Canada

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ SOLIDARITY: “Feels like home to me”--the strength & pride of Indigenous youth


At the youth-organized launch party for the third issue of Red Rising, an Indigenous Winnipeg-based magazine, Winona LaDuke, an Indigenous intellectual and environmental activist from White Earth Reservation in Minnesota made those who attended a promise.   She said that Indigenous communities will continue finding their strength and reclaiming their traditions, and that this will mean great things for Earth and all of us living on it. Then she said, with great conviction: “This will happen.” As I looked around the room, feeling the energy in the space and seeing the large number of energetic youth who were facilitating the event, I believed her.  That party also launched the May 2016 CPT Indigenous Peoples Solidarity delegation.

Red Rising #3 launch at Thunderbird House. 

Joshua Ward was a CPT delegate to Treaty 3 territory in May 2016. He is in preparation for ministry at the Centre for Christian Studies in Winnipeg, MB.

N'we Jinan Artists - "HOME TO ME" // Grassy Narrows First Nation 

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ SOLIDARITY: #OccupyINAC addresses the decades-old suicide “crisis” in First Nations communities

What is the vision of the Government  of Canada? Does it 
include the wellbeing and rights of Indigenous Nations?
 

Attawapiskat First Nation declared a state of emergency on 9 April 2016 after 11 suicide attempts in one day, part of a pattern of over 100 suicide attempts in recent months. Reports began to circulate of suicide pacts between groups of children and youth, and a community unable to access the fundamentals of life.  In response, and to protest the lack of governmental response, Toronto-based Indigenous activists, supported by #BlackLivesMatter activists occupied the offices of Indian & Northern Affairs Canada(INAC), in concert with nationwide occupations and vigils.  

Attawapiskat hit the global news in 2011 when then-Chief Theresa Spence began a sacred fast, calling for a Nation-to-Nation meeting with the Prime Minister and Governor General (representative of the Queen).  The nearby DeBeers diamond mine had dumped sewage into the community, causing flooding and the growth of mold in reserve houses and precipitating a desperate housing crisis as the winter approached.  

 At the time, MP Charlie Angus asked 'what if they declared an emergency and no-one came?' The current spate of suicides are a direct result of the lack of response from the Government of Canada, which fought back by auditing Attawapiskat finances, the same Government of Canada that simply 'lost' $1.3 billion in 2013. The Government's intention to blame Indigenous Nations for their own poverty is part of a refusal to acknowledge the truths of colonialism. 

Prayers for Peacemakers April 27, 2016 Indigenous Peoples' Solidarity

Prayers for Peacemakers April 27, 2016   Indigenous Peoples' Solidarity

Give thanks for the faithful witness of those who have been involved in the protests with Occupy INAC (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada) at INAC offices across Canada set off by the suicide crisis Attawapiskat.  Pray for the encouragement and comfort of those still occupying.

*Epixel for Peacemakers May 1, 2016  Sixth Sunday of Easter
#OCCUPYINAC Winnipeg Office
 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, 
and do not let them be afraid. John 14:27
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Prayers for Peacemakers, March 31, 2016

 

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team gives thanks for Canadian Churches responding positively to the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. These denominations are embracing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, repenting of the historic role of Christianity in assimilation efforts, committing to make amends for the impact on Indigenous culture, land and governments.
We pray that the churches will be a prophetic voice that speaks against injustice and any agendas of government and corporation that afflict Indigenous communities around the world.

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team gives thanks for Canadian Churches responding positively to the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. These denominations are embracing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, repenting of the historic role of Christianity in assimilation efforts, committing to make amends for the impact on Indigenous culture, land and governments.

We pray that the churches will be a prophetic voice that speaks against injustice and any agendas of government and corporation that afflict Indigenous communities around the world.

Epixil* for April 3, 2016, Second Sunday of Easter
 Canadian church leaders prepare to deliver a statement on Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #48
Canadian church leaders prepare to deliver a statement on Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #48
Photo Credit: KAIROS Canada
"But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than any human authority." "
Acts 5:29
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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ SOLIDARITY: Supporting the Haudenosaunee Right to Hunt at Short Hills Park


“Hunting lies at the core of Haudenosaunee Culture, just as much as growing gardens,” a 2015 report from the Haudenosaunee Wildlife and Habitat Authority stated. “Our relationship with the animals reminds us of our place within the circle of life. If we are to remain people of the land, protectors of the natural world, we need to maintain our place within that circle: feeding our people by hunting reminds us of our continuing responsibilities.” 

As it did in 2014, CPT provided a team of four to five individuals for all six to support the Haudenosaunee right to hunt in Short Hills Provincial Park (November 14-15, 19-20, 28-29). They joined Supporters of the Haudenosaunee Right to Hunt – which included many Indigenous people, a local women’s drumming group, and the Hamilton Animal Liberation Team (HALT). Together with Supporters of Haudenosaunee Right to Hunt, the team helped organise a ‘Peace Food Table’ (food supplied by Food Not Bombs as well as through financial sponsorship by churches), to shift the supporters’ message from one of opposition to invitation.  

The anti-hunt protest consisted of up to twenty-five people, with seven individuals consistently present in the morning and evening of the hunt. 

Prayers for Peacemakers, February 18, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, February 18, 2016  Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity

Pray for the people of Shoal Lake 40 as they prepare to travel to Geneva, Switzerland, and testify before the United Nations about Canada’s withholding from their Anishinaabe community adequate water, sanitation, healthcare, and education facilities.

February 21, 2016  Second Sunday in Lent
Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen against me, and they are breathing out violence.
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 27: 12-13
 
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Prayers for Peacemakers, January 13, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 13, 2016

Give thanks for the gift of water. Give thanks for the Indigenous peoples defending clean water around the world today. Pray that governments and corporations will abandon resource extraction projects that threaten watersheds.

January 17, 2016  Second Sunday in Epiphany
Anishinaabe Water Walkers
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Psalm 36:7-9
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Prayers for Peacemakers, December 9, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, December 9, 2015

Give thanks that Canada is finally launching a national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Pray for the inquiry to be fully equipped, empowered and lead by the families, and that it will bring Canada's legacy of colonial misogyny into the light.

*Epixel for Third Sunday in Advent, December 13, 2015

From a February 2014 March for Murdered and Missing Women and Girls.

 Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflicts you: and I will save her who is lame,
and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land
 where they have been put to shame.

At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you:
for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth,
when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, says the Lord.  Zephaniah 3:19-20 KJV (adapted)


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Prayers for Peacemakers, November 12, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 12, 2015

Please pray for the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team, who are part of an accompaniment of Haudenosaunee hunters conducting a deer harvest in the Short Hills Provincial Park near St Catharines ON. In the past, hunt protesters have used blatant racism and intimidation, so the team and their local allies aim to offer a positive presence, demonstrate support for treaty rights, and be prepared to de-escalate tensions. 

 *Epixel for Sunday, November 15, 2015 
 
 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds Hebrews 10:24 
 
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CANADA: E-mail Prime Minister Trudeau; tell him to stop the bombing of Iraq.


On October 19, 2015 Canadians elected a Liberal majority government, led by Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister in the 1970s and early 1980s. Mr. Trudeau’s first public announcement (an election promise) was that he would immediately order an end to the bombing by six Canadian CF-18 warplanes of targets in Iraq and later Syria. About one year ago former Prime Minister Stephen Harper of the then Conservative government had decided to add Canada’s warplanes to the U.S. bombing mission in Iraq. A much belittled news headline said, “Trudeau accuses Harper government of ‘trying to whip out our CF-18s and show them how big they are’ in Iraq.”

But two weeks after this promise by the Prime Minister, the Canadian Forces are still ‘whipping out their CF-18s’ to get in as many killer bombing runs as possible. For the third day in a row since the new government swearing-in (November 4) Canadian bombers have been dropping their deadly load onto Iraqi human beings. There is nothing to prevent an immediate order for cessation of the bombings, which would harm nothing and no one. 

Please send a quick on-line message to Prime Minister Trudeau urging him to live up to a commitment he made on his first day as Prime Minister-designate when he called President Obama and said he would be ending the mission. He has no excuses not to issue an immediate order to ground the warplanes and begin the process of ending the bombing campaign.

Go to this weblink (http://pm.gc.ca/eng/contactpm) and send a quick email to Mr. Trudeau to STOP THE BOMBING.