Petition to Justin Trudeau
Clean water for Indigenous communities drinking from the Great Lakes Basin
The Great Lakes contain 18 percent of the world’s fresh surface water. In Ontario, they are a large, greatly-depended upon resource for residents who are connected to this particular water source. However, the Great Lakes Basin is full of toxins and pollutants that contaminate the water & make it unhealthy and dangerous to consume. It is estimated that more than 90 billion litres of the waste that is dumped into the Great Lakes each year is untreated sewage. That is the equivalent of dumping more than 100 Olympic swimming pools of raw sewage into the Great Lakes each day! This basin drains into the Great Lakes water supply, which is designated for the Indigenous peoples’ reserves located on the coast. Although Canada prides itself as a highly developed, first-world nation, the lack of Federal government action towards this water crisis clearly exhibits the environmental discrimination and injustice towards Indigenous peoples in Canada. Recently affecting the Chippewas of Georgina Island is the Upper York Sewage Solutions Project, which has been in limbo for over a year now; UYSSP would contribute to the disposal of "more than 40 million litres of treated wastewater per day into the Lake Simcoe Watershed". From the most recent updates, the government and decision makers have failed to include the community in any aspects of the project proposal, as well as ignoring critical concerns for health and the environment - threatening the Lake Simcoe watershed, drinking water quality, along with the rights and livelihood of the Chippewas of Georgina Island residing in the area. News article link: https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/9208677-chippewas-chief-presses-georgina-for-stance-on-upper-york-sewage-solution/ The government regulates water quality for non-Indigenous communities, but has no binding regulations for water on Indigenous land. Collectively, we can raise awareness and push for a well overdue change in our society, including the protection of water bodies on Indigenous territories and the rights of the people who live there! It is a fundamental human right to have clean, safe drinking water, and it is unacceptable that the Canadian government [namely Trudeau’s party in power, most recently] has failed to provide this to Indigenous communities for decades, whilst failing to live up to treaty agreements and personal promises made by the state and PM Trudeau. Please sign this petition to push the Canadian federal government on taking legally binding action on ensuring and providing accessible, clean, safe water and adequate living conditions that Indigenous peoples live in, every signature is one step closer to clean water and a better future. More information: https://www.safewater.org/fact-sheets-1/2017/1/23/the-great-lakes https://www.hrw.org/report/2016/06/07/make-it-safe/canadas-obligation-end-first-%20nations-water-crisis
Petition to Government of Canada, Justin Trudeau
Indigenous Deserve CLEAN drinking water
La version française suit #autumnpeltierproject For too long Indigenous lives, culture and land have been left as status quo. The quality of life is below par while The Gov of Canada consistently promise support however lack in action. Currently there is an overwhelming majority of First Nations, Inuit and METIS without clean drinking water. Some are STILL on boil advisory. This petition is going to be hand delivered in September 2022 on Parliament Hill and we would love all support. In an address to the United Nations in New York; Canadian Water Activist Ms Autumn Peltier ended with: “When we stand together as one, we are one voice and one Nation” In Canada, while our water quality is ranked among the best in the world having 20% of the worlds fresh water, too many Indigenous communities across the country STILL struggle to access a safe supply.Many water systems are at high or medium risk of contamination. Global Water Activist Autumn Peltier, The Dreamcatcher Foundation & Healthy First Nations are working together now and taking action by gifting water filtration systems to First Nations across Canada providing a needed short term solution while aiming for a long term action plan with the Government. While there have been significant long term plans to end Indigenous water struggles, there has been a lack of Government action. The Dreamcatcher Foundation is currently working with Healthy First Nations taking owned action and addressing the crisis through immediate and meaningful action today while searching for collaboration and Government accountability. The ‘right to water’ is recognized by the United Nations. It entitles every person, without discrimination, access to safe, sufficient, physically accessible and affordable water. In an address to the United Nations in New York; Ms Autumn Peltier ended with: We repeat: “When we stand together as one, we are one voice and one Nation” @JustinTrudeau lets unite and become one Nation Join us as we raise the volume with hopes to have clean water across ALL land. Additional info: https://www.dreamcatchercharity.org/land-water The Water Walker: https://seeingred6nations.com/the-water-walker/ Across Instagram @autumnpeltier Hit us up: firstname.lastname@example.org --- La vie, la culture et les terres des autochtones font depuis trop longtemps l’objet d’un statu quo. Le gouvernement canadien promet constamment de les soutenir, mais ne fait rien pour les aider, alors que leur qualité de vie est inférieure à la moyenne. Une majorité écrasante de Premières Nations n’a toujours pas accès à une eau potable propre. À ce jour, certaines communautés sont toujours visées par un avis d’ébullition de l’eau ! La présente pétition sera remise en mains propres, en septembre 2022, sur la Colline du Parlement et nous aimerions avoir votre soutien.Dans un discours prononcé devant les Nations unies à New York, Mme Autumn Peltier, militante canadienne pour la protection de l’eau, a terminé en disant :« Ce n’est que lorsque nous sommes unis que nous pouvons parler d’une seule voix et d’une seule nation. »Au Canada, alors que la qualité de l’eau est considérée comme l’une des meilleures au monde et que nous possédons 20 % des réserves d’eau douce de la planète, les Premières Nations, d’un océan à l’autre, doivent encore lutter pour avoir accès à un approvisionnement sûr.De nombreux réseaux hydrauliques des #PremièresNations présentent un risque élevé ou moyen de contamination. Pour remédier à cette situation, Autumn Peltier, militante mondiale pour l’eau, et les organismes Dreamcatcher Foundation et Healthy First Nations collaborent et agissent actuellement en offrant des systèmes de filtration de l’eau aux communautés autochtones du Canada, apportant ainsi une solution à court terme indispensable tout en élaborant un plan d’action à long terme avec le gouvernement. Bien que d’importants projets à long terme aient été élaborés pour mettre fin aux luttes autochtones en matière d’eau, le gouvernement manque cruellement de volonté d’agir. Actuellement, la Dreamcatcher Foundation travaille de concert avec des communautés autochtones prospères qui prennent en charge la crise au moyen d’actions immédiates et significatives, tout en continuant à réclamer la collaboration et la responsabilité du gouvernement. Le « droit à l’eau » est reconnu par les Nations unies. Il permet à toute personne, sans discrimination, d’avoir accès à une eau saine, suffisante, physiquement accessible et abordable.Nous réitérons :Dans son discours aux Nations unies à New York, Mme Autumn Peltier a conclu en disant : « Ce n’est que lorsque nous sommes unis que nous pouvons parler d’une seule voix et d’une seule nation. »@JustinTrudeau, unissons-nous pour former une seule nation.Joignez-vous à nous alors que nous élevons la voix dans l’espoir d’avoir enfin de l’eau propre à la consommation sur TOUT le territoire.Informations complémentaires : https://www.dreamcatchercharity.org/land-waterThe Water Walker : https://seeingred6nations.com/the-water-walker/Sur Instagram : @autumnpeltierÉcrivez-nous : email@example.com
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Carolyn Bennett, Marc Miller
Call for a National Day of Mourning for the Lost Children of Residential School
FrançaisCall for a National Day of Mourning Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc confirmed on Thursday May 27, 2021 the remains of 215 lost loved ones, children, had been found on the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The tragedy is unimaginable. Survivors of residential schools and their families carry the burden of this tragedy and it is due time that Canada as a whole also share this burden . These deaths impact every person in this land and so it’s important that we all come together to mourn. That’s why we are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister Marc Miller, and Minister Carolyn Bennett to call for a National Day of Mourning. The legacy and history of residential schools is lived each day by mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers of the loved ones lost. All Canadians should take time to reflect on this dark chapter in history and extend a hand of support, understanding and love to all those that need it at this time. To mourn together is to heal together. Let us all come together to remember all those impacted by the horrors of the genocide committed on these young souls, and let’s do so in the spirit of true reconciliation. Reconciliation is rooted in a collective recognition of the terrible truths about the lost children of residential schools, and in a broad awareness of the responsibility we all bear to never forget or allow it to happen again to anyone, anywhere. I respectfully ask Prime Minster Justin Trudeau to call for a National Day of Mourning for the lost children of residential school and the 215 lost loved ones found by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc community at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, and ask Minister Marc Miller and Minister Carolyn Bennett to support the community in their healing, and care for the lost children of this genocide. Please email or tweet this call to: The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @JustinTrudeau The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services Email: Marc.Miller@parl.gc.ca Twitter: @MarcMillerVM The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Email: email@example.com Twitter: @Carolyn_Bennett
Petition to Canadian Human Rights Commission, Canadian Judicial Council, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Federal Court of Canada, Governor General of Canada, Human Rights Tribunal of Canada, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Justin Trudeau, Supreme Court of Canada, Women and Gender Equality Canada, Canadian Members of Parliament, Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Legislative Assembly Of British Columbia, Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, United Nations, Queen Elizabeth II
Have the churches to pay for excavation of Residential School grounds and record search
Residential schools operated under the direct supervision of churches from varied denominations of Christianity operating for over 160 years, with the last one closing in 1997. Children who attended did not do so voluntarily. Children were removed from their homes as young as 3 years old, and many children never returned to their homes. The express purpose of the school was to remove Indigenous, Inuit, and Metis children from the care of their families and to strip them of cultural knowledge and cultural pride. The impacts of Residential schools are observed over multiple generations and the Residential school system contributed massively to the disenfranchisement of Indigenous, Inuit, and Metis peoples. In the wake of the discovery of the buried remains of 215 children on the grounds of a Kamloops Residential School, people are asking for justice louder than ever. People are asking for the search and excavation of all residential school grounds. Indigenous, Inuit, and Metis peoples have been asking after their loved ones for generations. Indigenous, Inuit, and Metis peoples deserve justice and the bodies of their loved ones should be returned to them for their families to grieve and honour. Presbyterian, Anglican, and United church have apologized for the harm done but this is not enough. These churches owe reparations to Indigenous, Inuit, and Metis peoples. The Catholic church has not yet apologized, despite requests from members of the Canadian government and Canadian citizens. This church owes reparations to Indigenous, Inuit, and Metis peoples. An apology without action is not an apology, and the aforementioned churches must accept financial responsibility for the search and excavation of all Residential school properties. This is a necessary piece for fostering peace. By signing this petition you are supporting Indigenous, Inuit, and Metis communities in their efforts to find justice, and you're acknowledging the harm done to these communities by the churches. Let signing this petition be just one act of many that supports the healing process for Canadian Indigenous, Inuit, and Metis Peoples.
Petition to CIRNAC & ISC
Hold Tl'azt'en Leadership & Service Providers Accountable For Conflicts Of Interest
First Nations Communities are given the right of self governance & self determination. Elected Officials are appointed to represent the nation & work in the best interest of the members but corruption, & stereotypes are common factors that many First Nations face as barriers in a governance system. Refusing to involve people with lived/living experience & to even recognize substance use & addiction as a health issue & not a moral failing. Leaders & service providers think that by evicting & banishing people that use or have been accused of trafficking drugs without evidence is the right way to address these issues. They have no care what happens to those they criminally sanction with policies & procedures. Support the cause sign this petition to bring change to Tl'azt'enne. With every signature chances of victory are increased & change to amend unjust treatment acts & policies that put people at risk.
Petition to David Lametti
Wrongfully Convicted: Free Odelia & Nerissa Quewezance - A Nation Wide Plea
Français Odelia & Nerissa Quewezance are indigenous sisters from Saulteaux in Western Canada. They are currently fighting for their freedom after being wrongfully convicted for murder. To date, they have spent close to thirty years in prison for a crime they did not commit. Odelia was convicted of second-degree murder in 1994 for her part in the killing of a Kamsack, Saskatchewan area farmer. Her sister Nerissa was also convicted and sentenced at that time. Both indigenous women maintain their innocence despite receiving life sentences. Their cousin, Jason Keshane (a young offender at the time of the crime), admitted to the murder (during the original trial and years later, on national television: APTN Investigates). As a young offender, Keshane only spent 4 years in custody. Instead of his confession exonerating them, both indigenous sisters were convicted and sentenced to prison without the possibility of parole for at least 10 years. Neither client has ever pled guilty. Innocence Canada is currently representing both Odelia and Nerissa. Transcripts indicated zero physical evidence tying them to the murder that someone else confessed to. So why are these sisters still incarcerated? High-profile advocates, including the Vice-Chief, Kim Beaudin, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, are formally petitioning the Canadian government (Justice Minister and Prime Minister) to immediately intervene and release these sisters. The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is formally co-sponsoring this petition. Other advocates include Mr. David Milgaard, who spent 23 years in prison before being exonerated by DNA evidence in 1997 of raping and murdering Saskatoon nurse Gail Miller in 1969. These indigenous sisters have been locked up for almost 30 years and the person responsible for the murder they were convicted of, confessed on national television. In addition to a lack of evidence, we need to acknowledge Keshane's confession. We are calling on the Canadian government to release these two women immediately. We have a responsibility as Canadian citizens, to acknowledge the harm done to these indigenous women, and to rectify this miscarriage of justice. Please help us petition for an immediate remedy. They have already served a disproportionately long sentence for a crime that someone else confessed to. JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED! For more background on this case, please watch our previous online event, with several high-profile advocates in attendance: https://www.facebook.com/naporterandassociates/videos/428616188378027/
Petition to Justin Trudeau
Make the Canadian Government pass the 24th Call to Action!
(Image from Google) Indigenous people around Canada aren't getting the access to personal health care that they need! Currently in Canada nursing and medical students aren't required to take courses that deal with Indigenous health issues. Because these courses aren't mandatory, some medical students are uneducated about the medical issues and background of Indigenous people. This Call to Action was created by the Canadian Nurses Association, and has been proposed in the House of Commons. If doctors and nurses aren't trained to care for the specific needs of their Indigenous patients, they may not be able to provide the care that they need. The courses provide information about the history of residential schools, Indigenous treaties and rights, Indigenous teachings and practices, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Making these courses mandatory can help make health care more accessible for Indigenous people, and help them get the proper care they need. This Call to Action is #24, out of 94, and it is only 1 of of 31 that has been proposed in the House of Commons. Only a small amount of these calls have been passed, and it's important that we act now so that we can make these calls a priority to get them passed quickly. Although I am speaking on only 1 call, the other 93 are just as important. It is crucial that the Government passes these as quick as possible, because it has been 5 years since these were proposed. Canada needs to work towards reconciling and building an equal and comfortable relationship with Indigenous people, and these calls are the first step towards that. You can find more information about all 94 Calls to Action at this link: https://www.cbc.ca/newsinteractives/beyond-94?&cta=90
Petition to Dr. Sean Wachtel, Jean-Yves Duclos, Justin Trudeau, Marc Miller
Provide #FairMedicine to protect Inuit babies from RSV deaths
French | EnglishCanadian Inuit babies have the highest rate of hospitalizations with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in the world. Every winter intensive care units fill up with very young Inuit babies on life support due to RSV, a disease that can be prevented with medicine. Many of these babies have long term consequences as a result of their hospital admission and some succumb due to RSV. This also causes great stress on the families who are separated during the hospitalizations. The costs of these RSV admissions are exceptionally high due to the combination of very high rates of admission, very expensive medical air evacuations and prolonged hospitalizations. However, there exists a preventative RSV medicine called palivizumab that could greatly reduce these RSV hospital admissions. Currently it is given to other babies across Canada who are considered at high-risk for RSV disease. TERM Inuit infants have ten times the rates of admission with RSV than the “high-risk” infants and the symptoms are often more severe. Despite this disparity, TERM Inuit infants in Nunavut do not get this medicine. Palivizumab has been shown to be highly effective in reducing such admissions in preterm Inuit infants in Nunavut. What makes matters worse is that due to the exceptionally high rates of admission, very expensive medical evacuations and prolonged hospitalizations and ICU admissions, it is much cheaper to give the palivizumab than to have these babies admitted with RSV. In fact, by giving palivizumab the Government of Nunavut would save a lot of money. In 2009, the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) issued the following statements: "Consideration should be given to administering RSV prophylaxis to all full-term Inuit infants younger than six months of age at the onset of the RSV season in northern remote communities" And again in 2018: "Consideration may be given to administering palivizumab during RSV season to term Inuit infants until they reach six months of age only if they live in communities with documented persistent high rates of RSV hospitalization." Despite 10 years of evidence there is a failure to give palivizumab to these babies. In the post Truth and Reconciliation era, this discrepancy in the way Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples are treated is inexcusable. Palivizumab prophylaxis needs to be implemented for this season. We, as physicians, have taken the Hippocratic Oath. Please help us end this suffering and inequality. We can move forward by putting an end to health discrimination as one step towards reconciliation. We and all levels of government need to work together to put precious human lives first and make this change now. Thank you. Alumni of '89 University of Toronto Medicine Dr. Famy Yim-Lee, Dr. Marilena Biscotti, Dr. Anna Banerji, Dr. Vivian Chow, and Dr. David Wong