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Recognition of Indigenous rights or termination of rights framework? 8.8.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Joyce Green Gina Starblanket The Trudeau government is committed to table legislation on a Recognition of Rights Framework for Indigenous Rights this fall. While not yet finalized, the initial drafts are not encouraging. Beware of federal politicians bearing beads and trinkets. This framework is not emancipatory, and, despite effusive press releases from the prime minister, has nothing to do with reconciliation. The feds are proposing a framework that functions like a cage, containing Indigenous nations and governments within a legal apparatus that assumes all sovereignty and jurisdiction belongs to the federal and provincial governments. The cage provides Indigenous nations with little more than space to administer federally approved governance within legislated boundaries. No land commitments accompany the framework, and its principles fall far below the floor set by Canadian constitutional law, Indigenous laws, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The third ...
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Assembly of First Nations 2018 election is a battle for sovereignty 19.7.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Assembly of First Nations 2018 election is a battle for sovereignty
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Social enterprise improves food security in Garden Hill First Nation 15.6.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Marina Puzyreva Food insecurity is a pressing problem for thousands of Indigenous people living in remote reserves in the North of Manitoba. The new CCPA Manitoba report Harnessing the Potential of Social Enterprise in Garden Hill First Nation explores in-depth the themes around food insecurity: people's incomes and spending on food, health issues related to food consumption and traditional food culture. It also suggests ways to increase food accessibility and affordability through local efforts and appropriate public policies. Although the study is community specific, it echoes many problems faced by other northern communities. Garden Hill First Nation (GHFN) is a remote community located 610 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Similar to many northern communities, in GHFN the history of colonialism, assimilation and the legacy of residential schools have shaped the egregious conditions of poverty that many on-reserve residents struggle with every day: notably high rates of unemployment, a ...
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Resisting the terror of cultural genocide at Muskrat Falls 26.4.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada On Monday, May 7, a rally and nonviolent direct action will take place on Parliament Hill in solidarity with the Labrador Land Protectors, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who are trying to stop an act of cultural genocide downstream of the massive Muskrat Falls mega-dam that experts predict will eventually cost $78 billion . Individuals trained in nonviolence will attempt to walk straight into the House of Commons and place on the desks of all 343 MPs pictures and testimonies from those at risk of methylmercury poisoning as well as mass drowning from a potential catastrophic dam break in Labrador. The gathering is in response to a call from the Labrador Land Protectors, who write: "This battle for our very lives can no longer be waged alone. Most of us in Labrador cannot go to Ottawa. We need your voices to help expose the major tragedy unfolding that there is still time to stop. Ensure the federal government sees our faces, hears our voices, and acts on our ...
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The Indigenous tobacco trade is an Aboriginal right. Why is Canada criminalizing it? 5.4.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Pamela Palmater Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claims that there is no more important relationship than the one with Indigenous peoples and committed to a renewed nation-to-nation relationship based on respect for Indigenous rights. To this end, Trudeau made many promises to First Nations, including a commitment to review and repeal all of the laws imposed on First Nations by the former Conservative government led by Stephen Harper. This is a significant commitment from the Liberal government, as Harper passed numerous laws impacting Indigenous rights -- without complying with the legal duty to consult, accommodate and obtain the consent of First Nations. Laws related to drinking water, elections, financial transparency, matrimonial property, land surrenders and the removal of protections for lakes and rivers were passed in spite of strong opposition by First Nations. One bill which attracted a great deal of resistance was Bill C-10 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in contraband ...
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Trudeau's dance of deception on Indigenous rights 27.2.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Pamela Palmater On Feb. 14, 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his plan to develop a new legislative framework called the "Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework" intended to recognize Indigenous rights and avoid litigation. This announcement came after the incredible "not guilty" verdict in the Gerald Stanley murder trial -- the farmer who killed Colten Boushie from Red Pheasant First Nation -- and the subsequent nationwide rallies and protests by Indigenous peoples. There is no doubt that Trudeau was trying to deflect attention from the deep-rooted racism within Canada's justice system -- but also in his own government's failure to take substantive action on any of the injustices facing Indigenous peoples. Despite his many pre- and post-election promises to Indigenous peoples -- Trudeau has been all talk and little action. Aside from the opportunistic nature of his announcement, it is important to note that this is nothing new. Since his election, Trudeau has made the same core ...
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Indian Country News: The Cherokee Nation vs. Big Pharma 20.1.2018 High Country News Most Recent
A major lawsuit over opioid addiction won’t be adjudicated in Cherokee Nation courts.
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The Trump Administration's Attacks on Public Lands and Waters Will Cause Irreparable Harm 18.1.2018 Truthout.com
The designation of a national monument protects the land from drilling, fracking, mining, logging -- protection not afforded to the majority of public land, says Randi Spivak of the Center for Biological Diversity. Spivak discusses why the largest delisting of protected federal lands in US history will harm species, waters and exacerbate climate change. Who are the powerful funders behind Truthout? Our readers! Help us publish more stories like this one by making a tax-deductible donation. In December, Trump  announced  that he would shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah by 85 percent and 46 percent respectively. The announcement came after Trump had ordered Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in April to review 27 national monuments created since 1996 that were 100,000 acres or larger, and Zinke subsequently recommended that these and other monuments be reduced. Trump's move represents the  largest  delisting of protected federal lands in US history, removing 2 ...
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Arthur Manuel's books should be mandatory reading for all Canadians 13.12.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Doreen Nicoll "The loss of our lands has been the precise cause of our impoverishment. Indigenous Peoples control only 0.2 [per cent] of the land in Canada while settler governments claim control of the other 99.8 [per cent]. With this distribution of land, you don't have to have a doctorate in economics to understand who will be poor and who will be rich. And our poverty is crushing." - Arthur Manuel, Secwepemc Nation from his book Unsettling Canada. Arthur Manuel was like a brother to Kahnawake Mohawk policy analyst, writer, and activist Russ Diabo.  Recently, I had the honour and pleasure to speak by phone with Diabo. He told me about the life and work of Manuel, his long-time friend, fellow activist, and author of Unsettling Canada (UC) and The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land Rebuilding the Economy (RM). According to Diabo, "Both books are important for understanding the real history of Indigenous peoples and today's treatment because the structure hasn't changed." In UC, Manuel lays ...
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Trump’s message for tribes: Let them eat yellowcake 12.12.2017 High Country News Most Recent
The president’s Bears Ears decision has toxic implications.
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Trump’s message for tribes: Let them eat yellow cake 12.12.2017 High Country News Most Recent
The president’s Bears Ears decision has toxic implications.
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What Trump’s Supreme Court pick holds for Indian Country 12.12.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Neil Gorsuch’s background in Indian law and Western issues could be useful to tribal litigants.
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Native People and Allies Pledge to Stop Keystone XL 27.11.2017 Truthout.com
You'll never see a paywall at Truthout and we'll never artificially restrict your access to the news. Can you pitch in to help keep it that way? We rely on our readers to keep us online, so make a one-time or monthly donation today! I'm in Lower Brule, South Dakota, where elected tribal officials, spiritual leaders, Native grassroots organizations, youth groups, and traditional women's societies have gathered with non-Native farmers, ranchers and others affected by the Keystone XL pipeline. That project to carry tar sands from shale fields in Canada to the Gulf of Mexico threatens our water, our livelihoods and our sacred sites. Yes, we were sad, and angry. But within minutes, we went from being sad to being strategic. That decision opens a new terrain to continue the fight to prevent the building of KXL, and it can be stopped if we build on the strong relationships between Native leadership and non-Native farmers and ranchers.  We can leverage the power of organized prayer in a values-led campaign that ...
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The Hidden History of How California Was Built on Genocide 12.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
From 1846 to 1873, vigilantes, state militiamen and soldiers killed thousands of California Natives. But as historian Benjamin Madley shows in An American Genocide, man-made starvation, diseases and other factors caused tens of thousands more deaths. In this interview, the author tells Truthout why the treatment of Indigenous Californians counts as genocide, who perpetrated the genocide, and why it has wider significance today. History professor Benjamin Madley has written the first comprehensive investigation of the catastrophe that befell California's Indigenous population from 1846 to 1873: a catastrophe that was entirely man-made. An American Genocide catalogs the killing of tens of thousands of Native people during those years, and proves just how complicit the Californian and United States government were in the slaughter. Order this important book by donating to Truthout today! Modoc chief Kintpuash photographed by T.N. Wood in 1864. Kintpuash and his family were among the Modoc removed from ...
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Why Native American Women Are Going After Europe's Banks to Divest From Big Oil 24.10.2017 Truthout.com
Delegation members outside of Credit Suisse bank in Zurich, Switzerland before their meeting. Pictured left to right: Michelle Cook, Tara Houska, Autumn Star Chacon, Wasté Win Young and Dr. Sarah Jumping Eagle. (Photo: WECAN International ) Last  December , calls to defund the Dakota Access pipeline and "Stand with Standing Rock" led individuals to divest millions of dollars from banks extending credit to that project. As cities and tribes got involved, that amount increased to now more than $4 billion. Seattle  was the first, then more cities  followed , and the movement to defund Big Oil is still growing. In May, Indigenous leaders  launched  a new campaign, the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, targeting  four proposed  tar sands pipelines. The  strategy  is to stop banks' financial commitment before ground is broken. One of these projects -- TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline -- was terminated  earlier this month . Now, the movement that began at Standing Rock has gone global, since much ...
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Oklahomans Turn "Oilfield Prayer Day" Into a Protest Against Big Oil 21.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
"Pipelines are genocide!" and "Keep the frack out of my water" were just a few of the signs held by protesters at a rally in Oklahoma City on this month. Standing outside the building that houses the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, protesters rallied for nearly two hours to demand that the public utilities commission ban fracking and limit the damage of the fossil fuel industry. The rally was set up to coincide with the one year anniversary of "Oilfield Prayer Day," a  state-sanctioned  event proclaimed by Gov. Mary Fallin in an effort to recognize, as she explained it, "the incredible economic, community and faith-based impact demonstrated across the state by oil and natural gas companies." Last year's celebration involved a prayer breakfast in Oklahoma City with more than 400 people in attendance, including Gov. Fallin, to support an industry suffering from low prices and mass layoffs. Indigenous people and other local residents at this month's gathering said they weren't protesting prayer itself, but ...
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Canadian First Nations call for eviction of fish farms 20.10.2017 High Country News Most Recent
British Columbia protests are rooted in a deeper conversation on Indigenous rights.
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A Northwest tribal sovereignty battle, centered on culverts 17.10.2017 High Country News Most Recent
21 tribal nations wait to see if the Supreme Court will hear a decades-old case about salmon.
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On Indigenous Peoples Day, We Fight for Our Existence -- and Our Liberation 9.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
A Water Protector looks on at burned tractors at the Standing Rock camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on October 12, 2016. (Photo: Irina Groushevaia ) Indigenous Peoples Day, in these deeply unsettled times, celebrates our voices, our presence, our bodies in the streets, our scholarship and our writings. This day becomes another occasion to refuse to be silent about sustained violence against Indigenous peoples. A Water Protector looks on at burned tractors at the Standing Rock camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on October 12, 2016. (Photo: Irina Groushevaia ) The only way Truthout can maintain a sanctuary for real, independent news is with your support. Make a tax-deductible donation today! It is as predictable as any other annual US holiday or commemoration: National mainstream media devote sound bites to Columbus Day and the meaning of Christopher Columbus' voyage to the "New World," while Columbus Day sales hit the stores. Meanwhile, op-eds and letters to the editor register Indigenous people's ...
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Sally Jewell defends Interior Department legacy 12.9.2017 High Country News Most Recent
As Obama’s policies are rolled back, his last Interior secretary reviews what’s at stake.
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