Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion

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[url=http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/first-nations-and-tribes-sign-new-t... Nations and Tribes Sign New Treaty Joining Forces To Stop All Tar Sands Pipelines[/url]

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Signatories commit to also pushing for a sustainable economy based on renewable energy

MONTREAL and VANCOUVER, Sept. 22, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - First Nation and Tribal Chiefs gathered today in Musqueam Territory (Vancouver) and Mohawk Territory (Montreal), to sign a new continent-wide Indigenous Treaty — the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion — that commits already some 50 First Nations and Tribes from all over Canada and the Northern US to working together to stop all proposed tar sands pipeline, tanker and rail projects in their respective territorial lands and waters.

The First Nations and Tribes are committed to stopping all five current tar sands pipeline and tanker project proposals (Kinder Morgan, Energy East, Line 3, Northern Gateway and Keystone XL) as well as tar sands rail projects such as the Chaleur Terminals Inc. export project at the Port of Belledune in New Brunswick.

"What this Treaty means is that from Quebec, we will work with our First Nation allies in BC to make sure that the Kinder Morgan pipeline does not pass and we will also work with our Tribal allies in Minnesota as they take on Enbridge's Line 3 expansion, and we know they'll help us do the same against Energy East." said Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon.

The Treaty states: "Our Nations hereby join together under the present treaty to officially prohibit and to agree to collectively challenge and resist the use of our respective territories and coasts in connection with the expansion of the production of the Alberta Tar Sands, including for the transport of such expanded production, whether by pipeline, rail or tanker."

"We are in a time of unprecedented unity amongst Indigenous people working together for a better future for everyone," said Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust Initiative. "The Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal in our territory represents an unacceptable risk to the water, land and people: we are proud to stand together with all of our relatives calling for sensible alternatives to these dangerous projects."

"The Yinka Dene have already shown in the case of Enbridge's Northern Gateway that a pipeline cannot hope to pass through a unified wall of Indigenous opposition," said Carrier Sekani Tribal Chief Terry Teegee. "You will now see the same thing play out with all other tar sands pipelines, including another failed BC pipeline – Kinder Morgan."

Tar sands development has already poisoned the water of First Nations in Alberta and beyond and these new tar sands pipelines, trains and tankers would threaten the water of many more Nations. Indigenous Peoples are also suffering intense impacts from climate change in the form wildfires and floods and the ongoing climate emergency is now threatening many of the plants and animals that lie at the heart of Indigenous cultures.

"Indigenous people have been standing up together everywhere in the face of new destructive fossil fuel projects, with no better example than at Standing Rock in North Dakota," said Grand Chief Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. "We know that infrastructure that expands the tar sands is both incompatible with reducing Canada's emissions and completely irresponsible."

The Treaty provides that Indigenous Nation signatories also want to be partners in moving society onto a more sustainable path. Already, many Indigenous Nations are leading the way in developing renewable energy projects on their territories.

"We want to work with the Prime Minister and the government to develop a sustainable economy that does not marginalize our people," said Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. "This is a time of great spiritual awakening for our peoples as we reinvigorate our Nations and ensure a better tomorrow for all."

Please go to treatyalliance.org for more information, including for an always updated list of signatory Nations

 

SOURCE Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador

 

For further information: Rueben George, Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust Initiative, Cell: 604-720-4630; Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Cell: 250-490-5314; Geraldine Thomas-Flurer, Yinka Dene Alliance Coordinator, Cell: 250-570-1482; Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Cell: 204-795-2733; Melanie Vincent, Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador, Cell: 418-580-4442; Grand Chief Serge 'Otsi' Simon, Mohawk Council of Kanesatake, Cell: 514-269-9152

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[url=http://www.treatyalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Treaty-and-addi... is the treaty.[/url]

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The Treaty is an expression of Indigenous Law prohibiting the pipelines/trains/tankers that will feed the expansion of the Alberta Tar Sands.

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Impressive. 

[url=https://ricochet.media/en/1420/indigenous-tar-sands-treaty-could-be-trud...'s coverage: Indigenous tar sands treaty could be Trudeau’s worst nightmare[/url]

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First Nations predict "hordes" will disrupt Parliament Hill if pipelines approved

Hunger strikes. Occupations. Civil disobedience.

First Nations chiefs across Canada haven't discussed the details of the plan yet, but they aren't ruling anything out if the Trudeau government approves the construction of a major pipeline project that crosses their territory without their consent. Several are still waiting on the results of court cases before they make their move, and others are already preparing for the worst.

“You may see hordes descending upon Parliament Hill," said Chief Susan Miller, of the Katzie First Nation in B.C. "We have had some discussion around what civil action would look like, and I think the more we work together, that’s what brings out the hordes. It’s an impressive sight, to see thousands of people coming out for a common cause.”

Last year, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau campaigned on a promise to renew nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous communities, and has repeatedly told Canadians since then that "governments grant permits, communities grant permission." And after the historic signing of a pan-continental Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, Indigenous leaders have renewed their resolve to hold him to those promises with all resources available to them.

“In that crowd, you’re not just going to see First Nations people, you’re going to see your neighbour next door who doesn’t support this either," Chief Miller, whose community is fighting Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion pipeline, told National Observer.

"We’re just the vessel to push that all through, and I think when the numbers speak like that, the government can’t continue to disregard [us].”

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[url=http://www.metronews.ca/news/canada/2016/10/03/northern-alberta-chief-sa... Alberta chief says Aboriginal oilsands foes are poorly informed[/url]

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"I was disappointed by the announcement [of the treaty]. I felt it was not informed with respect to the people that are affected," said Chief Jim Boucher of the Fort McKay First Nation.

"Our community up there in the Athabasca tarsands is immersed in the economy quite substantially and our people would have the most to lose if they turn off the taps with regard to oilsands development." [...]

The Fort McKay First Nation owns a group of companies that offer services including earthworks, fuel delivery, environmental services and land leasing operations to the oilsands industry. Boucher said the group earned revenue of $2.3 billion over the past five years.

Some people are poorly informed; others are richly informed.

 

quizzical

oh so it's ok to be an ally when your paths run together but not so much when they don't.

feeling justified to say in essence; 'they're only have this view because it's worth their while' is bs.

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oh so it's ok to be an ally when your paths run together but not so much when they don't.

feeling justified to say in essence; 'they're only have this view because it's worth their while' is bs.

Anyone who doesn't recognize climate change as a problem is not my ally when it comes to protecting the environment. Don't care who they are.

If you agree with this particular chief's position on the tar sands, make an argument for it. I'll listen. But being an ally doesn't mean saying, "oh, whatever you say goes". It means being honest and telling them how far you can and can't support them. Especially when they're in a tiny minority among Indigenous folks.

 

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More on Fort McKay and Jim Boucher - and the woman who ran against him for chief in 2011 and lost by one vote:

[url=http://aptn.ca/news/2015/06/24/sad-fort-mckay-elders-talk-life-tar-sands/]“It’s very, very sad” Fort McKay elders talk about life before the tar sands[/url]

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“My mom used to cry when we used to drive to Fort Mac,” said Cece Fitzpatrick, Fort McKay resident. “She would say, ‘It’s hard for me to live in this earth now, because it’s being destroyed.”

Fitzpatrick has witnessed the landscape in the area change drastically throughout her 58 Years.

She said she feels like an alien in her own homeland.

“I feel like we’re being bulldozed. But they (industry) don’t care. We are just a hand full of native people that they really don’t care about…We as native people are supposed to care. The earth is crying to be fixed. We need help.” [...]

Chief Jim Boucher isn’t overly concerned about the health or environmental situation in his community. He said people are to blame for pollution, not necessarily industry. That pollution is everywhere, and just imagine what it would be like to live in Beijing, Los Angeles or Mexico City where they sometimes have to wear breathing masks, he said.

“That’s (pollution) because of people and people’s disturbance,” said Boucher. “That’s how you get an increase in mercury because you’re disturbing the soil. You look at the garbage along the highways and how people throw away their garbage. The most regulated things in this country is industry. People don’t have regulations, they dump wherever they want to.” [...]

Fitzpatrick says money shouldn’t outweigh the need to address the environmental damage oil extraction is causing.

“But money speaks louder than words, everybody is money hungry. We as native people are supposed to be the keepers of the land. If it’s getting hurt, we should stop the hurt.”

Yeah, I know whose ally I am.

 

 

quizzical

i said so did i not?

my observation was based solely upon your saying they want the money. it's a negative judgement and i feel they are the ones who decide not you or me and i know i wouldn't presume to judge.

it wasn't about the environment or macro socio-political strategy.

sorry. 

jjuares

quizzical wrote:

i said so did i not?

my observation was based solely upon your saying they want the money. it's a negative judgement and i feel they are the ones who decide not you or me and i know i wouldn't presume to judge.

it wasn't about the environment or macro socio-political strategy.

sorry. 


Yes, you are right. It wasn't that Unionist disagreed with this indigenous leader it that he was disrespectful in the way in which he did it. As for getting Unionist to understand this, all I can say is good luck with that.

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Yes, you are right. It wasn't that Unionist disagreed with this indigenous leader it that he was disrespectful in the way in which he did it. As for getting Unionist to understand this, all I can say is good luck with that.

..your defence of the tar sands project and the pipelines you want shoved down peoples throats has been nothing but series of insults and name calling for those not in agreement with you. yet you claim to see unionists disrespect..how is it you don’t see your own? 


Now of course you are not answering my argument but simply accusing me. To answer your charge about why I don't see my own disrespectful behaviour, I don't recall one time I insulted a Babbler over this issue or indulged in name calling. So, I guess it is difficult to see my own behaviour, as you put it. If you can cite even one time I indulged in name calling for example over this issue I will of course apologize to those that I hurt. I assume this will be an easy task for you since I know you would never accuse me of breaking Babble policy by name calling without specific examples in mind. This will allow me to direct my apology to those I have called names. In this manner I will come to see the disrespect that you claim I have demonstrated. I would especially like examples of where I slimed indigenous leaders because I disagreed with their views, such as we have here from this poster.

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..unionist can speak for himself.

..as for your insults and name calling here's one. and it's the same mentality you carry into the leap thread..attacking but never really making an argument. yet you defend/promote pipelines and tar sands expansion under the guise of creating jobs for workers. never addressing the harm this does or threatens to do to other working people and indigenous folks.

http://rabble.ca/comment/1553243#comment-1553243


WOW, I went through that thread and of course there wasn't one example of me insulting babblers or name calling. There was a post where I agreed with you and another one where I said the pipeline maybe shouldn't go through. But you knew that you had no examples to back up your personal attack on me. You are just hoping that people wont go to the link and see the utter bullshit you are posting. And of course I asked you to provide an example because I knew there none to be found. Instead of posting the link to the thread why dont you just quote an example of my name calling. Oh, I know the answer to that. You won't because none is to be found. I am calling you out on your dishonest drive by smear.

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quizzical wrote:

my observation was based solely upon your saying they want the money. it's a negative judgement and i feel they are the ones who decide not you or me and i know i wouldn't presume to judge.

I support and defend their right to decide the affairs of their nation. What bothered me was their chief's statement that all the nations and tribes that signed the Treaty Alliance were "misinformed". Here's what I asked you:

Unionist, to quizzical wrote:
If you agree with this particular chief's position on the tar sands, make an argument for it. I'll listen.

I still would rather discuss the substance of the issue than talk about you and me and our motives and whether we are being judgmental. History won't care about you and me that way. But I value your opinion on this topic and would like to know if you have something to share.

quizzical

unionist skirt it all you want.

my comment to you wasn't about the tar sands or the pipelines but the judgement you showed to those choosing not to live in poverty and suicide.

i don't give a fk what you think about the tar sands you've no right to judge.

Unionist

Thanks for the honest answer, quizzical. And you're right, $644,000 per year tax-free is definitely not a poverty-level wage.

quizzical

well what can i say? you just insult and judge and demand no one judge Quebecer and it should be all good?

damned if they damned if they don't.

i guess they're all supposed to live like those in Attawapiskat or many of the other 100's of northern Bands across Canada who've sfa and are paying 40 bucks for 8 pkge of toilet paper..

and i know you're waiting for me to ask "where'd you get the $644,00 tax free figure" so where did ya?

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Fort McKay chief second highest-paid chief in Canada

I'm not judging him because of his salary. I'm judging him because he mocked the 50 First Nations and tribes that signed the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion.

And if he's lobbying for missing and murdered Indigenous women - or reserves that don't have clean water - or Attawapiskat - then I'll give him praise for those efforts. Just haven't seen that yet.

And I know you don't fkin care what I think about the tar sands. But I care what you think. And whenever you want, if you want, I'd love to hear your opinions.

Oh, and if you want to criticize some Quebecers, please feel free to do so. If you're referring to our opposition to pipelines bringing Alberta bitumen to New Brunswick to be refined and shipped overseas, absolutely, explain to me why we're wrong.

I'm not exactly sure why you're being so angry and ridiculing in your responses to me, but trust me - it doesn't matter - we can still share opinions about how to make a better world.

 

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epaulo13 wrote:

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epaulo13 wrote:

..unionist can speak for himself.

..as for your insults and name calling here's one. and it's the same mentality you carry into the leap thread..attacking but never really making an argument. yet you defend/promote pipelines and tar sands expansion under the guise of creating jobs for workers. never addressing the harm this does or threatens to do to other working people and indigenous folks.

http://rabble.ca/comment/1553243#comment-1553243

WOW, I went through that thread and of course there wasn't one example of me insulting babblers or name calling. There was a post where I agreed with you and another one where I said the pipeline maybe shouldn't go through. But you knew that you had no examples to back up your personal attack on me. You are just hoping that people wont go to the link and see the utter bullshit you are posting. And of course I asked you to provide an example because I knew there none to be found. Instead of posting the link to the thread why dont you just quote an example of my name calling. Oh, I know the answer to that. You won't because none is to be found. I am calling you out on your dishonest drive by smear.

..let me make my beef more clear then. in that post i submitted your red baiting and diminishing when clearly a large majority of folks along the south west coast including van island is against the pipeline and tankers. as if this very thread were posting in didn't represent local control.  an attack based on distortions and insults.

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The left's version of that is " local control", essentially a repackaging of a selfish right wing argument into something more palatable for people who believe themselves to be on the left.

..and you red baited again recently in the leap thread. when the reality is more than 30,000 people and organizations (including labour groups and first nations) have signed on to the leap. another distortion that is both disrespectful and name calling. dismissal without addressing their concerns.

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Or maybe Fantasyland versus the real world. Anyways, the Leap Manifesto is a great weapon for climate change deniers. And if I was a climate change denier I would get down on my knees every night to thank god for this document. In the little cloistered world of the left the realization may not have sunk in but out in the real world it is understood that the more action on climate change is associated with this utopian document the fewer the chances are anything will actually be done about climate change.

..now i've made my point i'm willing to continue this discussion but not in this thread please.


Thank you for making my point. Where did I call anyone in these posts names as you allege? And did you notice that you accused me of not making an argument and even what you consider the most egregious examples I am making an argument. Do you even read your own bullshit?. Oh and by the way if this qualifies as name calling so does accusing me of red baiting. Oh, the irony.

MegB

Enough with the bickering. Let's stick to the topic, k?

jjuares

MegB wrote:

Enough with the bickering. Let's stick to the topic, k?


Agreed.

Unionist

jjuares wrote:
MegB wrote:

Enough with the bickering. Let's stick to the topic, k?

Agreed.

Excellent. So did you have something to say about the topic? I'd be interested in hearing your view about the Treaty Alliance.

 

jjuares

Unionist wrote:

jjuares wrote:
MegB wrote:

Enough with the bickering. Let's stick to the topic, k?

Agreed.

Excellent. So did you have something to say about the topic? I'd be interested in hearing your view about the Treaty Alliance.

 


The truth of the matter is I have huge ambivalence around this issue. I would like this country to have an open minded debate around the facts with a neutral body to evaluate this. Unfortunately because of the meddling with the NEB and the Harper legacy we can no longer count on that organization to provide guidance. If this province can't get a break financially all the carbon plans will come to naught. Notley probably needs one pipeline for her survival. The irony is that if she doesnt get it we are going to have a Wild Rose government that has vowed to stop every carbon initiative that this government has undertaken as well as fight the federal carbon price tooth and nail. The coal plants will be up and running, the cap on oil sands development will be lifted.It will b something from Dantes inferno. Notley has said that she won't co-operate with the federal program. But given the fact that the provincial requirements will still be more stringent than the federal ones until at least the end of her term, I can't see how that is much of a threat.

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Deeds Not Words - Call To Action

Coming this October 10th Idle No More has answered the call out for #DeedsNotWords National Day of Action. We invite all peoples to join us in calling out the Trudeau Liberal gov't on their growing list of broken campaign promises that previously gave a great deal of hope to many indigenous communities across this country. Idle No More organizers from across Turtle Island are making plans in their territories including Treaty 6, Toronto and on the East Coast are confirmed. We invite you to organize in your region in whatever capacity you are able to. Send us your Facebook event page we can include in the event page listings on Facebook, or email us your details and we can create and event page listing on the website for you. Send all your event information, time, location of event and pictures to info@idlenomore.ca.

We call on everyone to take action in whatever capacity they can. Water Ceremonies, Prayer Walks, Pipe Ceremonies, round dances, banner drops, awareness handouts, traffic slow downs or whatever you are safely capable of organizing in your community for a National Call Out to Action, helps more than you may ever realize. Our stand for something as basic as clean drinking water is something we demand for all people, because we know how hard it is to go without something many take for granted.

Promises of clean drinking water, a basic human right. Promises of equal education funding for our children, another basic human right. Promises of implementing the UNDRIP into Canadian Law, which had many people doubtful would actually transpire. These are but a few of the so called renewed "Nation to Nation" campaign promises that had indigenous folks clamoring to the elections polls, many for the first time ever.

Now those same people are coming to the realization that it was but another trick in our long and deadly "Nation to Nation" relationship with Canada. Across our beautiful shared country, mega-projects are getting a fast green lights despite very vocal and active opposition from a long list of indigenous communities. Reopening mines and granting permits on lands that have been devastated by tailings spills. Communities continue to be poisoned by water that is wastefully polluted in the name of industry and so called development. Even on the international level this gov't has gone back on their commitments made to reduce emissions and pushes through dirty, unsustainable energy at the #COP21....

quizzical

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Fort McKay chief second highest-paid chief in Canada

I'm not judging him because of his salary. I'm judging him because he mocked the 50 First Nations and tribes that signed the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion.

you were there to hear the mocking tone in his voice? i don't get mocking as a tone in his words.

http://www.therecord.com/news-story/6893508-alberta-chief-says-oilsands-...

you judged him based upon his salary and inferred he was all about the money for himself. wrong.

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Impoverished and without running water or electricity in Boucher’s youth, Fort McKay is booming. The band is building dozens of homes to be rented to members at below-market prices, and construction has started on a kindergarten-to-Grade 12 school, a youth centre, a long-term care facility for elders, a church, and an amphitheatre with seating for 1,800.

In a community of 800 Dene, Cree and Métis, only a handful are unemployed. As long as they are able, residents are put to work for the Fort McKay Group of Companies, eight limited partnerships that are controlled by the band and provide services to the oil and gas industry.

 

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In the early 1980s, while his community unemployment and poverty rates rose, there was government and a corporate industry that was unwilling to grant them a share of benefits from their natural resources. Frustrated, he organized a blockade and ended industry access to traditional lands. From these confrontational times arose land agreements and treaty entitlements which ushered in a new flourishing era for Fort McKay.

He founded the Fort McKay-Industry Relations Corporation to build relationships, facilitate consultation processes, and to advocate on behalf of his people. At the same time, he remains committed to sustaining the identity and traditions of his people and serving the interests of all First Nations people throughout the Wood Buffalo Region. A strong sense of pride emerged in the region one that demanded respect and redemption that is long past due.

https://indspire.ca/laureate/jim-boucher/

http://fortmckaygroup.com/index.php?cID=299

the article you linked to was a good one. explains why his income is high.

if he was a white man in the business world undertaking the work he does it'd be well over a million in salary.

alternate views on his environmental oil words

http://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/fort-mckay-aboriginals-tak...

https://norj.ca/2014/01/fort-mckay-chief-optimistic-after-oil-conference/

http://calgaryherald.com/storyline/first-nations-conference-seeks-to-bre...

a middle of the road view of some of his opinions. some i agree with others not so much

http://www.albertaoilmagazine.com/2010/11/a-house-divided/

 

quizzical

this thread is interesting on many levels.

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DEEDS NOT WORDS INDIGENOUS DAY OF ACTION:

Up to date list of events:

Algonquins of Barriere Lake, Quebec:

Barriere Lake recently discovered that Copper One Ltd. plan mining exploration activities (tree cutting and drilling) on Barriere Lake’s ancestral and current-use Territory. They have demanded that the province ceases to issue permits to the mining company or any other mining companies and reiterate their total opposition to any mining or related activity on their territory. Barriere Lake will be asserting their jurisdiction over their territory in peaceful demonstration of their legal responsibilities to protect the land and waters.

DEEDS NOT WORD ROUNDY AT THE SQUARE:

A Round Dance at Yonge Dundas Square from 1-4pm with speakers who will address Trudeau’s record on Indigenous rights as Prime Minister and also report back from Indigenous solidarity visits to Standing Rock Sioux territory in support of their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.#DeedsNotWords #WaterIsLife #WeAreWater #NoDAPL #NoAlton #ImperialNoMore #Shutemdown

https://www.facebook.com/events/706487162841062/

FightC, Vancouver:

Picnic for the Peace, 9 AM - 10 AM in PST at Canada Place, 999 Canada Place
A picnic with empty plates and glasses will be held to represent the consequences of destroying the Peace. The Site C dam will have impacts not only on food and water security for those living in the Lower Mainland, but also on the availability of traditional foods for the Treaty 8 First Nations.

https://www.facebook.com/events/550122018513298/

Muskrat Falls:

Muskrat Falls is planning a Healing Ceremony on the site of Muskrat Falls led by Innu and Inuit elders. More details to come. Follow the event and related events at #MakeMuskratRight

Nova Scotia/Mi'kma'ki:

Nova Scotia joins Oct 10-National day of action on land & water.
From water shortages, to water quality issues, to dumping of salt brine in our rivers and lakes, there is a movement happening from Site C dam, Muskrat falls, Stop Alton Gas to Standing Rock. On October 10th, we are joining a National Day of Action to raise awareness about local water issues, to stand in solidarity of water protectors all over Turtle Island and to call on our Prime Minister and Premier to step up and protect our waters, species, and human health. We are hosting several events and are asking for any groups, individuals and concerned citizens to organize and register events for NS and to check our Facebook page regularly for updates.

https://www.facebook.com/events/518695921668173/

....and much much more.

quizzical

it's an idlenomore offshoot?

you do know Indigenous peoples are not all on board universally for what the creators and white supporters of idlenomore have as beliefs and actions?

 

the belief the Liberals would help roll back Harper's Bill C45 actions is problematic.

Justin is just a different face to the same measures in the Bill and all the other ones.

 

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quizzical wrote:

it's an idlenomore offshoot?

you do know Indigenous peoples are not all on board universally for what the creators and white supporters of idlenomore have as beliefs and actions?

 

the belief the Liberals would help roll back Harper's Bill C45 actions is problematic.

Justin is just a different face to the same measures in the Bill and all the other ones.

..i see this as another action/opportunity where indigenous and settler folk come together in common struggle..under indigenous leadership. this began happening in bc around the pipeline and site c struggle a few years back. this is what happened with the totem pole journey and what i see as happening with the treaty alliance. and finally this is what is needed to defeat the government corporate alliance.

..this is what i have been waiting for, for many years and it’s the side i am on. this is growing like a snowball rolling down a hill and soon many others will have to choose their sides. but whether you do or not this isn't going away.

quizzical

i agree.

it's going to get divisive.

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quizzical wrote:

i agree.

it's going to get divisive.

..things are always divisive both within and without the settler and indiginous communities. the powers that be works hard to keep it that way. today there is an opportunity to break through that. imho.

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Indigenous groups in Toronto say the Trudeau government has broken its promises

Deeds, not words, was the message on Thanksgiving as dozens of Indigenous community groups gathered across the country to call out the Trudeau government for what they say are broken promises.

In May 2016, the federal Liberals announced their commitment and obligation to work with Indigenous communities on a range of issues, including natural resource development, land claim disputes and First Nations’ right to self-determination.

But many of those gathered in Toronto Monday told Global News the government is not committed to those promises.

“We wanted the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into law and they have made it quite clear it’s unworkable,” Tori Cress with Idle No More Ontario said.

Others like Becky BigCanoe, who is with the Water is Life Coalition, said if the government does not protect the land and water, many communities with suffer in the name of profit.

“We can’t trust industry to take care of it if they make a mess or a spill. They seem to walk away from it scot-free and it leaves communities devastated … We need some more from this government in terms of protection for the environment because our health is tied directly to the environment,” BigCanoe said....

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..will get more info on this later. have to go out now. this from a facebook post.

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Barrier Lake Land Defenders are kicking out a Copper Mining Project who did not receive consent from the traditional leaders. A new Land Defense Camp is born.

My aunt Mary and uncle kablienne are all set up at Barriere Lake Land Defenders Camp! No mining, No drilling on Barriere lake territory! Copper One stay out!


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Canadian First Nations chiefs call on Trudeau to condemn U.S. pipeline

First Nations chiefs are testing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to his relationship with indigenous people by asking him to speak out against a Canadian company’s ties to the Dakota Access pipeline.

The International Treaty Alliance of 85 First Nations and Tribes said on Monday that it is time for Trudeau to make a statement “condemning the role that Canadian company Enbridge Inc. has played in the severe violations of the rights of the indigenous people and their allies at Standing Rock.”.....

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..the treaty alliance has a new and improved web site. here's a couple things on it.

THE STORY OF THE TREATY

A year and a half in the making—a product of thousands of years of tradition.

The Beginning

The seed of the Treaty was planted on April 10, 2015, when, the day before leading the 25,000 people climate march in Quebec City, a number of Indigenous leaders and Indigenous representatives from across Canada, including a number of leading activists from our thriving Indigenous grassroots movements, met to strategize about the climate change crisis, including the threat of Tar Sands expansion.

Coast to Coast Alliance

The coast to coast Indigenous alliance against Tar Sands expansion and its pipelines / trains / tankers was solidified further on September 30, 2015 when Grand Chief Serge Simon of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake, Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Chief Arnold Gardner of Eagle Lake First Nation were invited to address the 47th Annual Chiefs-in-Assembly of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

West Meets East

In 2015, Yinka Dene Alliance (YDA) representatives from central BC embarked on a month-long tour of First Nation communities along the Energy East pipeline route dubbed the West Meets East Tour. They explained to communities how 130 First Nations signing onto the Save the Fraser Declaration (a pipeline ban under Indigenous Law) played a major role in beating back the project....

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