indigenous rights

38 petitions

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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:  "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."  SOURCE: 

Alyssa Logie
11,180 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

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.

Stephanie Morgan
52 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Scott Moe, Kent Campbell, Don Morgan, Paul Merriman, Warren Kaeding, Ken Cheveldayoff

Support of Camp: Justice for Our Stolen Children

It is with urgency that we, as concerned citizens of Turtle Island, aka Canada, write to you expressing our full support for and solidarity with Camp: Justice For Our Stolen Children. Since the Camp was established on February 28, Camp members have been calling for systemic changes to the province’s child welfare and justice systems—changes that would ultimately lead to some “justice for our stolen children.” ➢      THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM Many people in Saskatchewan are rightly outraged by Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their families. But where is our outrage at Saskatchewan’s own child-family separation policy.  ●    80% of the children in state care in Saskatchewan are Indigenous. Only 30% of Saskatchewan’s child population is Indigenous. ●    Today, there are more Indigenous children in state care in Saskatchewan than at the height of the residential school system. ➢      THE JUSTICE SYSTEM Statistics Canada data released last month show Indigenous youth make up a similarly disproportionate percentage of incarcerated youth in Saskatchewan: 92% for boys and 98% for girls. Saskatchewan has the highest rate of Indigenous youth incarceration in the country.  As Camp members have pointed out, these figures are a direct result of the systemic racism that exists in the province’s social services and justice systems. We were pleased when, on July 2, representatives of the provincial government met with Camp members to discuss these urgent matters. We are, however, dismayed that Minister of Justice Don Morgan is now saying that the tipis must be taken down before he will agree to another meeting with the Camp. Camp: Justice For Our Stolen Children is a peaceful camp. Moreover, it is performing an extremely valuable service to our city and our province: educating us about the past and present injustices that define the relationship between settler Canadians and Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan.  The undersigned therefore call upon the Government of Saskatchewan to “show some good faith”: 1.   To extend a warm welcome to Camp: Justice For Our Stolen Children, rather than attempting to drive the Camp from the Legislative grounds. 2.   To thank Camp members for the educational service they are providing, free of charge, to the people of Saskatchewan. 3.   To be willing to hold regular meetings with Camp members. 4.    To take advantage of the educational opportunity provided by the camp and to open their minds and hearts to the lessons offered. 5.   To begin to work in earnest to make the systemic changes called for by Camp: Justice For Our Stolen Children.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Yours sincerely,

Coalition for Human Rights and Justice
1,600 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau

Clean Water for First Nations

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 First Nations 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 people in Canada. The government regulates water quality for off-reserve communities, but has no binding regulations for water on First Nations reserves. Collectively, we can raise awareness and support to push for a social change! It is a fundamental human right to have clean, safe drinking water, and is unacceptable that our government has failed to provide this to First Nation communities for decades. Please sign this petition to push our government to make it legally binding to bring improvements for the conditions that First Nations live in, every signature is one step closer to clean water.  More information:

Ally Pentz
18,022 supporters