Today, as demonstrations take place across the country, Greenpeace Canada is expressing its support for the growing Idle No More movement that calls on all people, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to take action and engage in our democracy and government policy.
With a new year on the horizon, it is time for Canadians and our government to embrace a new approach to our collective relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and their communities. The Idle No More movement is a peaceful non-violent resistance that is rejecting a business as usual approach to our economy and promoting a truly just society grounded in environmental sustainability. Theirs is a message of unity, not division.
Greenpeace Canada praises Chief Theresa Spence for her courage and conviction in taking on her hunger strike until the Prime Minister agrees to meet with her to discuss the conditions of the Attawapiskat reserve and the lack of governmental measures in place to ensure the protection of the communities, the land and the water.
Greenpeace Canada calls upon Prime Minister Stephen Harper to show similar courage and meet with Chief Spence. This is not a mission for his ministers or staff. It is something only he can do. The health and wellbeing of Chief Spence is in his hands alone.
Greenpeace recognizes First Nations, Inuit and Métis as decision makers in their traditional territories and believe they must be lead participants in conservation and planning. They have the right to free, prior and informed consent for all developments affecting their traditional territories, as per the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Greenpeace is encouraging everyone across Canada to attend the various Idle No More solidarity events which are happening over the coming days. Information on these events and the Idle No More movement is available at www.idlenomore.ca.
Some of the events include:
Ottawa - Traditional Ceremony & March
Friday December 21, Victoria Island, 12pm
Toronto – Flash Mob Round Dance
Friday December 21, Dundas Square (Yonge & Dundas), 12pm-2pm
Montreal – Manifestation Idle No More Protest
Friday December 21, Cabot Square, 12pm
Vancouver – Idle No More Peaceful Rally
Sunday December 23, Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St.), 10am-1pm