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TURTLE ISLAND SOLIDARITY NETWORK: Thanksgiving at Gidimt’en

One has to ask, what is unclear about the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), to which Canada is a signatory? States require the “free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous Peoples” before initiating projects on their territories. The pipeline corporation, the construction company, and the provincial and federal governments are clearly in violation of this declaration to which Canada has agreed.

Prayers for Peacemakers 22 September 2021 Turtle Island Solidarity Network

This year the Canadian federal government declared 30 September to be the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. This day was previously known as "Orange Shirt Day," a day where we honour the Indigenous children who were killed and those who survived residential schools. While the mainstream media has moved on to other topics, unmarked and mass graves continue to be uncovered across Turtle Island.

TISN: Reconciliation is Dead

On 1 July, Indigenous activists brought down the statue of Queen Victoria in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Queen Victoria was the head of the British Empire from 1837 until 1901. She is a figurehead of colonialism and genocide and was the sitting monarch for the British Commonwealth of Canada when residential schools began. Despite her legacy, some politicians, including the Premier of Manitoba, condemned the removal of her statue, stating it had no place in the process of reconciliation. (Although one might argue that maintaining a statue that celebrates colonialism is more apt to be a barrier to reconciliation than its removal). These critics failed to remember that since February 2020, when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided Unist’ot’en in Wet’suwet’en Territory, reconciliation is dead.

Prayers for Peacemakers 19 May 2021 Turtle Island

Over the course of just one week, three Haudenosaunee Land Defenders were arrested simply for being on their own land. Canada continues to inflict violence upon Indigenous lands and bodies in order to protect the interests of multi-million-dollar corporations. Despite ongoing police brutality, Haudenosaunee Land Defenders have occupied 1492 Land Back Lane for over 300 days. The Haudenosaunee continue to uphold their inherent rights, abide by their laws, and protect their lands for future generations.

Winnipeg rally against proposed critical infrastructure act

On 23 March, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) joined 200 people outside the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg to protest Bill 57, an act that would criminalize many forms of peaceful protest and disproportionately target Indigenous Land Defenders and Water Protectors.  CPT was among the many groups represented at the rally and also had a hand in planning the event.  Other groups involved included Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition, Winnipeg Police Cause Harm, and Idle No More Northern Manitoba.

TISN: Ecumenical Leaders Write to the Government and Police in Support of Land Defenders

Last week, church leaders from across Ontario sent letters to the Canadian government and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) condemning the criminalization of Land Defenders.  This open letter is one of many actions that the group, 'Clergy & Laity in Solidarity with #1492LandBackLane', has taken to support Haudenosaunee Land Defenders over the last few months.  With the endorsement of nearly 200 ecumenical leaders worldwide, the letter will reach the mailboxes of Justin Trudeau, Carolyn Bennett (Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations), Marc Miller (Minister of Indigenous Services), and the OPP.  

TISN: STATEMENT REGARDING THE MANITOBA GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE LEGISLATION

As an organization committed to human rights and Indigenous solidarity, Christian Peacemaker Teams condemns the PCIA and demands that the Manitoban Government withdraw Bill 57 from the Order Paper before second reading. We call upon: The provincial government to withdraw Bill 57 and ensure that Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples across Manitoba are able to enact their rights to peaceful protest  The Canadian government to recognize the sovereignty and self-determination of Indigenous peoples as outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  Other organizations, churches, and communities to release similar statements opposing the PCIA
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