Hamilton, ON - June 20th, 2013
As this statement is released, we are digging in and occupying Enbridge’s North Westover Pump Station in the Beverly Swamp. We have done this to stop construction in preparation for the reversal of their Line 9 Pipeline to carry toxic diluted bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands through our communities and watersheds, likely for export.
By Brent Patterson - June 4, 2013
Defenders of the Land, Idle No More and other groups are organizing a 'Sovereignty Summer' for the coming months..."The Defenders of the Land is an established network of Indigenous activists that was formally formed in 2008...As a result of the alliance, Idle No More has now agreed to support non-violent direct action, including blockades, in the cause of Indigenous rights."
By RUTH HOPKINS - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
...[C]olonial language can be used as a tool to denigrate and discriminate against Native people alive today...These semantics of white privilege serve to enforce old colonial notions that attempt to reduce Natives to primitive caricatures. It suggests that we are not equals. It implies that mainstream society owns Native identity, or that we as Natives are relegated to the past.
By JEFF ARMSTRONG - May 29, 2013
In April, a grassroots movement led by Lakota grandmothers toured the country to build support for a formal complaint of genocide against the United States government and its constituent states. Though temporarily overturned, the recent conviction of Efrain Rios Montt for genocide against indigenous Guatemalans should give US officials...pause before dismissing the UN petition as a feeble symbolic gesture.
Uninvited and Unwelcome: First Nation Asks Enbridge to Leave Territory Following Botched Consultation
May 17, 2013 - Vancouver Media Co-op
The Gitga’at First Nation has instructed Enbridge to leave its territory after the company and a team of oil spill response surveyors showed-up uninvited, during the nation’s annual food harvesting camp, a time of rich cultural activity and knowledge sharing...Enbridge representatives were instructed to leave Gitga’at council chambers and Gitga’at territory, Wednesday morning, after councilors voiced their displeasure at not being consulted on an Enbridge oil spill response survey.
Splitting The Sky Died March 13, 2013: Indigenous Sovereigntist, Prison Justice Activist, Human Rights and Ecojustice Warrior
March 22, 2013 - Vancouver Media Co-op
In the highest of honour I will remember Splitting the Sky who died suddenly March 13 2013 in Adam's Lake, BC...Splitting the Sky, also know as John Boncore, his colonial name, aged 61, was one of the most fierce, uncompromising, warriors I have ever met. He was fighting the pipeline in northern BC at the time of his death, but has been involved in sovereignty issues and many human rights and ecojustice campaigns all over the world.
By Ramsey Hart - February 23, 2013
Inspired by their own traditions and teachings...members of Neskonlith have drafted a water declaration stating the importance and sanctity of their watersheds and their opposition to mining in the territory. The Secwepemc women who spearheaded drafting the declaration are now circulating it throughout the community to build grassroots support.
By Harsha Walia - rabble.ca
"[T]he only way to keep this movement going is for us to see our actions in Idle No More as part of a larger and long-standing commitment to the restoration of Indigenous nationhood...[W]e need to go beyond demonstrations and rallies in malls and legislatures and on public streets and start to reoccupy Indigenous sacred, ceremonial and cultural use sites to re-establish our presence on our land and in doing so to educate Canadians about our continuing connections to those places and how important they are to our continuing existence as Indigenous peoples."
- Mohawk Author Taiaiake Alfred
By RON JACOBS - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
Recently, a movement of native peoples...calling itself Idle No More arose in Canada. The impetus for the movement is the Canadian government’s Omnibus Bill C-45. This bill seems designed to further abrogate treaty rights assigned to First Nations in order to expand resource exploration and extraction. The movement is slowly spreading to the indigenous nations of the northern United States, which have seen their lands ravaged numerous times over the course of history in the name of resource extraction.
By Alex Hundert - January 15, 2013
Decolonization is a process in which that domination is challenged. Myths are unlearned, and Indigenous governance models are revised. It is also a process of restoring balance to the land, and seeking more meaningful forms of justice. That is why, following the Idle No More movement from a cell in the Penetang prison, the words from the Oshkimaadziig Camp banner could not ring more true: No Surrender, indeed.
By David P. Ball - January 12, 2013
Across from Parliament Hill, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and several cabinet ministers met with a selection of First Nations leadership as several thousand protested outside the meeting..."Essentially, the chiefs are saying that we could shut down the country if we really wanted to...[Harper] should be dealing with this as an emergency situation...The situations we're talking about...are really hitting the bottom of the barrel...That's why there's so many missing and murdered women; there's a lack of justice, a lack of equality, there's poverty."
You are no longer a white man and we Indians own everything.
Now, if an Indian chief asked you to sign this treaty, would you?
By Nozomi Hayase - January 09, 2013
The indigenous movement sparked in Canada has gone beyond borders and across the ocean to countries like New Zealand and England. It has been gaining strength as a force of healing and regeneration. Idle No More calls for all to join in and participate...This non-violent social uprising is viral in the minds and hearts of everyone across the planet determined to bring healing to our troubled communities, our planet, and the corruption that is eroding the highest places of government around the world.
By Glen Coulthard - rabble.ca
"Canada, if you do not deal with this generation of leaders, then we cannot promise that you are going to like the kind of violent political action that we can just about guarantee the next generation is going to bring to you...We want to let you know that you're playing with fire. We may be the last generation of leaders that are prepared to sit down and peacefully negotiate our concerns with you."
- Warning from the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Georges Erasmus, in 1988
Ezra Levant of sunnewsnetwork.ca did a very good job of explaining Treaty 9 between the Government of Canada and First Nations in 1905. Except Ezra forgot one little detail. The diaries of Daniel G. MacMartin.