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 Justin Trudeau, Carolyn Bennett, Government of Canada
Demand an Inquiry into the Sixties Scoop!
Indigenous Survivors and adoptees of the Sixties Scoop deserve to be heard in a National Inquiry. From about 1951-1982, thousands of Indigenous children were "scooped" from their families, many of whom suffered with the horrific, long-term trauma of Indian Residential Facilities. We need to measure the full effects of Indigenous child removal in Canada, the number of children and families affected by the Sixties Scoop, and make the necessary changes to law, policies and funding so this never happens again. We need to document our experiences as Survivors and adoptees, so our families and the public know this terrible history. Our suffering can no longer be kept hidden by the governments - it must be included in the education of children and new Canadians. Hon. Murray Sinclair said, "The magnitude of the removal of children in Canada has not yet been measured. It ought to be. There is merit to the suggestion that any incapacities of the families were a result of the actions of government...and systemic and outright racism. The children who were removed need to know they are not alone..." Please sign this petition and let the government know that a National Inquiry into Indigenous Child Removal is necessary so Survivors may be heard, and so no more children are taken at no fault of their own.
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 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 Sarah Guillemard, The Honourable Marc Miller, The Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Prevent Disastrous Intentional Flooding of South Indian Lake Indigenous Lands!!!
SAVE THE LAND, LAKES & PEOPLE OF SOUTH INDIAN LAKE from continued ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION! #WATERISLIFE Manitoba Hydro, a crown corporation, flooded and destroyed the land at O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation/South Indian Lake in 1974 when they diverted the Churchill River to generate Hydroelectric power. In doing so, they caused immeasurable environmental devastation to the lands, rivers, and lakes- destroying entire ecosystems and polluting aquatic and non-aquatic wildlife. The socio-economic effects of this mass destruction in the name of progress have been immeasurable to the community's Indigenous people and are still being felt today. In 1973, Manitoba Hydro was granted an Interim Licence that allowed operation and fluctuations of 2 feet over a twelve-month period, much like fluctuations in nature. Manitoba Hydro has not followed the terms of the Interim Licence since 1979! Manitoba Hydro has deviated from the Interim Licence, called the Augmented Flow Program (AFP), which allows 6 additional inches of flooding, 1 foot of further dewatering, and 4.5 feet of lake fluctuation. This operation is devasting and unnecessary for current Manitoba needs! Regrettably, on May 13, 2021, the Minister of Conservation and Climate, Sarah Guillemarde, granted MANITOBA HYDRO a final licence for the Augmented Flow Program. Augment just means increase or raise, and they have raised water levels greatly- causing MASS ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION! What is truly problematic is that the Minister falsely stated in a press release that the decision was made after “decades-long consultation with Indigenous communities.” Consultation is meaningless if it is done merely as lip service and a formality. Consultation must actually be implemented and this has not been the case. What would we like to see happen?Ultimately, we want the province of Manitoba to rescind their issuance of a final “licence to destroy” to Manitoba Hydro. Manitoba Hydro is a crown corporation and is owned by the province, which puts the province in a serious position of conflict of interest. In order to do the right thing, they must recuse themselves and have a neutral, third party examine the issue, following actual, meaningful consultation and implementation of Indigenous people’s concerns. Now, we are calling upon the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to intervene. This is not solely a provincial issue because it involves Indigenous lands and Indigenous peoples!!!! Manitoba is required under the Constitution of Canada to conduct a section 35 consultation regarding the Churchill River Diversion Final Licence issuance regarding potential impacts on Aboriginal & Treaty Rights. Once again, despite fictitious claims to the contrary; this did not happen! Chief Shirley Ducharme of South Indian Lake has been very clear on her opposition to this project. She has called repeatedly for meaningful consultation and action. It doesn’t seem like Manitoba Hydro is listening to her and it’s unfortunate. We'd like to see Manitoba Hydro engage in meaningful consultation with South Indian Lake, Split Lake, Cross Lake, and other impacted First Nations. A community member in South Indian Lake who led the consultation process has said repeatedly and publicly that he’s frustrated he went through the process of engaging community members, but that Manitoba Hydro rejected the views of the community and there has been no follow-up. When the Minister issued a Final Licence to Manitoba Hydro without the required meaningful consultation under Sec. 35 and more importantly, Accommodation of the impacts on Aboriginal & Treaty Rights as required by the Canadian Constitution of 1982- she did so in violation of the Constitution! In sum, please support us by signing this petition and asking MP Marc Miller and MP Carolyn Bennett to rescind Manitoba Hydro's issuance of a final license to destroy the land, water, wildlife, and Indigenous peoples in Northern Manitoba! The honour of the Crown is at stake and our rights as Canadians are collectively being violated! The provincial government of Manitoba MUST NOT get away with these vile actions! Kinanaskomitinawaw (thank you, with extreme gratitude) for your support! We must protect our environment and preserve it for future generations to come!
Petition to Justin Trudeau
We Want an Indigenous-led Government of Canada
With Canada's upcoming election, it is a time to reflect on the past and present injustices done to Canada’s Indigenous people. The legacy of colonialism is lived to this day by Indigenous mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers that have survived all the genocide of the past, and which continues on today. While we must extend a hand of love and understanding, we must also be aware of the role that we play in supporting modern colonialism. The responsibility is on all of us to set things right. Whoever the elected candidate, we call on them to right their wrongs of the colonial government and begin the process of transferring stewardship of Canada back to Indigenous people. The process isn’t as difficult as it may seem, especially for those that are committed to truth and reconciliation. The truth is that the colonial government has no right over stolen land. The only true reconciliation is to give back the land and political control to the Indigenous people, who own this land by right and by birth. We call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to start the process of setting things right, and ask Minister Marc Miller and Minister Carolyn Bennett to offer their support. Whoever the elected Prime Minister may be, we will also be holding you accountable to doing much more than the previous administration. Please email or tweet this call to:The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of CanadaEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @JustinTrudeau The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous ServicesEmail: Marc.Miller@parl.gc.caTwitter: @MarcMillerVM The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous RelationsEmail: email@example.comTwitter: @Carolyn_Bennett
Petition to Prime Minister of Canada
Stop the Canadian Governments legal battle with St. Annes Residential school survivors.
St Anne's residential school committed the most horrendous acts against survivors, like putting children in electric chairs, beating, forcing to eat vomit and committing physical, sexual and mental abuses. The Canadian government has spent $3.2 million fighting a group of Ontario residential school survivors in court over the course of the last decade. From Jan. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2020 total legal costs in the case against survivors of St. Anne's residential school, which was in Fort Albany, Ont., on James Bay, amounts to $3,231,000. "It just shows the ruthlessness of the federal government and the willingness of [Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister] Carolyn Bennett to go to the wall against people who suffered some of the worst crimes ever committed against children anywhere," said Charlie Angus, NDP MP for Timmins-James Bay.
Petition to Blaine Higgs, Government of New Brunswick
GET BLAINE HIGGS TO MAKE NATIONAL TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION DAY A STATUTORY HOLIDAY!!!!!
"Our government encourages everyone to use this day as an opportunity to consider what each of us can do as individuals to advance reconciliation and help to create a better, more inclusive province" he said in the statement emailed to CBC. "While September 30th will be observed in New Brunswick, it will not be a statutory holiday." Blaine Higgs clearly does not care about indigenous rights and this is infuriating. find your local MLA's and email them here Find your MLA's contact premier Higgs and his office here firstname.lastname@example.org Blaine Higgs