Chief Theresa Spence, Mushkegowuk People of Attawapiskat First Nation and the International Indian Treaty Council file urgent “Action Request” with U.N. human rights body By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 25, 2013: Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence hasn’t given up her fight against Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s draconian omnibus Bills C-45 and C-38. On . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Chief Spence takes fight against Harper government’s Bill C-45 to UN
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 15, 2013: Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan resigned from Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s cabinet Friday after admitting that he lobbied a tax court judge on behalf of an unnamed constituent. Duncan, the Conservative MP for Vancouver Island North, issued a statement in which he said he wrote . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan Unexpectedly Resigns, Says He Lobbied A Tax Court Judge
If Brazeau stays on as an independent Senator, he’ll cost Canadian taxpayers at lease $7-million by the time he retires approximately 37 years from today. By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 8, 2013: Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau’s charges of assault and sexual assault offer Prime Minister Stephen Harper the opportunity to do the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Senator Patrick Brazeau Must Go!
As Negotiating Tables Legitimize Canada’s Colonialism by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 3, 2013: The following is a prophetic editorial detailing a major plan by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives to terminate First Nations in Canada “as negotiating tables legitimize Canada’s colonialism”. The editorial originally appeared in the June-October 2012 edition . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper Launches Major First Nations Termination Plan
by Guest Blogger | The Canadian Progressive, Jan 25, 2013 Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence signed the First Nations declaration that ended her 43-day hunger strike at Ottawa’s Victoria Island . The 13-point declaration, entitled “First Nations: Working Towards Fundamental Change”, was signed jointly with First Nations leaders and Canada’s federal opposition parties. As . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Chief Theresa Spence Ends 43-Day Hunger Strike With Declaration “Towards Fundamental Change”
This is Day 40 of Chief Theresa Spence’s Hunger Strike. She has reportedly lost 30 pounds while living on a liquid diet to protest living conditions and treaty infractions faced by natives across Canada.
The Huffington Post featured this report by Canadian Press reporter Heather Schofield.
OTTAWA – Top First Nations chiefs from across the . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Calling In The Backup: Chiefs Unite To Face PM Harper
Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger
Canadians following the ‘Idle No More’ efforts that have sprung up across the country by tuning in to the MSM will no doubt have a very shallow and generally bigoted account of what is happening and why.
Part of the reason is that very few of the journalists . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: A Matter of Honor: First Nations Appeal to The Queen
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan 21, 2013: Norway’s experience with Big Oil offers lessons for Idle No More and other progressive movements determined to stop Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives from turning Canada into a petro-state. Earlier, I blogged about a new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Norway’s experience with Big Oil offers lessons for Idle No More
by John D. Whyte | The Leader Post, Jan 17 2013 Recent developments in relations with aboriginal peoples – the prime minister’s meeting with First Nations leaders, the protest by Chief Theresa Spence, who is on a liquid fast, and especially the Idle No more demonstrations – are likely to be significant. But equally important . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Aboriginal status ruling challenges policymakers
by Michèle Audette | Native Women’s Association of Canada, Jan 16, 2013 Dear Prime Minister Harper, Let me introduce myself, my name is Michèle Audette, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. I am a mother of five adorable children, and I am deeply committed to my nation and my people in both political . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: NWAC President writes to PM Harper regarding Chief Spence
by Assembly of First Nations | Jan 16, 2013 The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is pleased to offer this update regarding recent discussions, strategy sessions, meetings and developments regarding the First Nation-Crown relationship, and the continued priorities of First Nations in achieving change for our peoples, communities and nations. Meeting of First Nations Leaders . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: AFN update on meeting with PM Harper, Chief Spence and Idle No More
Idle No More
Rabble.ca brought us this piece about Tom Jackson’s trip to visit the people of Attiwapiskat. The video provides a glimpse into their lives hopes and fears.
. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Tom Jackson Brings Some Joy To The People Of Attawapiskat
Idle No More
During the birth of the ‘Idle No More’ movement many have asked what it is that the Natives want and the answers are many.
Some sense of native’s view of history and life after the arrival of the ‘Europeans’ are to be seen in this video.
. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Idle No More – I Am Bullet Proof (Video)
by Assembly of First Nations, Jan 14, 2013: First Nations citizens have just witnessed one of the most important chapters in our recent history. Through the pressure of the grassroots, the sacrifices made by Chief Spence and her fellow strikers, and the work of many regional Chiefs and the National Executive of the AFN, we . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo sidelined by norovirus
For Immediate Release: January 11, 2013, Victoria Island, traditional territory of the Algonquian Peoples: Chief Theresa Spence is standing firm on her request that both Prime Minster and Governor General of Canada need to be present and participate at the meeting with First Nation leaders. This statement comes on the heels of the Governor General . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Chief Spence decries Harper’s “paternalistic relationship” with Aboriginals
Don Maroc-Cowichan Conversations Contributor
MISGUIDED VICTORIA JOURNALIST MISUNDERSTANDS IDLE NO MORE
by Don Maroc
Terry Glavin is a well know media commentator on all things cultural and political. He claims to be left-leaning although he doesn’t always come off that way in his books and regular column in the Ottawa Citizen.
In his . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Misguided Journalist Terry Glavin Misunderstands ‘Idle No More’
Solidarité avec Chief Theresa Spence & Idle No More / Solidarity with IDLE NO MORE and Chief Theresa Spence *BRING DRUMS AND PERCUSSION*
On Friday January 11th, 2013, stand in solidarity with Chief Theresa Spence and all First Nations.
January 11, 2013 1-3pm
1001 Place Jean Paul Riopelle
Between Square Victoria and Place d’Armes Metros
. . . → Read More: Walking Turcot Yards: Solidarity with IDLE NO MORE and Chief Theresa Spence
“Everything that we do to water, we do to life because water is life. It’s not just us – we are all connected, we have to protect everything that lives, that shares the earth that we do…Idle No More is about us standing up and speaking up. We have never been asleep, and now more . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Idle No More Challenges Enbridge’s Pipedreams
As I write this, Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat Cree First Nation has been fasting for 28 days as she awaits a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Last week, without acknowledging Chief Spence or the growing Idle No More movement, Mr Harper agreed to a meeting with Canadian First Nations leaders on January . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Idle No More Challenges Canadians’ Commitment to Truth & Reconciliation
Yesterday, Idle No More, the grassroots movement for Aboriginal justice, flexed its muscle with peaceful blockages of bridges and border crossings across Canada. Dr. Pamela Palmater, an indigenous activist and chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, says #IdleNoMore is pushing back at the aggressive assimilation agenda of the right-wing Conservative government of Prime Minister . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper government bills that enraged First Nations, Theresa Spence, and birthed #IdleNoMore
by Teresa Smith | Ottawa Citizen: OTTAWA — Two Ottawa businesses are donating their time and services to help Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence as she continues to her hunger strike for aboriginal treaty rights. Lara Purvis, 33, the floor manager at Venus Envy on Lisgar St. near Bank St., says when she saw a tweet . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Ottawa businesses support Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike
Netherlands Quakers & Mennonites sent their message of support and solidarity to hunger striker Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence and the phenomenal #IdleNoMore grassroots movement for Aboriginal rights and sovereignty: Photo via Facebook RELATED: Chief Spence says Harper government has encouraged “segregation” PETITION: British Crown Must Honour Canada-First Nations Treaties, Revoke Bill C-45, And . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Netherlands Quakers & Mennonites Support Chief Spence and #IdleNoMore (PHOTO)
For immediate release: January 4, 2013, Victoria Island, traditional territory of the Algonquian Peoples: As Chief Theresa Spence enters into her twenty fifth day of her hunger strike, her message is becoming more crucial. “We are calling on the Prime Minister and the Governor General to meet with us. This is a crisis and we . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Again, hunger-striking Chief Spence calls on PM Harper, Governor General to meet
For immediate release: December 31, 2012, Victoria Island, traditional territory of the Algonquian Peoples: Today is the twenty first day of Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike and the last day of 2012. Yesterday, Chief Spence met with Senators and Members of Parliament from the New Democratic Party, Liberal Party and Parti Quebecois. Noticeably absent was . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Chief Theresa Spence speaks on Day 21 of hunger strike against Harper Conservatives
Twenty-four indigenous and human rights groups have issued the following joint statement supporting the #IdleNoMore grassroots movement and Chief Theresa Spence, who is in the fourth week of her indefinite hunger strike on Ottawa’s Victoria Island, just across from the Canadian Parliament. Chief Spence, the leader of the northern Ontario Attawapiskat First Nation, is demanding . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Indigenous and Human Rights Groups Issue Joint Statement Supporting Chief Spence and #IdleNoMore