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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Photos: Toronto Indigenous Day of Action

Photos copyright by Ben Powless, Mohawk. Toronto: Indigenous Day of Action, Thursday, June 24, 2010.
DEMOCRACY NOW! Indigenous Activists Protest G8/G20 in Toronto

TORONTO SUN: Peaceful March Raises Native Rights Issues
: Chanting that no G20 meeting should be held on stolen native land, about 2,500 Aboriginal Peoples and their supporters peacefully marched Thursday from Queens Park to Allan Gardens in protest of world leaders who, they say, ignore native rights. Signs such as “Shame third world conditions on reserves” and “G8 G20 countries never ask permission” were everywhere. “I am marching for my children, for clean water, for the rights all people regardless of race,” said Liz Nootchtai of the White Fish Lake Reserve in northern Ontario. Read article ...
Indigenous Day of Action
By Defenders of the Land
This June, Canada will play host to the G8 and G20 summits, which bring together the world's largest economies and colonizers. The G8 summit will take place in Huntsville, Ontario, in traditional Anishinaabe territory, and in Toronto, on unceded traditional Mississauga territory. Social movements and non-governmental organizations from around the world, including representatives of Indigenous Peoples, will also gather to hold a people's summit and engage in action to hold G8 and G20 governments accountable.

This year, Canada has made climate change and poverty among women and children the priorities of the summit. Yet the Harper government has only worked to obstruct action on climate change; it has continued to develop the tar sands, the world's single most destructive fossil fuels project; and Canada has done nothing to address the poverty and racism underlying the murder and disappearance of hundreds of Aboriginal women, or the desperate poverty among Indigenous women and children caused by Canada's theft of Indigenous economic resources.

July 11th of this year also marks the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Oka crisis. Since that time, there has been the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the murder of Dudley George and the Ipperwash inquiry, numerous Supreme Court cases affirming Aboriginal and treaty rights, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Despite all the words, Canada's fundamental policies towards Indigenous Peoples still have not changed.

Who are the G8/G20?
This June, leaders of the world’s biggest economies (and biggest colonizers, and biggest polluters) will be coming to Canada for the G8 and G20 meetings. The G8 meeting will be held June 25 in Huntsville, Ontario, traditional Anishinaabe territory, while the G20 summit will be held June 26-27 in Toronto, on traditional unceded Mississauga territory.

The G8 brings together Canada, the US, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Japan, and Germany. The G20 includes these countries, as well as Brazil, India, Indonesia, Australia, China, Mexico, and South Africa, among others. The G20 meetings also bring in the heads of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and finance ministers for the countries named.

The governments of the G8/G20 have been responsible for the exploitation and devastation of Indigenous Peoples the world over. These meetings are meant to coordinate the continued economic, ecological and cultural domination of poor, powerless and Indigenous communities
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Native Peoples Assembly: US Social Forum Detroit

Watch Native Peoples Assembly at the US Social Forum
Broadcast by Earthcycles at the US Social Forum Detroit on Thursday, June 24, 2010

Also Watch: Tar Sands Movement at US Social Forum, video by Earthcycles

Saturday Events:

DETROIT HEALING WALK, 9:30-4:00, Saturday. Meet at Cobo Hall lower level. Rides provided to Fort Wayne, a burial site of Indigenous Peoples. Ceremony and 5-mile walk for healing and sharing. Refreshments provided along walk. Closing ceremony back at Fort Wayne at 4pm. Transportation provided back to Cobo Hall. Briefing by Bolivian Ambassador Pablo Solon 'Cochabamba to Cancun'
WHAT: Briefing by Ambassador Solon "From Cochabamba to Cancun"
WHEN: Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 12:00pm
WHERE: Detroit, MI Cobo Hall

Native Peoples Reporting: US Social Forum

Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network reports from Detroit on Earthcycles
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North American Indigenous Peoples Developing Solutions at US Social Forum

Contact: IEN NPR (Native People Reporting) Media Team Cell: (507) 210-4679
By Indigenous Environmental Network
DETROIT – A multi-generational delegation of Indigenous Peoples from North America have arrived in Detroit, Michigan this week to join other social justice movements at the United States Social Forum (USSF), a large gathering of diverse leaders developing powerful solutions to the economic and ecological crises we face. The delegation is comprised of Native American, Alaskan Native, and First Nation activists and leaders from the communities most affected by climate change and fossil fuel development in North America. They represent many Nations including Cree, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Ojibwe, Kachiquel Mayan, Pasqua, Dakota, Navajo, Yup’ik, Swinomish, Mohawk, Oneida, Spokane, Colville, Couer d’Alene, Zuni, and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Read more:

Detroit, Rising from the Ashes By Jeff Conant
If Detroit has come to represent post-industrial devastation and the efforts of grassroots communities to build and rebuild with hope and dignity, then Detroit’s waste incinerator, one of the largest in the world, is profoundly symbolic of the city’s plight, and serves as a crucible for the climate justice movement. This is why its been chosen as a target for action on Saturday, the last day of the U.S. Social Forum. Read article:

Detroit's Social Forum: Hope in a Crisis
Ben Ehrenreich The Nation
"Welcome to the D," said Kwamena Mensah in a resounding baritone on Tuesday morning. It was the first day of the 2010 US Social Forum and Mensah, president of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, was standing before a circle of about 65 activists to open a workshop on the thriving local urban agriculture movement. Mensa's group and Earthworks, a predominantly white urban farming group, combined what had originally been scheduled as two separate workshops in order to discuss their efforts to navigate complex and often painful racial dynamics in order to work together. Read article:

Slide show photos by Brita Brookes, Jerry Fisher and Orin Langelle

Earthcycles Live at Social Forum

VIDEO: Casey Camp, Ponca, interviews Bineshi of IEN, at the US Social Forum Detroit

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Photo of Casey Camp at Social Forum March by Brita Brookes
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Bineshi Albert (Euchee and Ojibwe) is from Oklahoma and now makes her home in Albuquerque. The mother of three children is a founding member of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) Youth Program. She currently serves as an organizer for Center for Community Change, which aims to establish and develop community organizations across the country, bring attention to major national issues related to poverty, and help insure that government programs are responsive to community needs.