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indigenous rights

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Petition to Minister Carolyn Bennett

Stop the Underfunding of Water Plants on Indigenous Reserves

Many First Nations communities across Canada do not have access to clean water, which is a basic human right, because the government is severely underfunding their water filtration and treatment plants, and this has caused many First Nations communities to live under a water advisory for over 20 years. This is outrageous. Imagine the effects of this crisis has on Indigenous people's daily lives and imagine not being able to drink the tap water because it's contaminated with E. coli and chemicals.  Indigenous people deserve clean tap water just as much as non-Indigenous people do and as the 4th most water-rich country with nearly 20% of the world's fresh water, Canada needs to take action, now. More money needs to be put in the maintenance and installation of water filtration and treatment systems.  Neskantaga First Nations reserve has been under the longest water advisory in Canada. For 23 years, they have not been able to use the water coming out of their taps which means they have to buy expensive bottled water.  So how would we fix it? Whether it's from tax money or from charity events, the Canadian government needs to spend more money towards making sure that First Nations communities have access to safe water to drink and use so they don't need to worry about getting very sick. Water is a human right and a basic need that everyone should have access to. After all these years of discrimination and underfunding, the First Nations are finally standing up to the government and saying that they've had enough. It's time for a change, and clean water is a start.  In 2018, the Liberal government promised a new water plant for the Neskantaga First Nations reserve, but still, there are many more reserves across Canada and although this is a great start, we need to make sure that the government does not underfund them again. Many current water plants on reserves are failing to do their job because they are not being maintained like the ones in big cities. Neskantaga is a small community of about 350 people but they are people and their needs need to be respected.  Minister Carolyn Bennett is the minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs and she can make a difference in how the First Nations communities are funded. Please make a difference and stop the government from underfunding the water treatment systems on Indigenous reserves by signing this petition, and I will send a letter to Minister Carolyn Bennett and hopefully, we can make a difference in how First Nations communities are treated.    

Cristine Cai
35,774 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to 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
4,135 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Carolyn Bennett, Dr. Lillian Dyck, Andrew Scheer, Murray Sinclair, Larry W. Smith

A Call to Action to End Gender Discrimination in the Indian Act Now

Please support the immediate implementation of the amendments to Bill S-3 that have been adopted by the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples (‘the 6(1)(a) all the way amendment), which were passed by the Senate of Canada on June 1st, 2017. The time for engagement has passed; we cannot debate any longer as human rights violations continue. It is now time to act and rectify the gender-based inequalities in the Indian Act. Upon the implementation of Bill S-3 amendments to eliminate gender-based inequalities in the Indian Act, we can collectively begin to right the wrong of this 100 year old human rights violation. ONWA will continue empowering and supporting all Indigenous women and their families through cultural restoration, regardless of status under the Indian Act.  However, we know that without formal recognition through these amendments, many Indigenous women will continue to be discriminated against. Until the rights of Indigenous women are recognized and respected they will continue to be dehumanized thus increasing the risk that they go missing, be murdered, sexually exploited, and/or human trafficked. ONWA’s position and advocacy is to immediately implement the amendments to Bill S-3, and remove the two-tier hierarchy of status which is the central problem in the registration provision. We look forward to achieving justice for Indigenous women, and believe this will be a foundational step taken on the journey towards healing and reconciliation. As the Government of Canada we ask that you support ONWA in fulfilling your responsibilities to Indigenous women across Ontario by following “the dictates of your conscience, to set our sisters free” (Mary Two-Axe Early). For more information: http://www.onwa.ca/amendment-to-bill-s3 

Ontario Native Women's Association
793 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Premier Dwight Ball, Jim Carr, Justin Trudeau, Carolyn Bennett

Free Inuk Grandmother Beatrice Hunter: Labrador Land Protector

Inuk Grandmother Beatrice Hunter, Labrador Land Protector and warrior Inuk woman, has been 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://theindependent.ca/2017/05/31/inuit-grandmother-jailed-after-refusing-to-stay-away-from-muskrat-falls/ 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 Beatrice Hunter 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. #SupportBeatrice #ShutMuskratDown

Matthew Behrens
4,079 supporters