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Six Nations protest in Toronto for education funding and supplies

Protest outside Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.
Protest outside Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada in Toronto Thursday. (Photo: John Bonnar)

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Indigenous trek for justice wraps up on Parliament Hill after more than 4,000km

Indigenous trek for justice wraps up on Parliament Hill after more than 4,000km.
Earlier this week, an Indigenous trek for justice finished up on Parliament Hill after a journey of more than 4,000km. (Photo: Ben Powless)

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Save the Salish Sea: Respecting Indigenous rights means stopping tar sands tankers

I am, like most of you, a strong supporter of First Nations land and title rights. Increasingly, the international community is waking up to the rights of Indigenous people and their justified desire for sovereignty and self-determination.

This struggle is playing itself out very publicly as First Nations on the west coast of Canada have drawn a line in the sand regarding dangerous pipeline projects. That is the context for the canoe gathering this weekend in the Vancouver harbour, organized by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the the Squamish Nation. 

Protecting the waters is a sacred trust

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KI Nation paddles to protect their watershed

From August 24 to September 7, a team of paddlers from the KI Indigenous Nation will venture 400 km beyond the nearest road to travel the ancient trading route from their remote fly-in community.

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Ethical Waters: Healing Walk in the tar sands grows year by year

The 2012 Tar Sands Healing Walk. (Photo: Jesse Cardinal)

In the face of enormous destruction and intimidation, it is crucial to assert what one values, and why. The third annual Tar Sands Healing Walk met this challenge head on with courage and wisdom, as Indigenous communities asserted that it is a human responsibility to protect clean and healthy water, air and land for future generations.

Walking together on August 4 through the 14-km epicenter of the Alberta tar sands, roughly 250 people witnessed the immense industrial devastation and conducted ceremonies for the healing of the land and waters.

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This weekend: Tar Sands Healing Walk in Alberta

Tomorrow is the third annual tar sands healing walk.
Tomorrow is the third annual tar sands healing walk. (Photo: http://www.healingwalk.org/)

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Red squares for Indigenous solidarity: Montreal protests logging of Algonquin land

Photo: David Champagne

Last week in Montreal, clanging cookware and red squares became symbols of solidarity with an Indigenous community defending its land rights. On Wednesday, July 18, about 200 people demonstrated at the Montreal headquarters of Resolute Forest Products, the logging company currently locked in a stand-off with Algonquin protestors near Poigan Bay, Quebec.

Banging pots and pans, the crowd denounced Resolute for continuing to log in the territory of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake despite staunch opposition from the people living there.

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Remembering William Commanda on National Aboriginal Day

William Commanda. (Photo: ccamu.ca)

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One year ago today, June 21, 2011, was the date of Grandfather William Commanda's last physical visit to Asinabka, Victoria Island.

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