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Carolyn Bennett

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Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Carolyn Bennett, BC Premier John Horgan, BC Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair

Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en nation 2020

UPDATE - Wet'suwet'en land defenders and their allies having been blocking the path of an LNG pipeline that threatens sacred and pristine lands in their territory. The LNG pipeline would also set off a massive $40 billion "carbon bomb" and make it nearly impossible for Canada to meet its climate targets. Last week, the national police (RCMP) invaded the Wet'suwet'en camp and now Indigenous communities and their allies are blockading Canada's rail networks in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en, and the Canadian government is seeing if they have popular support before deciding what it will do. This is a historic moment and we need to show our support now. Please sign this petition and share!************** Unceded and sovereign Wet’suwet’en land is under attack.  On December 31, 2019, BC Supreme Court Justice Marguerite Church granted an injunction against members of the Wet’suwet’en nation who have been stewarding and protecting their traditional territories from the destruction of multiple pipelines, including Coastal GasLink’s (CGL) liquified natural gas (LNG) pipeline.  Hereditary Chiefs of all five Wet’suwet’en clans have rejected Church’s decision, which criminalizes Anuk ‘nu’at’en (Wet’suwet’en law), and have issued and enforced an eviction of CGL's workers from the territory. The last CGL contractor was escorted out by Wet’suwet’en Chiefs on Saturday, January 4, 2020. January 7 2020 also marks one year since the RCMP violently raided the Wet’suwet’en  territories and criminalized the nation for upholding their responsibilities towards their land. We also learned recently, through reporting by the Guardian quoting official documents, that RCMP commanders instructed officers, for the January 7, 2019 attack, to “use as much violence toward the gate as you want” and said that “lethal overwatch” - which describes the deployment of an officer who is prepared to use lethal force (including snipers) - was required. SIGN THIS PETITION to urge prime minister Justin Trudeau, the minister of crown-Indigenous relations, Carolyn Bennett, the BC premier, John Horgan, and the federal and provincial public safety ministers, Bill Blair and Mike Farnworth (responsible for the RCMP) to do the following:- Stop colonial violence: stop using the RCMP or any other force to harass and criminalize Indigenous peoples from protecting their land, water, air and cultures, as well as dispossess Indigenous peoples of their traditional unceded territories;  - Immediately remove the RCMP from the Wet'suwet'en territory; - Respect the sovereignty as well as the free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous peoples as stated in the UN Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples - which Canada has signed and BC has put into provincial law - which includes respecting the refusal of pipelines and other resource-extracting projects that are damaging to the environment and for which the Wet’suwet’en nation have not given free, prior and informed consent to; - Stop violently supporting those members of the 1% who are stealing resources and condemning our children to a world rendered uninhabitable by climate change.Please share widely and take more actions at Thank you!

Indigenous Solidarity Ottawa
87,737 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Marc Garneau, Carolyn Bennett, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Jody Wilson-Raybould

An inquiry to ALL missing & murdered indigenous women along the highway of Tears & support

As some of you may know, and some of you that may not, we lost another Aboriginal women along with Highway of Tears, a stretch of highway from Prince Rupert, BC to Prince George, BC. The "official" count of women who have been classified as Highway of Tears victims is 18 (from 1969-2006). That number doesn't show how many ACTUAL victims there are, to be classified I Highway of Tears victims you need to have the following criteria: hitchhiking or other high risk behaviour, and last seen or their body found within a mile or so from three B.C. highways (Hwy 16, Hwy 97 and Hwy 5).  Because of this criteria, we are missing much bigger victim net, and the numbers are skued.  I'm asking for an inquiry on the number of indigenous women who have been murdered or gone missing from the communities along the highway of tears. I am also asking that we look at the root cause, is this area more susceptible due to the lack of transportation in the area, the lack of investigation & justice, lack of accountaboliac for actions, the lack of supports in the area, the isolation of the communities, or all of the above or something that hasn't been touched on in this petition.  All though there has been an E-PANA investigation and the RCMP have used ViCLAS (Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System), as well as other databases to assist in there investigations, I am calling for an investigation where the locals and survivors are interviewed. I believe that if a new investigation is launched with the extended parameters, and interviews the results will be shocking (except for those who live along the highway of tears). I am also petitioning for supports for the communities, reliable transportation, mental health supports, increased presence on the highway, and all other supports that the communities feel will help keep our indigenous women safe.   #justiceforjessica #reddress #protectouraboriginalwomen #mmiw #highwayoftears

Janine Wookey
22,372 supporters
Petitioning Marco Mendocino, Doug Ford, Justin Trudeau, Carolyn Bennett, Bill Morneau, Julie Dabrusin

Require all single-use plastics bought and sold in Canada be biodegradable

The problem of plastic pollution is at its worst and is not getting better.  Globally, waterways have become increasingly polluted, strangling marine life and creating garbage dumps of our magnificent oceans and Great Lakes. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Report launched at the World Economic Forum in 2016, by the year 2050 we can expect to have more plastic in the ocean that fish, with an average of one refuse truck of plastic being dumped into the world's seas every minute. Plastic goods are only growing in demand and although many are recyclable, only 5% actually is. Not to mention the fact that unlike glass and other materials, plastic is only able to be recycled a limited number of times and is therefore unsustainable regardless.  The long-term effects of the small fragments of plastic that are beginning to litter the seabed are unknown, however we are already witnessing the presence of these microplastics in marine life, including the fish we consume. Plastics leach harmful chemicals that easily migrate up the food chain, some of which have already found to be present in humans.  The solution to this is for the world's governments to take action and finally put a ban on the use and distribution of single-use plastics that are not biodegradable. Countless options already exist made of various different materials. the UN Environment lists a few: edible cutlery made of sorghum, plates and cutlery made of bamboo or palm leaf, natural packaging foam made of fungus and agricultural waste, expired milk recreated as a natural clothing fiber, and even pineapple pleather as a replacement for shoes and other plastic goods.  Canada can and should be a global leader in the initiative to save the global environment from plastic pollution, beginning in our own backyard with our Great Lakes and long coastlines. Please! The issue grows worse each passing day. Let us help us help ourselves by restoring a clean and livable environment that does not grow sick and polluted by our own hands.   

Isabella Di Federico
9,948 supporters
Petitioning Carolyn Bennett

Free Indigenous Labrador Land Protectors James Learning, Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis

(Photo:  Marjorie Flowers, James Learning, and Eldred Davis, who have spent years seeking to protect the lands, waters, and people downstream from Muskrat Falls, are now behind bars for their peaceful protection actions because the colonial court system is acting as an agent for a project that will produce methylmercury poisoning and the very real threat of catastrophic dam break and mass drowning.)  Inuk Elder James Learning (aged 79) was jailed indefinitely on Friday, July 21 for refusing to stop his own efforts to protect Labrador residents from poisoning and drowning at the Muskrat Falls project. Also jailed for protecting the land and water July 21 were Indigenous Labrador Land Protectors Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis. Learning and Davis (NunatuKavut) and Flowers (Nunatsiavut) are part of a larger group (including a journalist) facing ongoing, serious court proceedings for their nonviolent actions. This new round of jailing Indigenous people and their allies comes on the heels of the incarceration in May of Inuk Grandmother Beatrice Hunter, another Labrador Land Protector thrown in jail for trying to save the future of her land and people from a Trudeau-backed mega hydro project at Muskrat Falls being led by the Newfoundland and Labrador Government and their crown corporation Nalcor. The Muskrat Falls project will poison the water, land, and all life forms with methyl mercury for generations to come. It is built in part on quick clay, which moves, leaving open the possibility of a catastrophic dam collapse. Scores of Indigenous and non-Indigenous land protectors face serious charges for peacefully trying to stop this dangerous, unnecessary project. We are calling on the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Dwight Ball, who is ALSO Minister of Labrador, Intergovernmental, and Indigenous Affairs, as well as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Carolyn Bennett, to immediately intervene and meet the following demands: 1. Immediate release of James G. Learning, Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis. 2. Dropping of all charges against Labrador Land Protectors and lifting of the anti-democratic injunction against land protectors brought by NALCOR Energy 3. Cancel the Muskrat Falls hydro project because it is too dangerous in the short and long term, whether from catastrophic collapse of the North Spur (which is built on quick clay, which moves) or from methyl mercury poisoning. #ShutMuskratDown

Matthew Behrens
8,352 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau

Stop the Rezoning for Condos - Honour the Indigenous Stewardship of the Chaudière Islands

The Chaudière Falls and its islands in Canada's Capital have been a sacred healing and meeting place for Indigenous peoples from the East coast to the Rockies for more than 5,000 years. We ask all Canadians to support our call to keep these islands and waters open to all Canadians under the stewardship of the Indigenous community. This land and water was never ceded by treaty or sold to any government. For the past 65 years many citizens and their elected leaders on both sides of the Ottawa River have lauded the vision of Grandfather William Commanda who lobbied for the creation of a central park for all, and an indigenous national healing and peace centre. For the last thirty years, architect Douglas Cardinal has worked tirelessly to keep that vision alive. He supports the August 2015 statements by four Algonquin chiefs from Quebec and other Indigenous leaders who oppose a condo proposal by Windmill Development Group and Dream Corporation In the spirit of reconciliation, we ask the federal party leaders to respond to the call by Algonquin and other Indigenous communities to honour Indigenous rights, and to restore this unique waterfall and its surrounding islands to the stunning beauty that lies beneath industrial ruins and a ring dam. Useful information can be found at: Our website: Sept 30, 2015 4 Algonquin Chiefs requesting a meeting with all levels of government in opposition to the current Energy Ottawa destructive excavations: August 18, 2015; Four Algonquin First Nations in Quebec call for protection of sacred site: August 19, 2015; Assembly of First Nations Quebec Labrador: B.C. First Nations Leadership: Asinabka: National Historic Centre at the sacred Chaudière site: October 5, 2014; Ottawa Citizen; Fulfill Commanda’s Vision for Chaudière:   (VERSION FRANÇAISE)  

Gita Baack
8,381 supporters
Petitioning Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Justin Trudeau, Phillip Couillard, Carolyn Bennett, Assembly of First Nations, jody wilson

Halt to the Land Development on Disputed Kanien'kehá:ka Territory

On July 11, 1990, the people of Kanehsatà:ke endured a 78 day siege known as the "Oka Crisis" in order to protect their land from a 9 hole golf course expansion by the Municipalitié d'Oka and private developers. The development would also see the removal of Kanien'kehá:ka burial ground and condominium development. At the same time, the community of Kahnawake blocked the busy Mercier bridge on the south shore of Montreal in support of their sister community of Kanehsatà:ke. While the construction the golf course expansion and condominium development was prevented, the long standing historical land dispute was never settled. Today a new land development is taking place at the edge of the Pines area on traditional Kanien'kehá:ka territory, commonly referred to as Les Collines d'Oka.  So continues the 300 year old land dispute of the ancestral lands of the Kanien'kehá:ka of Kanehsatà:ke. Since the siege of 1990, more land has been lost due to Bill S-24, an act of Parliament called the "Interim Kanesatake Land Management Act". This has perpetuated the 300 year old land fraud as more land has been illegally sold without the free prior and informed consent of the Kanien'kehá:ka of Kanehsatà:ke. In spite of peaceful efforts to INAC Minister Carolyn Bennett to have the development halted and intervene on behalf of the Kanien'kehá:ka of Kanehsatà:ke, Canada refuses to intervene and bring about a peaceful resolution to the contested lands. We therefore demand that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intervene in the land dispute in Kanehsatà:ke (OKA) in order to uphold Canada's domestic and international legal obligations to defend the human rights of the Kanien'kehá:ka of Kanehsatà:ke. We the signatories of this petition demand the following: - That any activities on Kanehsatà:ke Kanien'kehá:ka ancestral lands require the Free Prior and Informed consent of the Kanehsatà:ke Kanien'kehá:ka as per Kaianera'kó:wa (the Great Law of Peace) and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.- Cease all illegal development on the ancestral lands of the Kanien'kehá:ka of Kanehsatà:ke. Moreover, for Canada to settle the long standing historical land dispute with the Haudenosaunee Longhouse people of Kanehsatà:ke, we demand the following:- The immediate cease to any archeological digs in Parc Nationale d'Oka- The immediate repeal of Bill S-24 the "Kanesatake Interim Land Management Act"- Urge Canada and Quebec to denounce the Doctrine of Discovery and Terra Nullius- Urge the government of Canada and Quebec to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to be included as part of the framework to settle this land dispute.We ask for support of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Le 11 juillet 1990, les gens de Kanehsatà:ke ont subi un siège de 78 jours connu sous le nom de Crise d'Oka afin de protéger leurs terres d'une extension d'un parcours de golf de 9 trous par la municipalité d'Oka et les promoteurs privés. Ce développement voulait supprimer une partie du cimetière Kanien'kehá:ka et permettre le développement de condominiums. Dans la même période, la communauté de Kahnawake a bloqué le pont Mercier sur la rive sud de Montréal pour appuyer leur communauté soeur de Kanehsatà:ke. Bien que l'expansion du parcours de golf et la construction de condominiums aient été empêchées, le conflit territorial de longue date n'a jamais été réglé. Aujourd'hui, un nouveau développement de maisons a lieu au bord de la pinède sur le territoire traditionnel Kanien'kehá:ka, communément appelé Les Collines d'Oka. Ainsi persiste le conflit de territoire vieux de 300 ans sur les terres ancestrales des Kanien'kehá:ka de Kanehsatà:ke. Depuis le siège de 1990, plusieurs terres ont été perdues en raison de la loi S-24, une loi du Parlement intitulée Loi sur le gouvernement du territoire provisoire de Kanesatake. Cela a perpétué l'injustice et la fraude foncière des 300 dernières années alors que plusieurs terres ont été vendues illégalement sans le consentement préalable et éclairé des Kanien'kehá:ka de Kanehsatà:ke. Malgré les efforts pacifiques envers la ministre Carolyn Bennett des Affaires autochtones et du Nord Canada pour que le développement s'arrête et qu'elle intervienne au nom des Kanien'kehá:ka de Kanehsatà':ke, le Canada refuse d'intervenir et d'apporter une résolution pacifique aux terres contestées. Nous demandons donc que le Premier ministre Justin Trudeau intervienne dans le conflit territorial de Kanehsatà:ke (Oka) afin de respecter les obligations légales du Canada et de defender à l'échelle internationale les droits de l'homme des Kanien'kehá:ka de Kanehsatà:ke. Nous, les signataires de cette pétition, demandons ce qui suit :- Que toutes les activités sur les terres ancestrales des Kanien'kehá:ka de Kanehsatà:ke requièrent leur consentement préalable et informé en vertu de Kaianera'kó:wa (la Grande Loi de la Paix) et de la Déclaration sur les droits des peuples autochtones de l'ONU ;- De cesser tout développement illégal sur les terres ancestrales des Kanien'kehá:ka de Kanehsatà:ke ; De plus, pour que le Canada règle le conflit territorial de longue date qui perdure avec le Peuple de la Maison Longue de Kanehsatà:ke, nous demandons :- De cesser immédiatement les fouilles archéologiques dans le parc national d'Oka ;- D'abroger immédiatement la loi S-24, la Loi sur le gouvernement du territoire provisoire de Kanesatake ;- Que le Canada et le Québec dénoncent la Doctrine de la découverte et Terra Nullius ;- Que les gouvernements du Canada et le Québec mettent en oeuvre la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones pour régler cette négociation territorial. Nous demandons un soutien aux peuples autochtones et non autochtones de l'île de la Tortue.      

Caitlyn Richard
8,093 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Carolyn Bennett, Jake Stewart Minister of Aboriginal Affairs NB, Blaine Higgs

Clan Mothers Request Independent Investigation into the deaths of Chantal and Rodney

Too many Indigenous people have been killed by police in Canada. Wapna’kikewi’skwaq - Women of First Light, an Indigenous women-led organization is deeply saddened and disheartened that another young Indigenous woman, Chantal Moore, has been killed.  Then on June 12th, a Mi’Kmaq man, Rodney Levi was killed by police in northern NB.  Both point to the wide-spread and systemic racism towards Indigenous people, people of colour in Canada. Wapna’kikewi’skaq – Women of First Light strongly requests that the investigation into Chantal Moore and Rodney Levis’s death be led by Indigenous people.  “We need Indigenous people, especially women to be leading this investigation”, stated Clan Mother and Board member, miigam’agan, “We have seen time and again how the truth is hidden, and the institutions protect their own.”  Wapna’kikewi’skaq is more than willing to identify Indigenous police, lawyers and others who are qualified to lead this investigation in a respectful and thorough manner. “The Clan Mothers watch our people. We know who has integrity, good values and skills”, explained Jane Meader, a Clan Mother from Membertou. “We have lost all faith in justice in Canada for Indigenous people.” Catherine Martin, Board member and well known film maker, explained, “Without our direct involvement in the investigations, we believe, we will not see the truth come out. This was a wellness check! The woman was afraid from being harassed by a man. Someone knocks loudly on the door at 2 am and so she comes to the door with a knife. That makes sense. Killing her does not,” explained Martin adding, “The same goes to Rodney. He was reaching out for help, when he was killed.” Women of First Light has started an on-line petition requesting that the Clan Mothers be involved in selecting who is involved in the investigations.  They do not trust the Quebec Police due to experiences of Indigenous people within Quebec. There can be no reconciliation without justice. 

Wapna'kikewi'skwaq - Women of First Light
8,022 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Carolyn Bennett, BC Premier John Horgan, BC Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair

Solidarité avec la nation Wet'suwet'en

MISE À JOUR - Les protectrices et protecteurs des terres Wet'suwet'en et leurs allié.es bloquent toujours le chemin d'un pipeline de gaz naturel liquéfié (GNL) qui menace des terres vierges et sacrées dans leur territoire. Le pipeline déclencherait aussi une énorme "bombe à carbone" de 40 milliards de dollars, ce qui rendrait presque impossible l'atteinte des objectifs climatiques du Canada. La semaine dernière, la police nationale (GRC) a envahi le camp Wet'suwet'en et maintenant, les communautés autochtones et leurs allié.es bloquent les réseaux de rails du Canada en solidarité avec la nation Wet'suwet'en. Le gouvernement canadien attend de voir s'il a le soutien populaire avant de décider ce qu'il fera. Il s'agit d'un moment historique et nous devons leur montrer notre soutien maintenant. Svp signez cette pétition et partagez!*************** Les terres non cédées et souveraines Wet’suwet’en sont en butte à des attaques. Le 31 décembre 2019, la juge Marguerite Church, de la Cour supérieure de Colombie-Britannique, a accordé une injonction contre les membres de la nation Wet’suwet’en qui ont gardé et protégé leurs territoires traditionnels de la destruction de plusieurs pipelines, incluant le pipeline de gaz naturel liquéfié (LNG) de Coastal GasLink (CGL). Les chefs héréditaires des cinq clans Wet’suwet’en ont rejeté la décision de Church, qui criminalise Anuk ‘nu’at’en (la loi Wet’suwet’en), et ils ont émis et appliqué une ordonnance d’expulsion des travailleurs de CGL du territoire. Le dernier contracteur de CGL a été escorté par les chefs Wet’suwet’en le samedi 4 janvier 2020. Le 7 janvier 2020 marque une année complète depuis que la GRC a violemment pénétré dans les territoires Wet’suwet’en et criminalisé la nation pour avoir maintenu leurs responsabilités envers leurs terres. Nous avons aussi appris récemment, à travers les rapports du Guardian citant des documents officiels, que les commandants de la GRC ont ordonné à leurs officiers, pour l’attaque du 7 janvier 2019, « d’user d’autant de violence contre la muraille qu’ils veulent » et ils ont dit qu’une « surveillance mortelle », c’est-à-dire le déploiement d’un officier qui est prêt à utiliser une force meurtrière (incluant des tireurs d’élite), était requise. SIGNEZ CETTE PÉTITION pour exhorter le premier ministre Justin Trudeau, la ministre des Affaires autochtones Carolyn Bennett, le premier ministre de la Colombie-Britannique John Horgan, et les ministres de la Sécurité publique fédéral Bill Blair et provincial Mike Farnworth, à faire ceci : - Cesser la violence coloniale : arrêter d’utiliser la GRC ou tout autre force pour harceler et criminaliser les peuples autochtones qui protègent leurs terres, l’eau, l’air et les cultures, ainsi que de déposséder les peuples autochtones de leurs territoires traditionnels non cédés; - Retirer immédiatement la GRC du territoire Wet’suwet’en; - Respecter la souveraineté ainsi que le consentement libre, antérieur et informé des peuples autochtones tel que le stipule la Déclaration sur les Droits des Peuples Autochtones des Nations Unies, que le Canada a signé et que la Colombie-Britannique a mis dans sa loi provinciale, qui inclut le respect du refus de pipelines et autres projets d’extraction des ressources qui endommagent l’environnement et pour lesquels la nation Wet’suwet’en n’a pas donné un consentement libre et informé au préalable; - Arrêter de soutenir violemment les membres qui composent ce 1% qui volent les ressources et qui condamnent nos enfants à un monde rendu inhabitable en raison des changements climatiques. Veuillez svp partager cette pétition massivement et poser d’autres actions à Merci!

Indigenous Solidarity Ottawa
87,737 supporters
Call a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women like my cousin Loretta Saunders

I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the friends and family of Loretta Saunders. I want them to know that Canadians stand shoulder to shoulder with them and share in their grief and outrage. Her family and friends have been very clear that they want their terrible loss to catalyze the changes necessary to stop the ongoing tragedy of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada. I am adding my name to this petition because I believe that it is a truly important way to focus the attention all Canadians and the world about the need to fully identify the deep-seated causes such as racism and sexism and the need to fully implement the solutions that will finally be able to prevent the loss of any more indigenous mothers, daughters or sisters. This is not a women's issue, not an indigenous issue, this is a Canadian tragedy. The time for action on this has long since passed. I’m adding my voice to the thousands across Canada, including the friends and family of Loretta Saunders, the provincial and territorial premiers and the affiliated organizations, in demanding the government call a national inquiry and develop a meaningful action plan to end this Canadian tragedy. - Carolyn Bennett, MP for Toronto-St.Paul's, Liberal Aboriginal Affairs Critic

6 years ago