Harper government conducts surveillance of First Nations instead of resolving violations of Indigenous peoples' rights
Unceded Algonquin Territory/Ottawa, December 6, 2011 -- The Defenders of the Land (DotL), a network of Indigenous Communities, on Tuesday condemned reports that in 2007, the Harper government established a national and international police surveillance network to spy on Indigenous Peoples and their supporters for defending Indigenous Peoples' self-determination and land rights. The RCMP surveillance operation shared its findings with private industry.
No One Is Illegal - Toronto is coordinating a bus to Six Nations for the April 28 March for Peace, Respect & Friendship in response to the call-out from Land Protectors of Kanonhstaton to demand that Six Nations land rights be respected.
BUS DEPARTS TORONTO
12:15pm (sharp), Keele Subway Station. Please arrive by 12 pm
BUS DEPARTS KANONHSTATON
5:00pm (sharp), drop off at 252 Bloor West or along the way.
Suggested donation: $10, but absolutely no one turned away for lack of funds.
Spots are limited, so please register at http://april28coalition.wordpress.com/our-transportation-registration-form/
Without consent or consultation, God's Lake Resources, a junior gold exploration company, trespassed by exploring on Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) lands. God's Lake is now threatening to drill on sacred KI burial area. KI is saying NO to God's Lake Resources, just as the community opposed mining exploration by Platinex in 2008 and De Beers in 2010.
Not only is it repeatedly clear that the Canadian government excels at ignoring Indigenous communities' right to say NO, but it criminalizes them for their opposition to rights infringements.
The political economy of Canada rests on claims of ownership to all lands and resources within our national borders. So, what, in concrete terms, does it mean to talk about Occupy(ed) Canada to express the demands of the 99 per cent?