Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Idle No More

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Welcome to #INMroots Number Eight!   The goal of the #INMroots newsletter is to share news stories that promote Indigenous rights and sovereignty and the protection of land and water. The newsletter will share our stories and actions, and honour resistance, while celebrating the world that we are protecting.

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We are all invited to add to this newsletter. Post your story now! The deadline for the next newsletter is midnight on Sunday May 24th. We will accept all submissions that are connected to Indigenous and environmental issues as long as they do not condone or promote violence or lateral violence or include hate speech. 

The next newsletter will be published on Monday June 1st, so check your inboxes!

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WORLD WIDE

EVENTS

‘Shell No!’ Indigenous Activists To Confront Shell To End Arctic Drilling At Shareholder Meetings In Netherlands And London

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International Two Spirit Gathering

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COMMUNITY

Emergency in Brazil -  Bid to Legislatively usurp the legal rights of the indigenous peoples of Brazil to their land

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How Investment Arbitration Threatens State's' Sovereignty, Democracy - Ecuadorian Anti-Chevron Update:

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Tiny American Indian Tribal Nation involved with International Tribal Diplomacy

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Mauna Kea Open Letter Calling Academics to Divest from Thirty Meter Telescope

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United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Youth Suicide and Self-Harm and the recommendations made by Native Youth

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MEDIA

Amazonian Dredging Halted Until Indigenous Are Consulted

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Mauna Kea War Crimes Complaint Filed In Canada

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Thousands Rally in DC to demand Justice for Ecuador

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Parents of Missing Mexican Students Begin South America Tour source by teleSUR.

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Māori representatives against oil exploration meet with Saami Parliament

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High Court Orders Belize to Recognize and Protect Maya Traditional Property and Rights

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Emergency in Brazil

CENTRAL

EVENTS

Anishinaabe Treaty 3 Water Walk

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Indigenous Women Rising Symposium, Orangeville ON: May 23

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We are the Land - Energy and Food Sustainability Conference

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OTTAWA: Time for Reconciliation KAIROS Gathering:  May 29 - June 3

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Cuyahoga River Water Walk: June 22 - 27

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Trail of Tears Walk 2015

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COMMUNITY:

Hornepayne First Nation Elders Council Update

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Support Winnipeg’s Got Bannock

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MEDIA

Grassy Narrows - Injunction against First Nation activist Judy Da Silva dissolved

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Fossil Fuel Extraction Dangers: Native American and Women’s Organizations Request UN Help on Sexual Violence

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Noise, water quality and wells among concerns at Wabigoon gold mine consultations

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Valcourt unsure about details when questioned by MPs on First Nations children, youth

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NORTH

COMMUNITY

Neenanew Oshkapewisak - "The Helpers" Walk from Cochrane to Ottawa

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MEDIA

Nunavut university promoted as voice and inspiration for Inuit culture

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Critics voice concerns over privatization of First Nations drinking water

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SOUTH

MEDIA

Havasupai Tribe and Allies Fight to Stop Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

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Environmental groups, Ute Tribe worried about radon emissions from uranium mill, ask state to intervene

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Young Diné Walk Another 350 Miles in Prayer for People, Land, Culture

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EAST

EVENTS

NATIVE-IMMIGRANT presents: Beadworks: Visions of Peace Art Show-- CALL FOR ARTISTS

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MEDIA

Enbridge oil pipeline over Grand could devastate Six Nations water

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Tories Kill Bill Urging 'Harmony' Between Canadian Law And First Nations

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Indigenous people are already criminalized and Bill C-51 hasn't even passed yet

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Seal Meat Meals Give Montreal's Homeless Inuit Taste Of Home

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WEST

EVENTS

Red Jam Slam Radio Festival

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COMMUNITY

Unist'ot'en Camp - Late Spring Camp Update

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MEDIA

No pipeline approval from First Nations without safeguards: Grand Chief

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Alberta doctor that found higher rates of cancer in First Nation communities fired by health board

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Shell gets paddled in Seattle:

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Transgender Aboriginal student president opens up about discrimination

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Onondaga Nation Elder on the Sacredness of Mother Earth

Onondaga Nation Elder on the Sacredness of Mother Earth from Bill Moyers.com on Vimeo.

It is a source of wonderment when a reporter asks the questions he does with a sense of wonderment and awe. As if this is the first he has heard of this way of relating to Mother Earth.

It is no wonder that most of the world's human population are running around with a "Sky is Falling" fear every day! The reporters are so important in forming the civil views of society and if they are getting it wrong (which they certainly are) then we all are getting it wrong, unless we teach ourselves a higher WAY!

Onondaga Nation Clan Mother Audrey Shenandoah, who passed away two years ago, spoke with Bill in 1991 about her personal kinship with nature and the Onondaga Nation's concerns for our Earth in a society that "feels dominant over the elements of the creation."

SUFFERING

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"Close the door on old, painful memories. Close the door on old hurts, old self-righteous forgiveness. You might take an incident in the past where there was pain and hurt–something that is hard for you to forgive or look at.

Ask yourself: "How long do I want to hold onto this? How long do I want to suffer because of something that happened in the past?"

Now see a stream in front of you and take this old experience, this hurt, this pain, and put the whole incident in the stream and see it begin to dissolve and drift away until it disappears. You have the ability to let go. You are free."

- Louise Hay.

Note: Most of us have been hurt terribly by those we loved with all our hearts. This creates a formidable pain in your soul! Those in my own family have created such pain for me out of jealousy, animosity and just plain rebellion against authority.

What do you do with this will have a large impact on your life if you cannot let it go. I'm not a big fan of forgiveness of others, but I am totally convinced that forgiveness of self is paramount to the peace of your soul. If I am to forgive another then that person must show remorse and sorrow for what they have done. If they do not do this then they are not welcome in my home.

It's that simple - you LET GO and move on and forgive self for your anger and hurt and you walk away from it. If you take the correct stance then you will be rewarded with peace. This can be a very lonely road but it will be a High Road that few of us have the courage to walk. When you can walk the high road it is a road to internal peacefulness.

Remember the High road of Jesus, Buddha and Russell Means! They all walked with a Higher Purpose.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Alberta Tar Sands

I am a bit reticent to share this because I know the need for oil is serious! However I know how beautiful Alberta is and can't reconcile this in my head. I would ask you to put your home in the center of this and then condone what is very obviously total destruction of the environment. My people come from here and in their interest and in the interest of the world I strongly object to this short sighted, coffer filling, Native Spirit-Land destructive project. Please share! - Grant Redhawk

Please visit http://www.climate-change-guide.com/t... for more information on Canada's oil sands.


Tar Sands in Alberta is Canada's worst environmental disaster. Please share this video with your friends and family in order to help spread the word. Together we can make a difference, together we can stop the destruction.
Soundtrack: Adagio for Strings by Boston Symphony


Facts:
It covers an area the size of England: APRIL 2011 UPDATE: Total area= 140,200 km squared, or 54,132 square miles. Currently, this is actually larger than the size of England (it's about the size of England and Wales combined).
Oil from the tar sands is one of the world's most carbon-intensive fuels
Two tons of tar sand produces a single barrel of oil.
The tar sands generate 40 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, more than every car in Canada combined.


The oil itself is bitumen which contains cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.


To reach the bitumen, the Boreal Forest is destroyed.
Because of the tar sands, Canada's greenhouse gas emissions have grown more since 1990 than those of any other G8 nation.


Important waterways like the Athabasca River are being contaminated by 11 million liters of toxic waste every day.


Because of the Canada oil sands, the air is polluted with dangerous toxins, poisoning communities with rare cancers and autoimmune diseases.
It destroys critical animal habitats and some of Canada's most pristine landscapes.
Unfortunately, the Alberta government has approved every proposed project.
Take action and spread the word!


This video was created by Laurent Cousineau