A movement for First Nations rights and the protection of the environment
The Treaties are nation to nation agreements between First Nations and the British Crown who are sovereign nations. The Treaties are agreements that cannot be altered or broken by one side of the two Nations. The spirit and intent of the Treaty agreements meant that First Nations peoples would share the land, but retain their inherent rights to lands and resources. Instead, First Nations have experienced a history of colonization which has resulted in outstanding land claims, lack of resources and unequal funding for services such as education and housing.
The state of Canada has become one of the wealthiest countries in the world by using the land and resources. Canadian mining, logging, oil and fishing companies are the most powerful in the world due to land and resources. Some of the poorest First Nations communities (such as Attawapiskat) have mines or other developments on their land but do not get a share of the profit. The taking of resources has left many lands and waters poisoned – the animals and plants are dying in many areas in Canada. We cannot live without the land and water. We have laws older than this colonial government about how to live with the land.
Currently, this government is trying to pass many laws so that reserve lands can also be bought and sold by big companies to get profit from resources. They are promising to share this time…Why would these promises be different from past promises? We will be left with nothing but poisoned water, land and air. This is an attempt to take away sovereignty and the inherent right to land and resources from First Nations peoples.
There are many examples of other countries moving towards sustainability, and we must demand sustainable development as well. We believe in healthy, just, equitable and sustainable communities and have a vision and plan of how to build them.
Join us in creating this vision.
- Manifesto above taken directly from IdleNoMore.ca
- Aboriginal Rights are Not Human Rights by Peter Keith Kulchyski
- New World of Indigenous Resistance by Benjamin Maldonado & Lois Meyer
- Wasáse: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom by Taiaiake Alfred
- Thunder in My Soul by Patricia Monture-Angus
Documentary Films and Series
- The Invisible Nation (2007)
- Kanehsatake: 270 years of resistance (1993)
- To the Last Drop: Canada's Dirty Oil Sands (2011)
- Kahsatstenhsera: Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sands Pipelines (2013)
- Elisipogtog: The Fire Over Water (2013)
- Fault Lines - Aljazeera