The Canadian Progressive: Manitoba Chiefs Suing Trudeau Over Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline Approval

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is suing the Trudeau government over its approval of Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline. First Nations leaders have repeatedly stated that no genuine reconciliation is possible as long as Canada continues to approve fossil fuel-based projects that threaten their communities and the planet. The post Manitoba Chiefs Suing Trudeau ...

The Canadian Progressive: Supreme Court To Hear First Nation’s Case Against Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline

The Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed that it will hear the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation’s challenge to Enbridge’s Line 9 tar sands pipeline. The post Supreme Court To Hear First Nation’s Case Against Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: First Nations: NEB review of Kinder Morgan pipeline “fatally flawed”

In an open letter, 12 BC First Nations tell the Harper government the National Energy Board’s review of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project is “fatally flawed and superficial.” The post First Nations: NEB review of Kinder Morgan pipeline “fatally flawed” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Indigenous rights are the best defence against Canada’s resource rush

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 […] The post Indigenous rights ...

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More to spearhead Mother Earth Day commemoration in Ottawa

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 […] The post Idle No ...

350 or bust: Idle No More: A Response By People Who Feel Like Hostages In Their Own Country

If you’re looking for some more information on the IdleNoMore campaign, MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) gives a good summary in this video. He is discussing the NDP Opposition Day motion on dealing with First Nation economic development and treaty rights. The response from the CPC MP, Cheryl Gallant, who represents a more southerly Ontario ...

The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper Launches Major First Nations Termination Plan

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 ...

The Canadian Progressive: First Nations’ statement of assertion of Aboriginal rights and title

by Algonquin Nation Secretariat And Programs and Services Ottawa, Jan. 22, 2013 – The Algonquin communities of Timiskaming, Wolf Lake, and Eagle Village today announce their assertion of Aboriginal rights and title to their traditional territories. The purpose of the announcement is to put other governments on notice, and to establish a firm basis for an effective ...

The Canadian Progressive: Chief Theresa Spence Ends 43-Day Hunger Strike With Declaration “Towards Fundamental Change”

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, ...

Cowichan Conversations: The True Scandal of First Nations’ Funding Being Sidelined!

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger The slippery manoeuvre from the Harper squad to leak dated and incomplete so called reports regarding the financial affairs of the Attiwapiskat First Nations under the political leadership of Chief Theresa Spence shows the depths Harper will go to derail the hunger striking Chief and slow down the ‘Idle No More’ movement. ...

350 or bust: Idle No More Challenges Enbridge’s Pipedreams

“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 ...

Larry Hubich's Blog: Idle No More – Priscilla Settee and Sheelah McLean

This video of Priscilla Settee and Sheelah McLean talking about Idle No More is accompanied by a Making the Links – Community Radio indepth interview with them broadcasting tomorrow night at 6 pm (Wed. Jan 9, 2013) on CFCR.ca – CFCR 90.5 FM on the dial or Channel 820 at Sasktel Max. Please tune in.

Larry Hubich's Blog: Idle No More – Priscilla Settee and Sheelah McLean

This video of Priscilla Settee and Sheelah McLean talking about Idle No More is accompanied by a Making the Links – Community Radio indepth interview with them broadcasting tomorrow night at 6 pm (Wed. Jan 9, 2013) on CFCR.ca – CFCR 90.5 FM on the dial or Channel 820 at Sasktel Max. Please tune in.

350 or bust: Idle No More Challenges Canadians’ Commitment to Truth & Reconciliation

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 ...

The Canadian Progressive: Line 9: The Tar Sands Come to Ontario (VIDEO)

A must-watch. Line 9: The tar sands come to Ontario, expanding the Alberta tar sands operations, which are ravaging First Nations communities, resources & treaty rights. Video available on Vimeo RELATED: First Nation: Bill C-45 allows tar sands industry to destroy vital waterways and treaty rights Harper’s CNOOC/Nexen deal pushes Canada closer to becoming a China-dominated ...

drive-by planet: C-45 and the targeting of Indigenous peoples: Idle No More

Stephen Harper stayed on the sidelines as Idle No More swept Canada from coast-to-coast-to-coast. He has now agreed to meet with a delegation of First Nation chiefs, including Theresa Spence, the Attawapiskat chief who is on a fast. In speaking of the relationship with First Nations, Harper waxed eloquent: “The Government of Canada and First ...

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

The Idle No More movement continues to spread across Canada and the rest of the world; it has declared that it’s here to stay. There have been round dances in intersections and malls across Turtle Island (North America).  Here’s a flash round dance held a week ago in the Mall of America; think about the ...

The Canadian Progressive: Indigenous and Human Rights Groups Issue Joint Statement Supporting Chief Spence and #IdleNoMore

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 a meeting involving ...

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More: An audio essay by the CBC Radio’s Jian Ghomeshi

Jian Ghomeshi, the host of “Q”, a national daily cultural affairs talk program on the CBC’s Radio One, weighs in on the Idle No More grassroots movement for First Nations rights in Canada. Ghomeshi tackles the slogan, the hashtag, and the movement. RELATED: Canada’s First Nations leaders confront Harper Gvt on Parliament Hill Canadian Labour ...

The Canadian Progressive: Alberta Federation of Labour urges Canadians to be Idle No More

by Alberta Federation of Labour: The Alberta Federation of Labour is urging Canadians to be Idle No More in opposing Bill C-45. On the morning of Friday, Dec. 21, union representatives marched with First Nations leaders and Albertans from all walks of life in Edmonton at an “Idle No More” rally against the Harper Government, which has ...

Larry Hubich's Blog: Idle No More – Flash Mob Round Dance – Regina, SK

The Canadian Progressive: Toronto solidarity fast in support of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence

The details, from the organizers: Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has begun her hunger strike in Ottawa today and she has pledged to continue until Prime Minister Stephen Harper (and the Queen of England) agree to respect colonial and Canadian treaties and work with First Nations in Canada. She has offered herself as an ogichidaa-kwe for ...

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: First Nation: Bill C-45 allows tar sands industry to destroy vital waterways and treaty rights

by Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Today the conservative government tabled a new version of Bill C-45, a 443-page bill, to implement its federal budget.  The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) was taken aback by the proposed amendments stating they are indicative of the further erosion of Treaty rights in Canada.  ACFN leadership is particularly worried about ...