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Activist Communique: Ottawa - Day of action to support the Algonquins of Barriere Lake

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Fwd: Day of action to support t the Alonquins of Barriere Lake

Demand that Canada respects Barriere Lake's traditional government and trailblazing environmental agreements.

Monday Dec. 13, 2010

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Parliament Hill, Ottawa

What if a foreign regime was destroying your system of government, so it could then steal your resources and prevent you from environmentally protecting your homeland? This is what the Harper Government and federal bureaucrats are doing to the First Nation of Barriere Lake.

The David-vs-Goliath story now has a dark new twist: the Conservative government and bureaucrats in Indian and Northern Affairs Canada are interfering in Barriere Lake's internal affairs, using section 74 of the Indian Act to forcibly assimilate and destroy the community's traditional government -- a traditional government the community has used for countless generations and which maintains their hunting way of life and respect for the environment.

Led by Barriere Lake youth, the overwhelming majority of the community are struggling to preserve their traditional government, so they can continue protecting the watersheds, forests, wildlife and lands for all future generations, Native and non-Native.

The Harper government is violating the Canadian Constitution, which protects the Aboriginal right to self-government. They are violating the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, even though they have now endorsed it.

Join the Algonquins of Barriere Lake on Parliament Hill as they demand the Harper government and federal bureaucrats reject the use of section 74 and respect the community's traditional government and vision for environmental protection!

For more information, please see: www.barrierelakesolidarity.orgwww.barrierelakesolidarity.org

For those in Montreal, hop on a free bus to the Ottawa rally!
Leaving 9am from the corner of Mackay and Maisonneuve (Metro Guy-Concordia)
Returning to Montreal in the late afternoon or early evening.
--TO BOOK A SPOT, email [email protected] with your name and phone number.

For those in Toronto, hop on a free bus to the Ottawa rally!
Leaving 7am from the University of Toronto campus. Returning to Toronto in the late evening.
--Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure so you don't get left behind (6:45am)
--Location details to be announced.


Barriere Lake Human Rights Delegation Report Back

Saturday Dec. 11, 2010

1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

PSAC building JK Wylie boardoom, 233 Gilmour (at Metcalfe)

Montreal, Québec

To be in solidarity with the Algonquins of Barriere Lake and their continuous demand for Canada to respect their traditional government and trailblazing environmental agreement - the 1991 Trilateral Agreement, we would like to invite you to join 3 of the 15 delegates as they share their experience and reflection from such inspiring trip. They are:

--Colin Stuart, Christian Peacemaker Teams
--Dylan Penner, Council of Canadians, Ottawa Peace Assembly
--Ramsey Hart, Mining Watch Canada

This event will be facilitated by Pei-Ju, Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement -- Ottawa (IPSMO).


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