I have had a similar problem where facebook is not allowing me to “share” things(it started with things related to ndn activism, and proceeded to expand to anything I tried to share) then I couldn’t post anything. All I EVER post is activist related because that is pretty much all I think about aside from gardening, food and those I love;-) I also heard from other activists that they were being blocked from posting, and that getting things to post took forever of trying and reloading, which is what I got too-no “official message” just denial of service.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobell_v._Salazar#Settlement is some background on what this is about. It appears that, as is usual with colonial governments, the mismanagement and outright theft of land and resources will be repaid by a tiny fraction of what it is worth, and in no real way compensating for the suffering produced by these absurd policies. I was heartened to read about the first judge assigned to the case and his findings-if even a Reagan appointed judge can see how entrenched racism and the colonial mindset are, it seems there is hope for real change eventually! I hope that people will actually see some relief from the dire conditions these original policies created-if only to see elders having houses properly roofed, insulated and heated, and some serious funding for mental health interventions especially for the youth and those with addiction issues on the most impoverished reservations. I suppose it is better than no settlement, but I believe a settlement compelling the colonial governments to honor and uphold ALL treaty obligations would be a lot better;-) (tho of course completely impossible when there is no one who can effectively compel them to do so-I sometimes think the NWO folks put out their so called “plan” for a one world government precisely to make people hate the idea and fear it, reverse psychology works extremely well in psyops)
To read the original story go to http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/craig-and-marc-kielburger/theresa-spence-hunger-strike_b_2311944.html?utm_hp_ref=canada
In a unique take on daily news hits, Free The Children co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger go behind the headlines to explore how the stories you read are connected to the causes you care about. You’ll never read the news in the same way again.
The headline that caught our attention: Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence begins hunger strike: “I am willing to die for my people.”
As we write, Chief Theresa Spence begins her sixth day without food. In the middle of a chilly December she’s making her stand in a tepee on Ottawa’s Victoria Island to secure a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
In the scale of protest, a hunger strike is about a Defcon Two. Anyone willing to put her own health — and life — at risk to make a point isn’t fooling around.
In October 2011, Attawapiskat First Nation declared a state of emergency. With temperatures plummeting, families lived in tents and uninsulated shacks without electricity, heat, clean water or sanitation.
More than a year later, 22 modular houses have been built, but according to Attawapiskat elder Danny Metatawabin there has been little other progress. He told us many families still live in overcrowded houses or unheated shacks, and the water from the taps is still undrinkable.
However, the story behind the headline is that Chief Spence’s hunger strike is not simply about the appalling conditions her people continue to face. Spence is one of many aboriginal leaders looking for a way to express her frustration with the Government of Canada passing laws that affect their lives and land, as well as violating treaty rights without involving them in any of the decision making.
Last January, 170 aboriginal chiefs and leaders sat down in Ottawa with Governor General David Johnston, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and 12 cabinet ministers to reset the relationship between First Nations and the federal government.
Shawn Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), tells us this Crown-First Nations Gathering was an historic event that gave Canadian aboriginal community leaders hope they might be entering a new era of cooperation and respect with the government.
Their hopes were bolstered after the conference when Prime Minster Harper said that “fundamental change requires that we redouble our collaboration with First Nations to develop the elements upon which our renewed relationship will be based.”
However in the months that have followed, Atleo says the government-aboriginal collaboration has not redoubled, it has retreated.
The AFN national chief points to a long list of legislation introduced by the government on issues like the financial management of aboriginal bands. While aboriginal groups support many of the principles behind these laws, such as accountability and transparency, Atleo says the laws were drafted without any prior consultation or consent from the aboriginal communities whose are directly impacted.
“These patterns of ‘government knows best’ harken back to the Indian Act 100 years ago, and to residential schools,” Atleo argues.
The latest legislative irritant is Bill C-45 — the government’s omnibus bill that lumps together a menagerie of legislation into one big package. C-45 includes changes to the Indian Act and the laws governing aboriginal fisheries. The Bill was introduced in October and just passed Third Reading this past week.
“Our government has been hard at work modernizing legislation in order to allow First Nations and aboriginal organizations to operate at the speed of business,” Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said in a recent speech.
According to Atleo, the government’s actions actually violate constitutionally-entrenched aboriginal treaty rights, not to mention the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which repeatedly states that governments must obtain the “free, prior and informed consent” of aboriginal peoples before passing laws that affect their lives.”And consent doesn’t just mean a drive-by consultation,” says Atleo.
Aboriginal groups are also unhappy with the changes C-45 makes to the Navigable Waters Act. The Act provided protection against harmful development for all of Canada’s more than two million lakes and rivers by requiring environmental assessments. C-45 limits that protection to just 159 specific lakes and rivers. First Nations like Attawapiskat, which sits downriver of the Ring of Fire mining projects, worry the changes will bring even more development and environmental devastation to the waterways that are integral to their communities.
Atleo says more than 80,000 aboriginal people in Canada still need homes, 200 communities need schools, and more than 120 communities can’t drink the water from their taps. The only way to solve these problems, he argues, is for aboriginal leaders and government to collaborate as partners.
Speaking with Atleo and Metatawabin it’s impossible to miss the frustration as they look back on a year that started with so much promise. “It’s getting demoralizing,” says Metatawabin.
The AFN has launched a campaign called “Idle No More” that calls the federal government to”honour and fulfill Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water.” Demonstrations by aboriginals and supporters are springing up across Canada.
Spence, meanwhile, is avoiding interviews and rallies, conserving her energy while she waits for the Prime Minister to answer her call to come to the table.
Craig and Marc Kielburger are founders of international charity andeducational partner, Free The Children. Its youth empowerment event,We Day, is in eight cities across Canada this year, inspiring more than100,000 attendees. For more information, visit http://www.weday.com
I was feeling overwhelmed with worry for all those facing danger in Canada, but this reminded me that crisis and opportunity come together in the I Ching and in life. We may face dangers but we are equal to it;my friends who are standing up to the immensely well armed and not-quite-sane colonial government are MORE powerful than it and it’s minions because they act from their hearts which are rooted in this Earth and in the generations before and those to come. The colonizer is rooted only in the ephemeral and unreal idea of “power over” of control thru violence, of taking, of profit-which only appears powerful.
I was raised with a spirituality of action, a spirituality that was deeply rooted in ties to the land, the ancestors and the coming generations and our responsibilities to act for them as well as ourselves. This article brought back a feeling of awe I always had as a child with the indigenous women activists, my Mom and friends, where I could see and feel the Goddess in them. These Mothers had, knew, and understood their connection to The Mother, to the Earth and the Grandmothers and I could *feel* it when they gathered to act.
Recalling that feeling was the counter, the anti-venom I needed against the fear of a repeat of Oka or worse. When so many like Lucia Rene pointed out that now is the return of the Goddess, of the Divine Feminine, I didn’t immediately make the connection that She is going to manifest THRU US and our actions.
When I read the end of this I actually felt chills run down my spine, and all the lingering fears evaporated.
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And the Fire Keepers Shall Lead Us
This is about an epic moment in world history, begun with one small spark. If we are true, our generations
will thank us.
I understand the frustration many people feel regarding the Harper government’s antagonistic and destructive practices regarding the Indian Act, Environmental Protections and Treaty Relationships. I feel it, too.
But any substantial change won’t come from the government, it will come from those who elect the government.
If you are angry and demanding, or disruptive of the general public’s lives in a negative way, you have already lost.
Instead, reach out. Be patient and calm.
Find common ground.
We are all affected by these sweeping changes and that must be articulated clearly. In this, we are all allies.
Instead of demanding rights, work toward that which is right. The fairness and honouring of Treaties you seek will follow.
Involve your fellow Canadian, American, your fellow World Citizen. They are good. They are helpers. Don’t let the horrible and sometimes racist remarks in online comments sections cloud your vision. Most people are good people. That’s just the truth.
And they want to do good things, they just don’t always know how. They don’t want to tread where they are not welcome.
Help them feel welcome. Make friends. Be giving, forgiving and kind.
Anger hasn’t worked the past 100 years. All victories have been legal victories: talking things out.
Take a stand, join a rally, be heard.
But remember: to be respected, you must respect first.
Now, I know, that’s a tough pill to swallow for people who have faced disrespect in every corner. As if I don’t know. I’ve been detained, arrested, profiled, faced racism and prejudice too.
Don’t let life intimidate you from doing the right thing.
Always do the right thing. Even if you miss the mark, get back up and try.
The difference I see about these recent actions, about Idle No More, and Theresa Spence (who is on Day 6 of her hunger strike at the time I write this), and all the great women leaders who are taking the time to educate all of us is this:
It is the women who are standing up. It’s the women who are leading.
The Fire Keepers are rising.
They are reminding us of who we are, of what civilization and culture mean.
They are directing our energy in positive ways.
They are reminding us of the Great Law of Peace.
Follow their lead.
If you are wondering what happens Dec 21, 2012, it’s the start of a Global Awakening led by Canada’s Indigenous and all willing partners. A New World in the New World. The prophecy of the South meeting the Prophecy of the North.
The Eagle and the Condor.
The beginning of the 8th Fire.