Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Day of Actions

A group of aboriginal people with the Idle No More group sing during a demonstration on Oct. 7, 2013 in Dieppe Gardens in downtown Windsor to mark the 250th anniversary of the signing of the British Royal Proclamation and indigenous land rights. (DAN JANISSE/The Windsor Star)

Some pictures and photostreams from the day's events for Idle No More's global day of actions.   
"Today we gather in mass numbers all across turtle island in solidarity and unity for one common cause - to commemorate the Royal Proclamation of 1763 in which land rights and title promises were made to the original peoples of this land, On this day we assert our rights to self determination and land title as per the CDN constitution," said Crystal Lameman of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation. "As First Peoples of this land we are standing up with our brothers and sisters all across the land; in unity we stand together and we say no more will we say yes yes to dirty oil, pipelines, tankers, and poisoned water!" 

Below, video of Chief Dan Wallace in Vancouver, BC:


Here is a march in New Brunswick on Highway 134:


Myka Burning in Edmonton:


Following, a powerful speaker in Victoria, BC where the largest climate conference in BC history concluded by joining with Idle No More.  Hundreds of youth attending Powershift BC collaborated with INM organizers and activists for a march and civil disobedience training at the British Columbia Legislature.


October 7th also marked the day that the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Professor James Anaya, began his official UN visit to Canada (Oct. 7-15) to examine the human rights situation for indigenous peoples in Canada.  Following a press conference in Ottawa on October 15th, the Special Rapporteur will make public a report on the visit's findings in a presentation to the U.N. Human Rights Council in September, 2014.

*Photo credit/top, via The Windsor Star, photographer: Dan Janisse, Idle No More in Deippe Gardens in downtown Windsor, Ontario on October 7, 2013.

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