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CPT INTERNATIONAL: Respect the Demands of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Leaders & Land Defenders

Statement of Solidarity: Christian Peacemaker Teams stands with the Wet’suwet’en land defenders and all Indigenous people protecting their rights and the environmental integrity of their homelands. CPT is deeply concerned with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s maneuvers this week to establish an “Exclusion Zone” on Wet’suwet’en territory— barring media and clan members from entering— which effectively reinstates a colonial and an apartheid era pass system.

Prayers for Peacemakers 11 December 2019  Turtle Island

We give thanks for the years of advocacy and relationship-building work of the Haudenosaunee Wildlife and Habitat Authority. We are grateful for the cultural vitality of Indigenous Nations across Turtle Island, who maintain the spiritual and cultural traditions of mutual respect and with Creation and with other nations. With Christian communities around with world celebrating Advent III (Joy), we share our grateful joy at a successful harvest uninterrupted by non-Indigenous protestors.

Report regarding violence at York University

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On November 20th, 2019, members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) were on campus to witness and observe the demonstration opposing Herut Canada’s event which gave the Israeli Defense Forces a platform to speak on campus. CPT is a peace and human rights organization with teams working in Iraqi Kurdistan, Colombia, Palestine, Lesvos, and North America. We are trained in conflict de-escalation and documentation of human rights abuses.

Prayers for Peacemakers  7 November 2019   Turtle Island

We give thanks for the life of Chief Simon Fobister whose Grassy Narrows community remembered him in a memorial dinner last week.  To the very end of his life, Fobister fought for justice—calling on the Ontario and Federal governments to recognize the damage that mercury poisoning had done to Grassy Narrows demanding they follow through on their promises to clean it out of the waterways and provide treatment for the survivors.  As members of Grassy Narrows continue to feel the effects of mercury poisoning, including Chief Fobister's children, we pray for their healing and for the Canadian government to at last honor its word and build a mercury treatment center.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Shabbat at the Powwow

The powwow drum played in the distance while two members of our delegation to Grassy Narrows First Nation led our group in Kabbalat Shabbat, a Jewish prayer service. As the first interfaith Indigenous Solidarity delegation of Christian Peacemaker Teams, we welcomed the Jewish day of rest to mark the beginning of our journey together. While the sun set over the English-Wabigoon River, we battled a growing swarm of mosquitoes and sang prayers while watching the powwow.

Grassy Narrows members crawl across Bay Street in Toronto as a symbolic witness

On 20 June, several members from Grassy Narrows First Nation crawled across Bay Street in downtown Toronto toward the front doors of the building holding the office of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Their chief and elders, many in wheel chairs, looked on. They were enacting how the Canadian government forced them to beg for help and restitution from the effects of mercury poisoning.  Once they reached the entrance on their hands and knees, they collapsed, demonstrating how even when they crawl and beg, they are left in the street to die.  This action took place in the middle of the 2019 River Run, in which hundreds of people joined the members of Grassy Narrows march through the streets of Toronto demanding justice.
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