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Deeds, Not Words – National Day of Action Victoria
October 10, 2016- 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
In response to a call-out from Indigenous People’s National Day of Action and Idle No More please come celebrate life, water, and show solidarity with Indigenous People who are standing strong to protect the land and water. This is a day to honour all those who are giving so much to protect life and to demand that colonial governments live up to their promises of Nation to Nation relationships and respecting the rights of Indigenous People.
Please join us to collectively shape this space together with art, music, words and connection.
12pm – Speakers: TBA
1pm – Collective emergent art project, music, and pop-up workshops!
<<These events are taking place on Lekwungen territories. We recognize that this is stolen land and that even while violence and colonization against Indigenous peoples and lands continues, so too does Indigenous resistance, resilience and resurgence.>>
BACKGROUND – NATIONAL CALL TO ACTION
Promises of clean drinking water, a basic human right. Promises of equal education funding for our children, another basic human right. Promises of implementing the UNDRIP into Canadian Law, which had many people doubtful would actually transpire. These are but a few of the so called renewed “Nation to Nation” campaign promises that had indigenous folks clamoring to the elections polls, many for the first time ever.
Now those same people are coming to the realization that it was but another trick in our long and deadly “Nation to Nation” relationship with Canada. Across our beautiful shared country, mega-projects are getting a fast green lights despite very vocal and active opposition from a long list of indigenous communities. Reopening mines and granting permits on lands that have been devastated by tailings spills. Communities continue to be poisoned by water that is wastefully polluted in the name of industry and so called development. Even on the international level this gov’t has gone back on their commitments made to reduce emissions and pushes through dirty, unsustainable energy at the #COP21.
It is quite clear to most of us at this point, that as far as Indigenous Rights in this country is concerned, is it business as usual under all of Harper’s destructive policies that never had respect for the First Peoples of this country. No free and prior informed consent (#FPIC) policies have been implemented, nor will any be any time soon. Unaccessible consultations is still the trick used only under a new name with some new shiny faces.
So far the Trudeau gov’t has made a portfolio of photo ops of handshakes. And that is all that is happening for our people. Our communities won’t see any funding for years and in the meantime we will continue to be underfunded and under the current gov’ts thumb.
We demand that the Trudeau government to take credible and immediate action to:
* Implement UNDRIP in Canadian law.
* Clearly indicate it respects Indigenous Peoples’ right to say no to development on their land. (This means Free, Prior, and Informed Consent, not manipulated sham consultations)
* Stop the Site C dam
* Close the funding deficit for First Nations now
* Stop pipeline, gas, and oil megaprojects: build green energy, transit, and houses
* Introduce a climate plan that respects the 1.5-2 degree temperature target that Canada helped negotiate in Paris. Adopting Harper’s emission reduction targets is a betrayal of that commitment.
* Fully fund Indigenous-owned and controlled renewable energy projects.
We ask First Nations and allies on both sides of the medicine line, on the land or in cities, to respond to this call by undertaking action, in accordance with their own capacities, responsibilities, and their protocols. This Thanksgiving, Indigenous communities and supporters will be conducting actions, holding ceremonies, and gatherings across Canada to protect land and water and to demand the Trudeau government stop pretending, and start acting like it respects our rights. It is high time for deeds, not words.
Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines
Algonquins of Barriere Lake
BorealAction -Treaty 6 Idle No More
Chippewas of the Thames
Ellen Gabriel, Kanehsatake Mohawk
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
Idle No More
Idle No More Duluth
Idle No More Duluth Wolf Action
Idle No More Toronto
Idle No More Ontario
Long Beach Gathering
No One is Illegal – Toronto
No One is Illegal – Coast Salish Territories
Pamela Palmater, Mi’kmaq Nation
Red Nation – 2nd Annual Indigenous Peoples Day
Rising Tide Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories
Say “No” to Site C Dam
Secwepemc’ulecw Grassroots Movement
Stop Alton Gas
Unist’ot’en – People of the Headwaters
Vancouver Island Community Forest Action Network
Womens’ Committee of the Defenders of the Land network
SIMULTANEOUS SOLIDARITY WITH STANDING ROCK
October 8-11, 2016 also marks four International Days of Prayer and Action with Standing Rock. Organizers are mobilizing 5000 prayers and/or actions around the world. Whether or not you can come on October 10, please consider participating in this international solidarity action.
More info, including examples of a variety of actions that can be taken:https://www.facebook.com/
Organizers are asking people to please take 1 minute to record your action/prayer at http://www.5k4sr.net/ so they can make a map of all the people who are participating.
* This is a family-friendly event and children are very welcomed.
* In case of rain there is a covered area.
* Centennial Square is wheelchair-accessible from entrances off Pandora, Government, or Douglas Street.
* Bus access: #4, 11, 14, 21, 22, 30, 31, 32, 47, 48, 50, 61, 70, 71, 72 and 75 stop at Centennial Square on Douglas Street. Bus tickets are available upon request – email katiebeth.rasmussen@gmail.
* There are public washrooms at Centennial Square, but note that these are monitored by security guards. It is our understanding that these are gendered washrooms.