WINNIPEG – In the spirit of peace, love and solidarity with our relatives at #OccupyINAC Toronto, the Indigenous occupation of INAC in Winnipeg releases the following official statement. We have been peacefully gathering since yesterday morning at the Manitoba regional office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, a department which derives its mandate from the racist colonial legislation called, The Indian Act.
TYENDINAGA – On Friday March 11th, 2016, His Excellency Wilmer Omar Barrientos Fernandez, the Venezuelan Ambassador to Canada, arrived in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to build greater relations between the Onkwehon:we and the Venezuelan people. Tyendinaga is the home of Deganawida, the Peacemaker who brought the Kayenere:kowa or Great Peace to the Haudenosaunee people. The ambassador paid a visit to Eagle Hill, the birthplace of the Peacemaker, and the place where the thinking behind the Kayenere:kowa emerged.
OTTAWA – A historic land claim agreement in principle struck by the Algonquins of Ontario with the federal and provincial governments is being denounced as fraudulent and illegal by chiefs of a number of Iroquois and Algonquin First Nations. They charge that the vast majority of the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) are not actually Algonquin or even aboriginal.
MINNEAPOLIS – American Indian Movement leader Clyde Bellecourt asked US Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders if he would honour treaties the US made with Native Americans. Sanders was speaking to a Black Forum at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis on February 13th, 2016 to discuss racial and economic issues.
SECWEPEMC – The upcoming northern Secwepemc vote on the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) treaty is a violation of our human and indigenous right to self-determination as the Secwepemc People under Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Secwepemc People collectively make up a “people” with standing and those rights at international law. One subgroup cannot cede those rights, yet the governments of Canada and British Columbia are trying to divide and rule our people.