On February 14, 2018 Prime Minister Trudeau gave a speech in Parliament announcing a new framework that would legislate “Rights Recognition”. The proposed framework is a direct threat to Indigenous Peoples right to self-determination. This proposed framework needs to be stopped.
Mohawk policy analyst Russell Diabo responds to the government’s proposed framework and discusses the termination tables: Video: Russell Diabo
These efforts are not new, but are a variation on rhetoric and policy that has been tried before in Canada and the United States. In the 1970’s, Dr. Buffy Sainte-Marie also discussed termination, the erosion of Treaties and the direct connection to resource extraction. Watch the video at the link below and listen for parallels in the language: Video: Dr. Buffy St. Marie
Stop Kinder Morgan Actions
On March 10th, 2018 thousands of Indigenous Peoples and allies rallied and marched against the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Lead by Indigenous Elders, the Kwekwecnewtxw #ProtecttheInlet campaign challenged Kinder Morgan by asserting their rights. Protecttheinlet.ca
Actions and arrests continue:
Building of a watch-house as land defense efforts continue on Tsleil-Waututh territory: Tribes Build a Watch-House
Tiny House Warriors continue to defend land against KM pipeline Tinyhousewarriors.com
A group of approximately 30 kayakers in Seattle protested the potential impact of the Kinder Morgan pipeline project in Canada. Seattle Kayaks Take Action Against KM
Protest organizers have said they’re planning daily demonstrations until at least March 26 15 arrests at Trans Mountain Pipeline Site
Swanson Fish Farm Occupation
Marine Harvest and the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) will not transfer fish to the Swanson Island Fish Farm until the injunction motion Namgis Nation has applied for against DFO, is decided. The hearing for the injunction motion is set for Tuesday, March 20th and Wednesday, March 21st. The DFO must be held be accountable for the demise and total mismanagement of our wild salmon. Get involved and act today! First Nations Unite
One House Many Nations- update
OHMN campaign and actions continue on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation with work on the sustainable village. Check for updates on the facebook page and stay tuned for a call-out this spring for volunteers to come and help with the build.
Whose Land is it Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization
Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization; inspired by a 2016 speaking tour by Arthur Manuel, less than a year before his untimely passing in January 2017, is now available to the public. . The book contains two essays from Manuel in addition to essays from renowned Indigenous writers and activists such as Kanahus Manuel, Russell Diabo, Pamela Palmater, Glen Coulthard, Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour, Shiri Pasternak, Nicole Schabus, and others.