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Carolyn Bennett

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Petitioning Carolyn Bennett

Call a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women like my cousin Loretta Saunders

My cousin Loretta Saunders was murdered at age 26. She was a student at St. Mary's University in Halifax and was writing her honours thesis on the hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Our family is Inuit, and Loretta has now become one of the over 1186 missing or murdered Aboriginal women she was fighting for. It is time for our government to address this epidemic of violence against Aboriginal women. Our family is gathering strength and we will not let her death be in vain. We will fight to complete Loretta's unfinished work. Please sign this petition and call on Federal Minister for the Status of Women Kellie Leitch to immediately call a public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. The Native Women's Association of Canada and other groups have worked on this for years and I started this petition to support them and to demand justice for Loretta. We need to know why it is that Aboriginal girls and women like Loretta are five to seven times more likely to die as a result of violence than non-Aboriginal women. This is what a public inquiry must address immediately so that action can be taken to stop these tragedies and protect aboriginal girls and women in Canada. The Government has so far ignored calls for a public inquiry. If they don't act the tragedies will continue.  The epidemic of racist and sexist violence against Aboriginal women in Canada is claiming lives and devastating families each month. It boils down to a simple question. Does the Canadian Government think it's a problem that Aboriginal women are 5-7 times more likely to die from a violent attack? Right now, we don't know. I'm praying that Loretta's death and tens of thousands calling for the inquiry will finally move them to do the right thing. I travelled from Labrador to St.Johns with Loretta when she left home.  We talked about our Inuit roots, our family and our pasts and how we looked at our future as an opportunity to create change and different more healthy cycles and family patterns.  We spoke about the topic of aboriginal women going missing and being killed. We joked about how she would change the world, but it wasn’t really a joke at all. Loretta HAS changed the world and. I'm determined that Loretta will continue to change the world. Please sign this petition and demand justice for Loretta and all Aboriginal women. As mentioned the Native Women's Association of Canada has worked on this issue for years and has already collected 23,000 signatures calling for a public inquiry.  Here is a link to their site as well as their document explaining in more detail why a public inquiry is needed. 

Holly Jarrett
351,976 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Justin Trudeau

Pass A Federal Act to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women in Canada

Three and a half years ago my life changed forever when a friend told me about the Highway Of Tears. I learned that on this stretch of highway in northern British Columbia, at least 40 women and girls had gone missing, the majority of them from aboriginal communities -- and the Canadian government hadn't done anything about it. As I began to investigate the stories of these women and girls, my outrage grew. I wanted all of Canada to hear these stories for themselves and to know the anguish felt by families. I wanted to help advocate for a solution. So I started making a documentary called "Highway Of Tears." Once the documentary was finished, I thought my journey was over -- but it was really just beginning. At screenings across Canada, I heard thousands of stories of violence against aboriginal women and girls - not just along the Highway of Tears. What's more - I learned that very few families have had any closure or justice for their lost loved ones. That’s why I’m asking you to sign this petition telling Canada’s government to implement A FEDERAL ACT TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA. Thanks to the tireless efforts of aboriginal leaders, most Canadians know about the need for a national inquiry into this issue. We’ve seen the government ignore their voices, even as the world has begun to take notice, and the United Nations has condemned Canada for inaction I've started this petition with the support of communities and families of missing women, including Mary Teegee, Carrier Sekani Family Services and The Highway of Tears Initiative. By signing this petition, you're telling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make a Federal Act to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women a priority, in addition to a national inquiry. I’ve been fortunate to travel country over the last year to meet with community leaders, activists, MPs and Senators.  I can tell you firmly from the bottom of my heart that this FEDERAL ACT is 100% necessary to protecting women and girls by improving the criminal justice response to violence. And it’s something many of our political leaders already support.  While I’m not asking all of you to join us in searching for lost family members or solving crimes, I am asking for you to join us in spirit. I am committed to pushing the Government of Canada to not only conduct a national inquiry, but to also implement a FEDERAL ACT TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA. Thank you for joining us.   

Matt Smiley
43,733 supporters
Petitioning Kathleen Wynne, Dr Eric Hoskins, Glen R. Murray, Carolyn Bennett, David Zimmer, Jane Philpott

Help the Kashechewan First Nations Reserve get access to clean water

The Kashechewan First Nations reserve near Sudbury, Ontario, has been experiencing water quality issues for over 20 years. In 2005, more than 1,000 residents had to be evacuated from the reserve because of the E.coli bacteria found in their water. Just recently, in March of 2016, 16 children had to be evacuated due to skin lesions and infections. Their water treatment plant has not been repaired or replaced since 1998, and keeps breaking down, causing many health issues within the community.  Unfortunately, this issue does not just concern Kashechewan. In Canada, 2/3 of all First Nations reserves have been under a drinking water advisory sometime in the past 10 years. Most Canadians have access to clean drinking water every day. Why are First Nations treated differently? If you believe that access to clean water is a basic human right, please sign this petition to urge the Ontario government to address this issue and help the Kashechewan people build a better water treatment system. Thank you.   

Emma Helman
16,945 supporters
Petitioning Hon. Minister of Health Jane Philpott, Carolyn Bennett, Justin Trudeau

Save Indigenous services needed to fight HIV and AIDS in Canada

The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) and many Indigenous and non Indigenous HIV service organizations in Canada have had their federal funding drastically cut or completely discontinued all across the country. The impact of Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)'s decision to severely reduce funding for CAAN decimates the leading voice of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples living with HIV or AIDS and organizations that are members of CAAN and will have far-reaching consequences on both Indigenous health and reconciliation. Just two weeks after the Global Fund Replenishment Conference in Montreal, where the federal government pledged $804 million to international efforts on AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, the PHAC has sent out devastating letters telling HIV service providers that funding will be cut and the results have been catastrophic for the entire sector. For over 20 years, federally-administered HIV programs have provided CAAN with critical funding to initiate national programs and partnerships. This funding has allowed CAAN to provide the vital Indigenous connection, perspective, and capacity required for equitable health solutions and wise investment strategies that are well beyond the reach of governments alone and require Indigenous, private sector and other supports as well. Please sign this petition to help hold the process accountable in order to restore and create wellness opportunities for all Indigenous Peoples. We call for: 1)    Internal review of PHAC’s decision-making processes. 2)   Review of policies to ensure benefits and necessary infrastructure support funding is extended to community-based organizations. 3)    Let CAAN be the visionary leaders needed to maintain the momentum for change so that we can make a difference in the lives of Indigenous peoples and communities in Canada. For more information read this:  CBC News article.

Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)
11,215 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: www.freethefalls.ca Sept 30, 2015 4 Algonquin Chiefs requesting a meeting with all levels of government in opposition to the current Energy Ottawa destructive excavations: http://www.scribd.com/doc/283260469/Letter-From-Algonquin-Chiefs-Akikodjiwan-Sacred-Waterfalls-Area-Sept-30-2015 August 18, 2015; Four Algonquin First Nations in Quebec call for protection of sacred site: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/-2048697.htm August 19, 2015; Assembly of First Nations Quebec Labrador: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/sacred-territories-to-preserve-522315021.html B.C. First Nations Leadership: http://freethefalls.ca/news/b-c-s-first-nations-leadership-council-supports-akikodjiwan/ Asinabka: National Historic Centre at the sacred Chaudière site: https://ipsmo.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/asinabka-bn-brochure-final-french-eng.pdf October 5, 2014; Ottawa Citizen; Fulfill Commanda’s Vision for Chaudière: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/raaymakers-fulfill-commandas-vision-at-chaudiere   (VERSION FRANÇAISE)  

Gita Baack
5,127 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
4,427 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
4,427 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Hon. Kellie Leitch - Ministre de la Condition Féminine

Lancez une enquête publique sur les centaines de disparitions et d'assassinats de femmes aborigènes comme ma cousine Loretta Saunders

Le mois dernier, ma cousine Loretta Saunders, 26 ans, a été assassinée. Elle était étudiante à l'Université St. Mary, à Halifax au Canada et a écrit sa thèse de spécialisation sur les centaines de femmes aborigènes disparues et assassinées dans le pays. Notre famille est inuit et Loretta est devenue l'une des plus de 800 femmes aborigènes disparues ou assassinées pour qui elle se battait. Il est temps que notre gouvernement réponde à cette épidémie de violence contre les femmes aborigènes. La semaine dernière, nous nous sommes effondrés quand nous avons appris que le corps de Loretta avait été retrouvé dans un fossé au bord de la route transcanadienne au Nouveau Brunswick. Notre famille reprend ses forces et nous n'avons pas l'intention d'accepter que sa mort soit en vain. Nous allons nous battre pour terminer le travail inachevé de Loretta. Vous pouvez nous aider : signez cette pétition qui appelle la ministre fédérale de la Condition féminine Kellie Leitch à organiser immédiatement une enquête publique sur les disparitions et meurtres de femmes aborigènes au Canada. L'Association des femmes aborigènes du Canada et d'autres groupes ont travaillé sur ce projet depuis des années et j'ai lancé cette pétition pour les soutenir et pour exiger justice pour Loretta. Nous devons savoir pourquoi les filles et les femmes aborigènes comme Loretta sont cinq à sept fois plus susceptibles de mourir à la suite de violences que les femmes non aborigènes. C'est ce à quoi l'enquête publique doit répondre immédiatement afin que des mesures puissent être prises pour mettre fin à ces tragédies et protéger les filles et les femmes aborigènes au Canada. Le gouvernement a jusqu'ici ignoré ces appels pour une enquête publique. S'ils n'agissent pas, les tragédies continueront. L'épidémie de violence raciste et sexiste contre les femmes aborigènes au Canada prend des vies et détruit des familles chaque mois. Cela se résume en une simple question. Est-ce que le gouvernement canadien pense qu'il est normal que les femmes aborigènes soient 5 à 7 fois plus susceptibles de mourir d'agressions violentes ? À l'heure actuelle, nous ne savons pas. Je prie pour que la mort de Loretta et les dizaines de milliers d'appels pour l'ouverture d'une enquête les pousseront enfin à faire ce qui est juste. J'ai voyagé de Labrador à St.Johns avec Loretta quand elle a quitté la maison. Nous avons parlé de nos racines inuites, de notre famille et de notre passé et de comment nous voyions notre avenir comme une occasion de créer un changement et de créer des cycles et des rythmes plus sains pour les familles. Nous avons parlé de la question des femmes aborigènes disparues et tuées. Nous avons plaisanté sur la façon dont Loretta allait changer le monde, mais ce n'était vraiment pas une blague. Loretta a changé le monde et je suis déterminée à ce que Loretta continue à changer le monde . Merci de signer cette pétition et de demander justice pour Loretta et toutes les femmes aborigènes. Comme indiqué,  l'Association des femmes aborigènes du Canada a travaillé sur cette question pendant des années et a déjà recueilli 23 000 signatures appelant à une enquête publique. Voici un lien vers leur site ainsi que leur document expliquant plus en détail pourquoi une enquête publique est nécessaire (en anglais).

Holly Jarrett
351,976 supporters
Petitioning Carolyn Bennett, Jim Carr, Dwight Ball, Justin Trudeau

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. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/jim-learning-custody-breaching-injunction-muskrat-falls-1.4215759 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. http://theindependent.ca/2017/03/18/land-protectors-face-criminal-charges-for-defending-water-food-culture/ 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
3,990 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Catherine McKenna, Justin Trudeau, Carolyn Bennett, Hunter Tootoo, Christy Clark, Jody Wilson-Raybould

Stop the Petronas LNG project on Lelu Island

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister McKenna, I stand with Hereditary Chief Yahaan (Donald Wesley) of the Tsimshian First Nation and 70+ First Nations leaders, prominent scientists, businesses, faith groups, unions, environmental organizations, and university groups across BC calling on you to reject the Petronas (Pacific Northwest) LNG plant proposed for Lelu Island and Flora Bank, and to cancel ongoing test-drilling at the site.   I ask that you consider the catastrophic impact this project will have on the Skeena salmon, the second largest wild salmon run in Canada. 10 First Nations and 60,000 people in the Skeena watershed rely on these fish for food, commercial/sport fishing and culture.  Lelu Island and Flora Bank are the worst possible spots on the north coast to site an LNG facility. Research conducted as far back as the 1970’s by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans clearly shows that this location should never be industrially developed. Recent studies conclusively show that 88% of all Skeena salmon, approximately 330 million out-migrating smolts per year, rely on Flora Bank for shelter, food and protection as they adjust from fresh water to salt water. A massive LNG terminal with super tankers could disrupt the balance of complex river and tidal currents that hold the relic sediments of Flora Bank in place, eventually degrading and destroying this critically important habitat. I urge you to respect the decision of the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation, who despite being offered over $1 billion dollars by PNW LNG to support the project, voted 100% unanimously against this project on their traditional territory. They stated clearly that Flora Banks is off-limits to industrial development.  The Federal Government has promised to renew Canada’s relationship with First Nations and protect northern BC’s irreplaceable marine resources. If you stand by these commitments, you will reject the pending approval of the Pacific Northwest LNG project by CEAA, and you will direct the test drilling on Flora Bank to cease. Finally, please read the following letter from Hereditary Chief Yahaan and view the list of signatories:  http://www.laxuula.com/#!letter-to-prime-minister-trudeau-pnw-lng/n76zu  

Lelu Island
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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

4 years ago