by Dr. Lynn Gehl
Contrary to what the television commercials and the nuclear industry would like us to believe the nuclear fuel cycle is far from safe and green. The process of mining, milling, and building nuclear power plants requires huge amounts of energy obtained from fossil fuels. Thus, this process alone produces carbon dioxide emissions and is not green.
The nuclear fuel cycle is harmful in other ways...READ FULL STORY
IDLE NO MORE
Compliments of Indian Country Today Media Network
IDLE NO MORE calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth.
GET EDUCATED. This affects us all as human beings. It’s our future.
SHARE the photos and PSAs therefore spreading the word and educating others.
DO YOUR PART in protecting mother Earth.
SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY. Everyone involved in this campaign volenteered their time and talent. Take time to support their efforts…find us all on social media…let them know you think it’s important too. It’s a far greater cause than any one person but we stand stronger together. Indiginous and not, this is a human issue. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I know this post is not really about photography but before photographers we are human beings and we think it’s important to stand together, be positive, and always work toward the greater good.
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It is, in the end, the story of one man and one feather.
The man is there for history to measure. He has a name, an age and an address: Elijah Harper, 41, of Red Sucker Lake, Northern Manitoba. He has a voice to speak for himself, a past that can be traced and on Friday (June 22) he took action on a matter for which he will be forever judged.
At 12:30 p.m. his very soft "No" from the back row of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly brought an end to debate on the Meech Lake Accord. Elijah Harper knows he will be both blamed and cheered for having done what no one else would dare.
The feather is not so easily explained... (Windspeaker, The feather, Elijah Harper and Meech Lake)
Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba First Nations offered his condolences to the family of Elijah Harper, and reflected on his significance to Indigenous people in Canada:
As a residential school survivor, Elijah spent a large part of his life fighting for the rights of First Nations people of Canada and for the betterment of the human condition around the world while he was a Chief of Red Sucker Lake First Nation, worked with the Manitoba Indian Brotherhood, a Member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, a Member of Parliament and as a Commissioner of the Indian Claims Commission. As a humber leader, he made Canadian history when he, with eagle feather in hand, said 'No' to the Meech Lake Accord. He felt that the Indigenous people of this country were not being recognized or being allowed to participate in a meaningful way in that constitutional process. (Rabble,
Elijah Harper remembered: 'He will have a place in Canadian history forever')
Everyday thousands of Indigenous Peoples all of the World are challenged to protect all that is sacred, the land, air, water...all that is Mother Earth and every living being. This also requires Indigenous Peoples to unite with each other Internationally and with allies. This means we are all connected...Interpedendant and Interconnected on Mother Earth. There is no time to wait, we need each other more than ever to TAKE A STAND for ourselves, all living, and protect ourselves from extinction. Scientists estimate with our oceans dying due to oil industry, forestry etc...we need to rethink what "development" means...embrace "sustainability"...and accept we all need each other to exist and co-exist.
Since roughly October of 2012 (and following massive funding cuts to First Nations political organizations who could be a potential defense against unjust impositions of Bills in the near future), a number of very specific Bills and Acts have made their way into the House of Commons. As positively worded as they are titled and presented to the public, each (working together much like a jigsaw puzzle) functions as a legal form of the 1969 White Paper which sought to extinguish treaty rights, abolish sovereign reserve lands, extinguish First Nation sovereignty, and repeal the Indian Act with nothing in place protective of First Nation lands). However, unlike the 1969 White Paper which was a policy proposal, these are in law form.
In the past few months, Canada’s Conservative government has been working hard to promote these Bills in a positive light to the public, as well as to rush to present poor excuses of consultations (without presenting the facts in terms of implications and effects of each and collectively).
With domestic and foreign investors seeking resource wealth from the lands of Canada, First Nation sovereignty presents a massive hurdle for Canada to exploit such resources. This is precisely why the motivation exists to dismantle First Nation legal connection to treaties, sovereignty, and protected reserve lands, as it opens up lands and resources to investors.
Due to the outcome, it is not only indigenous and First Nation who will suffer the consequences of extinguished treaty rights, abolished sovereign reserve lands, extinguished First Nation sovereignty, and damaging repeals, both indigenous/First Nation people and Canadians will all share the brunt of environmental degradation.
By means of an insider informant, we have been informed that those in Ottawa hope that grassroots voices will only focus on (and only will hear/speak about) C-45 -ONLY- which has been happening for months, as opposed to emphasizing Bill S-6, The First Nation Education Act, Bill S-2, Bill S-212, Bill C-428, Bill S-8, and Bill C-27 just as often as we speak about C-45. Ottawa hops that grassroots voices are only focusing on (and only hearing about) the Environment, as opposed to emphasizing Treaty Rights, Nationhood, and Sovereignty just as often as we speak about The Environment (even though these three elements actively protect the lands and environment we share).
Even if 45 is repealed, but the other 8 are allowed to pass (because we forget to inform the public with the same level of attention) or if the environmental-impacts are successfully challenged but sovereignty and treaty rights are dismantled (because we forget the same level of attention, as well), matters similar to what is repealed in C-45 can be re-visited later in something similar because massive protections held in place due to treaty rights and sovereignty are dismantled and will no longer a hurdle. Even if C-45 is repealed, the "Indian Problem" (invoked by John A. Macdonald and Duncan Campbell Scott and the spirit of the 1969 White Paper present in these Bills) begins to be 'solved', Ottawa’s hurdle, if the others are allowed pass.
To ensure that the public attention is increased about the whole matter, we must commit (and ask others to commit) to; when any time C-45 is mentioned by regional organizers, teachers, writers, or media, the other 8 pieces of the jigsaw puzzle (S-6, The First Nation Education Act, S-2, S-212, C-428, S-8, and C-27) should always be included alongside it and just as often. Any time the environment is mentioned, a similar commitment to ensure sovereignty, Nationhood, and treaty rights (that actively invokes protection to the lands and environment we share) is ensured to be included in that same point on the same level and just as frequently.
It goes far beyond support choices or speaking up; it’s an informed choice and speaking up in a fully informed voice and many are not fully informed - at our peril.
Whether its writers, speakers, or media – we must ensure the full scope (8 Legislations, not 1) and the full score of targets (sovereignty/nationhood, treaty rights, and environment) are passed on to them and that they are fully informed.
There is a downloadable PDF breakdown of the Legislations at the bottom of a webpage; Google "Netnewsledger Teach In at Spirit Garden for Idle No More in Thunder Bay" and scroll to the bottom. Download the Red and White PDF.
Download here, below...
WE NEED A GOAL OF 3000 PEOPLE OR MORE FROM ALL ACROSS ALBERTA TO WALK IN THE ALBERTA CAPITAL TO TELL ALBERTA
From Canada Place (9777 102 Avenue) to Alberta Legislature Building (10800 97 Avenue)
The Alberta Government is currently working on policy that will place all of Alberta's water on a market. You know that pond in your land, that stream in your community?..The Alberta Government is going to stake claim in all of the water, and place it on a market. That means that pond behind your house, you will have to pay to use that water, but if someone has more money and pays more for it, they can use it, whether that be Cenovus, Statoil, you name it, the highest bidder will have much control over the water. In 2006 the first ever water market was created in Canada..guess where? Southern Alberta, in Treaty 7 territory.
Now the plan is to place all of Alberta on a water market. Water is not a commodity, it is not to be sold, and NO ONE OWNS THE WATER, we are all given it for life. All living beings require water for survival. Water is a human right, one which the Alberta Government is currently trying to control.
In this proposed policy which is being said will come out in the fall of 2013, there are certain people who have first rights to water. It is called FITFIR, FIRST IN TIME, FIRST IN RIGHT. In 1894 a system was set up to encourage settlers to settle in Alberta, everyone who settled was given a water licence, under this new policy, those people have first right to water, but with the water market, those original license holders can sell their water to whoever they want.
Make no mistake, the Alberta Government is setting up a system to make it easier for Industry to have access to large amounts of water. Industry contaminates water until it's unusable, so there are massive amounts of water being taken out of surface and underground aquifers by FRACKING, SAGD, OPEN PIT MINING, COAL that takes the water and most is unable to be returned; what is returned, becomes poisonous toxic tailing ponds...with high risk of getting the ground or other water sources. For example, look at the Fort McMurray plant, the tailing ponds are right next to the Athabasca River and directly upstream from well populated Indigenous communites. Highly recommend watching the movies Revolution by Rob Stewert and White Water, Black Gold by David Lavallee.
On May 24 the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta is meeting in Edmonton to review policies, most of which, I am sure none of us have been made aware, consulted on, or even know about. One of those policies we are certain will be to privitize all water and place it on a market, with the highest bidder having control. In the proposed policy, guess who has last rights to small amounts of water? First Nation people and if you are not First Nation, please don't think you are in any better of a situation...you aren't! If you are not a big company, chances are, you won't have any more rights to water.
We are asking all participants to assist in awareness of the sacredness of water; bring to light the disrespect of water; and how Indigenous Nations and non-Indigenous Communites are being affected by Industry through oil exploration and other means like seismic, fracking, etc..
Approximately 13 Blocks
posting: group collaboration of Volunteering Organizers
Defenders of the Lands: http://www.defendersoftheland.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2013
Media contacts: Clayton Thomas-Muller - 613.297.7515, Sylvia McAdam - 306.281.8158, Sheelah McLean - 306.280.3245.
Idle No More, Defenders of Land Call for Intensifying Actions through Spring, Summer
Canada/- Idle No More’s founders and its chapters across the country have issued a call to build mounting pressure, including through mass non-violent direct actions to be joined by non-natives, to challenge “the Harper government and the corporate agenda.”
The declaration, jointly released with Defenders of the Land, a network of Indigenous communities, leaders, and activists involved in high-profile struggles to defend their land rights, calls for a “Solidarity Spring” to precede a “Sovereignty Summer,” with actions on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21, Earth Day on April 22, and through the summer.
“The Harper government’s agenda is clear: to weaken all collective rights and environmental protections, in order to turn Canada into an extraction state that gives corporations unchecked power to destroy our communities and environment for profit,” reads the statement .
“Harper is trying to extinguish Indigenous Peoples’ inherent, Aboriginal, and treaty rights to their territories because these rights are the best and last protection for all Canadians,” said Arthur Manuel, a spokesperson for Defenders of the Land.
“Across the country, people are increasingly supporting First Nations who are trying to protect lands, waters, and air for everyone,” said Sylvia McAdam, one of the founders of Idle No More.
The demands of Idle No More and Defenders of the Land include a repeal of sections of the now passed Bill C-45 that impact the environment along with Aboriginal and treaty rights; changing the electoral system to proportional representation; ensuring consultation happens before any legislation is introduced that impacts collective rights and the environment; the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; an end to the government’s policies of “extinguishment” of Aboriginal title; the full implementation of treaties; and active resistance to violence against women and a national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women.
Upcoming action days
March 21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
April 22 - Earth Day
Nationwide autonomous local protests highlighting the importance of Indigenous rights in combating the Harper and corporate agenda.
A campaign of coordinated non-violent direct actions to promote Aboriginal rights and environmental protection in alliance with non-native supporters.
1. The full statement is available at:www.defendersoftheland.org/sites/www.defendersoftheland.org/files/INM-Defenders Final.pdf
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Idle No More - Please mark your calendars!!!
WANUSKEWIN HERITAGE PARK
JUNE 29 & 30, 2013
This event will provide a venue for special guest speakers, discussion, and action plans for moving forward. More details will follow!!
Wanuskewin Heritage Park: Home Page
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