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First nations groups set for blockades, protests as part of Idle No More day of action

Published on January 16, 2013 by in Home

  GLORIA GALLOWAY The Globe and Mail   A day of action threatened by native leaders who are frustrated with the approach taken by the federal government in dealing with their issues is upon us but it is unclear how widespread and sustained the disruptions will be. Chief Gordon Peters of the Association of Iroquois

 
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Canadian PM to meet First Nations leaders after protests

Published on January 7, 2013 by in Home

  Idle No More movement began as campaign by four women against changes to Indian Act and environmental deregulation   Isabeau Doucet The Guardian     The Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, has agreed to a meeting with First Nations leaders following indigenous protests sparked by a hunger strike. Since 10 December there have been road

 
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Unbelievable, but Undeniable: Genocide in Canada

Published on January 7, 2013 by in Home

  Dr. Pamela Palmater Synergy   I am moved to write this blog because of Minister [of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development] Duncan’s outrageous remarks that residential schools were NOT cultural genocide. This has led to discussions about whether or not the murder, torture and abuse of Indigenous peoples in this country “qualifies” as genocide,

 
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Idle No More actions spread across the country

Published on December 28, 2012 by in Home

  BY KRYSTALLINE KRAUS rabble.ca     There is a rich history of resistance against colonialism in North America-Turtle Island. In Canada alone, there are stories of victories from Batchewana Bay First Nation to the Oka uprising to the occupation of the Federal Revenue Agency. Drawn from the deep water of this legacy, the Idle No

 
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Canada’s First Nations protest heralds a new alliance

Published on December 28, 2012 by in Home

  The grassroots IdleNoMore movement of aboriginal people offers a more sustainable future for all Canadians     Martin Lukacs The Guardian   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

 
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Idle No More: A crucial call for justice

Published on December 25, 2012 by in Home

Amnesty International   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

 
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Ottawa’s response to Attawapiskat emergency ‘unreasonable,’ court rules

Published on December 24, 2012 by in Home

  Gloria Galloway Globe and Mail   Ottawa should not have responded to a housing crisis in the impoverished first nation of Attawapiskat by dispatching a third-party manager to deal with what was in fact a problem of resources, the Federal Court has ruled. In a decision that takes federal bureaucrats to task for decisions

 
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First Nations #IdleNoMore on day of action

Published on December 22, 2012 by in Home

  al jazeera   Canada witnesses protests across the country in support of indigenous rights.     Indigenous communities and rights groups across Canada braved winter temperatures for a national day of protest in a campaign they say is growing into the largest and most unified indigenous rights movement in years. The ongoing “Idle No More” protests

 
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Canada’s First Nations protest heralds a new alliance

Published on December 20, 2012 by in Home

  The grassroots IdleNoMore movement of aboriginal people offers a more sustainable future for all Canadians   Martin Lukacs Guardian.co.uk   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

 
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Attawapiskat chief’s hunger strike part of wider movement

Published on December 20, 2012 by in Home

  Grassroots movement Idle No More driven by social media   CBC News As Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence continues her hunger strike on Parliament Hill in an attempt to get a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a grassroots protest movement of First Nations activists across Canada has united on social media and at public

 
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Environmental Destruction Imminent – Harper government unloads a flurry of illegal and unconstitutional legislation

Published on December 18, 2012 by in Home

  Grounded News.tv   —PLEASE EMAIL TO FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS GROUPS   Prime Minister Stephen Harper has passed legislation to let China’s China National Offshore Oil Corporation buy to Nexen. This takeover deal among other things puts three to six billion barrels of tar sands oil in CNOOC’s hands, would create devastating global

 
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UPDATE: Further action by Harper on Canada-China FIPA will mean legal challenge

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  By Brent Patterson Council of Canadians   A media release just issued by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the Hupacasath First Nation, leadnow.ca, and the Council of Canadians states, “The Union of BC Indian Chiefs is working with other First Nations and organizations who are deeply concerned that the Harper Government may take steps

 
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First Nations lead the charge against Canada-China Trade deal

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  By Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer West Coast Environmental Law   First Nations in BC are playing a national leadership role in pushing back against the controversial Canada China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA), and are hooking up with some non-Aboriginal allies in that fight.  We’ve just received a press release issued today

 
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NEWS: First Nations legal challenge of Canada-China FIPA likely

Published on December 14, 2012 by in Home

    By Brent Patterson,  Council of Canadians   APTN has reported, “Canada could face a legal challenge from First Nations over its looming investment agreement with China, says the head of a prominent British Columbia chief’s organization. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, head of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, says Canada breached its fiduciary

 
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Standing up to Big Oil: How Coastal First Nations built tar sands pipeline resistance

Published on December 12, 2012 by in Home

  BY ART STERRITT rabble.ca   The following talk was given by Art Sterritt, Executive Director of Coastal First Nations, to the “Tar Sands Come to Ontario: No Line 9“ conference in Toronto, November 17, 2012. See also the video of his talk.  Thank you. Good afternoon everybody. I appreciate the introduction. I appreciate everybody coming out, and I am

 
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