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Dear rabble readers:

I’m writing to you as a mom, lawyer, professor, author, activist, a Mi’kmaw citizen and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation. Our societies are facing incredible challenges ahead and I’m asking you to support rabble.ca as one way to take on these challenges. 

We need rabble.ca to tell the stories that need to be heard. When it comes to media, in the early days of the Idle No More movement, and before, rabble was a key resource for people to learn about, share, and discuss the movement. That's still true to this day. From Standing Rock to the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women, rabble.ca is our great forum for debate and real information. I’m happy to report that rabble has been a strong supporter of my work for years and helped share the work of many other Indigenous activists. 

A good example of the rabble.ca difference is how Justin Trudeau continues to get far too much flattering coverage in other media for his relationship with Indigenous communities. The truth that needs to be told is Trudeau’s betrayal to First Nations people, and therefore his betrayal of all Canadians. 

The fact is that Trudeau told Indigenous people that he would recognize our legal right to veto any development on our territories. That means the right to say no to pipelines. This, as we know, hasn't happened. Justin Trudeau has betrayed us. He has approved two major pipelines, Kinder Morgan and Enbridge Line 3. These pipelines will destroy the very lands and waters on which we all depend, First Nations and Canadians alike. rabble.ca has not let up on Trudeau and other pipeline supporters.

I’m asking you to please do what you can to support rabble.ca. rabble is a great forum for debate and real information, and if you can contribute please do so now at rabble.ca/donate. If you can’t afford a donation, please encourage a friend or colleague that can.

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Pam Palmater

Pam Palmater has been a practicing lawyer for 16 years and is currently an Associate Professor and the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.

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