Indigenous Land Defence – Wednesday December 7th – livestream

Special event Wednesday 7pm at Bronson Centre in Ottawa and livestream online – an evening to celebrate and support Indigenous land defence – and serving as a fundraiser for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake land defenders camp, established this fall to protect their territory from mining.

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** Indigenous Land Defence : An evening of speakers and multimedia **

Wednesday December 7th – 7:00pm
– at Bronson Centre (Mac Hall), 211 Bronson Ave, Ottawa

Featuring…

  • Standing Rock #NoDAPL
  • Chaudière Falls sacred site
  • Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion
  • Algonquins of Barriere Lake – No Mining! Land Defenders Camp

This event will be raising funds for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake land defence efforts – all levels of donations are welcome.

Childcare is planned to be available on site.
Event contact: org4justice@gmail.com
Background info: www.BarriereLakeSolidarity.org
Dec 7 event post: https://ipsmo.wordpress.com
Livestream info (embed or link) will be at the two above websites before Wednesday 7pm.

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Be a Witness to a historical event – the Federal Court Appeal on the First Nations Human Rights case

The appeal is open to the public and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society urges as many people as possible to learn more and take part in this historic event.

Feb. 13 – 15 th, 2012
9:30 am ~ 4:30 pm (10:30, 2:30 coffee break & noon-1pm lunch break)
Supreme Court of Canada 
301 Wellington St. Ottawa on unceded Algonquin Territory

The legal councils of Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, Canadian Human Rights Commission, Chiefs of Ontario, Amnesty International and Canada will present their arguments throughout these 3 days.

Be there to listen what they have to say!

Tentative schedule:

Day 1 – Canadian Human Rights Commission, The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, and The Chiefs of Ontario
Day 2 – The Chiefs of Ontario, Amnesty International, The Aseembly of First Nations, and Attorney General
Day 3 – Replies: Commission / Caring Society / AFN

For a summary of the legal arguments of each party to this Federal Court Appeal: http://www.fncfcs.com/sites/default/files/fnwitness/witness-factum-summary.pdf

Please fill the doodle below and let us know when you plan to attend the hearing. This will help us keep track of the number of supporters. There is room for only 75 observers in the Federal Court room , however, an overflow room is also planned. The goal is to fill the court-room for both the morning and afternoon sessions of all three days.

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If you are signing up as individuals who have no preference for either the morning or the afternoon, please consider coming for the afternoon sessions as we would like to give preference to teachers/professors and their students for the morning.

For details about this historical human rights case: www.fnwitness.ca

In the Spirit of Reconciliation

This February 14th, 2012 
Let’s Have a Heart for First Nations Children in Canada

February 14 is a Have a Heart Day for First Nations Children

At 10:30 am come to the Parliament Hill on unceded Algonquin Territory to be in solidarity with all First Nations Children,
Demand CULTURALLY BASED EQUITY!

Bring your creative signs!!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/215732211849795/

From February 13th to 15th, the Federal Court will hear an appeal on a human rights case that challenges Canada’s racially discriminatory underfunding of children’s welfare services on First Nations reserves by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (the Caring Society) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). Timed to coincide with this hearing, the Caring Society has declared February 14th “Have a Heart Day for First Nations children”.

For more details: https://ipsmo.wordpress.com/first-nations-child-welfare/

For a summary of the legal arguments of each party to this Federal Court Appeal: http://www.fncfcs.com/sites/default/files/fnwitness/witness-factum-summary.pdf

Allies of First Nations children, led by the students of Lady Evelyn Alternative School and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School joined by the other high school students in the local area, are organizing a rally on Parliament Hill to show Canada we care about First Nations children!

Tuesday, February 14th 
10:30 am ~ 11:45 am
Parliament Hill, unceded Algonquin Territory

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/215732211849795/

We are calling upon peoples at all ages to join the children and youth in the rally on Feb. 14 at 10:30 am.

If the Caring Society and AFN are successful in this human rights case, it will set a precedent to address funding inequities in all areas on reserves, including housing, education, recreation, health care, clean water and sanitation. Canada is not arguing this case on the facts relevant to whether discrimination is occurring rather they are trying to avoid a hearing on this matter using legal loopholes.

Tentative Schedule:

10:30  Kitigan Zibi First Nation children and youth welcome students
10:35  Wesley Prankard of northernstarfish.org speaks about making a positive difference for First Nations children
10:40  Annie Atnikov, Lisa Howell and Cindy Blackstock announce new book “Children have Power”
10:45  Lady Evelyn Students (3-5) read letters or portions thereof
11:00  Pierre Elliott Trudeau Students (3-5 ) read letters or portions thereof
11:15  Kitigan Zibi First Nation Students (3-5) read letters of portions thereof
11:30  Children put letters into the mail box
11:35  Charlie Angus leads children singing Diamonds in the snow and children make snow angels on the way to their buses:)Together, we demand Culturally Based Equity for all peoples!!

source: First Nations Child and Families Caring Society

Barriere Lake Algonquins and supporters rally for sovereignty

On December 13, 2010, over a hundred community members from Barriere Lake, along with supporters from Montreal and Toronto, drove through the snow to get to Parliament Hill to demand the government take back section 74 and restore their customary rights.

MEDIA REPORTS:

STATEMENTS:

PICTURES:

TAKE ACTION:
Please CALL or WRITE to John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs, demand:
* Canada and Quebec must honor the Trilateral Agreement they’ve signed with Barriere Lake in 1991
* Canada must respect Barriere Lake’s traditional government – REVERSE the forcible assimilation by rolling back Section 74 of the Indian Act

Indian Affairs imposes new Chief and Council on Barriere Lake with the consent of only a half dozen people

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Indian Affairs imposes new Chief and Council on Barriere Lake with the consent of only a half dozen people: “This looks like tyranny,” say community spokespeople

Kitiganik, Rapid Lake, Algonquin Territory / – Despite overwhelming community opposition, the Department of Indian Affairs has announced that a new Indian Act Chief and Council have been elected by acclamation in Barriere Lake, after between 6 and 10 nomination mail-in ballots were received by a government electoral officer.

But even the acclaimed Chief, Casey Ratt, has announced he will not take the the position, refusing to break ranks with the community’s broad opposition to the Indian Act band elections that the Department of Indian Affairs has been trying to impose on Barriere Lake.

“The overwhelming majority of our community remains opposed to the Indian Act band election regime. Almost two hundred people signed a resolution in May rejecting it and supporting our traditional selection process. Does the Minister of Indian Affairs really think that the consent of a handful of people can let them get away with eradicating our system of government?” says Tony Wawatie, a community spokesperson. “The government has lectured us about democracy. But how can this be democratic if it goes against the will of our entire community? This looks more like tyranny.”

On Friday the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn Atleo sent a letter to Minister of Indian Affairs John Duncan demanding that he rescind the section 74 order to impose band elections, and that he respect the community’s reconciliation process, which will ultimately result in a new Customary Chief and Council being selected according to Barriere Lake’s traditional selection process.

“I strongly urge you to reconsider the decision of your predecessor to invoke section 74,” Atleo wrote. “Trying to force the community into the Indian Act election system, when they seem to be overwhelmingly opposed, will only increase tensions and the risk of confrontation with your Ministry.”

“The decision to impose section 74 band elections is an attack not only on our traditional system of government, but on our culture, language and way of life, which are all connected to our traditional system of government,” says Marylynn Poucachiche, another community spokesperson. “We will not accept it. Until our basic and legitimate rights are respected, we will escalate our actions, including not allowing any resource extraction within the Trilateral Agreement Territory.”

The government had announced the elections would originally take place September 23rd, 2010.

Barriere Lake’s inherent right to customary self-government is protected by section 35 of the Canadian Constitution and is enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. A May, 2010 report by the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples affirmed that First Nations have the right to maintain control over their internal affairs and be free to pursue their vision of customary government.

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Media contacts:

Tony Wawatie, community spokesperson: 819 – 860-4121

Marylynn Poucachiche, community spokesperson: 819-441-4923

Or email to arrange interviews: barrierelakesolidarity@gmail.com

Union of BC Indian Chiefs support Algonquins of Barriere Lake / Mitchikanibikok Inik

Open Letter to Minister John Duncan August 11, 2010

Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

SENT VIA FAX: 819-953-4941
613-996-3306

Attention: Minister John Duncan

Dear Sir:

Union of BC Indian Chiefs support Algonquins of Barriere Lake/Mitchikanibikok Inik

We would like to take a moment to congratulate you on your recent appointment as Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. We look forward to working with you as we jointly undertake the myriad of challenges that confront First Nations of this country.

We are writing to convey our strong and unwavering support for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake in their ongoing struggle to protect and defend the integrity of their customary leadership selection code known as the Barriere Lake Governance Code (BLGC) . As you may or may not be aware, the BLGC was adopted by the community in 1997.

We are shocked, alarmed and deeply angered to hear that the Government of Canada, through Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and the Government of Quebec, through the Surete du Quebec, are openly collaborating to forcefully impose the Section 74 Election provisions of the Indian Act on the Algonquins of Barriere Lake. We understand that Surete du Quebec police officers shall be deployed into Algonquin territory for the purposes of overseeing the establishment of polling stations and have been ordered to arrest anyone who opposes the imposition of the Indian Act Election system.

Needless to say, this flies-in-the-face of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Canadian Constitution and most importantly, the Inherent Indigenous and Treaty Rights of the Algonquin Peoples.

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs publicly condemns the aggressive, bullying tactics of the governments of Canada and Quebec. Shame on Prime Minister Harper and Premier Jean Charest!

We would like to point out that the Union of BC Indian Chiefs is not alone in its condemnation of the thuggish actions of Canada and Quebec. Recently, at the Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly in Winnipeg an AFN Resolution was unanimously supported by the Chiefs-in-Assembly which called for the following:

1. Condemnation of the Federal Minister of Indian Affairs, Chuck Strahl for his disregard for the customary leadership selection code and reconciliation process within the Algonquins of Barriere Lake First Nation by trying to impose the Indian Act Section 74 Election System over the Algonquins of Barriere Lake.

2. Demand that the federal Minister of Indian Affairs, Chuck Strahl, immediately rescind the Section 74 Order imposing the Section 74 elective system over the Algonquins of Barriere Lake First Nation.

3. Demand the governments of Canada and Quebec implement the 1991 Trilateral Agreement and related agreements with the Algonquins of Barriere Lake.

4. Mandate the AFN to work with First Nations, Tribal Councils, PTOs and AFN regional offices on a national framework to support and facilitate First Nations-driven elections and leadership selection processes, including the resolution of community disputes, consistent with the internal sovereignty and customs and traditions of First Nations.

Therefore, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs supports the Algonquins of Barriere Lakes call for your Ministry to immediately rescind its order s to impose the Indian Act Section 74 election system on their community against their wishes. Rather, we support the immediate intervention of our AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo to assist in the facilitation of an internal community reconciliation/leadership selection process under the Barriere Lake Governance Code.

Yours truly,

[Original Signed]

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
President

The UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

This page and all other News Releases can be found at:
http://www.ubcic.bc.ca/News_Releases/

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

PURPOSE: To witness the motion to dismiss the Human Rights Hearings on whether or not the federal government is treating First Nations children fairly.
DATE: June 2 and 3, 2010 (9:30-5:00)
LOCATION: The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, 11th floor, 160 Elgin Street, Ottawa ALGONQUIN TERRITORY

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society is trying to get as much support out to 160 Elgin Street as possible on June 2nd and 3rd.  The hearings begin at 9:30, break at 12:00 for lunch and then go until 5:00.  If people could come even for a part of that time (like an hour or so) it would be great.

Please click here to read the message from Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society.

This is a historic case because it would be the first time in Canadian history that a Tribunal hearing has dealt with a whole people being discriminated against (systemic discrimination), not just individuals.  The impact would be immense.  Please come out and show our solidarity with First Nations children and families.

BACKGROUND

On Feb. 26, 2007, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS) filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) alleging that Canada is racially discriminating against First Nations children by providing less child welfare funding, and thus benefits, on reserves.

Continue reading “Canadian Human Rights Tribunal”