Imagine if a mining company came onto your land without your approval and tried to dig for gold where your ancestors were buried.
For the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Indigenous Nation in northern Ontario, this is the situation they are currently facing. And its not even the first time.
The KI community has opposed and defeated mining companies seeking to violate their traditional lands before, first in 2008 when Platinex wanted to mine their lands, and again in 2010 when De Beers did the same.
RAN activists stood with the KI community in the past, and its incredibly important that we do so again.
The KI community is located about 600 miles north of Thunder Bay, Ontario, over 200 miles from any road, deep in the Boreal Forest. Aside from being critical to the lives and livelihoods of Indigenous peoples like the KI, the Boreal is also home to a vast array of wildlife and represents a massive carbon storehouse. We all have a stake in protecting the Boreal Forest and the rights of the Indigenous peoples who live there as stewards of the land.
As the KI community says in their Water Declaration and Consultation Protocol: Together we can protect this sacred water for all people, all animals, all plants and all life."
The Canadian government has gone to great lengths to cater to mining companies over the rights of Indigenous communities, ignoring treaties signed in good faith and even criminalizing legitimate protest against the destruction of Indigenous lands.
The intentional hunting and wanton killing of the American White Bison (Buffalo) is a direct violation of the spiritual convictions of the First Nations people of North America. The White Buffalo is at the center of traditional spirituality for the Native American Nations of the central plains of North America. The advertisement and willful intent by Texas Hunt Lodge to sell paid hunts for the purpose of killing and taking of sacred white "trophy" animals is viewed as a highly sacrilegious act and a violation of the ancient spiritual tenants established as sacred (Wakan) by the tribes themselves. We stand with the Native American people in denouncing the actions of Texas Hunt Lodge and their clients over this blatant disrespect and the destruction of the sacred White Buffalo. We call for an immediate end to this activity now!Texas Hunt Lodge: Stop the killing and paid hunts of Sacred White Buffalo
For the past century, the Australian government unfairly withheld up to 75% of Aboriginal workers' pay earnings. Now, some Australian states have started putting in place plans to pay back the money that was taken--but in amounts that hardly make amends.
Most recently, Western Australia agreed to offer only up to $2000 per person, with the strict requirement that the workers prove that their wages were withheld.
Many of the Aboriginal workers never kept records, and the $2000 maximum pay-back is nowhere close to what Aboriginal workers have had taken by the government.
In comparison, New South Wales offered up to $11,000 to each person whose wages were taken from them.
Tell Western Australia's Barnett Administration that its current pay-back deal is still marked by injustice and he must move to compensate the workers more fairly.
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In Chile, sea lions are a protected species. But the government is planning to use loopholes in current legislation to open the door to a mass killing (referred to as a "cull"), despite huge opposition from the people of Chile.
If they do, thousands of these sociable sea mammals will die.
The plan for a mass cull is a reckless reaction to the scarcity of fish in Chilean waters. In fact, decades of over-fishing are to blame.
Without protection: the Chilean government will approve a plan to cull thousands of sea lions.
Without protection: the sea lions are exposed to further exploitation, such as capture and live export to "perform" in aquariums and zoos.
Without protection: the sea lions are at risk of being killed and their body parts exported to Asia for use in aphrodisiac medicines.
Stop Peru's Road to Rainforest Ecocide and Genocide of Uncontacted Indigenous Tribes
Plans are to build a highway through Alto Purus -
Perus largest national park comprised of vital intact Amazonian
rainforest ecosystems and inhabited by at least two 'uncontacted'
Let Peru's President know intact, standing rainforests - looked after by their traditional indigenous inhabitants - are a requirement for local advancement and global ecological sustainability.
Target: Colombian government
Goal: Eliminate paramilitary warfare, which is displacing and killing innocent indigenous peoples.
The Colombian government must halt the attacks of paramilitary groups involved in territorial conflicts over illegal smuggling routes. These violent altercations have displaced large groups of indigenous peoples, destroying the natural environment in which they live and leaving them homeless and starving. According to the president of Colombias National Indigenous Organization, the brutal fighting directly threatens the livelihood of more than sixty indigenous communities.
The United Nations most recent estimate puts Colombias number of internally displaced people at 3.67 million, the highest number for any country in the world. Not only are these tribes displaced from their natural homeland, they must face the chaotic reality of a homeless people in which the lack of food, shelter and societal structure can be fatal.
One of these indigenous communities, the Wayuu, have called upon the Colombian government to heed the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The United Nations adopted the resolution in 2008 which states that, States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources, and Any form of forced population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights. Colombia is clearly in violation of these statutes. Forced displacement of these indigenous communities must end.
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The Colorado Plateau of New Mexico still bears the unhealed sores of the
Uranium Boom of the last century radioactive waste piles,
contaminated water and hundreds of mines on Navajo land abandoned by
companies looking to make a quick profit. Despite the massive contamination, companies want to start a new era of mining in this region.
Petition on Change.org
Whiteclay, Nebraska, has a population of about 10 people, but it sells more than four million cans of beer and malt liquor annually, because it is the main channel through which alcohol illegally enters the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation a few steps away.
As Nicholas Kristof described in The New York Times on May 6, Pine Ridge, one of Americas largest Indian reservations and one of the poorest places in the country, bans alcohol. The Oglala Sioux who live there struggle to keep alcohol out, going so far as to arrest people for possession of a can of beer. But the tribe has no jurisdiction over Whiteclay because it is just outside the reservation boundary.
So Anheuser-Busch and other brewers pour hundreds of thousands of gallons of alcohol into the liquor stores of Whiteclay, knowing that it ends up consumed illicitly by Pine Ridge residents and fuels alcoholism, crime and misery there.
the undersigned, are calling upon Republican National Committee to
denounce and dismiss Pat Rogers from his post as National Committeeman
and lead spokesman for Republicans in the state following a tactless
and bigoted statement he made regarding New Mexico's Native American
Following a meeting in June of this year between the Governor and the state's tribes and nations, Pat Rogers sent an email to senior members of Governor Martinez's administration wherein he disparaged the tribal summit and said the summit would dishonor the memory of George Armstrong Custer, the U.S. Army commander who killed scores of Native peoples during the Indian Wars of the mid-Nineteenth Century.
The state is going to hell. Col. [Allen] Weh would not have dishonored Col. Custer in this manner.
George Armstrong Custer may be regarded as a kind of military hero by Pat Rogers, but to the Native peoples of America Custer represents the bellicose imperialism that was responsible for the systematic slaughter of American Indians throughout this continent.
the most senior representative for New Mexico's GOP, Pat Rogers is the
face of New Mexico's Republican Party on a national level. We don't
believe that the Republican Party should share Rogers' views about New
Mexico's tribal leaders nor do we believe the GOP should approve of
Rogers' vulgar comparison. Thus, we are calling on the New Mexico GOP to
show support for the Native peoples of New Mexico and throughout the
nation by dismissing Pat Rogers from his post.
Statements like Pat Rogers' are an insult to the history and culture of Native America and have no place in modern discussions of politics and policy.
Declaration of Commitment to Indigenous Peoples
Humanity has paid a great price for destructive actions committed against Indigenous peoples. In the name of religion, profit and progress, some of humanity’s greatest knowledge about the interrelationship of all life forms has been placed in jeopardy.
Increasing numbers of people now recognize the importance of supporting the transmission of this essential wisdom.
It is in this spirit of deep recognition and appreciation for the value of Indigenous wisdom that we, the signatories to this declaration, hereby proclaim our commitment to the following:
Apology is due to Indigenous peoples for the suppression and violation of their cultures and ways of being. We invite communities, institutions, local authorities and governments to formally and informally offer sincere apology for past actions that resulted in cultural oppression and denigration.
Responsibility for past violations, wounding and discrimination must be expressed in truthful historical narratives and educational materials. We recommend the formation of local and national initiatives to take responsibility for the past and explore the nature of Indigenous wisdom. We encourage support for the production of a wide array of accessible media and curricular materials to set the record straight and ensure the accurate and appropriate transmission of Native wisdom teachings.
Reconciliation must be sought so that healing may occur between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. We call on representatives of public and private institutions to seek ways to engage in meaningful acts and processes of reconciliation through ceremony, presentations and gatherings.
Collaboration in multiple contexts relating to health, environment, sustainable economies and educational opportunities will constitute an essential dimension of expressing sincere apology, acknowledging responsibility and fostering reconciliation. To these ends we encourage collaboration with Indigenous communities and institutions to optimize our collective learning and healing in this pivotal time for all humanity.
We, the undersigned, pledge our commitment to these ideals and the promotion of concrete actions to support respect for Indigenous peoples, a shared partnership for life on Earth and the transmission of our collective wisdom:
ACTION ALERT: Tell President Obama and Congress: America Needs a Nationwide Ban on Fracking Now
Fracking is an inherently dangerous gas drilling method employed by an out-of-control industry operating in secrecy, with the benefit of sweeping exemptions to our most basic environmental and public health protections. It has been responsible for contaminating our water, polluting our air, and devastating our communities across the country. The gas industry has proven time and time again that they have a complete disregard for the people their irresponsible and dangerous practices harm. Furthermore, the best science and evidence shows that fracking cannot be done safely.
President Obama and Congress, it is time to act immediately to stop existing hydraulic fracturing across America, and work to alleviate the growing public health crisis facing communities affected by gas drilling.
ACTION ALERT: Willie Nelson and Friends: Speak AGAINST FRACKING at the FARM AID Concert on Sept.22
We, family farmers and those of us who who eat their food, are deeply concerned about fracking for natural gas. We want safe water and air for our families, animals and crops. We don't want toxins whose names we can't pronounce, whose ill effects are being minimized, and whose early victims are already silenced by legal gag orders.
We appeal to the very soul of Farm Aid -- the organization dedicated to keeping the family farm alive -- to founder Willie Nelson, to Neil Young, to John Mellencamp and to Dave Matthews: On September 22nd, from the stage at the Farm Aid Concert in Hershey, PA, denounce the fracking of farmlands across the country, where the food that grows a strong America comes from. Say loudly and clearly what we all know to be true: Fracking threatens the American heartland, farmers livelihoods, and ultimately our lives.
ACTION ALERT: PROTECT ARCHES AND CANYONLANDS FROM FRACKING
BLM should be protecting precious places like Arches and Canyonlands, not blindly paving the way for oil and gas companies to endanger them.
Tell the Bureau of Land Management: Don't frack near Arches National Park.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is on the verge of opening over 80,000 acres of land just miles from Arches and Canyonlands national parks to the dangerous new method of oil and gas drilling called fracking.
Despite the clear danger to these precious national treasures, and serious concerns over nearby Moab's drinking water, BLM is moving forward with a February oil and gas lease auction without even preparing an environmental impact statement to determine the full consequences.
~~ THANK YOU!!! To end the practice of fracking throughout the world is a huge passion for me and I appreciate all of you for being kind enough to help spread the word ~~
Signed the declaration Pamylle, thank you for sharing the link!
ACTION ALERT: Stand with Native Americans against the Keystone XL pipeline
Tell the Bureau of Indian Affairs: Enforce Native American sovereignty and don't let TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline bulldoze sacred burial grounds.