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#MigrantStrike – Week 1 Reportback

Mon, 2016-07-18 13:19
Hunger strike continues in immigration detention centres in Lindsay and Scarborough

Originally posted on July 18, 2016, at endimmigrationdetention.com and re-posted with permission.

CALL / EMAIL / TWEET at MINISTER RALPH GOODALE.

Ask him to meet the detainees.

613-947-1153 / @RalphGoodale / ralph.goodale@parl.gc.ca

SIGN THIS PETITION: https://www.change.org/p/no-more-deaths-no-more-detentions

If you are will an organization, please write a letter to Minister Goodale asking him to meet with detainees. Email the letter to migrantstrike@gmail.com

 

On July 11th, about 50 immigration detainees – mostly Black and Brown men – at Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, and the Toronto East Detention Centre in Scarborough initiated a hunger strike. They are demanding a meeting with Minister Ralph Goodale to end their indefinite detentions in maximum security prisons.

Detainees called Goodale’s office, but were denied access to the Minister. His receptionist insisted that he and his staff are unable to speak to members of the public, and refused to provide further assistance in facilitating a meeting between Goodale and the striking detainees. While Minister Goodale’s office was brushing detainees offices, his office issued a media statement insisting that their approach to immigration detention was “world-class, including methods of enforcement, with effective transparency and accountability”. The Minister also insisted that immigration detention was a ‘last resort, after all other alternatives are explored’.

>>> Hear immigration detainee Toby Clark explain why they started the Hunger Strike.

On July 12th, hundreds of us called and tweeted Minister Goodale and we released a statement exposing Goodale’s lies while more people joined the hunger strike. We asked, at least three people have died in immigration detention since the Liberals took power, the Minister wants to believe that there was no other option but to let them die? How is not talking to the people directly affected transparent and accountable?

>>> Read our update here.

On July 13th, immigration detainees were locked up for 22 hours, from 6pm the night before in an obvious attempt to break morale and silence detainees. Despite this our spokespeople did 15 CBC interviews across the country and media reports continue to appear. Phone calls continue to flood Minister Goodale’s offices.

>>>> Hear immigration detainee Patrick explain the experience of the lock-down and how migrants continue to strike.

On July 14th, Colonialism No More – Solidarity Camp Regina, 88 day strong and ongoing encampment at Indigenous and North Affairs Canada (INAC) offices in Saskatchewan offered support for ‪#‎MigrantStrike‬ by organizing a picket at Minister Ralph Goodale’s office. We are greatly moved by this show of solidarity and uniting of struggles. See a picture here. On the same day, 65 health professionals wrote a letter to Minister Goodale urging him to meet immigration detainees.

>>>> See a self-portrait and poem by R.R who is on immigration detention where he explains his feeling of loss and stuck in limbo.

On July 15th,  we learned that the Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU), after a year of investigations, decided not to charge police officers in Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan’s death. The same day the Coroner’s office announced a Coroner’s Inquest into his death.
It came as no surprise to any of us that the SIU found police not-guilty in the case of another Black Somali refugee’s death. The SIU consists of former cops investigating current cops and letting them free time and again for murder. At the same time we insisted that if Abdurrahman was not in detention, he would be alive.

>>>> While we are still figuring out how to share the very painful SIU press release with you, we spend Friday remembering the 15 people who have died in detention, 3 in just the last five months. See their names here.

On July 16 and 17, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) staff have been meeting with detainees, offering to separate and expedite some files for release. Detainees are refusing this divide and rule strategy. CBSA has said that changes are coming in the Fall and detainees are demanding changes in writing from Minister Goodale.

CBSA staff has also tried to separate some strike organizer and try to transfer them to other prisons, but thus far all of them have refused.

>>>> #MigrantStrike continues. Here is some selected mainstream media coverage on the strike.

 

TALKING BACK: How whitestream media f*cks up when talking about Black Lives Matter

Fri, 2016-07-15 13:46
Featuring BLM-Vancouver co-founder Cicely-Belle Blain

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“I think when things like Black Lives Matter are written about in mainstream media, the point is usually completely missed.”
- Cicely-Belle Blain

In early June, Marsha sat down with Cicely-Belle Blain, one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter - Vancouver (BLMV) to speak about mainstream* and independent media coverage of BLMV's founding. Cicely-Belle discusses how the narratives that mainstream media creates about Black Lives Matter -- for instance, columns by the Globe & Mail's Marcus Gee -- are informed by a racist climate of white supremacy that requires black communities and black activism to be constructed as dangerous and disruptive. Cicely-Belle talks back against the co-optation of black experiences by white media-makers/writers and shares the specific strategies that she and the BLMV team have used in resistance, from delving into historical research, to sharing Instagram memes, to building visible community presence through photography/video, to learning from the institutional experiences of academics of colour at the University of British Columbia.

*Upon on listening to this track, a friend of the podcast suggested a linguistic change, saying: "'Mainstream media' usually just means white media -- as in, media written BY white people, FOR white people. Rather than try to make 'mainstream' sound neutral, call it the 'whitestream media.'"

The core organizing team of BLMV is Cicely-Belle Blain, Mwango Moragia, Imaan Himid, Bezawit Girma, Blessing Falayi, Holly Bishu, and Sefanit Habtom, with assistance of a team of 15-20 volunteers.

Articles & media mentioned on this week’s episode:

1. Black Lives Matter - Vancouver on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/blacklivesmatter…ncouver/?fref=ts

2. Find BLMV’s on-going fundraising campaign:
www.gofundme.com/fuwbmwqs

3. “Muhammad Ali and Black Lives Matter” by BLM - Toronto co-founder Janaya Khan:
www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features…10092743621.html

4. This week’s piece to critique was “Black Lives Matter debate in Toronto descends into a no-win trap” by Marcus Gee. We have included it here as a Google Doc, so as not to add to the Globe & Mail's click-bait count:
docs.google.com/document/d/1syKNi…_6wtgLLegqlM/edit

5. Cameron Bailey’s commentary on Gee’s article can be read on the Black Experience Project’s FB page:
www.facebook.com/BlackExperienceP…%22%3A%22R%22%7D

6. Do Not Resist, the film discussed by Cicely-Belle, continues to screen across North America:
www.donotresistfilm.com/

7. “Necropolitics” by Achille Mbembe (PDF link):
www.dartmouth.edu/~lhc/docs/achillembembe.pdf

8. Photo-based coverage of BLM-Vancouver’s first event, Visibility & Solidarity at the Vancouver Art Gallery by Lenée Son:
rabble.ca/news/2016/04/black-l…s-solidarity-toronto

9. Tania Willard's work in the graphic history collection, "Drawn to Change," which Marsha cites in the introduction to this episode, can be bought/explored at:
btlbooks.com/book/drawn-to-change

10. To learn more about the displacement of black communities in Strathcona, check out "Imagining black vancouver: Experiments in reclaiming city space" by Naomi Moyer in Briarpatch Magazine from 2014:
https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/imagining-black-vancouver

***Correction: Marsha incorrectly cites that the first article to cover #BLMTOTentCity was by the CBC; however, it was the Toronto Star (March 21 2016) and the headline reads: “Police, demonstrators clash at Andrew Loku protest, while victim’s uncle calls for video.”

Follow the Built Environment on Twitter & Instagram @thebuiltenviro.

 

GroundWire | Splatsin Members Oppose Land Transfer, River Run, Community Radio Awards

Tue, 2016-07-12 22:42
Community radio news from coast to coast to coast

GroundWire | Splatsin Members Oppose Land Transfer, River Run, Community Radio Awards. This episode of GW was produced by volunteers at Kootenay Co-operative Radio on Sinixt traditional territory in Nelson BC.

Headlines

Government of British Columbia's 2016 Crown Contaminated Sites Report released | Catherine Fisher, CJLY

Inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations youths | Carly Forbes, GroundWire

Features

Walk in opposition to condominium developments on a sacred site on unceded Algonquin Territory | Matt Cicero, CKCU/OPIRG Radio

Splatsin community members opposed the transfer of land that is known to be an ancestral burial ground | Gunargie O'Sullivan, CFRO

River Run protest in support of Grassy Narrows at Queen's Park in Toronto | Stephane Doucet, CKUW

Community Radio Report

Highlighting the work and achievements of community radio volunteers and producers at this year's National Campus and Community Radio Awards | Ophira Horwitz, CFUZ

Music in this episode by Casse-Tête: A Festival of Experimental Music which takes place each June in Prince George, BC. Featured: Hunt the Circle by Alberta composer and musician Kathleen Yearwood

Call for submissions: Perceptions on Truth and Reconciliation Series

Mon, 2016-07-11 19:23
A Call for Papers for a second book, titled Pathways to Reconciliation - deadline August 1, 2016 The University of Manitoba Press and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation are pleased to announce the Perceptions on Truth and Reconciliation Series. The first book in the series, A Knock at the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was published in 2016.   We are now issuing a Call for Papers for a second book, titled Pathways to Reconciliation. Please see the attached document for a more detailed description. While the Call refers to papers presented at the Pathways to Reconciliation Conference held at the University of Winnipeg, June 15-18, we are also accepting additional submissions.   The deadline for submission is 1 August 2016.   Please feel free to circulate this Call for Papers to your colleagues and networks. If you are interested in contributing but have concerns with the deadline or if you would like to express interest in a future contribution to this series, please feel free to contact us at nctr.research@umanitoba.ca.   Please send your submissions to nctr.research@umanitoba.ca. We look forward to hearing from you!   Aimée Craft and Paulette Regan Co-editors, Perceptions on Truth and Reconciliation SeriesDat

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http://www.mediacoop.ca/sites/mediacoop.ca/files2/mc/nctr_perceptions_on_truth_and_reconciliation.pdf

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Before the Underground Railroad, Black people fled south to escape slavery in Canada

Mon, 2016-07-11 18:39

There are people arguing Canada does not have a history of anti-Black racism, or that it is nothing compared to the USA. To counter such claimes, this post presents information specific from the end of the slavery era in North America.

The following facts are often overlooked in dominant narratives about Canada:

  • Black people fled enslavement in Lower Canada (Quebec) to the haven of Vermont for several years starting in 1777. 
  • Black people fled enslavement in Upper Canada (Ontario) to areas all over the north of the USA after the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 in the USA. For example, Henry Lewis,who was owned by aristocrat William Jarvis of Toronto's infamous Jarvis family, reportedly fled to safety in New York State in 1798.
  • New York State, where anti-slavery currents had been building, was legislating an end to slavery in 1799, almost exactly the same time as Lower Canada, in 1798, and Upper Canada, in 1793. New York's law came into effect in 1827 (though some people were enslaved still in 1830). This year, 1827, is before anti-slavery legislation covered all of British North America (aka Canada), which happened in 1834 by British decree.
  • There was much resistance to ending slavery in the 1700s and early 1800s among Upper Canada legislators, all of whom were white and many of whom were slaveowners. 
  • For several decades, fugitive slave laws, giving powers to capture an escaped slave, were enforced on all states. Many northern states (and people in those states) resisted this law and were almost safe havens at times. But, because these states were under United States law, Canada was safer, and became a destination for many Black People via the Underground Railroad. Approximately 60- 70% of Black refugees in Canada then returned to the USA after slavery ended in 1865. 

Some people (including Black people) in Canada did play an important role in helping Black people escape slavery. This does not negate the fact that slavery was upheld in Canada for over 200 years. Neither fact erases the other. And, from the information presented here, it is clear that people in Canada were not uniquely just or moral in how they acted to end the horrific practice of slavery.

The facts indicate Canada had strong anti-Black racist sentiment, and a similar history to much of the USA regarding treatment of Black life. 

 

Sources:

Canadian Encyclopedia, Black Enslavement - http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/black-enslavement/

New York Historical Society - http://www.nyhistory.org/community/slavery-end-new-york-state

Smithsonian Institiute - http://go.si.edu/site/MessageViewer?em_id=15241.0

Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services - http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/explore/online/slavery/henry_lewis.aspx

Encyclopedia.com - http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-2536601434.html

Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_slavery_in_New_York

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_slavery_in_Vermont

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugitive_slave_laws

 

 

Moment in Time: July 03, 3:15 pm at Toronto Pride

Thu, 2016-07-07 19:18

july 03, 3:15 pm | it's interesting (read: tiring, exhausting) to witness the extent to which people will revolt against inconvenience. the racism and vitriol is not surprising but reveals the inconsistencies in a pride community that tells you to sit with them.

"you can sit with us" as long as you follow by our rules and maintain the status quo. you must be polite, not divisive.

this year, black lives matter toronto leads toronto pride and halts the march at yonge and college street to observe a moment of silence for the latinx queer and trans folks who died in the pulse shooting last month in orlando.

black lives matter activists take space on the intersection and co-founder Alexandria Williams announces that they are going to commence a sit-in and call out Pride Toronto for their anti-blackness.

acknowledging that we are on indigenous land, she shouts and the rest follow,

"we will not be moved!"

"let me tell you why we are here, it can be confusing, we get that ... we are here to also have a good time, to celebrate the fact that we love who we love. that we could be who we want to be. today, we support those folks whose existence is their resistance. pride toronto has not only made the black queer youth stage unsafe for black youth, they have pushed them to the fringes. they have cut funding for blockarama which is easily the biggest stage for pride toronto. the funding has been cut. cut."

rainbow smoke grenades colour the air and the shouts of the protestors pierce through the haze. baque de bamba performers shake and drum along with two-spirit indigenous folks (who join the sit-in) until pride toronto executive director, mathieu chantelois signs their list of demands, including :

1. commit to BQY (black queer youth) continued space, funding, and logistical support.
2. self-determination for all community spaces, allowing community full control over hiring, content, and structure of their stages.
3. full and adequate funding for community stages, including logistical, technical and personnel support.
4. increased funding for Blockarama (to $10,000 + ASL interpretation & headliner funding)
5. removal of police floats in the Pride marches/parades.
6. reinstate and make a commitment to increase community stages/spaces (including the reinstatement of the South Asian stage)
7. a commitment to increase representation amongst pride toronto staffing/hiring, prioritizing black trans women, indigenous folk, and others from vulnerable communities. 
8. a public townhall, organized in conjunction with groups from marginalized communities, including but not limited to, BLM-TO, Blackness Yes, and BQY to be held 6 months from today. pride toronto will present an update and action place on the aforementioned demands.

the march resumes late and unsurprisingly, few people from the sidelines shout,

"this is not the place for this."

as if the inconvenience faced by having to wait and listen should be prioritized over demanding space and funding for people who have been systemically marginalized and erased. as if the roots of the pride movement weren't political or violent, led by black trans women. as if we should accept this corporate manifestation of pride and be satisfied with selfies alongside corporations who have no concern for those who are most vulnerable in the queer community.

today should be remembered as a recalling of the political nature of pride. that pride is and always has been political. the shootings in orlando are a clear case of that. and when understanding this narrative, it should also be undisputed that queer and trans folks who are black, indigenous, people of colour must be centered.

the black lives matter float includes portraits of sumaya dalmar, david kato, sherona hall, simon knoli, marsha p johnson, and sakiya gunn (designed by Marcus / Kike). learn about them. say their name.

today we saw the power of black pride.

continued gratitude to black lives matter toronto for their work. in solidarity.

 

 

This photo and text was originally posted to social media on July 3rd. It is shared here with permission.

BLM-TO's Action at Pride Criticized Using... Inclusivity Rhetoric?!

Wed, 2016-07-06 15:05

The backlash to Black Lives Matter Toronto's action at the Pride parade points to two intertwined characteristics dogging Canada.

One is liberalism. Liberalism is the philosophical basis of inclusion, the concept many have used denounce BLM-TO, a queer and trans led group, from seeking to "exclude" police.    Exclusion in this case, to be clear, refers to BLM-TO's demand that police won't ride armed and in uniform on floats at Pride. They can still attend out of uniform, and many will be employed in armed uniform guiding the protest.   This, some say, goes against the dominant narrative that we are an inclusive place here in Canada. This belief in inclusion currently goes beyond a "we should be" and sits more in "we are" territory. We have overcome all oppressions and everything is totally fair, the belief goes. All we have to do is play by the rules. Any time established rules (eg laws) or decisions (eg job applications, court decisions) go against a specific demographic (like when Black and Indigenous are sent to jail in disproportionately high numbers), that is seen an aberration. Those are hiccups in an otherwise fair society with equal opportunities, the story goes. History is not relevant in liberalism because things are fair now, even if they weren't in some distant-seeming past. It is ahistorical, and is only concerned with including everyone in the fair, level playing-field present.   The other concept is white supremacy. It is the erroneous belief that white people are superior to others. It is also the founding principle of the British and French colonies in Canada, of continued land dispossession from Indigenous peoples, of slavery (ongoing in parts of the world), of dispossessing Black populations in Canada and moving them to marginal lands, of environmental racism, of residential schools, of sweatshop labour, of precarious migrant labour, of corporations headquartered in Canada pillaging other parts of the world. Et cetera.   Canadian society was set up as a white supremacist system. The institutions, the government, the media, the police, the immigration policies, the whole shebang. Much of the white supremacist structures and culture still stands, and is propagated onto new generations. This often happens unwittingly and with minor transformations to disguise it (eg the shift from chattel slavery to indentured servitude). These histories, for example of how wealth accumulated along racial divides, is relevant to how the world works today. It contributes to white privilege.   Okay, so these two concepts - liberalism and white supremacy - seem to be irreconcilable. White supremacy is obviously unfair, but liberalism claims to be totally fair. Thing is, they can co-exist easily if people believe white supremacist structures and attitudes have been eradicated.    Which it is not the case.    This has serious implications for liberalism. Those who follow liberal thinking must pretend white supremacy is not a serious force anymore, is negligible, in order for liberalism to have legitimacy. This necessary ignorance of turning a blind eye actually acts to reinforce the status quo, which is a white supremacist one.   So, liberalism is a lie.     But it is a lie that is strongly held in Canada, and reinforced by basically all media, including the gold standards for the WASP (white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant) upper classes: the Globe and Mail and the CBC.   So where's the relevance to Black Lives Matter Toronto's Pride action? BLM-TO, as a reminder, acted to fight for a Pride that supports the most marginalized members of Toronto's queer community.   Okay, what strikes me is how the backlash has used the language of liberalism. It is veiled anti-black / white supremacist rhetoric, but many people seem to honestly believe they are upholding good (liberal) values.    (I give the benefit of the doubt here in saying hat many are well-intentioned because it must be noted that the backlash has also looked like overt white supremacism, with BLM-TO having racist slurs thrown at them, which is a scary reality that deserves attention too.)   So if liberalism and white supremacy are fused, as they are currently, media outlets can re-inforce white supremacy by simply pumping out liberal worldview as a critique to people confronting white supremacy.    Case-in-point was Rosemary Barton of CBC's Power and Politics interviewing Rodney Diverlus of BLM-TO on Monday. Barton was quite adamant about the idea of inclusion, telling the queer Black person she was interviewing to, "put aside your problems for a minute" and that "[the Toronto Police] are inclusive and want to be viewed well by the gay community." Barton, reaching peak liberalism, argued that queer Black activists shouldn't exclude police from things, out of principle. This is like scolding someone for not inviting an armed group that severely bullies them to the party they started.   But there it is. The police, wanting to be seen as inclusive, are deemed inclusive by Barton. With no actual work required other than a gesture at inclusivity (rainbow cars!), they are the good institution. They have passed liberalism's bar.   Remember though, this is also a white supremacist bar.   To break out the combined grip of liberalism and white supremacy, a rejection is necessary. The current lie of liberalism needs to be exposed. But people are going to hold onto it strongly, well-meaning white people especially. This has been hyper-visible in the days since the action. People far outside of the Toronto queer community have hurled liberalism-based criticism at BLM-TO. Straight white people have been appalled that a group would upsetting the liberal status quo somewhere, anywhere.   But groups like Black Lives Matter are exposing liberalism's lies. Many people aren't willing to hear it yet. They aren't willing to seek out and listen to what Black people are saying. As one leader of BLM-TO, Janaya Khan, has said: "part of anti-black racism is that people don't believe me when I speak." Several prominent members of the Black queer community are now speaking out in support of BLM-TO's actions at Pride. Janaya Khan wrote an explanatory article. Will the rest of Toronto, and Canada, listen?   It is going to take a lot of work before we are able to see beyond the veil of liberalism to see the white supremacist reality of Canada. The Pride backlash proved it. The path to freedom, where those who have been most marginalized get what they need, where the beautiful dream in which we can honestly say "all lives matter" is realized, is going to take a lot more than "you can sit with us" slogans if backed only by empty inclusion rhetoric.     

La Marche des Peuples supporte la résistance autochtone contre Northern Gateway

Wed, 2016-07-06 08:24

Le 30 juin 2016, la Cour d’appel fédérale a annulé l’approbation de l’oléoduc Northern Gateway d’Enbridge, laquelle avait été émise par l’Office national de l’énergie (ONÉ). Cette décision majoritaire est basée sur l’échec du gouvernement fédéral d’informer et de consulter de façon appropriée et suffisante les Premières nations dont le territoire serait traversé par l’oléoduc.

La Marche des Peuples pour la Terre Mère veut exprimer sa satisfaction face à la décision de la Cour de reconnaître la responsabilité qui revient au gouvernement de consulter les occupants d’origine du territoire. Quand les Premières nations disent « non », ce « non » doit toujours être final. Ce principe s’applique non seulement aux oléoducs, mais aussi à tout type de projet d’extraction qui affecterait leur territoire.

Nous tenons aussi à mettre en lumière le fait que cette décision ne vient pas de nulle part, mais est plutôt prise dans un contexte de résistance autochtone anticoloniale, continue et sur un long terme, contre des projets tels que les oléoducs et les sables bitumineux. Cette résistance a rendu possible l’arrêt de tels projets. Les cours commencent enfin à reconnaître ceci, après des années de mobilisation, d’action directe, et d’épopées légales.

La victoire est seulement possible par la lutte. Malgré les avancées faites dans le système légal ces dernières années – de la décision Tsilhqot’in au Northern Gateway – celleux d’entre nous qui tentent de construire un meilleur monde doivent se souvenir que les cours de justice ne sont pas porteuses d’une justice unique. Comme nous l’avons vu à Elsipogtog, c’est par l’action dans nos communautés que nous pouvons atteindre des résultats. Devant notre organisation collective, les cours et institutions détentrices de pouvoir n’auront d’autre choix que de nous suivre.

Partout sur l’Ile de la Tortue, les entreprises et gouvernements tentent d’imposer des projets industriels qui seraient irréparables pour le territoire qui nous fait vivre. Et partout sur l’Ile de la Tortue, des peuples autochtones et des allié-es non autochtones  se tiennent debout pour les arrêter. Le temps passe, les victoires comme celles-ci s’accumulent, et il devient de plus en plus évident de savoir qui est du bon bord dans l’histoire.

Permettons à cette victoire de souffler dans les voiles de nos mouvements. Northern Gateway est (peut-être) mort, mais il y aura de nombreux autres projets destructeurs contre lesquels se battre. Dans nos luttes contre le vieux monde, ne perdons pas de vue le nouveau monde que nous tentons de créer – un monde où le colonialisme, le racisme, la destruction environnementale, et le capitalisme sont choses du passé; un monde de tout pour tout le monde.

La Marche des Peuples voudrait remercier infiniment les parties impliquées dans l’arrêt du Northern Gateway – les huit nations autochtones ayant mené cette lutte légale, le Camp Unist’ot’en, et plus. Après des années de lutte, ce projet est presque mort, et le monde dont nous rêvons est un peu plus proche. Nous gagnons.

Marche des Peuples Supports Indigenous Resistance Against Northern Gateway

Wed, 2016-07-06 08:22

On June 30th, 2016, the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the approval for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, which had previously been granted by the National Energy Board (NEB). This majority decision was based on the failure of the federal government to properly inform and consult the indigenous nations whose territory would be crossed by the pipeline.

The Marche des Peuples pour la Terre Mère would like to express our satisfaction at the Court’s decision to recognize the government’s responsibility to consult with the original inhabitants of this land. When First Nations say “no,” that “no” should always be final. This principle applies not only to pipelines, but also to any type of extractive project which could affect their territory.

We would also like to highlight the fact that this decision did not occur in a vacuum, but rather took place in a context of sustained, long-term indigenous resistance to colonial projects such as pipelines and the tar sands. Because of this resistance, it has become possible to stop these projects in their tracks. The courts are finally beginning to recognize this now -- only after years of mobilizations, direct actions, and legal challenges.

Only through struggle comes victory. Despite the advances made through the court system in recent years – from the Tsilhqot’in decision to the Northern Gateway – those of us who struggle to build a new world must remember that the courts are not the final arbiter of justice. As we saw in Elsipogtog, it is through action in our communities that we can achieve results. Once we are organized, the courts and the institutions of power will have no choice but to follow us.

All throughout Turtle Island, corporations and governments are attempting to impose industrial projects which would irreparably scar the territory which sustains us. And all throughout Turtle Island, indigenous peoples and settler allies are standing up to stop them. And as time passes, and victories such as this one begin to pile up, it becomes more and more obvious who stands on the right side of history.

So let’s allow this victory to put wind in the sails of our movements. Northern Gateway may be (nearly) dead, but there are many other destructive projects for us to fight against. And in our struggles against the old world, we can never lose sight of the new world we seek to create – a world where colonialism, racism, environmental destruction, and capitalism are things of the past; a world of everything for everyone.

The Marche des Peuples would like to extend our infinite thanks to all the parties involved in blocking Northern Gateway – from the eight indigenous nations who attached their names to this court challenge, to the Unist’ot’en Camp, and beyond. After years of struggle, this project is dead in the water, and the world we dream of is one step closer. We are winning.

Émission spéciale sur le racisme et l'antiracisme avec Thérèse Namahoro

Mon, 2016-07-04 22:04

Émission spéciale autour d'un atelier intitulé L'ABC de l'antiracisme, longue entrevue avec Thérèse Namahoro diffusée sur En Profondeur le lundi 4 juillet entre 17h et 18h sur CKUT (ckut.ca et sur le 90.3fm à
soi-disant «Montréal»)

Jeudi 7 juillet 2016
à 15:30 au Pavillon Jean-Brillant à la salle B-4225, Thérèse
Namahoro et Lourdenie Jean présenteront un ABC de l'anti-racisme:
une conférence sur les luttes anti-racistes et comment elles
s'inscrivent spécifiquement dans la démarche féministe.

Lundi 4 juillet, nous avons dédié l'émission complète à cet abc de l'antiracisme selon
Thérèse Namahoro

Les thèmes abordés ont été :
- racisme systémique et au quotidien
- histoire du racisme au soi-disant «Québec» et au soi-disant «Canada»
-appropriation culturelle
-féminisme blanc
-féminisme intersectionnel
-profilage racial
-brutalité policière

et plusieurs autres

Pour plus d'info
concernant leur présentation à l'Université de Montréal :

https://www.facebook.com/events/790869647714089/

Anti-Colonial Action at Kingston's Canada Day Parade

Sat, 2016-07-02 01:26

A committed group of diverse activists stood this afternoon against the colonial celebration of Canada Day and the "Red and White People Parade" in Kingston, Ontario.  This group displayed a Canadian flag featuring the maple leaf upside-down.  This flag had an inscription that read "Our Home On Native Land/Genocide and Colonialism."  Once the group had been noticed by the people on the streets they then burnt the flag and dispersed.  This action made people in the parade very angry and uncomfortable but we weren't there to make people feel good or to participate in the celebrations.  We were there to confront Canadians with the disgusting genocidal reality of the country they love, and to take a stand for radical decolonization and Indigenous sovereignty and self-sufficiency.  Local backlash to this action also proves the racism Indigenous people and others continue to face in Canada.
 

Local corporate media coverage: http://www.ckwstv.com/2016/07/01/watch-protesters-burn-canadian-flag-during-canada-day-parade-in-kingston/.

Algonquin protecting Sacred Site in Ottawa

Mon, 2016-06-27 09:57
Why is Asinabka - 'one of the four corners of the world' - at risk of commercial development while less than a mile away, Trudeau promises to honour Indigenous rights and reconciliation?   Nine Algonquin chiefs have opposed the 'Zibi' condo project planned by Windmill Inc. -- yet the company presents the development as a model of reconciliation, and no governments are taking action to protect the sacred site at Chaudière Falls in downtown Ottawa / Gatineau.   Video by Greg Macdougall, http://EquitableEducation.ca   Websites for more information:
http://ItIsSacred.ca
http://Asinabka.com
http://FreeTheFalls.ca
http://StopWindmill.ca
http://AlgonquinNation.ca/?page_id=242
http://AlbertDumont.com
http://LynnGehl.com
http://EquitableEducation.ca/tag/chaudiere-falls

 

Vancouver rally denounces murder of Oaxaca teachers

Wed, 2016-06-22 00:31

VANCOUVER - A rally outside the Mexican Consulate today condemned the Mexican government for its brutal repression of  teachers in Oaxaca. The gathering came two days after police violence in Oaxaca that left an estimated 12 dead and as many as 100 wounded. Protesters in Vancouver vowed continued support for striking teachers and denounced the role of the Mexican government.

Human rights groups are demanding that  Mexico immediately release detained teachers and calling for solidarity against the “neoliberal capitalist reform the government calls 'education reform.'”

Police fired on protesters while trying to evict them from a road blockade on the Oaxaca-Puebla highway Sunday. Teachers from the dissident CNTE union set up the blockade as part of protests over the flawed reforms implemented by President Enrique Peña Nieto and the arrest of several of the unions' leaders last week.

Mexican Interior Minister Osorio Chong finally agreed Monday to meet with representatives of the CNTE.

The violence comes less than a week before Peña Nieto is due to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Obama in Ottawa.

The IDEA Network - Red Sepa  is following the developments in Mexico and is launching a campaign to appeal to former teacher Trudeau to question the Mexican president on state repression.

Another Vancouver solidarity rally is being planned for Sunday at 1pm outside the Art Gallery.

 

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