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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Photos AIM of Michigan helped shut down Ontario/Detroit Bridge

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AIM of Michigan helped shut down the bridge from Windsor, Ontario to Detroit, MI for 3 hours and created 50 miles of traffic. Photo via AIM of Twin Cities and AIM Patrol Minneapolis 

Wall Street Journal
TORONTO—Canadian native groups staged protests across Canada Wednesday, disrupting traffic on the main bridge to Detroit and blocking passenger rail service between Toronto and Montreal—the most extensive and coordinated disruptions so far amid weeks of aboriginal protests.
Police in Windsor, Ontario, estimate roughly 400 to 600 natives marched along the Ambassador Bridge, the span connecting the Canadian city of Windsor with Detroit, and one of the world's busiest international trade corridors. The demonstration lasted over an hour, forcing law-enforcement officials to temporarily block access to the bridge.
First Nations protesters take part in the 'Idle No More' demonstration in Toronto on Wednesday.
That caused "significant" delays for travellers and shippers looking to enter the U.S., said Sgt. Matthew D'Asti of the Windsor police. Cross-border traffic was restored by midafternoon.
VIA Rail, the country's main passenger train operator, said its service on the key Toronto-Montreal line was disrupted due to a native-groups blockade in the Kingston, Ontario, area, forcing the company to transport passengers by other means, such as bus. VIA Rails continued to warn passengers of possible delays late Wednesday.
Quebec's provincial police also reported some native groups disrupted traffic during the afternoon rush hour on Montreal's Mercier bridge, which connects the island of Montreal to suburbs south of the St. Lawrence River.

Whapmagoostui First Nation youth are trekking 1100 kms to Ottawa

Update at Censored News: Matthew Mukash visits the trekkers on Jan. 20, read his reflections:

Whapmagoostui First Nation youth are trekking 1100 kms to Ottawa. Idle No More
Listen to CBC Radio report

Photo by Jason George Jan. 19, 2013

Winschgaoug | Jan 16, 2013

Whapmagoostui youth head out in support of Idle No More

The Nishiyou Journey is just about to start up in Whapmagoostui. Six youth, along with a guide and a trail-maker left the community heading to Chisasibi on January 16th. From there, they plan to continue all the way to Ottawa in support of Idle No More. Melissa Natachequan spoke with David Kawapit just before they left on their journey.
Udpate at Censored News:

The Quest of Wisjinichu-Nishiyuu, Quest For Unity
4 Youth under the age of 20 with two guides wish to walk to Ottawa and arrive in Parliament Hill. This is a strong message to prove to other First Nations across Canada that the Cree Nation of Quebec are not sellouts, but keepers of the Language, Culture, Tradition and more importantly; today, we still carry the sacred laws of our ancestors.
This Quest-Journey will establish and unite our historical allies and restore our traditional trade routes with the Algonquin, Mohawk and other First Nations. The time for Unity is now.
Through Unity and Harmony, the quest will revive the voices of our “Anskushiyouch”. Their voices will be heard once more. With their guidance and strength, the Truth to all the sacred teachings will be revived and we will become once more, a powerful United Nations across Turtle Island.
The warriors have awaken and will rise:
The Cree people have always been fierce warriors; they have always been the gatekeepers of the North. They have had many battles and disputes over the territory, and to this day we have never surrendered our land to no nation, not now, not ever.
This land, the earth, the rivers, the winds, the mountains, the clouds and all of the creation, we are the true keepers and will continue to do so until time on earth is over. This Quest, it is time the Youth become the Warriors and the leaders for they are the “Anskushshiyouch” as foretold. The Earth Walkers, the beings put here on earth to protect all of Chisamanitou's Creation. In unity, in harmony, in peace, we will achieve.

Mohawk Nation News 'Awakening, 150 Million Murdered Indigenous'


MNN. Jan. 16, 2013. Calling out from the earth to us Indigenous people are 150 million of our men, women, children and babies who were murdered by the white race for our lands. They are urging us to bring back natural law and order for the sake of the future generations, who are waiting to be released to us by our great Mother Earth. 
Our ancestors are not gone, invisible, forgotten. We are here.

Our ancestors are not gone, invisible, forgotten. We are here. The Canadian and US corporations are trying to find and punish “leaders” of the Idle No More movement.  Our ancestors in each of us are calling us. Even the plants and animals are waiting for us to hear them.  
Canada is vulnerable. All infra-structure is critical to transport our resources to international markets for their war program. This will end. The Corporation of the US is involved when their source of electricity, oil and gas are at stake. US Military Northern Command or NORTHCOM has already been given the green light through 911 treaty fraud to invade Canada at any time they deem fit.  
The circulation of our goods, resources and energy drives the war economy.  Our duty is to stop the war problem. Critical infrastructure is at our mercy.  Blockades are deadly to the economy.  Millions are employed in the theft of our natural resources.  All consultation for our resources is between industry and government, not with us. That is why the wars continue.  
Corporations tire of Indigenous protests. They want to deal directly with Harper’s corporate Indians who are willing to be paid off without consulting us, to have the guise of legality for their contracts. Our ancestors won’t allow that. We will stop genocide.  We the owners want a list of the shareholders of each corporation. Our ancestors direct that any involved in the genocide of our people will not be doing any business on Great Turtle Island.  
Corporate Chiefs and band councils are agents of the crown, who take an oath to the Queen of England. They are no longer in but out of the canoe.  
Canada holds $3 trillion of our Indian Trust Funds. The Queen and her family take a cut on everything that’s done in Canada. It is used to finance non-stop war and to kill us off.  The criminals responsible for the biggest holocaust in all humanity will be held accountable.  
Faces coming from beneath the ground.Split of Indian Trust Money:  4% goes to the Vatican, international Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.  3% goes to the Mediating Group? 2% for the ASM?  1% to the eternal trust deposit forever.  The Queen signs this deal.   
Nothing can stop this awakening of our people.  We stand with nothing to lose.  The fight is ours to win. 
Faces coming to us.  
As Robbie Robertson sings in “Ghost Dance”:  “Crazy Horse was a mystic, he knew the secret of the trance.  Sitting Bull, the great apostle of the ghost dance.   Come on, Commanche. Come on, Blackfoot.  Come on, Shoshone.  Come on, Cheyenne. We shall live again.  Come one, Arapahoe.  Come on, Cherokee.  Come on, Paiute.  Come on, Sioux.  We shall live again.”

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Rail Blockades underway across Canada Jan. 16, 2013

Gitwangax- Kitwanga, B.C., rail blockade. Photo by Lizzy Williams
Gitwangax- Kitwanga, B.C., rail blockade. Photo by Lizzy Williams
Centennial Bridge march in Miramichi, NB. Photo by @lilypad3516 aka Rachel Daigle
CP Rail police walk away from Tyendinaga Mohawks blockading Ontario rails.
Rail Blockade protester said he is laying on the tracks for his grandchildren.


Hundreds attended an Idle No More protest that took place near the Nipigon River Bridge today, Jan. 16.

APTN Rail Blockade shuts down tracks in Manitoba.

Gitwangak Warriors CN Rail Blockade Today, Jan. 16, 2013


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APTN National News
A Manitoba rail blockade has shut down regional rail traffic, according to a spokesman for CN.
An APTN National News crew, including reporter Karen Gott, is following former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson who is spearheading the rail blockade in Manitoba. The chosen location sits about 90 km west of Winnipeg at the junction of Hwy. 1 and the Yellowhead Hwy. which is the major branch route to Western Canada. The RCMP is on the scene.
“Yes, I have just been advised that we now have a blockade in Manitoba,” said CN spokesman Jim Feeny. “(It is) stopping train traffic in that region.”
The rail blockade was expected to also target a CP rail line. CP could not be reached for comment.
The Tyendinaga Mohawks also they plan to shut down the CP and CN rail lines in Ontario as part of cross-country, National Day of Action events planned from British Columbia to Nunavut, Alberta to Nova Scotia. Mohawks from Tyendinaga have told APTN National News reporter Kenneth Jackson that they plan to shut down the rail lines at about 1 p.m. local time. The location for the blockade is unknown.
Another rail blockade is also expected to hit in British Columbia, APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean. The Gtixsan of Gitwangak said they would block the CN rail between 10 a.m. local time and 6 p.m.
Rallies, round dances and blockades were expected from coast-to-coast-to-coast Wednesday.
Rally outside the British Consulate in Toronto.
In Windsor, Ont., about 1,000 people marched to the Ambassador Bridge which links the city to Detroit, Mich., said filmmaker Monica Virtue. Virtue said drummers were pounding away and a helicopter hovered over head as the march stopped briefly on their route, with the bridge looming in the distance.
“We are getting ready to walk over the bridge,” said Virtue, in a phone interview.
In Ontario, London District Chiefs Council Chair Greg Peters said earlier in the day that the planned rally at the Ambassador Bridge  would be the biggest First Nations event the area has ever seen. Plans are to rally for about an hour, temporarily stopping cross-border traffic.
"This will be the biggest First Nation event that Windsor has ever seen,” said Peters, who spoke to APTN while standing in a parking lot packed with 12 buses of supporters. “We want to send a message that depending on the numbers, should we decide to shut down the border at a future date that is possible, that it could be done.
A portion of Hwy 401 was shut down by police for the convoy to the bridge.
In Miramichi, NB, marchers took over the Centennial Bridge as part of nation-wide events.
Six Nations holds rally Wednesday morning at Cayuga courthouse 
In Cayuga, Ont., near Hamilton, about 60 people from Six Nations rallied and round danced at the local court house Wednesday morning.
“The idle No More movement is connecting to the everyday injustices faced by Native people when they are dragged through the courts at the hands of the (Ontario Provincial Police) when they are standing up for their rights,” said organizer Laura Lepper.
Lepper said the rally was partly in support of Theresa Toad Jaimeson who is facing charges from a Feb. 18, 2012, incident after a “anti-Native rights” activist walked into an area of land in Caledonia, Ont., that Six Nations reclaimed in 2006.
A spokesman for the OPP said the provincial police force would be focusing on preserving public safety throughout the day.
“I know there are various activities planned for various locations,” said OPP Sgt. Peter Leon. “We are prepared to deal with them as they do present themselves.”
Barrie, Ont., police warned drivers Wednesday morning to expect delays as a result of rallies.
Members of Alderville First Nation in Ontario are slowing traffic along Hwy. 45 which cuts through their territory. They are handing out pamphlets, coffee and juice..
Possible blockades are also expected in Ontario and Manitoba. Former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson told APTN National News there are plans to shut down the CP and CN rail lines in Manitoba.
In British Columbia, the Pat Bay Hwy in Vancouver Island is also expected to be blocked temporarily.
A highway blockade is also planned near Cardston, Alta., and in the Lubicon Lake nation in the same province plans traffic slowdowns throughout the oil fields in their territory.
“We’re not out blocking the roads and shutting things down, we’re not at that point.” said Lubicon Coun. Bryan Laboucan, in a statement. “All we’re doing here today is taking a few minutes to talk to people visiting our territory whether for work or just passing through and educate them on our situation.”
In Whitehorse a 24-hour prayer circle is expected to begin at about 6 p.m. local time. In Toronto, an Idle No More rally is planned for the British consulate at noon local time.
A march is planned in Kanesatake that will begin at the Pines near the cemetery that was once at the centre of the Oka crisis in 1990.
Idle No More march across the Westmorland Bridge in Fredericton, NB.
The Algonquins Barriere Lake, Que., plan to slow down traffic on Hwy 117 to draw attention to their opposition of forestry projects on their land.

Gitwangak Warriors CN Rail Blockade Today, Jan. 16, 2013

Jan. 16, 2013 Photo Lizzy Williams via APTN
Gitwangak Warriors regarding the CN Rail Blockade
by Dini Ze Toghestiy on Wednesday
Press statement
Posted at Censored News

Gitwangak, BC – The Gitxsan of Gitwangak announce that there will be a CN Rail Blockade happening on January 16, 2013, between the times of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.
As Idle No More moves ahead with blockades throughout North America Gitwagak moves ahead to show their support for the Idle No More actions as well as the ongoing blockade with the Unist’ot’en Camp.
“We the people of Gitwangak, of the Gitxsan Nation, stand unified on this day of action to answer the call of all first nations across Canada in support of idle no more and to oppose Bill C-45. Bill C-45 is designed to provide quick development access to resource extraction industries, which operate on First Nations lands. Bill C45’s amendments to the Indian Act will give the ministry of Aboriginal affairs access over First Nations lands and the government authority to determine the surrender of any portion of any first Nation territory at any given time.
Furthermore, new changes to the Fisheries Act undermine Canada’s Ecology and removes legal barriers to oil, pipeline and other companies. Under the new changes, the developer will no longer be responsible for fixing the environmental and habitat damage they cause. We are the stewards of the land. We will continue to fight for future generations.” States Fred Johnson, Spokesperson for the Gitwangak people.
The Gitxsan vow to escalate actions in the near future if genuine progress is not made between the Federal and Provincial Governments and the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. Indigenous peoples of Canada have inspired a movement that has gone global. The Idle No More movement focuses on Treaty and Non-Treaty experiences with injustices as in the recent Omnibus Bill passed by the majority Conservative government of Canada. For the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en, the famous 1997 Delamuukw v. Queen Supreme Court of Canada Case stated that meaningful negotiations between government agencies and Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en Peoples must happen in a timely manner.
The Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en have not seen any form of meaningful negotiations since that court case more than 15 years ago.
“As long as meaningful negotiations are not engaged in between the parties the members of the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en Nations will keep on pressing the issue with the governments of Canada and British Columbia. We will not go away or be silenced. We’ve come too far and fought too hard for that to happen.” Stated Fred Johnson.
For More Information Contact: Fred Johnson (250) 849-5573

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