Idle No More: Movement for Indigenous Sovereignty

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One of the largest indigenous mass-movements in Canadian history, Idle No More is working to challenge the marginalisation and exploitation of First Nation communities within the Americas. It seeks to assert indigenous rights to sovereignty and to protect lands and waters from corporate destruction.

The website contains ongoing information on the historical and contemporary contexts of colonialism and ongoing oppression. It contains stories from communities who are resisting continued exploitation, updated news and information relating to the movement; while this movement maintains an America’s focus, everyone is invited to join.

The movement sets out six calls for change for the Canadian government: a message in accordance with mutual respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples

It encourages you to get involved in a number of ways

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 In Solidarity with the Klabona Keepers and Secwepemc Community

A recent campaign supports the Klabona Keepers ( for Facebook campaign see here) and Secwepemc Community in resisting mining company Imperial Metals. The Klabona Keepers are an organisation of Tahltan elders and families who occupy and use traditional lands near Iskut, British Columbia and are resisting developments at the Red Chris Imperial Metals mine.

The Secwepemc Community are monitoring the mine and occupying the land at the entrane of the Imperial Metals Mount Polley Mine.  On the 4 August 2014 the tailings pond at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine failed discharging a years worth of mine waste into the nearby water systems; by the 8th of August the 4square kilometre tailings pond was empty. A report is due in January 2015.

A variety of other campaigns and stories are available on the Idle No More website

 

 

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