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MANIFESTO

We contend that:
The Treaties are nation to nation agreements between First Nations and the British Crown who are sovereign nations. The Treaties are agreements that cannot be altered or broken by one side of the two Nations. The spirit and intent of the Treaty agreements meant that First Nations peoples would share the land, but retain their inherent rights to lands and resources. Instead, First Nations have experienced a history of colonization which has resulted in outstanding land claims, lack of resources and unequal funding for services such as education and housing.
We contend that:
The state of Canada has become one of the wealthiest countries in the world by using the land and resources. Canadian mining, logging, oil and fishing companies are the most powerful in the world due to land and resources. Some of the poorest First Nations communities (such as Attawapiskat) have mines or other developments on their land but do not get a share of the profit. The taking of resources has left many lands and waters poisoned – the animals and plants are dying in many areas in Canada. We cannot live without the land and water. We have laws older than this colonial government about how to live with the land.
We contend that:
Currently, this government is trying to pass many laws so that reserve lands can also be bought and sold by big companies to get profit from resources. They are promising to share this time…Why would these promises be different from past promises? We will be left with nothing but poisoned water, land and air. This is an attempt to take away sovereignty and the inherent right to land and resources from First Nations peoples.
We contend that:
There are many examples of other countries moving towards sustainability, and we must demand sustainable development as well. We believe in healthy, just, equitable and sustainable communities and have a vision and plan of how to build them.
Please join us in creating this vision.

50 comments:

  1. Historically, the question has not been whether adjustment policies are inevitable, but whether the social cost of of those policies must fall on the poor. Structural adjustment may well be inevitable, but who suffers it's consequences is a matter of the class nature of policy decisions

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  2. Decolonize Open Letter to AFN Shawn Atleo, Chiefs, Clan Mothers, Elders, Clans and all Nations

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdpGElNWBL8

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  3. BULLSHIT!!! The aboriginals on reserves are virtually a totally dependent group - The hunting and fishing era is over - the internet and satellite TV, Alcohol and drugs are in! Work is virtually unknown - they don't even seem capable of doing the simplest repairs to their homes or even maintain basic cleaniness - everything must be done for them!! Corruption is rampant - salaries of more than PM to band-chiefs with less than 1000 members!! Nation to Nation - total bullshit. Time to get off theiur asses and find a job!!

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    1. Watch Dr. Pamela Palmater's videos & it's unfortunate you choose to live a lie...I will pray for you! This I am saying from a Proud Cree Nation as a school teacher who will inform "children" the true history but do it with respect and honor for all because my ancestors taught me to see people for who they are ! as "iyiniwak" (human beings)...I welcome you to my clean, alcohol and drug free home filled with love, culture, and pride on reserve land where we celebrate life and respect Mother Earth.

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    2. well done Shannon - your Universal Loving Friendliness will hopefully Heal Waldman from his delusion!

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    3. wow waldman...you are welcome to come visit my alcohol and drug free home and see my diplomas...many very educated and successful people come from reserves...i am proud of my culture,my life as well as my home...to speak so generally and unrealistically of a proud people saddens my heart...as for hunting and fishing, yes it may be easier to go to a sobeys or superstore for our groceries, but the skill of hunting and fishing will always remain and be passed down from a father to his children...just as a mother will teach her children how to keep a home...please refrain from insulting our native people...this is not a blame game or who can throw the best insults
      And Shannon that is beautifully said and I will add my prayers

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    4. Well said Waldman. Your just expressing what everyone else is afraid to. I wish the Aboriginal community can stop segregating themselves. Then put blame on the "white man" hmm...broken reserves? poor reserves? no resources? How about do it the way everyone else in Canada does it. Get work, find work. Go to school....Government has to hold your hand to do all that?

      oh we need more education on this, on that. Then GET IT! Figure your own stuff out!

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    5. virtually waldman? like really!! Where can i buy this game Virtual Reserve? Those were the days of the past perhaps, when the horrors were still fresh in the minds of some, the horrors inflicted upon people most likely very much like you who had some stereotypical impression set in stone on their minds. I feel sorry that you have closed your mind to reality and live in such a virtual world.

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    6. Waldman and Anonymous, do you know that Aboriginal people on reserve get 22% LESS government funding per person for health, education and social services than the rest of us Canadians? Consider that the reserves are usually remote and so getting them the same quality of services costs more. Consider that their needs are greater, so they should be getting more support than others. But no, they get 1/5 LESS than anyone else in the country. By calling them dependent, you imply that they get more support than others, yet the opposite is true. I would call this overt discrimination, and a case is actually before the federal court to that effect. I forgive you for saying what you've said because you don't appear to know any better.

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    7. "Your just expressing what everyone else is afraid to."

      With the anonymity of the internet, and the ability to keep your name anonymous, what's there to be afraid of? The internet allows people to be braver than normal and type out the most ignorant and bigoted remarks without fear of being identified.

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    8. Waldman and supporters you are making fools of yourselves. Obviously you don't know sh** about history (why the aboriginal have those social problems), justice, respect, aboriginal beliefs and culture, what is done in reserves, and from where corruption stems.

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    9. Humanity is destined to return to the stone age where we belong. This transformation to reality has started to take place. Hopefully we will not kill all life on Earth. First Nations and people from all other parts of the Earth must use their collective memory to relearn skills of the past. Computers, gasoline will only be here for a short while.

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    10. I give my full support to this movement. We must join together to protect our natural environment from misguided governments and corporations. Let's make a bright future for our children and grandchildren. Aboriginal people understand how to live in balance with nature and how to heal serious wounds. We can learn so much from them. This movement gives us all hope.

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  4. Wow Waldman, I have no idea where to start in apologizing for what you just posted. If you had lived in 1930's Germany, I imagine that you would have had something to say about Jews as well. Or maybe you would have participated in Yugoslavia in the 1980's, Rwanda in the 90's or even Sudan 3 years ago. It is this kind of stereotyping, and ignorant generalization that has allowed successive governments to get away with what I hope will be seen as crimes against humanity in the future. Societies are judged by the way they treat their most vulnerable members and, as Canadians, we should all be concerned. Maybe someday, Canada will turn its back on idiots as a group, and you will regret missing the point.


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    1. Do not judge, whether or not you walk in my shoes! The colonial system has always been a move to exploit planet's resources. Trouble is, it has never been inclusive of indigenous peoples. Nor, has it ever lived in harmony with Nature. The colonial system asks First Nations to get jobs, jobs that are not of their own making, nor are they natural to them and I might add, in the main, for the rest of us. The dominant society has spoiled the land, damaged First Nations cultures, shamed them and dealt their self-esteem a blow, and then they expect them to assimilate! It is increasingly difficult for the FN to live off the land, which is where the most natural foods, most suitable for human bodies, can be obtained. Innuit mothers cannot nurse their babies without passing on chemicals that have found their way into the north. Need I go on? For the sake of all of us, First Nations must be given their rightful autonomy. They have the keys, in their culture, to healing Mother Earth.

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  5. Waldman I understand that maybe how you feel, Us aboriginals who do work and support our families deserve better my parents, grandparents did not go throw hell for nothing I do not drink or do drugs I support my daughter and my nephews, we need to stop judging each other and stand with each other these treaty's singed by the Canadian Government and they will be honored to I may not know a lot I may only be 22 but I know this is wrong and will not let my family be screwed over by harper I will educate my self more on our treaty's and our rights and I will stand up and not be silenced and I sure hope you learn more on the rights other then going by stereotypes, Praying that your eyes will be opened to.

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    1. I think most people forget the most important thing, particularly th FNs. This is youre land. All of it. The theft in America, by way of treaty or weapon, is 500 years old and counting. Its important that indigenous stop justify themselves, and continue fighting; fight harder, cause if not the very little that is left of your culture, your identity, the Land, will be eliminated just as it was intended. Please stop justifying yourselves! The First Nations of America suffered an holocaust of even greater proportions than that of the Jews. Hitler explicit;y inspired his genocidal techniques from it.

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  6. Thank you for taking a stand, you have my support.

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  7. I was born 'colonized' - but I know we will all perish if we cannot radically alter the way we are living. I am with you also in finding that way, it may not be like the old ways, but we all need to work together to discover how to survive - as a race and as a planet. I can say I have really been trying hard to discover what the future will look like, and I have also reached out to communities in the North and elsewhere to share my ideas and see how we can all work together for the benefit of not just FN people, but everyone! Glad to see you are getting some awareness with this manifesto and actions.

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  8. and by way of example - this is my own small way of reinventing a shared future: www.ddlo.ca - it is designed as a sustainable community on the Ottawa River, with experimental architecture and infrastructure.

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  9. I would be willing to argue that the government isn't trying to take away your sovereignty. In fact, they're not even recognizing it in the first place. I think First Nations people in this country carry a lot of power, and more respect than you may think. I'm disgusted by this government, and fully support this movement. I've posted it on FB and Twitter. The time is changing and it's coming on that time to call in all indigenous people to rise up again. Full respect. Peace.

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  10. wow the Waldman guys comments have me STUNNED. As a Citizen of this great land I am appalled at his attitude; it is unfortunate that Waldman's ignorance and delusional opinion is represented by so many who elected this current fascist government. I pray along side my aboriginal brothers and sisters that we can heal these injustices and that our kindness will extend to Waldman, who must feel so lost. Namaste.

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  11. I am glad waldman showed up. The grace and patience in Shannon and others response to him teaches us all about strength in the face of ignorance. You have helped me learn something today. Waldman came here as the representative of all the ignorance and pain that his culture (its also mine) has instilled in him. May your beautiful people and culture live on forever in this land.

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  12. Wow I am so surprised that you said something that harsh about my people. My auntie is a well known doctor and my uncle just got done dentistry . There is people from all race that sit on there ass doing nothing. It is not just natives . Open up your eyes and look around you, I feel sorry for you cause you have no sympathy for others. Put your self in someone elses shoes . Would you like your culture to lose there ways , lose there freedom of right. First nation people have been through so much , what have you gone through. !!

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  13. I am Metis. I AM PROUD to be Metis. I have love in my heart for all peoples and i am Saddened by the hate. Not of just one man but all those who follow and believe that his comments are correct. Racism is racism no matter how you look at it. I am disabled but instead of dwelling on what i could not do. I looked at what i could do. I am trying to build a strong business on which i can support my family. I don't ask for handouts. I don't do drugs or drink to forget. Instead i have put my nose to the grindstone and i work through an agonizing pain everyday. When i see comments such as waldman wrote it makes my heart heavy with sadness for them because they will never feel true happiness or pure love they are stained. It brings tears to my heart that they have lost that joy and will never know the feeling.
    I am Metis I am Proud Metis

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  14. This is a very sensitive subject and i admit there are a few people on the reserve who do take advantage of what is given to us, but look at many other races and cultures, no one can be perfect, i have come to learn a lot about my language and culture and it is truly a beautiful thing, i come from a successful family and i believe it all depends on the mindset you've been brought up in, you cant blame some people for how they are because you have no idea what they have been though in their life, for example: none of your ancestors had been ripped out of their parents arms and brought to a residential school that was corrupt, many of my people were beaten, raped, treated wrongly and they had no way to fight back because they were just kids. i have heard many horrifying stories about residential schools and if your ancestors went through that do you think you would be the way you are today? many use alcohol and drugs to escape the pain and suffering the past has caused them, you cant blame them, it may not be the right thing to do but what do you expect? perfection after such a difficult and outrageous thing they had to go through? try stepping into our shoes, see it from our perspective but some people are too self centered to attempt a task so strenuous to themselves. I plan on picking up hunting, i don't plan on abusing the amazing privileges i have been blessed with, I want to make my community a better place and i am still young and have much to learn but i will never judge anyone's race, culture or way of life because everyone has a reason of why they are that way. I also find it very sad that I'm a freshman in highschool and am more mature and courteous than you.
    Mr. Waldman, i suggest you grow up a bit. i am proud of where i come from and plan on being successful. scratch that, i will be successful.
    Thank you for your time and consideration :)

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  15. Some lovely words from kind and mature people, however, if I may please make a request to the moderators/admin of this site.
    You can 'ask' that 1.all comments be respectful, (as I have heard others say, there is time and place to debate with the 'mis-informed', this is not that time; we have important things to discuss and decide, futures and lives are involved here)...2. comments can be approved before being shown-and NOT posted if dis-respectful,(or removed later) and 3. it would be helpful if WE who comment would speak a little about the topic, and post a Name. Maci'
    Now to the Idle No More Manifesto- as I understand it, a manifesto is a statement or declaration of a groups guiding principles and policies; to that I say bravo; this is a great start...

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  16. My name is Candice Lawrence. I am a Canadian woman born of Irish and Welsh ancestry and live in South-Western Ontario. My ancestors came to this land before 1900. I have many, many friends and colleagues who have ancestry dating back to the original 5 Nations in the Iroquois Confederacy (Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas), Metis, and know others from other mixed indigenous ancestry.

    I was educated in the elementary and high school system in Ontario in the 60's and 70's, college and university in the 80’s, early 90's. There was virtually no education about the original peoples of this land, only the occasional portrayal of the "Noble Indian", combined with increasing media reports of "drunken Indians". We learned about American history, some about British, and of course about Canadian history. However, we were not taught the whole truth.

    I still know VERY little about my Indigenous brothers and sisters, and their rich cultural heritages, and spiritual practices but at every opportunity, I am always honoured to participate in any teachings offered by their Elders and Leaders. I actively seek out these opportunities because I am angry that the history books I learned from were so incredibly skewed in favour of the European world-views. There was no equal discourse on views and ways of life of the original peoples of this land. Yet here we were, and are, living on these lands.

    Historically, it appears that the colonizers tend to be the ones who revise the truth to suit their ideology, and benefit. Dan Brown, in The DaVinci Code, said it very succinctly: “History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books - books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?”

    It is time to stop buying into stereotypes of Native people, that serves to shame and diminish their dignity & worth, while elevating our own. It does not serve any good, whatsoever!

    The history of conquest, cultural genocide, obliteration, assimilation by stealing children from parents and communities, telling them that they were not allowed to practice their spiritual ceremonies, speak their own language, and putting them in tortuous residential schools is overwhelming.

    Even today, there are over 167 reserves in Canada alone that do not have safe drinking water. Many Native people today live in abject poverty. An alarming number of Native women and girls are victims of violence, sexual assault and murder. Research the "Highway of Tears" and "Sisters In Spirit". There is a significantly higher rate of suicide among Native youth, compared to their non-native counterparts.

    The former Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, James Bartleman, author of "As Long As the River Flows" travels the countryside to educate people about the "invisible, forgotten children" of Canada, children that no one seems to care about, the Native children. This is another good source of research, to balance out the lack of coverage in our mainstream media about issues facing Native people in society today.

    I would also suggest that people read, "And Grandma Said...Iroquois Teachings as passed down through the oral tradition" by Tom Porter.

    I applaud you for your words, S. Cayer! Chii Miigwetch! I am glad that you will not be silenced.

    I stand beside this Manifesto 100%, and encourage all non-native Canadians to do the same, and to do their research. It is simply not right that we allow our leaders to ignore original Treaties, signed in good faith. What is honourable in that?

    “Re-examine all you have been told...Dismiss what insults your Soul.” (Walt Whitman, 1819-1892)

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    1. Amen to that. I have a college education and have always been offended by the "lies / mistruths" that occur in the history books. Lies / mistruths that make First Nation Youth ashamed of who they are. It is time that FN's write / develop their own curriculum so that they can truly see who they are. Thx for the post. Dunc M ( p.s. I have that entire quote by Walt Whitman posted on my wall at work ).

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  17. They are dependent because it was the government's policy to make them dependent in hope that they would vanish. The Lubicon Cree were still hunting and trapping up to the eighties, that's when the first oil companies started to show up on what had always been their land. In a few years the tar sand industry made their lives unliveable.They haven't had a penny from those industry nor the government, they are left to die. You should ask yourself why is the era of fishing and hunting over, you should study history a bit more and not only that of the conqueror. Why do you think Canada stands alone with the States and Israel on the palestinian question? We are settlers. Our richness is their misery. The transnational corporations who are based in Canada are stealing people's ressources all around the globe. The real problem is capitalism and eventought you seem to like your chains you are a victim of it too. My name is Olivier Dubois, I'm white and I'm tired of racism and nationalism. Grow up, in the spiritual world we are all brothers and sisters.

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  18. Powerful words. Thank you for standing up for ALL of our children, for without clean air, clean water, and a stable climate, there is no future.
    Meegwich from a descendant of the European colonizers.

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  19. Whenever there is a space on a webpage somewhere for uneducated idiots to fill in you will always find someone to take advantage of the expression of free speech. Thats where all Waldman's will fill in their useless comments. Its difficult for people to understand the daily struggles of First Nations peoples. As far as im concerned all the Waldmans can have our homes on the reserve to live in, just give the rest of our land back, and they can have the alcohol they gave our people to contribute to the means of distruction of ourselves instead of war. Give us the best jobs and you can have your welfare system back.

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  20. Perhaps this movement will also move the chiefs of many reserves to have independant auditors look at their accounting books.

    Just saying....

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  21. Aboriginal people have the rights to promote, and express themselves freely. By reading some of the comments, it made me think how many ignorant and uncultured people live here. It true I was educated on the Quebec side, and heroes like Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont and Pontiac was part of our history and education. As kids, we often replay the role of Pontiac and his famous attack on the Detroit Fort, (sorry for any British that read this, but you guy’s lost). I truly feel that the Aboriginal were left in the shadow for too long. As a none Aboriginal, you also got my vote! Sorry for the poor English, but this isn’t my first language, as you probably guess it.

    Je suis avec vous! Votre cause est juste….Mais surtout continuer !

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  22. Thank you for standing up and sharing your voice. I have been longing to see you, to hear you and to understand your perspective. Thank you for caring for this earth and committing to steward our resources in a way that honours each of us, our connection and our relationship wtih the earth.

    I stand with you in co-creating a thriving, just and sustainable communities and country.

    Cathryn

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  23. These issues don't just pertain to First Nations people, they apply to all ordinary Canadians, although the First Nations people are clearly the most acutely affected by the abuse and exploitation of our land and our natural resources.
    I cannot benefit much by a diamond mine near Attiwapiskat unless I work there and thus find temporary employment OR I purchase shares in the mine on the stock exchange. And, under these two scenarios, I am only gaining some financial benefits. We all stand to lose our environment.
    Canadian and foreign corporations are not known for their benevolence towards disaffected people, never have been.
    I think ALL Canadians should have a say in how our land is used, and ALL Canadians should receive direct benefit from how it is used.

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  24. Stephen Harper likes to claim that Canada has no colonial past, denying the fact that 80% of the aboriginal population was exterminated through violence. This colonial past, which certainly exists, has been on the back burner for too long. It is time for the colonized to take back what belongs to them, to cut off the hands of the colonizer.

    I recommend reading Frantz Fanon's 'The Wretched of the Earth,' and reigniting the fight for freedom.

    Those Canadian's, of which there are many, who understand the brutality inflicted on the native people of this country are with you 100%. This Government will not stop until labour is broken, land is wasted, and all the profits are locked away in their piggy-banks.

    As for the racism and bigotry that erupts from this debate, let it only strengthen your resolve. It is better to know the ugly truth than to allow for it hide in the darkness.

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    1. rofl "80% of aboriginal population was exterminated through violence" the number thing that wiped out the aboriginal population was diseases that were brought from the Old World and the people who brought them didn't even understand they were carriers of those diseases

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    2. "[A]ccording to Ward Churchill, a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado, the reduction of the North American Indian population from an estimated 12 million in 1500 to barely 237,000 in 1900 represents a"vast genocide . . . , the most sustained on record." By the end of the 19th century, writes David E. Stannard, a historian at the University of Hawaii, native Americans had undergone the"worst human holocaust the world had ever witnessed, roaring across two continents non-stop for four centuries and consuming the lives of countless tens of millions of people." In the judgment of Lenore A. Stiffarm and Phil Lane, Jr.,"there can be no more monumental example of sustained genocide—certainly none involving a 'race' of people as broad and complex as this—anywhere in the annals of human history.""

      I know it would be convenient for you "Anonymous" to re-vision genocide as the innocent passing of diseases, but the historical truth is far from that vision. That you think this is a laughable matter only highlights your ignorance.

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  25. How do we decolonize Canada?

    to me that's what this is about. I think it's way past due. I would love to see the outcome of this to be a complete redraw of the map of Canada so that every community has an equitable opportunity to be prosperous. Until our governments leaders can see that the success of our First Nations people/communities as a success for Canada as a whole we will continue to have problems. AND these communities/people must be the ones who determine what is success. Success as we know can mean many different things -- monetary profit; clean water; healthy children; full bellies; material wealth; cultural wealth -- is there room for many different kinds of success? I think there can be. I think we can find a way to live together and still give space for difference.

    Here is something for the academics to chew on: http://colloque.ocasi.org/downloads/Alternative_Social_Planning.pdf

    It's not about first nations in Canada. it's about immigrant communities in multi-culti Toronto. We too are colonized -- in a different way than First Nations communities of course, but many of us came from colonized countries and many of us retain our colonized mindset. This paper looks at how 4 ethnic communities in Toronto worked together to improve social planning for themselves and each other. Step one is to build resilience; leadership; vision within your own community. then work on common issues with other communities and support each other in struggles -- easier to do as peers with a common understanding of barriers, etc. Step two is about how nothing can really change until you/your community has an equitable seat at the table. Your community must have the same access to power and resources for negotiations to be smooth and successful. We have a long way to go before the Canadian government is going to sit down for for this kind of equitable discussion with First Nations, however I think sitting down at the table as equals must be what we strive for.

    I really hope this movement can sustain itself for the long road ahead and look forward to celebrating your success.

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  26. Indian Act No! Section 35 Implementation and Enforcement Act, Yes!

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  27. I support your cause wholeheartedly.

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  28. Hello. I work at a Food Bank and Clothing Store in downtown Toronto. I would like to educate people and provide resources at both of my places of work (and have been approved to do such). I was wondering if you could direct me to any PDFs of pamphlets that I can print out.
    I was unable to find any on the website.

    Perhaps there aren't any available??? If not I think it would be a VERY good idea to prepare some as soon as possible.

    A lot "random people I meet on the street/subway" have no idea or understanding of what Idle No More actually is, i.e. mission statement, manifesto, goals, tactics, event postings, etc.

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  29. I KNOW the very concept of government and currency is folly and gravitates corruption and fosters villainous actions and those that do ill.
    In fact I KNOW the very foundation of modern society is intended to do just that; our friction-based petroleum transportation system is a joke in both aspects thats its frictions based which requires our road systems to be replaced annually and also devastates natures processes; and everyone must know by now CO emitted from cars binds with O3 and depletes our ozone and also bind with hemoglobin Hb in our blood stream to IRREVERSIBLY form Carboxyhemoglobin COHb along with the carcinogens that poison the entirety of our world and the greenhouse gasses etc etc.
    I KNOW Any pyramid scheme system that puts people above others is folly as far as efficiency and morality.
    I believe No man is to rule the lives or actions of other men and shoulder to shoulder;
    I KNOW our current education system is nothing more then an indoctrination system and it is beyond a folly concept;
    I believe unlimited access to a online directory of all information is VITAL and all information simply be free for all with nothing more then an id for everyone to track and monitor the information known and progress in each matter.
    I KNOW our current electrical systems are folly coal wow, hydro killing rivers, nuclear a sick joke, etc.
    I believe the future of electricity lies in neodymium; which is a COMMON material.
    I KNOW a DIRECT democracy with a SOCIALIST economy is the only way.
    I KNOW there is absolutely no need for money, there is absolutely no need for war, there is absolutely no need for borders, these are but limitations on humanity and freedom. We are DRASTICALLY retarding our potential as a race and destroying ourselves and all life in the process.
    I know if we were to establish a global communication network that connected every human the potential is endless and ANY suggestion suggested by ANY individual would not compare on any scale.
    <3 christopher gage smart.. not a writer.. just venting.. (semi?)enlightened seeking a better world

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  30. In our environment we have been inundated with Dihydrogem Monoxide! We need to stop this before it poisons us all! Who's with me!?

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  31. There will come a time when the Waldmans' of the world realize their shortsighted and destructive attitudes, but that time is not now. The treaties have provided one of the few legal means to stand up against control by big business and to protect sections of the Earth. Thanks for standing up. It is all our fight but you are doing what we all should be doing, standing up against what is clearly wrong in our society and government.
    Never give in.

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  32. May I respectfully suggest that none of us respond to negative comments. These lost souls in respect to Idle No More at least needs to be made irrelevant and should not be referenced by name. If one does feel the need to respond, may I suggest the response be in a generic sense or responded to as if you are talking about a completely new topic that you yourself initiated.

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  33. Today, I attended an event held by the Okanagan First Nations at Summerland's SunOka Beach. It was beautiful, and inspiring and as someone who is not First Nations, I want to voice my support for the beautiful prayers and songs which were sang today, and for the dedication of these women to this cause. I look forward to the next event :)

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