By: Crysbel Tejada and Betsy Catlin | First published by Waging Nonviolence on May 8, 2013: On cloudy days, heavy smoke fills the air of Ponca City, Okla., with grey smog that camouflages itself into the sky. The ConocoPhillips oil refinery that makes its home there uses overcast days as a disguise to release more [...]
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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: 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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A quest undertaken by the youth of Great Whale to solidify the traditional bonds between First Nations By: Chief Stan George Accompanied by one experienced guide, 6 youths from the community of Great Whale, located in Northern Quebec on the shores of Hudson’s Bay, have commenced a sacred quest that is [...]
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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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Jo Seenie Redsky: “We’re your last resort.” Photo: Paul S. Graham
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…)
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 Jan. 24, she ended READ MORE
Transatlantic Statement Opposing Excessive Corporate Rights (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) By Trade Justice Network | Feb. 5, 2013: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM and OTTAWA, ONTARIO and MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Labour, environmental, Indigenous, women’s, academic, health sector and fair trade organizations from Europe, Canada and Quebec representing more than 65 million READ MORE
Indian Country Today and Huffington Post contributor Gyasi Ross discusses the future and impact of the Idle No More movement, and the lived experiences of First Nations in Canada and the United States: Video available on YouTube The Canadian Progressive recommends: Stephen Harper Launches Major First Nations Termination Plan In Canada, Indigenous youth fight for rights READ MORE
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 of the First Nations Strategic Bulletin (FNSB) a few READ MORE
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb 1, 2013: This is the trailer of Fractured Land a film that tells the story of Caleb Behn, a young Dene warrior from northeastern British Columbia, “taking on Big Oil and Gas to protect his ancestral land and people from the ravages of neocolonialism.” I met Behn late last year when he READ MORE
by Tsilhqot’in National Government | Jan 24, 2013 TŜILHQOT’IN TERRITORY, BC – The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that it will hear the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s landmark Aboriginal title claim, a decision welcomed by the Tsilhqot’in Nation and its members. “We are truly grateful for the many Tsilhqot’in Elders that showed the courage to share their knowledge at READ MORE
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 The Canadian Progressive publisher, READ MORE
by Council of Canadians | Jan 22, 2013: Ottawa – The Council of Canadians supports the Hupacasath First Nation’s legal challenge to the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA), a notice of which was filed in B.C. court on January 18. The Council hopes the dispute will force the Harper government to take READ MORE
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 and READ MORE
By Chief Allan Adam, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Jan 15, 2013: January 15, 2013 – Fort McMurray, AB: In the wake of Idle No More and the AFN’s calls for blockades, peaceful protests and a stall of the Canadian economy Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) has made waves with talk of potential long READ MORE
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
More than five thousand #IdleNoMore protesters gathered in Ottawa Friday as Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders held a closed-door meeting. Meanwhile, in Paris, street art in solidarity with Idle No More: RELATED: AFN call for “real change”, “remedies and actions” for First Nations In Ottawa, thousands of #IdleNoMore and allied protesters demand real change What Chief Spence’s Hunger READ MORE
by Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs | Jan 11, 2013: The Chiefs of the First Nations in Manitoba invite all Canadians and non-‐ governmental organizations (NGOs) to join First Nations in requesting the immediate repeal of Bills C-38 and of C-45 as well as the repeal of any existing or proposed legislation that impact waters, fisheries and READ MORE
by Assembly of First Nations | Jan 11, 2013: Here’s the Assembly of First Nations‘ initial reaction to today’s closed-door meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and members of his cabinet: Today, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo met with the Prime Minister of Canada, Cabinet members, Chiefs and delegates to take forward pressing READ MORE
by Assembly of First Nations | Jan 11, 2013: The Assembly of First Nations has released this statement calling for “real change”, “remedies and actions required for first nations immediately”. The AFN’s demands are as follows. Emerging from First Nations dialogue and strategy sessions on January 9-10, 2013 in Ottawa the following are the elements of consensus as reflected READ MORE
by Obert Madondo | Huffington Post Blog: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/obert-madondo/chief-theresa-spences-her_b_2408049.html Hunger-striking Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence is the reincarnation of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. She is becoming the greatest moral and political leader of our time. In fact, Chief Theresa Spence’s courage and sacrifice already eclipses that of South Africa’s globally-celebrated anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela. READ MORE