Despite the inclement weather, this year’s Seventh Generation Walk for Mother Earth was a lively celebration that began at Central Park and ended at Thunderbird House, with stops along the way at the Manitoba Hydro headquarters and the Oodena Circle at The Forks.
Held on Sunday, April 21, this year’s walk was in support of the Voices of Indigenous Women and in solidarity with the growing Idle No More Movement.
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First Nations people – and the decision of Canadians to stand alongside them – will determine the fate of the planet By: Martin Lukacs | The Guardian (UK), Published on Fri Apr 26, 2013: In a boardroom in a soaring high-rise on Wall Street, Indigenous activist Arthur Manuel is sitting across from one [...]
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Idle No More movement for Indigenous rights and sovereignty is scheduled to spearhead the commemoration of Mother Earth Day in Ottawa. Activists are expected to confront the Harper government’s agenda against Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. In an earlier press release, Idle No More explained this insidious agenda: to weaken all [...]
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: New Democrat Aboriginal Affairs critic, Jean Crowder, is calling on Stephen Harper and the Conservatives to respect Canada`s First Nations. And take their land and other outstanding claims seriously. The full text of Crowder`s motion, tabled in the House of Commons on Thursday: That this House call on the [...]
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: 5-05-13 Resolution on Idle No More, submitted by the Aboriginal Peoples Commission. WHEREAS years of inaction and broken promises from successive liberal and conservative government has led to severe social injustice and shocking poverty in too many communities WHEREAS as a consequence we are witnessing an historic and [...]
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Via Aljazeera / YouTube: An aboriginal protest movement in Canada has captivated the country and gained supporters around the world. But can Idle No More and the rest of Canada’s indigenous community come together and force the government to act? Guests: Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, Pamela Palmater, and Tim Powers. [...]
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It’s a sad day in Canada when First Nations elders and leaders are put in the position that fasting and self-sacrifice are the only avenues left for them to communicate with the Canadian government. As Amnesty International points out: The Canadian constitution affirms the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Treaties that they entered [...]
Opponents of Hudbay Mineral’s planned copper mine at Reed Lake, Manitoba held a peaceful demonstration at an information meeting held by the company at a Holiday Inn in Winnipeg. The demonstrators, many of whom are active in the Idle No More movement, confronted HudBay officials for about 15 minutes to voice their opposition and to demand a halt to the project.
Reed Lake is in the Grass River Provincial Park, about 110 kilometres east of Flin Flon. The mining
Saturday turned out to be a spectacular warm spring day. It was perfect weather for about 250 residents and politicians gathered in Shawnigan Village to rally and speak out against the BC Government decision to issue a Draft Permit to South Island Aggregates, SIA.
The Christy Clark BC Liberals gave SIA a nice lucrative ‘Draft Permit’ allowing them to dump 100′s of thousands of tonnes of toxic contaminated chemical and dioxin laced materials onto SIA owned land in the Shawnigan Watershed.
This really is an assault against the residents of Shawnigan Lake and their fundamental democratic rights to
As I have written here before, and as many others realize, racism against Aboriginal people is one of the only areas where it seems that open bigotry is still accepted in out society. Racism is regularly directed at the First Nations people, and far from being ashamed of their opinions, the racists seem to spout these ideas with pride – the same way old people do when they rehash that seemingly immortal opinion that “kids just don’t want to work nowadays!”
The ugly head of racism reared its head again this week when the daily paper in Nanaimo BC
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By: Council of Canadians | Press Release: In response to the federal budget, representatives of the Council of Canadians made the following comments: “This budget fails Canadians. It continues a privatization agenda for water, a trade agenda that doesn’t equate to job growth, a health care agenda that will cut billions [...]
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By: Idle No More | Press Release: Idle No More has sparked an awakening of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples internationally in support for democracy, human rights and environmental protections. In three short months, the movement has succeeded in raising global consciousness through education, cultural resurgence, and democratic political activism. We have [...]
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By: Assembly of First Nations Quebec and Labrador | Press Release: WENDAKE, QC – Madam Jeannette Pilot, an Innu from Uashat Mani-Uténam, has undertaken a hunger strike this past January 1st. On March 13th, Madam Pilot indicated that she was now refraining from drinking, thus moving on to a complete fast. [...]
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The privately owned parking lot near the prime minister’s constituency office asserts that protesting is prohibited. On the surface, this looks like the prime minister is impeding the constitutional rights of expression and peaceful assembly.
I’m sure he finds this all quite convenient, but a large hidden issue in this is the privatization of public space.
Can I prohibit protest in a space I own? Possibly.
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Halifax rapper Kyle McKenna, calls out Stephen Harper in the video “What Up Steve.”
Among a number of moves by the Harper government that come in for just criticism in the video, it was the cuts to CBC in last year’s federal budget that prompted McKenna to pen the protest song. Along with others, he was personally affected by the cut to funding since it resulted in the loss of a venue at CBC Halifax used by local musicians.
In the video he spells it out:
What up Steve? Thanks for cuttin’ CBC From all us people making music
Arnell Tailfeathers is the guy who uploaded the footage that blew up Tom Flanagan:
“It wasn’t to completely discredit him. I mean when we came into that discussion that evening, we didn’t know what to expect,” said Arnell Tailfeathers, a freelance videographer.
“We just thought … if something happens — we better document it.”
Yeah, I’m not buying it. Somebody found that old article in the Manitoban where Flanagan talked child pornography. And someone made sure a question about that article got asked when Flanagan appeared at the University of Lethbridge. And then Mr. Tailfeathers posted the video, and seems
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Conservative icon Tom Flanagan’s defining moment. Below: Dr. Flanagan in happier times; the six signatories of the Alberta separatist Firewall Manifesto; Richard Nixon saying goodbye during his 1952 Checkers speech. Unlike Dr. Flanagan’s likely career trajectory, Mr. Nixon came back.
Who could have predicted that yesterday would be the pope’s last day on the job?
I speak, of course, of Professor Tom Flanagan, spiritual leader of the neoconservative movement in Canada.
Well, Dr. Flanagan is the neocon pope no more, having uttered the astonishing opinion at a seminar the previous evening in the deep-south Alberta city of Lethbridge that
The PMO takes him out to the woodshed:
MacDougall is this guy. Wow! That blew up bigger than I expected! Who says Idle No More is washed up?
Wow x 2! Wildrose condemns and, essentially, fires Flanagan. Did INM take down Tom flanagan?
So Chris Slothouber notes that someone one is mucking with twitter to get that Flanagan video to trend. I think its this fellow, who uploaded the video and may have some connection to the folks at Idle No More. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. While I don’t think it shows Flanagan excusing child porn, its an intriguing bit of footage, and hopefully Mr. Flanagan will see fit to address it.
Idle No More!
“Stephen Harper has awoken a sleeping giant”
If your only source of information is the mainstream news media you can be forgiven for wondering what the Idle No More movement is all about. Since it burst on the scene late last year, media attention has darted from demonstrations to blockades to the fasts of elders and chiefs — with an occasional sustained flurry of excitement when the PMO tried to smear Chief Theresa Spence.
Discussions of the abrogation of historic treaty rights or the corporate pillaging Stephen Harper has buried, like poisonous turds, in his (Read more…)
A new Rellik single also features country artist Nathan Cunningham. They rap about Idle No More and the threats to our natural resources – underlined with occasional tar sands visuals and scenes showing pollution. The message is timely given Chinese take-overs and tar sands/Keystone XL developments – our environment isn’t just a resource to be exploited by foreign corporations.
A little about Rellik aka Billy Leblanc from his website:
Billy Leblanc, better known as Rellik, is an emcee from Edmonton, Alberta. He got into Hip Hop at 11, started DJing and rapping at 14 and was producing by 16.
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