do in First Nations with leaders and citizens. In the last few weeks, many of the media's questions related to how the movement started, what do we want and where it might be headed. I have done my best as one of the spokespeople to answer these questions based on the views shared with me by some of those in the movement.
- January 13, 2013: Idle No More flexes its muscles in day of action
Idle No More again flexed its muscles across the country yesterday, the third and largest Indigenous day of action since the grassroots movement began one month ago, on International Human Rights Day. Blockades, round dances and protests sprouted in dozens of cities from coast to coast, bringing Native and non-Native supporters out into the streets to demand a fundamental change in the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples.
- January 13, 2013: Not Forgotten!, Tannis Nielsen
Not forgotten! is a visual, oratorical form of resistance against "cognitive imperialism." Both the artwork and the writing, serve as sights of testimony against the structures that enforced the "forgetting" of localized histories. In writing about this work, I attempt to deconstruct / decolonize the structures of English literacy by utilizing an anti-colonial "first-voice" Indigenous perspective. I choose sovereignty in writing with the recognition that "language carries culture and the language of the colonizer became the means by which the mental universe of the colonized was dominated."
- January 12, 2013: First Nations: The media misses the point -- again
In the game of cowboys and Indians that's been played by Stephen Harper and a fasting aboriginal woman, the cowboys, as usual, are winning -- in the short term. In the movies, they win because they have carbines and six-guns. The Indians have the bow and arrow, no saddles, and superb horsemanship.
- January 12, 2013: Idle No More -- Think Occupy, But With Deep Deep Roots
I don't claim to know exactly what's going on with #IdleNoMore, the surging movement of indigenous activists that started late last year in Canada and is now spreading across the continent -- much of the action, from hunger strikes to road and rail blockades, is in scattered and remote places, and even as people around the world plan for solidarity actions on Friday, the press has done a poor job of bringing it into focus.
- January 12, 2013: Fiery Speech on Native Rights, Solidarity, George Erasmus
This fiery speech by native leader George Erasmus is an indicator of what has yet to happen. The emotion and raw aggression in his voice is firm and clear. The ability to use your voice to relay our inherent and indigenous rights is important and our leaders of today and tomorrow must speak the same path of understanding of current and future issues.
- January 12, 2013: Mr. Harper, one short meeting won't end native protests
Friday's meeting between Stephen Harper and a delegation of first nations leaders, at which the Prime Minister will be present for barely a few hours, will produce rhetorical gestures at best, if it does not fall apart entirely. Those who expect this meeting to halt the native protests don't understand the Idle No More movement.
- January 11, 2013: Federal government trying to silence Aboriginal media in the North
The largest Aboriginal broadcaster in the Northwest Territories is accusing the federal government of trying to shut down Aboriginal media in the North. CKLB claims the feds are making the funding process too complicated and drawn out in order to make them give up and shut their doors.
- January 11, 2013: Who are the Metis?, David Boisvert, Keith Turnbull
The Metis are an aboriginal people with a long and important history in Canada - a people that has had its aboriginal rights denied for too long. This article describes how the Metis emerged and developed in the various parts of Canada, particularly the Northwest. It also describes how, in the Northwest, they were cheated out of their aboriginal rights, and elsewhere denied them entirely.
- January 11, 2013: Idle No More: Journalists on the Wrong Side of History
One of the great hazards of journalism is that a writer may come down commandingly on the wrong side of history. The Idle No More movement provides just such an opportunity, for the risk is most pronounced when a marginalized group undertakes to struggle against some social or political orthodoxy. Thankfully, some writers possess a special kind of superhuman resolve which enables them to resist the temptations of prudence and generousity in the face of social change. At least for a while.
- January 11, 2013: #J11 Global Day of Action
- January 11, 2013, Bullet No. #757: Austerity and Aboriginal Communities: An Interview with David Newhouse, Carlo Fanelli
The Tory budget has done little if nothing to address housing issues faced by Indigenous peoples and is subsequently continuing a trend of inequality thereby subtly forcing Indigenous communities to assimilate in attempts to escape impoverished conditions. To what extent would you agree with such a proposition? If so, in what ways is the current budget a continuation of past attempts to assimilate Indigenous communities in Canada?
- January 10, 2013: Canadian authorities must start meaningful dialogue with aboriginal leaders
A United Nations independent expert today urged the Canadian Government to establish a meaningful dialogue with the country's aboriginal leaders in light of recent protests. 'I am encouraged by reports that Prime Minister Steven Harper has agreed to meet with First Nations Chiefs and leadership on 11 January 2013 to discuss issues related to aboriginal and treaty rights as well as economic development,' said the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya.
- January 10, 2013: We natives are deeply divided. There's nothing wrong with that
I often find myself surrounded by Mohawks. I've worked in Six Nations territory for the balance of my career and many good friends are Haudenosaunee. In fact, despite being Anishinaabe I often find myself identifying with the two-row wampum or Great Law of Peace. But there are also things I just don't get about those Mohawks (and Cayugas, Oneidas, etc.). They like to claim Anishinaabe land despite overwhelming evidence that it's ours; they make political appeals to peace, power and righteousness, us to truth, humility and love; and curiously, when they round dance, they do it in the opposite direction!
- January 10, 2013: From Occupy to Idle No More
My first experience with the Idle No More phenomenon came on Dec. 21, 2012, at Toronto's Yonge and Dundas Square. The sight of round dances and the sound of drum circles offered a stark contrast to the flashing lights and billboards that surround the city's commercial epicenter. (Think Times Square.) While the action that day -- marking the end of the ancient Mayan calendar -- was one of the more publicized INM events to date, it represents only one of literally hundreds of mobilizations by this growing movement, which has produced rallies, teach-ins, sacred fires, blockades, hunger strikes and occupations since its humble beginning among four aboriginal women from Saskatoon early in October of last year. From there, it has grown to become the largest and longest peaceful aboriginal uprising in Canadian history, with events being held in solidarity around the world.
- January 10, 2013, Bullet No. #756: Harper Launches Major First Nations Termination Plan, Russell Diabo
On September 4th the Harper government clearly signaled its intention to: 1) Focus all its efforts to assimilate First Nations into the existing federal and provincial orders of government of Canada; 2) Terminate the constitutionally protected and internationally recognized Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty rights of First Nations.
- January 9, 2013: Two Alberta First Nations Take Federal Government To Court Over Omnibus Budget Bills
Another day, another set of new aboriginal challenges for the Harper government. Two First Nations from Alberta filed court documents Tuesday seeking a judicial review of controversial Conservative omnibus budget legislation that makes significant changes to environmental protection and assessment.
- January 9, 2013: Stephen Harper prepares to fail his biggest test as PM
Prime Minister Stephen Harper may be facing the defining issue of his regime. As he prepares for Friday's meeting with First Nations leaders, he faces the strongest public opposition to his core agenda that he has seen in his seven years in office, one that is widespread, motivated, and legally empowered. I am not speaking of a hidden agenda, but one that is plain to any observer.
- January 9, 2013, Bullet No. #755: Shared Hardships and Concerns Bind the Fates of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and Haitians, Roger Annis
A social and political rights movement of Indigenous people is rising across Canada and making international headlines. Protests by the 'Idle No More' movement began last month and continue to grow. The movement has rallied daily across the country in shopping malls, at U.S. border crossings and on major railway lines.
- January 8, 2013: What if Natives Stop Subsidizing Canada?
There is a prevailing myth that Canada's more than 600 First Nations and native communities live off of money -- subsidies -- from the Canadian government. This myth, though it is loudly proclaimed and widely believed, is remarkable for its boldness; widely accessible, verifiable facts show that the opposite is true. Indigenous people have been subsidizing Canada for a very long time.
- January 8, 2013: Federal Court grants rights to Métis, non-status Indians
The federal government's responsibilities for aboriginal peoples just got a whole lot bigger. After more than 13 years of legal wrangling, the Federal Court ruled on Tuesday that Métis and non-status Indians are indeed 'Indians' under a section of the Constitution Act, and fall under federal jurisdiction. The decision helps to clarify the relationship between Ottawa and the more than 600,000 aboriginal people who are not affiliated with specific reserves.
- January 8, 2013: Idle No More: A profound social movement that is already succeeding
I haven't written about Idle No More yet because I am inspired by the plethora of Indigenous voices that we are finally hearing across the country, including of late in the mainstream media. If I learned anything from the women's movement it is that we have to speak for ourselves not be represented by others, however well meaning and supportive.
- January 8, 2013: Idle No More in context: A history of resistance
Much has been said recently in the media about the relationship between the inspiring expression of Indigenous resurgent activity informing the #IdleNoMore movement and the heightened decade of Native activism that led Canada to establish the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) in 1991. I offer this short analysis of the historical context that led to RCAP in an effort to get a better sense of the transformative possibilities in our present moment of struggle.
- January 8, 2013: Facts are facts: The ugly truth about the Crown-First Nations relationship
The ugly truths about Canada's relationship with its Aboriginal peoples do not seem to get better from year to year. Many of the facts we've related in this space over the past year and a half remain all-too relevant today. 'Developing country' standard of living Here is one of those facts. The research institute, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS), did a study of the economic situation of the 300,000 on-reserve aboriginal people.
- January 4, 2013: Idle No More spreading beyond Canada's borders
The aboriginal movement known as Idle No More continued to gain strength beyond Canada's borders on Tuesday as activists embarked on a public relations blitz in the United States. Pamela Palmater, one of the leaders of the movement, travelled to Washington, D.C. to give interviews to the U.S. media. She said the goal of the media campaign was to raise awareness internationally and force Prime Minister Stephen Harper to act.
- January 4, 2013: Indigenous Peoples in Canada Launch Blockades and Actions in Support of Chief's Hunger Strike
Hunger strike by Chief Theresa Spence against new government legislation and long term denial of indigenous rights sparks nation wide movement.
- January 4, 2013: Crown-First Nations Gathering: The Harper Government and AFN Politics, Russell Diabo
I observed the Crown-First Nations Gathering from the media room in the building where the high profile event was held. From that vantage point, I was able to watch how the National Press Gallery media were discussing and interpreting the "Gathering" among themselves. Of course there were also some "Aboriginal" media there as well, such as APTN and several radio and print journalists. As could be expected the building was under tight security, media had to be escorted into the main room where the plenary opening session was being held. First Nations leaders had to be in
their seats by the time the Governor General and the Prime Minister arrived.
- January 3, 2013: Breaking Down the Indian Act, Russell Diabo
Times they are a changing and I'm sure that most of you are feeling the movement in one way or another. If you are Native, you are probably on the front lines of this change, even some non Natives are too. If you live elsewhere in the world, you've probably not been exposed to the massive transformation taking place in Canada over the past couple of weeks. Human rights are at an all time low over here and a grassroots movement called Idle No More (#idlenomore) has been gaining momentum.
- January 2, 2013: Indigenous Peoples Web Resources
A selection of articles dealing with Colonization, Capitalism and Canada Learning Resources.
- January 2, 2013: Art Sterritt shows the creative potential of Indigenous social initiatives
Speaking in Toronto, November 17, conference against tar sands pipelines, Art Sterritt of the Coastal First Nations in British Columbia gave a dramatic account of his peoples' initiatives for ecological justice in the province. Sterritt is among the main spokespersons of the powerful campaign in B.C. against tar sands pipelines.
- January 2, 2013: Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Walks to Parliament Hill
KI community member, Mark T. Anderson will walk from Queen's Park to Parliament Hill starting 8am on Wednesday to say no to continued treaty violations by the federal government.
- January 1, 2013: First Nations chiefs contemplate 'breach of treaty' declarations
First Nations leaders have discussed plans to launch country-wide economic disruptions by the middle of January if Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn't agree to hunger-striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence's demand for a treaty meeting, APTN National News has learned. During three days of meetings and teleconferences, chiefs from across the country discussed a plan setting Jan. 16 as the day to launch a campaign of indefinite economic disruptions, including railway and highway blockades, according to two chiefs who were involved in the talks who requested anonymity.
- January 1, 2013: Chief Spence Calls for Indian Act Chiefs to 'Take Control' of Grassroots Movement, Zig Zag
During a Dec. 30 press conference on her 20th day of hunger striking, Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence called on other Indian Act chiefs to take control of the grassroots movement, stating in a written text: "First Nations leadership needs to take charge and control of the situation on behalf of the grassroots movement." It would appear to be a poor political move on her part, revealing the historical role of the Indian Act band councils in controlling Indigenous peoples and suppressing any real grassroots resistance.
- January 1, 2013: Harper's gamble with First Nations' rage
As the old year passes, Stephen Harper faces a dilemma: If he can't attend at Chief Theresa's Spence's teepee, how could he possibly attend her funeral? And yet, if she should starve herself to death because the PM refuses to meet with her, how could he stay away?
- December 31, 2012: Idle No More movement just the tip of the iceberg
I heard the drums in Edmonton's river valley last Thursday. I was at home, and I wasn't going anywhere because it was around thirty below outside. But a windchill of -30 didn't stop several hundred indigenous Albertans from marching across the river, round dancing in the streets, in protest of the federal government. The Idle No More movement was formed in November by four Aboriginal women in Saskatchewan. Its stated goal is to assert native sovereignty over native lands. It has picked up steam, spreading across the nation, and coming to encompass a litany of native contentions.
- December 31, 2012: Tyendinaga Mohawks launch temporary rail blockade on main line between Toronto, Montreal
About three dozen Mohawks from Tyendinaga blocked the main rail line between Toronto and Montreal for several hours Sunday in support of hunger-striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and the Idle No More movement. The move forced CN to suspend all rail traffic along the line. The blockade stranded about 2,000 passengers, said VIA Rail in a statement to media.
- December 31, 2012: Debunking Blatchford and other anti-Native ideologues on Idle No More, Harsha Walia
Christie Blatchford seems to have a penchant for horse manure. In her vitriolic piece about Attawapiskat Cree Chief Theresa Spence, who is entering the twenty-first day of hunger strike on Monday, Blatchford writes, "all around her, the inevitable cycle of hideous puffery and horse manure that usually accompanies native protests swirls." In 2006, she wrote an equally disgraceful and racist puff piece equating Muslims with terrorism, deriding men in beards and women in burkas, declaring that the Islamic Foundation of Toronto "had a sea of horse manure emanating from the building."
- December 31, 2012: First Nations chief Theresa Spence calls for solidarity protests
As First Nations Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike continues, the chief called for weekend solidarity protests from all Canadians to force Prime Minister Stephen Harper to meet with her and other native leaders angered by his policies. While Idle No More protests have been staged in various communities over the past two weeks -- a movement aiming to repair existing violations to the treaty relationship -- this is the Attawapiskat chief's first time calling for action.
- December 31, 2012: Palestinians Endorse Idle No More
American Indians and Palestinians have supported each other's struggle since at least the 1970s when the American Indian Movement hosted a delegation of leaders from the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
- December 31, 2012: Solidarity with Chief Spence and Idle No More
The Socialist Party of Ontario wishes to express its total and unequivocal support not only for the heroic Chief Theresa Spence, but also for the growing Idle No More movement and its campaign of public resistance to the Harper government. Canada is a nation founded on colonial expropriation and cultural assimilation. Our society exists only due to the genocidal policies of our forebears.
- December 31, 2012: Indigenous Women at the (Eaton) Centre
Recorded December 30 in Toronto. #IdleNoMore
- December 30, 2012: Arrange meeting requested by Chief Spence, Lawyers Rights Watch Canada tells PM
We write to urge that you immediately arrange a meeting as requested by Chief Theresa Spence. Chief Spence wants a meeting on a Nation to Nation basis with the Prime Minister, the Crown, and the Provincial and Territorial leaders along with all the First Nations leaders to discuss First Nations' inherent and treaty rights. The critical issues sought to be discussed are of concern not only to First Nations peoples in Canada but to all Canadians. Chief Spence has called on you to carry out your duties as the Prime Minister of Canada in a manner that accords with your duty to promote, maintain and protect the rule of democratically constituted law.
- December 30, 2012: Seton Lake blockade CN Rail line in solidarity with Chief Spence, Sarnia blockade
A blockade of a CN Rail main freight line is going into its third day north of Vancouver. Chief Garry John of the Seton Lake Indian Band says community members put up the blockade Friday at 3 p.m. in solidarity with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike that began Dec. 11 in Ottawa. John said the rail line is the main route for CN from North Vancouver and Prince George. They are positioned near the mile 138 marker.
- December 30, 2012: Idle no more gaining momentum and forming plan action
International Human Rights Day was December 10 and marked the beginning of what has since become a stand of solidarity between Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island and allies known as Idle No More.
- December 30, 2012: Why we are Idle No More
The Idle No More movement, which has swept the country over the holidays, took most Canadians, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government, by surprise. That is not to say that Canadians have never seen a native protest before, as most of us recall Oka, Burnt Church and Ipperwash.
- December 29, 2012: IdleNoMore in Historical Context, Glen Coulthard
Much has been said recently in the media about the relationship between the inspiring expression of Indigenous resurgent activity at the core of the #IdleNoMore movement and the heightened decade of Native activism that led Canada to establish the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in 1991. I offer this short analysis of the historical context that led to RCAP in an effort to get a better sense of the transformative political possibilities in our present moment of struggle.
- December 28, 2012: Québec solidaire appuie la grande chef Theresa Spence
Québec solidaire donne son appui à la grande chef d'Attawapiskat, Theresa Spence, qui tient une grève de la faim depuis le 11 décembre. Françoise David, porte-parole du parti, enjoint au premier ministre Stephen Harper d'accepter la demande de rencontre de Mme Spence. Elle demande également au gouvernement du Parti Québécois de faire des représentations en ce sens.
- December 27, 2012: Idle No More: Indigenous-Led Protests Sweep Canada
A new campaign for indigenous rights and environmental justice is spreading across Canada. The 'Idle No More' movement began as a series of protests against a controversial government budget bill, but has since expanded into a nationwide movement for political transformation. Aboriginal and environmental activists are calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to honor treaties with aborigines; open dialogue with environmentalists; and reject tar sands pipelines that would infiltrate First Nation territories.
- December 27, 2012: Chief Spence's message to FN youth
Message recorded on Dec. 25, 2012 in support of youth reclaiming cultural practices and ceremony such as drumming.
- December 27, 2012: Support Pours In As 'Idle No More' Movement Steams Ahead
The indigenous rights movement Idle No More continued its national campaign on Wednesday, holding demonstrations at shopping malls across Canada, blocking streets in major cities, and maintaining a rail blockade with promises of more.
- December 27, 2012: Quick round-up of #IdleNoMore reading
For journalists coming back from holidays who find themselves thrust into Idle No More coverage, here's a quick round-up of background stories and reading.
- December 26, 2012: Justice at stake: Chief Theresa Spence passes Day 15 of hunger strike
Launched in the shadows of Parliament Hill two weeks ago, the hunger strike by Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence goes on. There is little to be heard from the federal government or Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but a cowardly silence. Chief Spence said she is willing to die in an attempt to get the federal government and aboriginal leaders to discuss the treaty process and make fundamental changes.
- December 26, 2012: Palestinians in Solidarity with Idle No More and Indigenous Rights
Indigenous people have risen up across Canada in the Idle No More movement, a mass call for Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination and rights, against colonization, racism, injustice, and oppression. As Palestinians, who struggle against settler colonialism, occupation and apartheid in our homeland and for the right of Palestinian refugees - the majority of our people - to return to our homeland, we stand in solidarity with the Idle No More movement of Indigenous peoples and its call for justice, dignity, decolonization and protection of the land, waters and resources.
- December 26, 2012: First Nations Under Surveillance
Internal documents from Indian Affairs and the RCMP show that shortly after being elected in January of 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had the federal government intensify the gathering and sharing of intelligence on First Nations. This was done so that the government could anticipate and manage potential First Nation unrest across Canada.
- December 25, 2012: IdleNoMore in Historical Context
Much has been said recently in the media about the relationship between the inspiring expression of Indigenous resurgent activity at the core of the #IdleNoMore movement and the heightened decade of Native activism that led Canada to establish the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) in 1991. I offer this short analysis of the historical context that led to RCAP in an effort to get a better sense of the transformative political possibilities in our present moment of struggle.
- December 25, 2012: Idle No More: A crucial call for justice
Grassroots rallies across Canada under the banner 'Idle No More' have put the spotlight on a federal legislative agenda that is trampling the rights of Indigenous peoples set out in domestic and international law. Bill C-45, the omnibus budget bill, introduced changes to the Indian Act, including measures that would make it easier for First Nations to 'surrender' their lands, even without the support of the majority of their members.
- December 25, 2012: As Chief Spence starves, Canadians awaken from idleness and remember their roots
I woke up just past midnight with a bolt. My six-month-old son was crying. He has a cold - the second of his short life-and his blocked nose frightens him. I was about to get up when he started snoring again. I, on the other hand, was wide awake. A single thought entered my head: Chief Theresa Spence is hungry.
- December 24, 2012: First Nation blockade of CN track in Sarnia, Ont., into 4th day
The CN Rail blockade in Sarnia, Ont., by First Nations activists is into its fourth day with still no end in sight. Dozens of Aamjiwnaang First Nation members set up camp on and around the railroad track Friday as part of national anti-government demonstrations. Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley says police do not plan to shut down the blockade as long as no one gets hurt.
- December 23, 2012: A Tribe Called Red - The Road
In solidarity with Idle No More and Chief Theresa Spence.
- December 23, 2012: IdleNoMore Winnipeg Polo Park Round Dance
Its a movement called Idle No More ( #idlenomore on twitter), its in protest of The Omnibus Bill by the Harper Govt in Canada.
- December 23, 2012: Harper: Act Now Before Chief Theresa Spence Dies
Chief Theresa Spence hasn't eaten in over 11 days. The weather has taken a big turn for the worse and her tent home on Victoria Island is far from ideal. With Christmas week upon us, there is a real danger that the war room gamers in the Prime Minister's office will think they can simply wait this one out. It would be a terrible miscalculation. Make no mistake, as Ottawa shuts down for the holidays, this hunger strike is entering a very volatile and high stakes phase.
- December 23, 2012: Idle No More in Ottawa
Sylvia McAdam speaking on Parliament Hill.
- December 22, 2012: Why 'Idle No More' is gaining strength, and why all Canadians should care
In a Dec. 16 editorial, the Star rightly called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to meet with Chief Theresa Spence, now in her 10th day of a hunger strike. It rightly drew attention to the ongoing housing crisis at Attawapiskat First Nation. Yet, it missed the big picture. Spence's hunger strike is not just about Attawapiskat. It is not just about housing or school funding. And it is not just about the omnibus budget Bill C-45, which eliminates federally protected waterways and facilitates the sale of reserve lands without consultation. It is about all of that and more.
- December 22, 2012: Canada Slammed for Abysmal Human Rights Crisis
Canada is failing to address serious human rights concerns within the country, particularly for its indigenous populations, Amnesty International reports Wednesday. Following three UN committees on racial discrimination, prevention of torture, and children's rights, which reveal a 'range' of 'ongoing and serious human rights challenges,' Amnesty called on the Canadian government to acknowledge the country's rights abuses and swiftly implement policy changes.
- December 21, 2012: Aboriginal rights movement Idle No More spreads beyond First Nations community
Theresa Spence gets dizzy if she walks more than a few steps. The Attawapiskat chief is getting weaker as her hunger strike is in its second week, but Spence says she won't eat until Prime Minister Stephen Harper agrees to meet with her and other aboriginal leaders across Canada. Since she began her protest, Spence has spent her days in isolation on the tiny aboriginal territory of Victoria Island, which sits across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill.
- December 21, 2012: CLC supports Chief Theresa Spence
The Canadian Labour Congress supports Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario, who is on a hunger strike in Ottawa. She is determined not to eat until granted an audience with the Prime Minister to discuss conditions on her reserve and government actions that compromise First Nations communities, land and water. We urge the Prime Minister to meet with Chief Spence. The deplorable housing situation at Attawapiskat made international headlines in 2011.
- December 21, 2012: Wave of support for Idle No More grows across Canada and beyond
With thousands expected to join a rally Friday in Ottawa, a wave of support for the Idle No More movement for Indigenous rights is spreading rapidly across Canada and beyond. In addition to the large demonstration in Ottawa, where Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence is now on Day 10 of her hunger strike, solidarity actions will take place in many locations across Canada and around the world. With support rallies as far afield as Egypt and Los Angeles, December 21 is shaping up as a global day of action.
- December 21, 2012: Canada's First Nations protest heralds a new alliance
Canada's placid winter surface has been broken by unprecedented protests by its aboriginal peoples. In just a few weeks, a small campaign launched against the Conservative government's budget bill by four aboriginal women has expanded and transformed into a season of discontent: a cultural and political resurgence.
- December 21, 2012: Resetting and Restoring the Relationship Between Indigenous Peoples and Canada, Taiaiake Alfred and Tobold Rollo
We bear witness today to an inspiring resurgence of Indigenous consciousness directed at injustices within the Canadian state. History demonstrates that such events constitute the necessary preconditions of social and political change. Two decades ago, Indigenous resistance to colonialism moved Canada to establish the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP). The goal of the commission was to establish the steps necessary for restoring a just relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples.
- December 21, 2012: Indian Act Chiefs and Idle No More: Snakes in the Grassroots?
According to the accounts of Idle No More (INM) organizers, the mobilization began in Saskatchewan when four women met and decided to organize workshops outlining what Bill C-45 was, and the threats it presented to Indigenous peoples and lands. From this humble beginning, it transformed into a national day of action, almost entirely through social media. Or so goes the dominant narrative.
- December 20, 2012: Mapping Idle No More
Idle No More is a multi-faceted movement spear headed by First Nations communities to oppose several bills being pushed through parliament, including the Bill C-45, and to unite communities in their opposition to colonialism and its attacks on indigenous peoples, and damage to the land and water. Spread through social media, communities across canada, and around the world have stood up to oppose the Harper government and fight for justice.
- December 20, 2012: Canadian Government's Suite of Bills Targeting First Nations, Russell Diabo and Pamela Palmater
Radio interview about the numerous pieces of legislation coming from the Canadian Conservative Government that directly impact First Nations. This informative talk outlines the problems with each of the bills, including the fact that there was little to no consultation with First Nations communities for these laws which specifically impact Indigenous lives.
- December 19, 2012: First Nations force their way onto Stephen Harper's 2013 agenda, Tim Harper
The movement is known as Idle No More. In the next couple of days we will learn whether this is the latest venting of aboriginal frustration in this country or whether it grows to become a sleeper issue in 2013. Aboriginal discontent could muscle its way onto Prime Minister Stephen Harper's agenda very early in the new year. The protests have been surprisingly robust, although Idle No More, born of opposition to the government's omnibus budget bill, is only days old.
- December 19, 2012: Chief Spence exclusive interview
In an interview with the CBC's Chris Rands, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence talks about her hunger strike and why she wants to meet with the prime minister.
- December 19, 2012: Letter to Chief Theresa Spence, Denis Lemelin
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers honour Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat for her courageous stand in defense of the land against the moral bankruptcy of the Canadian state. We recognize the racist and genocidal history of Canada and that the attempts to assimilate and silence Indigenous voices have been rife with failure and abuse.
- December 19, 2012: Labour unions support hunger striker Theresa Spence, urge federal government to meet
Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has now been on hunger strike for nearly a week, and she has still received no direct response to her demand for a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Many people have written, demonstrated and fasted to show their solidarity with Chief Spence. Yesterday, the Assembly of First Nations issued an urgent open letter to the prime minister, calling for a meeting. Today, two of the larger labour unions in Canada have written the following letter of support.
- December 19, 2012: Idle No More Is Not Just an 'Indian Thing', Wab Kinew
What is 'Idle No More'? It is a loosely knit political movement encompassing rallies drawing thousands of people across dozens of cities, road blocks, a shoving match on Parliament Hill between chiefs and mounties and one high profile hunger strike. It is also a meme tweeted and shared about thousands of times a day, for messages about indigenous rights, indigenous culture and cheap indigenous jokes.
- December 19, 2012: How First Nations organized against tar sands pipelines, Art Sterritt
Coastal First Nations leader explains how they won the support of 80% of British Columbians for the indigenous peoples' campaign against Enbridge's pipeline plans.
- December 18, 2012: Indigenous rights, a crisis of dependency, and political options
Protests by Canada's indigenous people continue across the country, as at least one hunger strike is into its first week. Interview with Dr Taiaiake Alfred a professor at Canada's University of Victoria, about the source of the protests, the constitutional rights of Canada's indigenous nations, and the crisis of dependency created by the relationship between the indigenous nations and the federal government. Professor Alfred teaches in the Indigenous Governance Program at the university.
- December 18, 2012: PM urged to help end first nation chief's hunger strike, Terry Pedwell
The federal opposition parties and the head of the Assembly of First Nations are urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take steps to end a prominent aboriginal leader's hunger strike before it's too late. The call came as an aboriginal elder in northern Manitoba embarked Tuesday on a separate hunger strike.
- December 18, 2012: Edmonton Flash Mob Round Dance
Video of Flash Mob Round Dance.
- December 17, 2012: Stephen Harper should meet Attawapiskat chief on hunger strike
t's a short limo drive, maybe five minutes, from Parliament Hill to Victoria Island in the middle of the Ottawa River. Heck, you could walk it in 10. So would it kill Stephen Harper to get out of his office and go meet the chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation who is staging a hunger strike on the island to get attention for her community's plight?
- December 17, 2012: Press Release Idle No More
Idle No More began with 4 women, Nina Wilson, Sheelah Mclean, Sylvia McAdam and Jessica Gordon, sharing a vision of bringing together all people to ensure we create ways of protecting Mother Earth, her lands, waters and people. The women began discussing the possible impacts that some of the legislation would carry if people do not do something. It became very evident that the women MUST do something about the colonial, unilateral and paternalistic legislation being pushed through the Government of Canada's parliamentary system.
- December 16, 2012: Indigenous groups protest across Canada
Activists demand that Ottawa honour longstanding treaties that affect housing, food and education.
- December 15, 2012: Idle No More? Speak for Yourself..., Zig Zag
On Dec. 10, 2012, several thousand Native peoples rallied across Canada as part of a national day of action dubbed "Idle No More" (INM). The protests targeted Bill C-45 and the policies of the ruling Conservative Party. In Edmonton, as many as 1,500 turned out, one of the largest. A reported 400 people attended in Calgary and Winnipeg, with anywhere from 100 to 300 participating in Toronto, Regina, Saskatoon, North Battleford, and Vancouver.
- December 13, 2012: Idle No More
Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth.
- December 12, 2012: Idle No More: Canada's First Peoples Are Rising
No longer will our presence be undermined in Canada. We, the First Peoples are rising. The force behind this is not in human strength. We are in a time as seen long ago by the ancestors, the prophesies are coming to pass. The youth are awakening, the weak are becoming strong and the silent are no longer silent! Idle No More is more than the hashtag #IdleNoMore. To idle no more we must be in movement, and this is exactly what is happening.
- December 11, 2012: The natives are restless. Wondering why?
Picture this. You and I are sitting at my local laundromat slash fair trade cafe, and while you warily wait for me to get my first caffeine fix of the day, you lean in and prepare to ask the question that's been on your mind since you first read the hyperbolic headline, 'Native Leaders Try to Burst Into Chambers in Ottawa, Held Back By Guards.' Licking your lips nervously, you spit it out. The question. Not this fantastic espresso.
- December 5, 2012: Chiefs take fight to House of Commons' doorstep, Jorge Barrera and Kenneth Jackson
First Nations chiefs clashed with Parliament Hill security guards Tuesday after they tried to enter the House of Commons and deliver a message to the Harper government that the time for talk had passed. Surrounded by the crush of video cameras and bathed in the glow of TV lights, the chiefs from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario served notice that they now planned to take 'direct action' against the Harper government.
- November 24, 2012: Flooded out to save Winnipeg, Lake St. Martin residents now feel forgotten, Gloria Galloway
When she realized she would lose her fight with cancer, Ruth Beardy was determined to spend her final days at home. But instead of travelling to the shores of Lake St. Martin, where she'd been born and spent most of her 76 years, Mrs. Beardy died on Oct. 20 nearly 300 kilometres to the south - on the 23rd floor of a hotel near Portage and Main.
- November 5, 2012: Native Struggles Study Guide
The last twenty years, especially this last decade, have been marked by increasing struggle between the indigenous people of North America and the illegitimate colonial governments in Ottawa and Washington D.C. Inspired by the watershed events at Oka in 1990 and the 1994 uprising by Mayan Indians in Chiapas, Mexico, indigenous people in North America, especially in Canada, have begun to reassert themselves, their power and their rights on the international stage.
- November 4, 2012: Rueben George Tsleil-Waututh First Nation
Rueben George has a rare ability to touch the heart and open the mind of all those who listen to him speak. He inspired and motivated the crowd at the Defend Our Coast rally at the BC legislature on Oct 22 2012. Rueben is a key member of the campaign to stop Kinder Morgans proposed pipeline and associated tanker traffic.
- September 13, 2012: Harper's manifesto: Erasing Canada's Indigenous communities, Pamela Palmater
Early Indian policy was designed to accomplish two main policy objectives: (1) acquire Indigenous lands and resources, and (2) reduce financial responsibility to Indigenous peoples. The primary way in which these two objectives were to be achieved was through the physical, legal, social and spiritual elimination of Indigenous peoples.