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Dene Suline of Cold Lake First Nation win interim injunction

In Blockades and Land Defense, Cold Lake Blockade, News, Occupations, Uncategorized on May 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Originally Posted in: http://www.rabble.ca

Author: Krystalline Kraus

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/krystalline-kraus/2011/05/activist-communiqu%C3%A9-dene-suline-cold-lake-first-nation-stop

The Dene Suline of Cold Lake First Nation (CLFN) Alberta  have won an interim injunction to halt construction on campground improvements to be made on Sacred Land — Sacred Land that was being occupied by a “cultural camp” set up on May 6, 2011 by the Dene Suline to prevent the construction of an RV park on their traditional territory.

The interim injunction was granted by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Don Manderscheid and will continue until the courts can hear an injunction application that was filed by the Cold Lake First Nations back on May 10, 2011. As part of the injunction, members of the cultural camp must remove all signs or blockades from the road into the campground and allow representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, Parks and Recreation to access the area.

“We’re not going to relinquish our access or our rights to this land,” said Chief Cecil Janvier. “We’re going to voice our opposition to their proposed development.”

The contested campsite in the English Bay Provincial Recreation Area, locally know as Berry Point, is on territory used by the Dene Suline for fishing, hunting and gathering medicines since time immemorial. The earth also cares for the bones of their ancestors buried in gravesites there. For these reasons, the area slated for construction holds tremendous cultural and historical significance for the CLFN.

On the location, a small campground has been operating since the 1950’s, which the Province of Alberta seeks to expand into a larger and more extensively developed campground suitable for large recreational vehicles (RVs).

The expansion project was stopped soon after it began in 2006, when historical artifacts were discovered on the land — some over 4,000 years old — which prompted a wider archaeological study of the site. The project received the go ahead again earlier this year.

While the Alberta government did perform some local consultation, it was not described as extensive or in good faith. Described by the Dene Suline community, the new construction “would include extensive surveying of the area, further removal of natural resources such as trees, plants and wildlife, the creation of a modern road into the area, large gravel pads and paths throughout the park as well as any other number of disturbances which may arise from the expansion.”

“The Province will also impose barriers upon the Dene Suline. For instance, fire bans will interfere with smoke houses; gates and fences will physically restrict Dene Suline access; and payment of fees may be required.”

CLFN has this message for its allies in the struggle to protect Indigenous Sacred land:

“Attention all Nations:

We the Dene Suline of Cold Lake Alberta are presently occupying a proposed provincial park on our traditional territory.

We are asking the nations for verbal support on our position. We are denying contractors and the Alberta government access to our territory.

We are protecting burial sites and many other cultural significant areas.

We may be forced by the RCMP to leave or worse.

We need our people across country to support our position.

We are being supported by CLFN chief and council

In the spirit of total resistance CLFN.”

**

The CLFN is asking for supporters to write letters to:

Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation (Alberta)
Cindy Ady

Phone: (403) 256-8969

calgary.shaw@assembly.ab.ca

Sample Letter:

To the Honourable Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation Cindy Ady:
cc’d Premier Stelmach
Phone: (780) 427-2251
fortsaskatchewan.vegreville@assembly.ab.ca

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Len Webber
Phone: (403) 288-4453
calgary.foothills@assembly.ab.ca

I want to register my support for the Cold Lake First Nation and their right to full consultation before any development occurs on their traditional territory. The area that the Province is seeking to develop, the English Bay Provincial Recreation Area, holds tremendous cultural and historical significance for the Cold Lake First Nation. The expansion of recreational areas is not as important as respecting the rights of First Nation peoples. Every level of government must acknowledge and protect the constitutional rights of Aboriginal peoples.

I hereby urge you as Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation to suspend all development of this area until proper consultation has been conducted with the Cold Lake First Nation and their concerns have been properly addressed.

Thank you for your attention in this matter and I look forward to your reply to my concerns.

Sincerely,
<your name & address>

Kahne:koteh! People are speaking out in defense of the land! Get involved now! NO Melancthon Quarry

In Blockades and Land Defense, News, NO Melancthon Quarry on the Haldimand Tract!!, Uncategorized on May 6, 2011 at 3:24 am

(The above photo is of the Hanson Permanente Quarry in Western California, which is the traditional territory of the Muwekma Peoples (the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, the Amah-Mutsun Band of Ohlone/Costanoan Indians and the Ohlone/Costanoan Esselen). 1/3 of the cement used in Western California comes from this cement quarry.)

Originally Posted: May 5th, 2011

Author: Thomas Powless

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

http://www.waterkeeper.ca/2011/04/19/waterkeeper-objects-to-melancthon-mega-quarry/

Waterkeeper Objects to Melancthon Mega Quarry Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, April 19th, 2011

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper has filed a formal objection to the application by 3191574 Nova Scotia Company (aka The Highland Companies) for a Class A licence to remove more than 20,000 tonnes of aggregate annually from a pit or quarry in Melancthon Township. Our objection reads as follows:

BY MAIL

Craig Laing, Aggregate Inspector

Ministry of Natural Resources, Regional Operations Division

Southern Region, Midhurst District

2284 Nursery Road

Midhurst, ON L0L 1X0

3191574 Nova Scotia Company (The Highland Companies)

477476 Third Line

Rural Route Delivery 2

Shelburne, ON L0N 1S6

April 19, 2011

Dear Mr. Laing and Directors, 3191574 Nova Scotia Company:

Re:

EBR No. 011-2864 (Melancthon Quarry)

Objection, Aggregate Resources Act s. 11(3)

Application for Class A licence to remove more than 20,000 tonnes of aggregate annually from a pit or quarry, Aggregate Resources Act s.7(2)(a) 

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper objects to the application by 3191574 Nova Scotia Company for a Class A licence to remove more than 20,000 tonnes of aggregate annually from a pit or quarry in Melancthon Township. Waterkeeper makes this objection pursuant to s.11(3) of the Aggregate Resources Act.

Waterkeeper has been an active intervenor in the proposal by Nelson Aggregate to expand that company’s Burlington Quarry since 2005. We are currently participating in the joint Ontario Municipal Board and Environmental Review Tribunal hearing into that proposal.

Nelson’s proposed quarry expansion was the subject of a Joint Agency Review Team [JART] Report, which examined the potential impact of the quarry on the environment, surrounding land use, and social and recreational value in the area. It provided invaluable information on the expected effects on hydrogeology, aquatic life, and ecology, including threatened species discovered on the site by local residents. New information continues to arise in the context of the hearing, indicating the inadequacy of relying solely on proponent-produced and commissioned reports for a project of this type.

The proposed Melancthon Quarry would occupy 937.1 hectares of land just outside of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s watershed. The proponent’s application indicates that one billion tonnes has been identified for extraction. Like the proposed Nelson quarry, the aggregate that would be extracted in Melancthon is part of the Amabel Formation, a layer of dolostone that constitutes a valuable aquifer. The bedrock includes karst features, which are formed when groundwater moves through limestone or dolostone bedrock, slowly dissolving the rock and increasing its permeability.

The proposed quarry would reach depths of close to 60 metres or 200 feet, requiring extraction below the water table. The proponent would be required to dewater the quarry to keep it dry for excavation, causing drawdown of surrounding groundwater and potentially impacting local surface water courses. The floor of the existing quarry would continue to be dewatered in perpetuity to allow it to be used for farming post-extraction.

The proposed Melancthon Quarry is many times larger than Nelson’s proposed expansion site. No detailed, site-specific external review of the potential impacts of a quarry of this size and depth has been conducted.

Waterkeeper is concerned about the potential impacts of this project, both during extraction and during the proponent’s proposed post-extraction quarry floor farming operations. The dewatering and pumping that will be required to facilitate the project could have devastating effects on the flow and supply of ground and surface water to lakes, streams, and rivers within and beyond the watershed.

Waterkeeper objects to the approval of this application and respectfully requests that 3191574 Nova Scotia Company’s proposal be denied. In the alternative, Waterkeeper requests that the proposal be referred to a hearing to allow for the examination of scientific evidence by an independent decision-maker and for meaningful public participation.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. Please contact Joanna Bull, Counsel for Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, if you have any questions or concerns about this objection.

Sincerely,

Mark Mattson

President and Waterkeeper

*Launched in 2001, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper works hard to create a watershed where you can safely swim, drink, and fish. Our charity engages in legal processes to enforce environmental laws and help to inform wise decision-making. We educate and mentor people who want to learn more about water quality challenges and environmental law, including student volunteers from many of Canada’s top law schools. We conduct research to identify threats to water quality and natural habitat and to monitor trends in environmental law. We celebrate Lake Ontario and its history by promoting arts events and opportunities.

Our emphasis on due process stems from our strongly-held believe that clean water depends on an empowered public. Too often, citizens are shut out of decision-making, cannot access important information, or cannot appeal to impartial judges. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper triggers or creates new forums for public participation. We train citizens to contribute. We collect, publish, and disseminate the vital information they need. At all times, we fight for just decisions.

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is a grassroots, non-profit, public interest organization. We rely on our membership and the support of individuals and organizations who share our vision of a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future. All contributions are tax-deductible according to Canada Revenue Agency’s rules (#86262 2750 RR0001).

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is also a member of the internationally-recognized Waterkeeper Alliance. This New York-based group is led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and provides a link between the world’s 180-plus independent Waterkeepers.

Residents, including children, sick after large oil spill in the Peace Region

In News, Tar Sands, Uncategorized on May 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Originally Posted in: UK Tar Sands Network, May 4th 2011.

Author: No Tar Sands

http://www.no-tar-sands.org/2011/05/residents-including-children-sick-after-large-oil-spill-in-the-peace-region/

4 May 2011 (Edmonton) — Little Buffalo community members, including school children, continue to experience nausea, burning eyes and headaches after one of the largest pipeline spills in Alberta history last Friday by Plains All American leaked nearly 30,000 barrels of oil into Lubicon traditional territory in the Peace Region of Northern Alberta.

Instead of attending an in-person community meeting, the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) faxed a one-page fact sheet to Little Buffalo School. The fact sheet indicates that 28,000 barrels of crude oil, or 4,500 cubic metres, has spread into nearby stands of “stagnant water.” The spill, April 29 at 7:30 a.m., occurred only 300 metres from local waterways. The ERCB said the spill has been contained, but community members report that the oil is still leaking into the surrounding forest and bog. The ERCB also said to the community that there is “no threat to public safety as a result of the leak.” Yet people are still getting sick, the local school has been shut down and children ordered to stay at home. An investigation into the incident is underway.

“It has been four days since classes were suspended due to the noxious odours in the air. The children and staff at the school were disorientated, getting headaches and feeling sick to their stomachs,” said Brian Alexander, the principle of Little Buffalo School. “We tried to send the children outside to get fresh air as it seemed worse in the school but when we sent them out they were getting sick as well”.

“The company and the ERCB have given us little information in the past five days. What we do know is that the health of our community is at stake,” said Chief Steve Nosky. “Our children cannot attend school until there is a resolution, The ERCB is not being accountable to our community; they did not even show up to our community meeting to inform us of the unsettling situation we are dealing with. The company is failing to provide sufficient information to us so we can ensure that the health and safety of our community is protected.”

The ERCB fact sheet states that air monitors are in place on site and have “detected no hydrocarbon levels above Alberta Ambient Air Quality guidelines.” But this is little consolation for a community that is scared to breathe the air. Veronica Okemow has six children, the youngest one attending the school, and she is very worried. “We are deeply concerned about the health effects on the community,” Okemow said. “It is a scary thing when your children are feeling sick from the air. People are scared to breathe in the fumes.”

Pipeline Companies are constantly trying to ensure the public that these massive pipelines crossing North America are safe.

“With TransCanada and Enbridge pipeline corporations vying to build massive pipelines to the Pacific and Gulf Coasts, First Nation and American Indian Tribes near the path of these pipelines currently have tribal resolutions opposing the construction of these pipelines.  They foresee that these proposed pipelines would endanger their water, air and lands, for future generations.  Alberta’s big oil companies are putting our communities at risk for a short ranged economic gain”, Says Clayton Thomas-Muller of the Indigenous Environmental Network.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation and also a Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner said:

“The Plains All American spill marks the second pipeline spill in Alberta in just a week, with Kinder Morgan spilling just days before. This is an alarm bell for Alberta residents. If this 45-year-old pipeline were to break elsewhere along its route there would be more safety and health hazards. Communities across Alberta and B.C. are demanding an end to this type of risky development; yet the government refuses to listen. Instead it continues on as business as usual without plans for the cleaner, healthier, sustainable future that is possible.”

See CBC News article on pipeline-leak here.

For more information, please contact:

Steve Nosky, Chief of the Lubicon Cree, (780) 649-4466
Brian Alexander, Principle of Little Buffalo School, (780) 629 -2210 (h) (403) 397-9779 (c)
Melina Laboucan-Massimo, member of the Lubicon Cree and Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner, (780) 504-5567
Jessica Wilson, Greenpeace communications, (778) 228-5404

California: Day 18 Update From Spiritual Encampment At Glen Cove

In Blockades and Land Defense, Glen Cove Encampment, News, Occupations, Uncategorized on May 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Originally Posted in: Protectglencove.org, May 1st 2011.

Author: SSP&RIT

http://protectglencove.org/2011/day-17-may-day-update/#more-1624

*** Day 18 update – May 1st, 2011

It was a very social Sunday. Internationally acclaimed actor Michael Horse and his partner Pennie Opal Plant from Gathering Tribes Art Gallery in Berkeley paid us a visit and donated much needed supplies. Artists from Oakland donated two spray-painted banners. A limo pulled up to the gate, full of DJs from a local radio station, who visited and brought us fruit. Then a trio of Mormons appeared–after being informed that proselytizing to our participants was forbidden, they joined us for a short while.

Doug and Clayton Duncan from Robinson Rancheria and Gary Thomas of the Elem Pomo Roundhouse shared the story of the massacre of their ancestors at Bloody Island and offered songs. Their family members sang healing songs and danced in honor of the women, accompanied by prayers offered by a Taino Elder from Puerto Rico.

The Security Committee, which includes youth from several California tribes, introduced the new “Sogorea Te” song to the group circle. People from our encampment spoke at May Day rallies in San Jose and San Francisco, distributing flyers and getting the word out about our spiritual defense of these sacred grounds.

Local Glen Cove Residents showed up to support our vigil and provided us with BBQ meat and lasagna for dinner. Phil Klasky, American Indian Studies professor at San Francisco State also brought generous dinner donations. The Red Boy Singers offered Prayer songs at the end of this hot Sunday.

Prayer and attention is being directed towards our friend and long time activist John Powers, who despite deteriorating health, has been participating in our ongoing ceremony to protect Sogorea Te.

We again wish to express our gratitude to everyone who has participated in our struggle, on the land or from a distance.

*** Announcements:

– A Mothers Day / Honoring Mother Earth event will take place this coming Sunday, the 8th at Sogorea Te. Details TBA.

– A walk to visit Oakland Shellmounds will take place on Saturday May 7th at 9am, Starting at Union Point Park – 2311 Embarcadero, Oakland. Bring comfortable shoes, a sack lunch and water to carry.

– The Twelth Annual Bloody Island Memorial in honor of the Pomo Indian people that perished and those who survived the Bloody Island Massacre will take place on Saturday, May 14th in the Clear Lake area.

– Also, a reminder that ride-sharing from the Bay Area is being coordinated by these two supporters – let them know if you need, or can offer, a ride out to Glen Cove: Casey – 609-317-3480 casey.romanick@gmail.com Dylan – 415-810-9930 dylcooke@gmail.com

For more information & updates: http://protectglencove.org/

Why We Wrote the “Statement of Apology” We Wish Had Been Written by the Defenders of the Land Organizing Committee.

In Blockades and Land Defense, News, Uncategorized on April 28, 2011 at 6:33 am

Originally Posted in : Indigenous AntiCapitalist, April 27th 2011.

Author: Indigenous Women in the Movement

(Image from the Alcatraz Takeover, 1969-1971)

Why We Wrote the “Statement of Apology” We Wish Had Been Written by the Defenders of the Land Organizing Committee.

It has been seven days since we published a satirical “statement of apology”,  from the organizing committee of Defender’ of the Land. A group of women and grassroots land defenders wrote the statement, because our voices had been silenced. We feel that what we have to say here must be heard, and so we will continue to speak, despite being silenced again when our account on Facebook was disabled (it has since been reactivated) and when Rabble.ca refused to publish the Statement of Apology. For those who have not read it, it follows this letter.

In Spring 2010, we blocked consensus of a “June 24th Day of Action” call-out for a march during the G20 week in Toronto. We were ignored and silenced. That march was the only indigenous-led event for that important week of public dissent. We had one day for our voices to be heard in the streets. We believe in consensus as a traditional way of guarding against elitism and privilege in our communities, and we believed that by blocking consensus, especially as a group of native women, we would at least be given the chance to speak and be heard. Not only were we ignored and silenced, but the organizing committee blocked communication between us and several native communities. We were told they were “afraid” of us, as though indigenous peoples need protection from each other when our voices speak different opinions.

We blocked consensus because we felt that the call out for the “June 24th Day of Action” (which was sent out by Defenders of the Land) would criminalize and disempower grassroots land defenders and erode our autonomy to defend ourselves and our land and communities. We felt that the heavy use of “non-violence” wording was a slippery slope toward co-operation with the Canadian government and police…who also desire us to be “non-violent” so that we are less of a threat to the realities that we face daily: our children being stolen, our lands being exploited for profit, murder and brutality at the hands of police and racist settlers, the disappearance and murder of thousands of indigenous women.

We felt that this was not an issue of semantics, that this was deliberately being taught to our peoples, our youth and our communities by the interests of government and corporations, who we began finding out more and more, were actually helping to fund well-paid activists who ran well-funded workshops, training and retreats on “non-violence” and “civil disobedience”. Some of this was traced back to funding which came from “ethical oil” strategies, and that’s when we started realizing the sickening accuracy of our premonitions.

The June 24th “Day of Action”, although well attended and successful in bringing people together to demonstrate resistance, was also extremely compromised. Undercover police and informants who came to the organizing meetings were “justified” in being there, people were told that because of “trouble makers”, we should cooperate with the police. These “trouble makers” were several indigenous people who were standing up and questioning the way the organizing was being increasingly straitjacketed.

“Non violence” was used to narrow the parameters of our ability to speak and express our struggle: we were barred from wearing camoflage, barred from wearing masks, barred from carrying the Unity flag or from any “warrior” images or symbols. On the day of the march, undercover police were permitted by the organizers to infiltrate the march, and those of us who had questioned the organizers were told that we would be turned over (by the march’s own security team) to the police.

Members of the Defenders of the Land organizing committee were present at these meetings, they helped to organize and promote the march and they did not speak up in defense of those who were criminalized and targeted, just as they did not listen to the voices of women who had blocked consensus of the original call out.

That has been our experience and involvement with the organizing committee of the Defenders of the Land, a network that began with the dream of a woman: a clanmother and Elder from one of the most exploited communities on Turtle Island which has been devastated by mercury poisoning and logging: Grassy Narrows.

We believe in honouring the dreams of women, in freeing ourselves from judgement and bias, decolonizing our minds and our hearts. We believe in being action-oriented, not paper-oriented. We don’t need Canada’s approval or consent, and we don’t need government or corporate funding. We have always had what we will always need: the Kaianerenkowa, the Medicine Wheel, our teachings, our clan systems, our languages, our ceremonies.

We can empower ourselves, we don’t need to wait for an NGO or a suit to tell us how to feel empowered. We aren’t the ones who need “non violence training”, the ones who need to stop using violence are the ones in power: police, government and corporations.

We absolutely believe in non-violence: when the cops lay down their weapons, the mining and logging companies abandon their industries, when the government returns the land to the people who belong to her, when racist settlers lay down their racism and patriarchy, when we vomit up the internalized racism from generations of abuse and torture at the hands of the government and can feel good in our own skin, can feel loved by each other, comforted, proud of and nourished by our beautiful brown skin, instead of vying for the attention of white thighs, settling for the white lie.

When the violence against us stops, maybe then we can begin to return to a time of peace. But to adopt a strategy of non-violence during a time of war is suicide: and we already have enough children and youth killing themselves because their innate resistance to genocide is stifled by white Canadian education, media, foster homes, jails and poverty food. Native children and youth do not need to be taught how to defend themselves: they need to be given the freedom to do what their spirits already understand is necessary.

Nonviolence as a mass political strategy was never part of our traditional ways of being on Turtle Island. We laid siege to forts, we picked up arms, we mounted riots and uprisings and full scale guerilla wars against colonial governments, militaries, corporations. We ate the hearts of our enemies. We did not curry favour from rich white men, we fought and killed them.

The most successful military campaign against Amerikkka was waged and won by the Oglala Sioux at Little Big Horn in 1876 and in 1973, they defended it again against the FBI, military and goon squads. Our people were often were masked in ceremonies and in battle, just look at the indigenous Zapatista movement–“masking up” is a practice rooted in indigenous movements and indigenous resistance.

Non-violence may be one strategy, and true to our nature, if it works, we’ll use it. If it doesn’t, we won’t. The bottom line is that we defended our land and our families with whatever we could. We owe our very existence to our ancestors who resisted total extermination and genocide by fighting back, and we will continue to honour those who gave us life by resisting the ongoing colonization of our lands and our peoples. If we have breath, we owe each one not only to our ancestors but to the land they fought and died to protect, and to the next seven generations.

-Indigenous Women in the Movement

Desecration of Haudenosaunee Burial Mounds Sanctioned by City Council

In News, Uncategorized on April 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

Originally Posted in: Intercontinental Cry, April 25th, 2011.

Author: T a i a i a k o ‘ n H i s t o r i c a l P r e s e r v a t i o n S o c i e t y

http://intercontinentalcry.org/desecration-of-haudenosaunee-burial-mounds-sanctioned-by-city-council/

Toronto’s High Park, located near the edge of Lake Ontario, is home to more than four dozen Haudenosaunee burial mounds, some of which could date back 3000 years, making them older than Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Today, some of those burial mounds are being casually desecrated with the implicit sanction of Toronto’s City Council.

Snake Mound South Entrance Barricade March 19, 2011. Photo Taiaiako'n Historical Preservation Society Snake Mound South Entrance Barricade March 19, 2011. Photo Taiaiako’n Historical Preservation Society

Roughly 4,200 kilometres away from Vallejo, California, where Indigenous Peoples have gathered to prevent a sacred burial ground from being converted into a public park, members of the Haudenosaunee Nation are speaking out against the continued desecration of burial mounds within Toronto’s largest park area.

“The territory that is now known as High Park was home to an Iroquoian people known as the Erie/Neutrals , ancestral to Meadowood Complex, who, over the course of the Woodland Period (1000 bce – 1614 ce) built earthwork mounds for honouring and burying their dead,” explains the Taiaiako’n Historical Preservation Society (THPS).

“The Six Nations are the custodians of the burial mounds… When John Howard bequeathed the park to the city [in the 1800’s] he also provided the condition that the Six Nations would continue their custodian role over their sacred sites. It is their duty to maintain the mounds and connection with the ancestors for future generations.” Led by Rastia’ta’non:ha from the Seneca Wolf Clan, THPS was founded to carry out this duty.

Unlike Glen Cove, which has not yet been desecrated, for years the burial mounds in High Park have been stepped on, dug out, driven over with bikes and just simply ignored.
THPS says that “No fewer than fifty-seven such mounds have been identified, and yet they are generally overlooked and unknown. Worst yet, these significant archaeological sites are being desecrated by some. One site, Snake (or Serpent) Mound, has been almost totally destroyed due to off-road BMX enthusiasts, who have actually dug up the mounds and installed ramps to make a dirt jumping course at the south-eastern corner of the park.”

Snake Mound April 28, 2010 new illegal ramps An off road bike jump course at the on the Snake/Serpent Mound. Photo THPS

“Determined efforts to reason with the perpetrators have so far proven unproductive, and repeated attempts to engage the Park Board and City Hall to intercede on this issue have been met with puzzling indifference,” THPS adds.

The City Council continues to ignore valid archaeological evidence along with historical facts and claims by the Haudenosaunee. They have also refused to apply any of their own by-laws concerning the construction of ramps (video) and use of bicycles within the park and dismissed requests (pdf) from the High Park Community Advisory Council (HPCAC) to meet with their representatives. Among other concerns, the government has also used apparently unlicensed archaeological consultants.

Despite the veritable stone wall they’ve been pushing against to secure the ancient mounds, THPS clearly has no intention of giving up. In fact, after ten years of diligence, their effort is finally getting public support. Most recently, on April 18, THPS held a public event with Friends of Snake Mound welcoming Onondaga Chief Chief Arnie General and a group of Clanmothers and Faithkeepers to discuss the issue. They are also now preparing for a public gathering at Snake Mound on May 1, 2011 to answer questions and discuss a strategy specifically for Snake Mound.

Everyone Welcome to our first Snake Mound Gathering of the Spring/Summer season

For background and more information, please visit Taiaiakoo’n Historical Preservation Society website at http://taiaiakon.wordpress.com; or contact THPS

T a i a i a k o ‘ n H i s t o r i c a l P r e s e r v a t i o n S o c i e t y
410-223 Jackson St. W., Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4R4
905-522-5717 – ogetgwiaotahioni@cogeco.ca – attention: Rastia’ta’non:ha
Website: http://taiaiakon.wordpress.com/

Tell the City of Toronto to Do it’s Job!

Mayor Rob Ford
E-mail: mayor_ford@toronto.ca
Mail: Office of the Mayor – Toronto City Hall, 2nd Floor, 100 Queen St. West, Toronto ON M5H 2N2
Phone: 416-397-FORD (3673)

Councillor Sarah Doucette
City Hall
E-mail: councillor_doucette@toronto.ca
Mail: 100 Queen Street West, Suite C46, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Phone: 416-392-4072
Fax: 416-696-3667

Councillor Gord Perks
City Hall
E-mail: councillor_perks@toronto.ca
Mail: 100 Queen Street West, Suite A14, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Phone: 416-392-7919
Fax: 416-392-0398

For By-law/Municipal Code inquiries, please contact (Unconfirmed):
12th floor, West Tower, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 Fax: 416-392-2980
Gil Golka ggolka@toronto.ca
Sylvia Alfano salfano@toronto.ca
Karen Lunn klunn@toronto.ca
416-392-4364 416-392-0552 416-392-6665

Support the South Fraser Protection Camp NOW!

In Blockades and Land Defense, News, South Fraser Protection Camp, Uncategorized on April 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Originally Posted in: Vancouver Media Co-op, April 24th 2011.

Author: Stop the Pave (www.stopthepave.org)

http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/newsrelease/7047

The Wave Against the Pave is rising! The South Fraser Protection Camp has been established. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW.

The longer we stay, the longer the bulldozers can be stopped, and an education campaign about the real impacts of this project can grow in the surrounding neighborhoods.  The political climate is more unstable than ever, and THIS IS NOT A DONE DEAL, so now is the time to stand together for climate justice and for the health of our community.

On Earth Day Friday, around 200 local residents and concerned citizens from far and wide met in Delta to rally against the proposed South Fraser Perimeter Road. We marched to a site on the Fraser that has recently been deforested to make way for the freeway, and established our camp there. The camp is a truly inspiring place. It is located high on a bluff overlooking a historic fishing port, with a spectacular view of surrounding mountains and river. This is a strategic spot to stop this pave. We have planted a number of trees in the middle of the road. There is a free kitchen, a medic tent, hygiene facilities, art-making, a solar-powered media tent, and a real full-sized teepee for meetings.

There has been minimal police presence, however, work crews are expected to return to the site on Monday or Tuesday and we MUST have a strong onsite presence.

If you can join our camp for any length of time, your support would make a difference. There will be music and a fire circle discussion tonight (Sun) & Monday evenings. We’ll host a tour of the camp at about 2pm Monday, and a press conference at 3pm.

MOST VITAL RIGHT NOW is to have people onsite through tonight, and possibly Monday night. If you can’t come and camp, please come as early on Monday or Tuesday morning as possible (the first #640 bus leaves Scott Rd. SkyTrain station at 6:10 am, and it is 10 minutes from there).

WE CALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT NOW. Come for a visit, stay for a short time, or camp for a while. Bring food or supply contributions if you like, but most importantly, just come.

The site is easy to reach. The main entrance is on River Road, Delta, just west of Brooke Road (10675 River Rd),  – look for the signs and banners. Drive, bike from SkyTrain, or catch the #640 bus from Scott Rd SkyTrain station (or if westbound, from Ladner Exchange). Our Info Line is 604.355.2771, or call 604.588.4203.

We thank you for all your support, and hope to see you in camp soon!
In gratitude and solidarity,

StopThePave.org

For a good description of the action and the campsite see pictures  The Tyee OR Vancouver Media Co-op, W2TV or The Province.  Some background and an invitation to the Camp is in this video.

<< a bulletin from http://stopthepave.org >>

Citizenship is Based on Theft, Domination and Criminalization

In Migrant and Undocumented Persons Movement, Nazi/Islamophobic/Anti-Native Hate Watch, News, Uncategorized on April 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Originally Posted on: People of Color Organize (Summer 2010)

Author: deletetheborder

http://www.peopleofcolororganize.com/opinion/citizenship-based-theft-domination-criminalization/

If for some reason it had not yet been time to really address the concept of citizenship, now is the time. Once congress is back in session, birthright citizenship will be the next hot topic of debate. The 14th amendment gave ex-slaves and their children the citizenship they did not have before, and has since applied to anyone born on US soil (aside from a few cases), including the racist-tizzy-inducing undocumented immigrants’ children, called by the derogatory term, “anchor babies.”

The focus on birthright citizenship, if it does not succeed in changing the 14th amendment, may have a chance at shifting the debate in the favor of the racists. They not only want to remove all undocumented immigrants from the country, but their children as well. While they claim that their concern is over the law (‘Illegal is not a race, it’s a crime’, Pearce says) as of right now, the so-called “anchor babies” have not committed any crime, yet they are to be ousted as well. The immigrants’ rights movement will find it necessary to focus on defending the children of undocumented parents and retreat from the defense of undocumented immigrants themselves. This may look similar to the hierarchy created between the more deserving and the less deserving created by the debate around the Dream Act. We cannot allow them to shift the debate in this way. We need to shift it in the direction of questioning the concept of citizenship and the legitimacy of the country in the first place.

So we must ask, what does citizenship mean? We should especially ask this in the context of the fact that the US is on stolen land. What does it mean for some settlers to seize a bunch of land and declare that they are citizens and the original peoples are not (it took a while for indigenous people to be counted as citizens even after ex-slaves were included), and then continue to do this to many people who are in fact more indigenous to this continent than the settlers are. Not only are they withholding citizenship and the rights and privileges it entails; they are criminalizing most of the folks who reside in the US who are not citizens. This means detention centers, deportation, fear, etc.

Citizenship is based on theft, domination, and criminalization.

Certainly there are many of us who are counted as citizens who do not have allegiance to the US government. However, in many ways citizenship is about loyalty to this system. In what ways can we call this into question? This all deserves much more attention and discussion.

US out of North America!

– Deletetheborder

two native elders from lillooet more concerned about wilderness than $$

In News, Uncategorized on April 24, 2011 at 1:25 am

Originally Posted in: Winds of Change, April 15th 2011

Author: Janine Bandcroft

http://janinebandcroft.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/two-native-elders-from-lillooet-more-concerned-about-wilderness-than/

The BC Government and BC Hydro seem more concerned with providing energy for export than Indigenous Rights, or preserving wilderness and wildlife for future generations.  Roger Adolph and Marvin (Butch) Bob are former chiefs in the Lillooet region of British Columbia, and they’re faced with yet another divide-and-conquer agreement signing that will put some money in some hands, and take all rights to land and water away from the people for all time.  Their concern is that their friends and family don’t really understand the implications of the agreement, set for ratification on May 10th 2010 (the same day the Declaration of 1911 was enacted).  They want media attention, lawyers, and support to stop what will undoubtedly result in further devastation to the land and its creatures, and the final loss of sovereignty for the indigenous people of the region.

Statement of Opposition to the signing of the St’at’imc Hydro Agreement

In News, Uncategorized on April 24, 2011 at 1:19 am

Originally Posted: St’at’imc Territory, April 19th 2011.

Author: Gelgelatkwa7,  Xaxlip – Tsalalh, Great Great Grand-daughter of Ts’ilhusalst, Xaxlip Hereditary Leader

Re: Statement of Opposition to the signing of the St’at’imc Hydro Agreement

 

To Whom it May Concern,

We, the youth, women and families of the St’at’imc Tribe have protected this land since time immemorial.  We deliver now the thundering demand of TRUE justice.

We affirm these tribal lands were never sold, surrendered, or given to anyone, or anyone who would claim jurisdiction as a foreign corporate Government defacto State called CANADA (0000230098) in which they hire subjects to conduct business as ministers, officers, agents, or employees registered as an entity in a sub-corporation called BRITISH COLUMBIA PROVINCE OF (0000014306).We are the witnesses to those who stood before and passed on the oral history of the Indigenous place names, traditional culture, language and songs of the peoples of the St̓at̓imc Tribe. We take this stand for all of those who believe in Our Mother Earth and the natural laws of Energy and Spirit She is, and where we are all connected. As original tribes of Turtle Island we declare our right to Natural Tribal Laws, through the Traditional Customs the Creator has encoded in the genetics of our blood and passed on through oral history. As Tribal Peoples, we have never lost in war, sold the land we have been given to take care of, or given it away through Treaty, gift or any other means of annexation through colonial occupation of a British Dominion, CROWN Corporation, or enforced State registering corporate entities, companies, nor have we borrowed from any bank, financial institutions to allow them to claim a controlling interest through security agreements in the tribal lands we inhabit. Being heirs and successors of the original tribal peoples, clans, matriarchal clan mothers and women of the clans who have title to these tribal lands from time immemorial, we are the signatories who have the right of claim encoded in our blood to the traditional tribal lands in which we stake title through the place names of our language by the Will of the Great Spirit.

No longer will we continue to enslave our children under bondage of our words and signatures with any foreign colonial Dominion, CROWN Corporation, or State enforced occupation. Within the seven dimensions of knowledge and other teachings of both the physical, spiritual, conscience, sub conscience, matter, anti-matter, light, dark, the original peoples must ensure to keep these things in tune with the Harmony of Mother Earth̓s vibrations, color coding, genetics, symbols of life and the energy of Earth, moon, sun and universe. Please be advised that we will not accept any people surrendering ANY access, to or on our sacred land or waterways.

Employees of the Canadian Government, also known as elected leaders, may not speak or represent on our behalf while negotiating the future of our children or land.  We are making the statement that you do not have permission to negotiate monetary issues and to make decisions without recognizing the Tribal Rights of the Original People, also known as Ucwalmicw.  We stand firm in defense of Mother Earth and will not take part in the destruction of her for payments of money or otherwise.

Any continuation with the signing of this agreement will be seen as a direct threat to our mother, the earth, our children and our lifeline, the water.

We are ready to co operate and halt the abyss that is recklessly speeding the end of the world.  We are concerned that the path of destruction created by hydro generation and we would like the current negotiators to step down and not sign the agreement that will continue to allow the silent killing of our tribal members.

Also, below is the Declaration of the Lillooet Tribe further stating our ownership and ancient ties to our lands.

Swátas ku huz̓ ats̓xentál ts7a:

Snímulh lts7áwna kupkúkwpi7 lts7a St̓át̓imc, húz̓lhkalh tsut, snimulh lts7a kupkúkwpi7 st̓át̓imc wa7 metscál. –

Huz̓lhkalh qwal̓út, kalh lts7a qwal̓út ku7 ti7tecw.  Wa7 qwal̓utcítem tákem ts7a i ucwalmícwa, q̓em̓p wi xw7útsin xetspqéqinst lhkúnsa.

Wa7 zwátnem kwa stsuwa7lhkalh ts7a tmicw wewá7lhkúnsa. Cw7ays t̓u7sas lhwálen tmicw-kálh, cw7ays t̓u7 lhwálen swat.

Wa7 i wa7 t̓ak kam̓antúmulhas ken skwanítas ti tmícwa, t́iq aylh i sám7a.  Nilh inátcwas wa7 t̓íqwit i sám7a, t̓íqwit lhkúnsa sq̓it.

Wa7 zwátnem kwa stsuwa7mínitas ti B.C. Kv́pmen, ti tmicwakálha, ts̓íla tsuwa7mínsas skú7na ti núkwa úcalmicw tmicw cw7aoz hem̓ t̓u7 kwes ts̓íla áti7 wa7 t̓u7 tsuwa7lhkálh ti tmícwa.  cw7aoz nastsi, cw7ays t̓u7 tawmínem.

Cw7ays t̓u7 swat ku tsut nká7as mets, cw7ays t̓u7. Wa7 tsut k̓u úcwalmicw wa7 tsúw7as ti kv́pmena, t̓u7 wa7 tsuwa7lhkálh tákem.

texw t̓u7 ntsutánwas i ucwalmícwa kwes ti7texw lhes qwal̓lút i sám7a.  Ntsutanwaswít aylh ku snaqw̓ i sám7a, cw7aoz kwas kákza7.  Nilh aylh naqw̓tanemwit áma qwal̓útwit. Wa7 zwátnem aylh plan wa7 kakz7antumulítas lhkúnsa.  Tsutánwas i ucwalmícwa kwes tsuk ti7 láti7 kwíkwsa ti kwanítas, nilh t̓u7 lil̓qscitánemwit

Nilh-awílh-ka áku7 ti xzum aylh kwanítas iz̓ i sám7a zaytenlhkálha, cw7aoz ku zwatnem ku kwanítasts̓íla, kakz7antumulítas, naqw̓tumulítas, tákem stam̓

ts’íla qvl záyten-i.

wa7 zwátnem kwes naqw̓tumulítas ti tmícwa ti B.C. kv́pmen.Cw7ays t̓u7 zwátnem ku kaststúma ku7 ts̓ila wa7 snilh. Qvlwít, tákem t̓u7 zstam̓ wa7 p̓elp̓elkanítas. Wa7 zwátnem texw t̓u7 naqw̓citumulítas ti tmicwlhkálha, ti kvpmena.  Nilh cw7ays t̓u7 zwátnem kwes kánem, cw7ays t̓u7 zwátnem kwes kánem, cw7ays t̓u7 zwátnem kwes kánem, cw7ays káti7 kwes nukw̓7anstúma.  Plánlhkalh ku zam̓ aylh wa7 gélgel ti ptinusemlhálha.

Wa7 qwal̓utmínem i tákem stam̓ nilh lhes ku p̓an̓tstúma s7ents ku muz̓ p̓an̓tstúma ti tmicwlhkálha.

Tsícwkalh, qwal̓útenlhkalh akúna7 ti sam7a kúkwpi7, England, King-ha múta7 akú7na Ottawa. Ts̓íla ku7 cw7aoz kwes t̓iqstumulítas i sám7a kupkúkwpi7 múta7 kv́pmena lhkúnsa.  Ts̓íla t̓u7 zam̓ ku plan wa7 ts7as culelwít, k̓alánwit huz̓ ínwat.

Qaním̓lhkalh plans maysenítas i tsuw-íha sqwal̓út láku7 i Nlhakápmec-ha, múta7 i Scwapmec-ha, múta7 i Ts̓wánamc-ha.  Plans, maysenítas i gélgela sqwal̓út i láti lti July 16th, 1910.

Qaním̓lhkalh zam̓ ti ámha sqwalut láku7 Ottawa kv́pmen.  Húy̓lhkalh qweznem i tsúwa lhkálha gélgel sqwal̓út.  Ts̓íla ku ts̓ila ti tmicwlhkálha, ts̓íla ku7 cat̓ kwezusemlhkálh, ts̓íla kwezúsem st7u núkwa B.C.

Wa7 lhkalh zam̓ wa7 si̓wlec et7úna wa7 snilh i t̓ákmens et7úna i swa7a. Cw7it zam̓ i kupkukwpi7 tsicw a̓ta7 Lytton palla7mintwa̓lwit láti7 lti7 February 6 1910.  Tsicw wit múta7 et7u Lillooet February 24th, 1910.

Nilh aylh sqwal̓út i, pal7ulwílhkalh et7ú ti Nk̓áclumc múta7 et7úna i k̓ut̓mec-ha.

Wa7 lhkalh stálhlec úllus ku snilh t̓u7 tsicw uts ts7a ti ucwalmi̓cwa tmicw.

Cuz̓ hem ts̓íla qwal̓utlhkálha, qwal̓út-íha láku7 ets7áwna i pal7úpsta gélgel sqwal̓út láku7 lit7 Spences Bridge, July 1910.  Ts7áwna, múta7 ti áw̓ta, texw t̓u7 xat̓stúm kwancitumulítas ti tmicwkálha, láta7 “The Shirt Portage” nilh zam̓ íza i sám7a kúkwpi7 B.C. kvpmen.

Lheltúsa kwes zwátnem kwas tsuwa7lhkálh ts7a ti tmícwa. Lan tu7 p̓a7cw ku kalhás kwe qwezném ti7

Wa7 t̓it xat̓stum tsamaysenítas ti tmícwa, láti7 ti nkaoh-háwsa múta7 ti śwlectnsa ti train-a.

Cw7itkalh hem̓ áku7 t̓ákstum ti ̓ku ts̓íla ku ts7áwna ti sqwal̓utkálha cw7its cítem áku7 sHonorable Mr. Oliver, Superintendant Indian Affairs múta7 ti Secretary-ha Indian Rights Association Mr. Clark K.C., múta7 sMr. McDonald, ti Inspector-ha Indian Agencies.

Signed:

James Nraiteskel – Kúkwpi7 – Lillooet

James Stager, Kastíts̓a – Kúkwpi7 – Líl̓wat

Peter Chalal – Kúkwpi7 – Mission

James James – Kúkwpi7 – Nqayt

John Koiustghen – kúkwpi7 – Pasulko

David Eksiepalus – Kúkwpi7 – No. 2 Lillooet

Charles Nekaula – Kúkwpi7-  Nkempts

James Smith, Kákla – Kúkwpi7 – Tenas Lake

Harry Nkasúsa – Kúkwpi7 – Samaquam

Paul koitelamugh – Kúkwpi7-  Skatín

August Akstonkail – Kúkwpi7-  Xáxts̓a7

Jean Baptiste – Kúkwpi7 – Cayuse

David Skwinstwaugh – Kúkwpi7 Nxwísten

Thomas Bull – Kúkwpi7 – Slahoos

Thomas Jack – Kúkwpi7 – Nkw̓átkwa7

Chief Francois

Thomas Adolph – Kúkwpi7 – Xáxlep

Sincerely,

Gelgelatkwa7,  Xaxlip – Tsalalh

Great Great Grand-daughter of Ts’ilhusalst, Xaxlip Hereditary Leader

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