Peaceful protesters are demanding reinstatement of funding to Aboriginal Health Foundation
Recently, I helped out at a No One Is Illegal event that was held last weekend in Toronto. There was an amazing line-up of speakers, and one in particular really clarified some things for me around the issues of immigration and Indigenous rights.
I've occasionally wondered whether there is a disconnect between advocating open immigration, and also advocating Indigenous rights in Canada, in particular, land claims. It seems to be contradictory: colonizers from outside Canada stole land from the First Peoples here, and are now treating them like unwanted guests on their own territories. The first invaders could be considered "immigrants" - so how is it that immigration wasn't okay then, but it is okay now?
A breaking story in the Globe and Mail reports that eight coastal First Nations have issued a formal declaration stating “that oil tankers carrying crude from the Alberta tar sands will not be allowed to transit our lands and waters.”