indigenous people

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Started 5 months ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Carolyn Bennett, Eric Hoskins, Jane Philpott

Develop a National Strategy to help combat and lower Indigenous suicide rates

The current state of affairs in a small First Nations community in Northern Ontario with a population of about 2000 named Attawapiskat reinforces the urgent and pressing need for a National Strategy to lower and ultimately combat the extremely high and disproportionate rates of Indigenous suicide.  Early last April, 11 people in Attawapiskat tried to commit suicide in one night. [4] Among them was a 10 year old girl. A state of emergency due to the suicide epidemic in the small community of Attawapiskat was declared almost a year ago yet nothing drastic has been done to target and solve this problem ensuring long term and future success.  The rate of suicide in Indigenous communities is 100 per 100,000 people while the rate among Canadians is 10 per 100,000 people. This number makes no sense as the population of Indigenous peoples is only 4.3% of the total Canadian population. Canada is rated to be one of the countries with the best standard of living yet so many people are still suffering.  Attempting to combat these dramatically high rates of Indigenous suicide would lead to the acknowledgement of the unique underlying factors that can lead to suicide when it comes to Indigenous populations; a report conducted by Statistics Canada concluded that Indigenous suicide could be correlated with the residential school experience [1].  This would lead to the recognition of the different inequalities and challenges Indigenous peoples face. Suicide is a choice that one has to make on their own but as a society we can help address the different underlying causes behind the disproportionately high suicide rates of Indigenous peoples in Canada which may lead to more people making a DIFFERENT choice. Indigenous people are still being affected by colonialism and the aftermath of colonialism can definitely be correlated with the dramatically high suicide rates in Indigenous communities [2].  In addition, the Residential school experience has been linked to high rates of mental illness, child abuse and family breakdown in Indigenous populations, all of which are associated with suicidal thoughts [3]. On October 28 2011, Attawapiskat  declared a state of emergency due to a housing crisis their small community was facing. 5 years later in April of 2016, a state of emergency was declared in the same place but this time due to a suicide epidemic; it is obvious the two are correlated and one cannot be fixed unless the other is addressed. Ideally, by creating a National Strategy addressing the disproportionately high Suicide rates in Indigenous communities the root causes contributing to this issue will be acknowledged. Reconciliation and resolution cannot be achieved unless they are addressed.  We are pleading with the Government of Canada, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and the Minister of Health to collaborate with the Truth and Reconciliation Committee, the Indigenous communities, the Chiefs Councillors and the Councillors of the various bands of Canada and develop a National strategy to address the disproportionately high Indigenous Suicide rates. References: [1] Statistics Canada. 2016. "Lifetime suicidal thoughts among First Nations living off reserve, Métis and Inuit aged 26 to 59: Prevalence and associated characteristics". [2] The Canadian Encyclopedia. 2016. "Suicide among Indigenous Peoples in Canada".  [3] Aboriginal Healing Foundation. 2007. "Suicide Among Aboriginal Peoplein Canada" [4] CBC News. 2016. "Dying from hopelessness': Attawapiskat desperate to stop suicide pandemic" [5] Global News. 2016. "Attawapiskat’s suicide emergency is no surprise to anyone paying attention"    

Amanda Owusu
142 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to Msr. Frank Leo, Jr., C.S.S.

Catholics: Demand that the Church fairly compensate residential school survivors

Catholics: Let's show some solidarity and tell our Church that reconciliation matters to us.  For over 100 years, government-funded and church-run residential schools were set up to eliminate parental involvement in the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual development of Indigenous children in Canada.  During this era, more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were placed in these schools often against their parents' wishes. Many were forbidden to speak their language and practice their own culture. While there is an estimated 80,000 former students living today, the ongoing impact of residential schools has been felt throughout generations and has contributed to social problems that continue to exist.  In 2007, an historic settlement agreement was reached that called on those churches that played a role in the administration of the schools to compensate former students and contribute to ongoing healing initiatives, beginning a long and ongoing process of reconciliation.  But some churches are failing to live up to the terms set forth in this agreement. Recent media coverage has brought to light that the Catholic entities were released from a large portion of their financial obligations under the settlement. $25 million in cash and a tabulated $29 million in in-kind donations have been paid. But there were to have been "best efforts" made to raise another $25 million through concerted fundraising efforts. The Catholic entities are coming up $20-21 million short of their fundraising goal. This is outrageous, considering the generations of harm to Indigenous peoples for which the Catholic church is directly responsible.  Indigenous peoples are rightly outraged and are calling on the Pope to renew pressure on Catholic groups to meet their obligations. As Catholics, we have a responsibility to pressure our church to follow through on its commitments and relaunch its fundraising campaign efforts.  On March 31st, 2016, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council, the Canadian Religious Conference, and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace jointly issued two responses to the TRC Calls to Action #48 and 49, signalling a step towards reconciliation. These statements are meaningless if not accompanied by action.  Let's show our church that reconciliation matters to us as Catholics. Sign the petition, write your Bishop, send letters to the editor, talk to your fellow parishioners, and CALL ON THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TO FULFILL ITS FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS TO RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS!! 

Kaitlyn Duthie-Kannikkatt
122 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Carolyn Bennett, Anita Bromberg, Mélanie Joly, Jennifer MsGuire, Percy Mockler

Compel the CBC to end biased reporting and anonymous reader posts that perpetuate racism

Mainstream media knowingly plays an active role in continuing the marginalization of Indigenous Peoples through the way it reports on Indigenous issues. The substantial information on Indigenous stereotypes and the mechanics of perpetuation of stereotypes are readily available, yet seemingly entirely ignored. Mainstream media also contributes to the perpetuation of harmful stereotypes through the comment sections on media websites. The most harmful sites are those that allow the posting of anonymous comments with minimal or unskilled moderation. Mass media comment forums are a hot bed of overt and covert racism. Publishers have an obligation to not promote hatred or at a minimum expose the identity of those engaging in hate speech. On November 30, 2015, Brodie Fenlon, currently Senior Director of Digital News at the CBC, posted an editorial on CBC North in which he stated that the CBC was “temporarily clos[ing] comments on stories about indigenous people” in order “to review how these comments are moderated and to provide more detailed guidance to our moderators.” (See the link below.) However, clearly the CBC has not taken these steps: this past week in the province of New Brunswick, 120 prominent Francophones including mayors, senators, academia and former judges called the CBC to task for "systematically propagating hate and contempt towards the francophone community" in New Brunswick (see the link below). The similarities between Fenlon’s response to the indigenous community and the francophone community are striking and suggest a mere modification from the original letter regarding the comments on stories with an indigenous component. Both letters can be read and compared from the links below. Such an action suggests a disingenuousness on the part of the CBC to provide real change concerning the comments it allows on stories involving Indigenous and minority peoples, and biased reporting of such stories. The CBC continues to perpetuate privilege and racism through the allowance and/or improper monitoring of its online news stories. We, the undersigned, require the CBC to take serious and concrete action in regards to its commenting policies on forums involving indigenous and minority stories. Presented by: The Coalition against Racism in Mainstream Media   Les médias traditionnels jouent sciemment un rôle actif dans la poursuite de la marginalisation des peuples autochtones par la façon dont il rend compte des questions autochtones. L'information pertinente sur les stéréotypes autochtones et les mécanismes de perpétuation des stéréotypes sont facilement disponibles, mais apparemment entièrement ignoré. Les médias traditionnels contribuent également à la perpétuation des stéréotypes nuisibles à travers les sections de commentaires sur les sites des médias. Les sites les plus nocifs sont ceux qui permettent l'affichage de commentaires anonymes avec modération peu ou non qualifiée. Les forums médiatiques sont un lit chaud de racisme manifeste et de nature secrète. Les éditeurs ont une obligation de ne pas promouvoir la haine ou, au stricte minimum, à exposer l'identité de ceux qui participent à un discours de haine. Le 30 Novembre 2015, Brodie Fenlon, actuellement directeur principal des Nouvelles digitales à la CBC (Radio-Canada anglophone) a publié un éditorial sur CBC North, dans lequel il a déclaré que la SRC avait pris la décision de «clore temporairement le forum des commentaires sur des histoires impliquant des personnes autochtones" afin d'"examiner comment ces commentaires sont modérés et fournir des indications plus détaillées à nos modérateurs." (Voir le lien ci-dessous.) Cependant, il est clair que la SRC n'a pas observé ces mesures: la semaine dernière dans la province du Nouveau-Brunswick, 120 francophones de premier plan, y compris des maires, des sénateurs, des professeurs en milieux universitaires et d'anciens juges ont confrontés Radio-Canada sur la "propagation systématique de la haine et du mépris envers la communauté francophone" du Nouveau-Brunswick (voir le lien ci-dessous). Les similitudes entre la réponse de Fenlon à la communauté autochtone et la communauté francophone sont frappantes et suggèrent une simple modification de la lettre originale en ce qui concerne les commentaires sur des histoires avec une composante Autochtone. Les deux lettres peuvent être lus et comparés à partir des liens ci-dessous. Une telle action suggère une mauvaise foi de la part de la SRC (CBC) à fournir un véritable changement concernant les commentaires qu'elle permet sur des reportages impliquant des peuples autochtones et des minorités, et des reportages biaisés de ces histoires. La SRC continue à perpétuer le privilège et le racisme par l'allocation et / ou la surveillance inadéquate de ses nouvelles en ligne des histoires. Nous, soussignés, demandons à la SRC de prendre des mesures sérieuses et concrètes en ce qui concerne ses politiques commentant sur les forums impliquant des histoires autochtones et minoritaires. Présenté par: La Coalition contre le racisme dans les médias grand public

Thohahente Kim Weaver
114 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair, Elizabeth May, Gilles Duceppe, Carolyn Bennett

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
43,734 supporters