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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:27 PM

Aboriginal Groups Stage Protests Across Canada

Source: Associated Press

Aboriginal Groups Stage Protests Across Canada
WINDSOR, Ontario January 17, 2013 (AP)

Aboriginals are slowing highway traffic, snarling a rail line and protesting at the busiest Canada-US crossing point as part of a "day of action" in their ongoing dispute with the government over treaty rights.

Hundreds of supporters of the "Idle No More" movement gathered Friday at one entrance of the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario. Another entrance to the border crossing remained open, and organizers say the protest will not be a blockade.

Protesters also slowed traffic on a highway in Quebec and stopped a train on a rail line outside of Winnipeg. Marchers also temporarily diverted traffic from a bridge in New Brunswick.

The Idle No More movement began last month in protest of a federal bill that aboriginal groups say threatens their treaty rights established in Canada's Constitution.


Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/aboriginal-groups-stage-protests-canada-18231317

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:33 PM

1. This is a nation-to-nation action. The First Nations are not second-class humans

 

and most never ceded rights to their land. And their purpose involves awakening people to these utter monstrosities:

Bill C-45 removes 99% of Canada's lakes and rivers from the protected list:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022180809

'Smoking Gun': Tar Sands Report Eviscerates Industry Claims

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022184992

One tribe's entire local, natural water supply is faces complete elimination due to fracking. Transcanada are stealing their land.

If the "news" is merely painting these human beings as a nuisance, they are utterly and absolutely on the wrong side of history.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:20 PM

2. I hope more are able to join you

it affects so much of our water.

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Response to annm4peace (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:28 PM

4. I'm of European descent, am not a native American, but their struggle is mine.

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:17 AM

3. The land needs to be protected and Harper stopped !!!!

My daughter and I are doing what we can from Ottawa!!!!

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Response to happypeacebug (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 05:45 PM

7. Glad to see your post, happypeacebug.

Welcome to D.U.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 05:31 PM

5. I'm glad to see they're maintaining this kind of inertia, especially at this time of year

If I said that Canadians as a whole have had a really shitty attitude and history towards the First Nations people, I'd be dramatically understating how things were and often are. (Protip: do not read the comments on any Canadian news articles about this unless you've got a shower nearby; you'll need it.)

Seeing the FNs finally having enough of the usual treatment's very heartening, especially under this fiasco of a government.

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 05:44 PM

6. You're doing US DU'ers a favor by informing us this is going on.

Very little, if any, info. that this has ever happened ever gets passed on to us through standard US corporate "news". It has been a well kept secret, and it shouldn't be.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 06:05 PM

9. It took several weeks before it regularly made the news *here*

And that only happened when they started doing dramatic things like highway blockades. And I'm entirely alright with those; people whine about being inconvenienced by the protests, but I'm not feeling the outrage when the protestors have been demonstrating against active attempts to exterminate them that lasted into the eighties, and precious little since that's been better.

Basically this is probably the angriest the First Nations community has gotten since, oh, the eighteenth century or therabouts up here. I'm ecstatic that they're seizing their voice back.

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 03:43 AM

11. I hope they get so much attention now it will discourage racists

from trying to commit the atrocities they've been indulging in for so long.

As communication just might be getting faster, and more widespread, maybe that can help when nothing at all ever helped in the past. People suffered with no help in sight for so long.

It is shocking to USAmericans with consciences to learn this has been going on in Canada. It should prompt more people to start trying to learn something about the history of this practised racism which has been so completely concealed from us, just as has our own.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 05:47 PM

8. Manitoba newspaper sparks furor with racist editorial

Manitoba newspaper sparks furor with racist editorial
CBC News
Posted: Jan 17, 2013 11:26 AM CST
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2013 4:04 PM CST

The mayor of the southern Manitoba town of Morris is furious over what he calls racist comments about aboriginal people in the latest edition of the community newspaper.

"I'm shocked and appalled that somebody can write something like that and think that it was right and acceptable to say it," said Mayor Gavin van der Linde.

"We can have our opinions about what people do and that's fine. But the tone and the words he chose to use were totally unacceptable."

The editorial in the Morris Mirror, written by editor-in-chief Reed Turcotte and published in the current edition, states that "in some cases, natives are acting like terrorists in their own country. Indians/Natives want it all but corruption and laziness prevent some of them from working for it."

More:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2013/01/17/mb-morris-mirror-newspaper-racism-manitoba.html

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 03:11 AM

10. Solidarity. nt

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