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.
In 2012, Cultural Survival celebrated their 40-year anniversary. Their goal throughout these four decades has been to partner with “Indigenous communities around the world to defend their lands, languages and cultures.”
In Tanzania the Government of President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete is once again preceding with its plans to forcibly evict the Maasai people from their traditional lands to make way for big game hunters who wish to hunt Lions and Leopards. This egregious action against the indigenous Maasai people in the name of economic development cannot be allowed to proceed. Indigenous peoples worldwide have for too long been forced off of their lands and had their dignity sacrificed at the altar of capitalism and imperialism.
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