Petition to Michael Patterson, Patty Hajdu, George Hickes, Tom Wong, Justin Trudeau, Joe Savikataaq
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 no longer acceptable. 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
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
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 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 Citizens of the United States, Indigenous Peoples United States, United Nations
Good Relations Pledge
The Good Relations Pledge A United States Citizens’ Acknowledgement of Indigenous Peoples' Right to Freedom, Territory & Self-Determination In Honor of Carmen Baraka "The Lakota expression, 'Aho Mitakuye Oyasin' is widely used among many tribes within what is now known as The United States of America; It means, “We are all related; all connected. In the spirit of connection with all beings, where none are higher or lower in the great web of all life, we offer this invitation to begin healing our relations with the Indigenous peoples of these lands." ~Carmen Baraka, Indigenous Elder and Teacher This is a time for healing so we are taking the first steps towards reparations by individuals. The formal reparation process is yet to address the role of the individual, in addition to global and national systemic change called for by Indigenous Nations. The inspiration for The Good Relations Pledge came from the Indigenous cultural leaders, scholars and artists from within the community of The Intentional Creativity Foundation, 501(c)3 We the citizens of the United States humbly offer this acknowledgement as an initial step into a complex, dynamic arena of healing, education and the forming of good relations. If you are of any descent, other than Indigenous within the United States and you are a US Citizen, then taking this pledge is for you. If you are an Indigenous person living in the United States, we welcome you to read, to feel, and to know that many of us are reaching to improve our relationship with your peoples and the land. The Good Relations Pledge is designed to guide the citizen through a process of acknowledging the nature of injury and the Indigenous People’s lived experiences of genocide by way of land theft, racial oppression and historical erasure. We wish to move through levels of denial to acknowledge that deliberate harm is ongoing, to Indigenous peoples and their lands by every successive government of the United States of America under the guise of colonial progress at all costs. For many Indigenous leaders, scholars and activists, arriving at a ‘Citizens’ Acknowledgement’ has itself been a long coming and has mostly taken place within local organizations, and individual relationships. Many citizens are not aware, nor do they acknowledge how they may be impacting and enforcing the oppression. This intention of our Citizen’s Acknowledgement is to awaken those of us who aren’t aware, call into action those who are, and provide a first actionable step towards healing. We recognize that we cannot wait for institutions, corporations, society and government to make adequate meaningful reparative actions. We need reparations that work effectively to heal the hearts and minds of individuals. We seek to begin with individuals in the present, working with what we do know and committing to improve our relations with Indigenous peoples in the future. While we individual citizens have limited power or opportunity to create the vast systemic changes Indigenous leaders are calling for, we support their voice and their struggle for justice by accounting for our individual role and responsibilities. For those who pledge, sign and share this petition, it is our hope that this will be a beginning that may lead to inspiration to greater levels of awareness and supportive engagement with the Indigenous peoples of United States. Recognition & Respect We recognize that there is much to learn about the lands that we occupy and draw our subsistence from, much to learn about and from the peoples who continue to live in relation to these lands ‘since time immemorial’. Our lack of acknowledgement, education and lack of support, willful or not, empowers and perpetuates ongoing land theft, racial oppression, historical erasure, and ongoing genocide of indigenous peoples. We also recognize that reparative actions in the USA are late, the efforts to achieve meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous peoples have long since begun in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other places in the world. This struggle is ongoing, and by signing this and acknowledging, I commit to being a part of the reparations so needed here. In the Spirit of Respect We recognize and respect the tremendous resiliency of Indigenous communities and their leadership, who have fought, endured and negotiated tirelessly for their own survival and freedom from colonial oppression since European arrival on this continent. We respect and honor pre-existing relationships that Indigenous communities maintain, with each-other and with their lands, and we respect the memory of the Ancestors of this land. In the spirit of Respect we are stepping forward now to improve our own relations, as individuals and ultimately for healing as a collective. Reciprocity & Relationship As a US Citizen I the undersigned, acknowledge the Indigenous people of the lands and water that now nurture and connect me to this earth. I recognize and respect that their civilizations occupied this area thousands of years prior to European colonization. I acknowledge that early American government campaigns wrongfully harmed Indigenous peoples by removing them from their lands - most explicitly via the 1830 Indian Removal Act- which created a legacy of poverty and violence for indigenous. This led to the path of safe settlement and prosperity for European-American citizens. I further acknowledge that Indigenous people continue to suffer the greatest disparity in all aspects of human health and wellbeing, due to legal and geographical isolation and confinement, and that denial of this disparity serves to perpetuate it. I acknowledge that widespread education and media on Indigenous peoples and their lands, as generated primarily through a Eurocentric worldview, has often lacked truth or authenticity; as follows, I acknowledge that Indigenous peoples should be the source of facts, historical, fiction and traditional stories, artifacts, arts, fashions, and goods otherwise attributed to their specific cultures. I pledge to learn more about Indigenous relations via their own sources to improve my understandings regarding Indigenous peoples, (and) I urge any leadership or community I am a part of to take steps to improve relations between our governments on all levels of society, (and) I will share this pledge with others who are ready to begin the acknowledgement process. (and) I do this work with heart, mind and hope for healing so that we can have good relations. “When you can hear the stories of the past, the information of the future and the power of the now, understanding that all aspects are in play at all times, this juxtaposition of realities triggers Omni Presence in a way that can be understood. Everything actually isn’t always fleeting, not if you see it as all aspects in play simultaneously. When we can truly understand the depth and breadth, then we can understand that everything that has been and will be, the knowledge of all time, is already within us. We must move through the Corridors – the portals of our timeless mind, body, spirit, the realm of the oneness of creator, of source, the realms of all possibilities.” ~ Carmen Baraka, Indigenous Elder and Teacher
Petition to Government of Canada
Did you know it has been Illegal under the Indian Act for 'Indians' to create their own political party in Canada? Anishinaabek (Humans) must give platform to Native People to decide who it is who should lead- For the Sake of this Petition We mention to consider Pam Palmater Take this time to advocate for a change - not by protesting- but demonstrating efforts and calling on others who are part of our circles to give their time to the cause of Reconciliation Learn about Indigenous Perspective and Canadian Governance System to better understand the overall goal. It's Really Important for you to consider it is the Policies who need to Change - Even if you don't know how- or what that would look like - I'd Like for you to sign this Initiative in order to Give Hope to Our Youth - To see how much Support they have for such initiative. Lets Show The World That Canada Is Listening There's something Extremely Wonder full about Hope - Especially when you can take it Out of your Mind and Put it on Paper For Others to See - As part of the Calls to Action of Truth and Reconciliation in the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Girls and Two Spirited--- Here's A Resource for Indigenous Perspective in Odawa (Ottawa)MetooOui Lets Hope for 10 million signatures.. Because Why Not? With Love -
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 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.