Petition to Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Stand with Georgina Island First Nation to Protect the Lake Simcoe Watershed
Imagine not being able to drink from your tap water for over 2 years and finding out that the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) received a proposal that will dump over 40 million litres of treated sewage daily into your only source of water. This is exactly what the people of Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) have been dealing with. GIFN have been raising concerns about the impacts of the proposed Upper York Sewage Solutions treatment plant project on the Lake Simcoe watershed. The York Region municipality is claiming the project will have no adverse impacts on the Lake. In solidarity with GIFN, we are calling for the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to explicitly reject the proposal as it stands. GIFN leadership objections centre around: The results presented in the Environmental Assessment only reflect studies conducted for a period of one year, meaning long term impacts on the ecosystem are not accounted for or considered The impact of pharmaceutical and personal care products on the water are unclear and no studies have been conducted on their impact on the Lake Simcoe watershed Traditional ecological knowledge of GIFN has not been incorporated No studies have been conducted on how the Lake and watershed will be affected overall by the developments in York Region and the waste and pollution that will be generated through this development. York Region has not submitted a project management plan for the UYSS project. It has been proposed that this plan will be completed upon approval. GIFN strongly disagrees with this approach and believes that the project management plan should be part of the EA. Furthermore there has been a lack of commitment from the Ministry to ensure the cleanup of the site of the Thane aluminium smelter, shut down in 1997, which is an illegal waste site that is contaminating groundwater and seeping into Lake Simcoe. Please sign this petition to urge the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to: Explicitly reject the Upper York Sewage Solutions project proposal as it stands and: Revisit the consultation process and actively seek the consent of GIFN Include rehabilitation of water infrastructure on Georgina Island Include clean-up of Thane smelter site
Petition to Justin Trudeau, email@example.com
Provide Clean Water for First Nations Across Canada
I have worked in fly-in communities, Webequie, Marten Falls and Attawapiskat and at a local reserve Georgina Island. All have been affected by water issues. I consider the people I have come to know and love, family and my family of First Nations people is suffering. Damaged skin from chemicals in the water, mercury and lead poisoning, constantly having to boil their water or drink very expensive bottled water. There are communities that haven't had clean water for over 20 years. There is no good reason why this shouldn't be fixed immediately. I cannot live with good conscience in a privileged community, knowing that my friends up north are suffering. The time to act is now. The time for change is now. The time to join together as a truly united country is now. We as concerned and conscientious citizens of our proud nation, are asking the Prime Minister to work with all Canadians to bring clean water to First Nations across Canada. Our First Nations people deserve the same rights and access to basic amenities and human rights as the rest of Canada. The time to act is now! Please sign this petition. Thank you, Glenn Marais
Petition to Jody Wilson-Raybould, Don Morgan
Make Canada's justice system equal for all
The recent failure of our justice system in the Colten Boushie case has led to profound disappointment and anger. Yet it is only the latest example of a long-standing and well documented problem of unequal access to justice for Indigenous people in Canada. Peremptory challenges allow potential jurors to be blocked from serving, without reason or explanation. In the Colten Boushie case, for example, the defence blocked all the jurors who appeared to be Indigenous. We must abolish peremptory challenges to ensure more equal jury representation of Indigenous people and people of colour. This is a simple measure that must be taken to improve the system and begin down the road to regain the faith of all those - Indigenous and non-Indigenous - who want fairness within the law in Canada. I am half-indigenous and half-white, and ALL of my friends are calling for change. And as the daughter of a residential school survivor who knows how easy it is to dehumanize others, I ask that you do what you can in your positions of power to not let the dehumanization of Indigenous people - abetted by the justice system no less - continue under your watch. The Criminal Code is currently under review; our government has the power to amend the Criminal Code to prevent the use of peremptory challenges to discriminate against First Nations people. Action is the way to repair a relationship that has received a terrible blow and set reconciliation efforts back. Please sign and share this petition - we must reform our jury system now.
Petition to Ontario's Ministry of Education, Government of Canada, Doug Ford, Lisa Thompson, Government of Ontario
Reinstate project to update Ontario curriculum with Indigenous content!
Ontario's Ministry of Education has cancelled a project to update provincial curriculum documents with Indigenous content. One of the sessions involved was revising curriculum in response to Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). We ask Lisa Thompson, the Ontario Education Minister, to reinstate updating the Ontario curriculum with Indigenous content. Our previous government committed in 2016 to update course content at the elementary and secondary levels — including social studies, history, geography and civics — to teach all students about the legacy of residential schools. "The residential school system operated from the 1880s into the closing decades of the 20th century. The system forcibly separated children from their families for extended periods of time and forbade them to acknowledge their Aboriginal heritage and culture or to speak their own languages. Children were severely punished if these, among other, strict rules were broken. Former students of residential schools have spoken of horrendous abuse at the hands of residential school staff: physical, sexual, emotional, and psychological. Residential schools systematically undermined Aboriginal culture across Canada and disrupted families for generations, severing the ties through which Aboriginal culture is taught and sustained, and contributing to a general loss of language and culture. Because they were removed from their families, many students grew up without experiencing a nurturing family life and without the knowledge and skills to raise their own families. The devastating effects of the residential schools are far-reaching and continue to have significant impact on Aboriginal communities. Because the government’s and the churches’ intent was to eradicate all aspects of Aboriginal culture in these young people and interrupt its transmission from one generation to the next, the residential school system is commonly considered a form of cultural genocide." SOURCE: https://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/the_residential_school_system/ "Although the new government of Premier Doug Ford says it did not order the cancellation, a statement from Education Minister Lisa Thompson suggests the move was made by the bureaucracy to cut costs. The statement confirms the ministry cancelled three curriculum writing sessions, including those on: TRC curriculum revisions, American Sign Language, and Indigenous languages in kindergarten. NDP attacks 'damaging' move:The move is "a damaging step backwards on the road to reconciliation," said a representative from the Ontario NDP, now the Official Opposition party. "The curriculum in Ontario's public schools is outdated, and we simply have to do better for our children," said Peggy Sattler, the MPP for London West who was re-elected in the June election. "Teachers, educators and families have been clear that they support bringing Indigenous education into the classroom, and are right to be alarmed if this is the approach the Ford government plans to take. " "I'm extremely disappointed," said Shy-Anne Bartlett, an Ojibway language expert who had travelled from Nipigon to Toronto for the curriculum writing project. "I was super excited to be part of this team because it is such a pivotal point in our history, to be able to move forward," Bartlett said in an interview with CBC News. "It was my chance to be part of something that is historically relevant, not just for Ontario, but for Canada and also for our children." Join us in asking Lisa Thompson, the Ontario Education Minister, to reinstate project to update Ontario curriculum with Indigenous content. Thank you for signing and sharing the petition. SOURCE: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-education-truth-and-reconciliation-commission-trc-1.4739297
Petition to Robert Cotter, Leon Benoit, Tim Alexander, Wayne Howlett, Heather Shears, Debbie Brake-Patten, John Finn, Gudie Hutchings
Save the Aucoin Family Farm, Kippens Newfoundland
Gerard Aucoin, born and raised in Kippens, Newfoundland, Canada is a recognized member of Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation. He is a long time resident of Kippens, NL and has maintained a small farm for personal use for the last twenty (20) years. The land on which he lives and works, has been utilized for agricultural and farming by his family for over 150 years and prior to the establishment of the Town of Kippens. In 2012, the Town of Kippens implemented a town plan for future development in which non-conforming properties were permitted to continue their existence. In March 2018, The Town of Kippens issued three (3) “Stop Work and Removal Orders” in which Mr. Aucoin was ordered to remove all livestock (animals), fencing (including longers, signs and advertising), and two sheds from his property by April 20, 2018. The town subsequently rescinded the orders, however, that was short lived. In September 2018, a nearby developer filed an appeal against the town at the Western Regional Appeal Board in respect to rescinding the orders. The appeal hearing was postponed until November 2018. While awaiting the appeal hearing, on October 15, 2018, the Town of Kippens has re-issued "removal orders" against the property and owners of animals, sheds, fencings, and signs. Food sovereignty is a major issue in Canada and particularly for indigenous people. The actions by the Town of Kippens has caused undue hardship, anguish and harm to the Aucoin family. Further, it is a threat to Mr. Aucoin’s existence, survival as a farmer, and to his animals. Together we can make change, and preserve the Aucoin family farm which has been a long standing integral part of the local community. If you support Gerard in his effort to have the orders rescinded and the harassment cease please make your support known to the Town of Kippens, Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, Farm Industry Review Board , Member of Parliament and the local MHA by signing this petition.
Petition to Spirit Halloween Superstores LLC
Spirit Halloween LLC: End All Sales of Racist Indigenous Costumes
In light of the Truth and Reconciliation’s 94 Calls to Action; Business and Reconciliation, Call 92, Section iii, we the undersigned hereby demand Spirit Halloween LLC, End All Sales of Racist Indigenous Costumes today and prevent any future sales from their stores and online. Each year we are faced with the images of “costumes” appropriating Indigenous culture for profit by Spirit Halloween stores, all across Canada, and Halloween 2018 sees no change. These products are offensive, demeaning and harmful and to all Indigenous peoples. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada issued it’s report in December of 2015 and outlines its recommendation to Business Reconciliation in Call to Action number 92, in particular, section iii, which states: “Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples (Indigenous Peoples), including history legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights and anti-racism.” http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf “In Canada, anti-discrimination legislation exists to protect and advocate for the human rights of Indigenous peoples. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Human Rights Act – including the repeal of section 67 – are dedicated to maintaining every individual’s rights under the law.” https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/rights-indigenous-peoples.html Every culture must be recognized and honoured as we seek a path towards reconciliation and ending racism at every level of government, service or business. Join us in demanding Spirit Halloween End All Present and Future Sales of Racist Indigenous Costumes from their stores and online.
Petition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
End the narcissistic targeted abuse of Canadians by government!
Dear Prime Minster Trudeau, It is becoming increasingly clear that narcissistic abuse tactics are being employed by many government agencies and funded organizations. Indeed the RCMP has become so toxic that RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson and Safety Minster Ralf Goodale have resorted to these tactics to silence and revictimise its own officers. One female officer has already spent $150,000 on legal expenses only to have the state wage an economic war of attrition in an attempt to deny her a voice or justice. This to a background of criminal abuse that is protected and encouraged at all levels of government. This was never a civil case! Where are the criminal charges against those involved? The RCMP and CSIS has built an abuse network based on narcissistic tactics that they have renamed as "disruption tactics"! This criminal abuse network supplies training, electronic harassment weapons, IT support in the form of CPIC (2,200 gaslighting victims) and has been caught framing marginalized people in terror plots. This is psychological abuse and as such the criminal code of Canada calls this torture (269.1). The family courts system and The Children's Aid Society have also targeted children and families with isolation, slander, invalidation, gaslighting and extortion. All these child abductions done to the background of extreme death rates in the children within the care system. A refusal to report the number of rapes or why upto 50% of the kids died (Ontario) or under reporting deaths by a factor of three (Alberta). Let me remind you that parental alienation is child abuse! This was never for the safety of the children or the protection of families. First Nations have suffered this abuse for longer than any other group. They have endured all the abuse mentioned above and more. They have suffered decades of invalidation in the cases of an estimated 4000 missing women and 10,000 men. Presumably abducted and murdered. This criminal abuse is only effective when it is not visible, or understood by the public. But we are becoming aware now thanks to this damaging game being institutionalized in our basic services. The victims are numerous and the pattern is unmistakable! We are many! We are being targeted for years with no legal protection! The press refuse to write our stories! The authorities invalidate us and direct more abuse our way for speaking up! The abusers are always protected at the expense of the victim who is blamed, shamed and silenced. We are calling an end to this abuse network and demand that none of these crimes be dismissed or ignored any longer! We demand that the CPIC gaslighting and slander comments are removed and officers investigated! We demand to know how many of the 2,200 CPIC gaslighting victims committed suicide as a result! We demand the immediate return of all children seized by these organizations! We demand a full independent investigation into how many abductions, rapes, tortures, murders and robberies have been done using "disruption tactics"! We demand an immediate end to all disruption activity! We demand a return to law and criminal charges for those who supported this network or helped cover up these crimes. This sadistic game is over! We will no longer pay our narcissistic supply tax to capricious corrupt officials! The lies, isolation, invalidation, reality warping, flip the script, gaslighting, cognitive dissonance, intimidation, frustration and confusion tactics will not be an acceptable answer. End this narcissistic abuse network operating out of your government now!
Petition to Justin Trudeau
Designated places for Aboriginal people to pray and have burnings off Indian Reserves
Canada needs to organize safe designated areas where Aboriginal people can gather to pray. In 1880 Canada imposed laws, the Indian Act, to assimilate Aboriginal people into European Culture. First Nations were not allowed to practice traditional spirituality; the potlatch and other cultural ceremonies were declared illegal. Aboriginal people were forced off their territories prime land and onto Indian Reserves. My name is Ugh’de’wil’gal’um, I’m Gitxsan, Fireweed tribe, from the House of Woo’Sim’lax’ha’, crest is two baby white owls. To this day I have not been able to freely practice our traditional sacred spiritual burnings off the Indian Reserves in Lower mainland. I have tried to have burnings on the beaches in Vancouver when no one was around, on unceded Coast Salish; Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-waututh territory off Indian Reserves in Canada. Police always do their usual security rides and when they arrived I am threatened to be charged and VPD stomps out my fire. I was devastated each time my fire was stomped out, as I had put a food offering and gift in the fire for my son and loved ones who have passed away, and also for the ancestors. The Vancouver Fire Department and the Vancouver Parks Board are more than supportive to Aboriginal people in providing a permit to have a sacred fire. The main issue is as a First Nations person, unlike all other spiritualties and religions, I am forced to get “event insurance”, VFD and VPB permits, and buy mandatory metal fire pit, to practice my Gitxsan spirituality off the Indian Reserve. Aboriginal people should not have to pay to practice our traditional sacred ceremonies. Canada fails to consider our Aboriginal traditions and culture that are presently protected under the constitution. Canada needs to organize safe designated areas where Aboriginal people can gather to pray.