Turtle Island Solidarity Network

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 13 October 2021 Turtle Island Solidarity Network

The Apache Stronghold has announced an International Day of Prayer on Thursday, 21 October to protect Oak Flat. On Friday, 22 October, their appeal will be heard in federal court.  If Apache Stronghold wins this case, it will protect the sacred land of Chichil Bildagoteel/Oak Flat from mining interests and serve as a step towards dismantling the legal precedent that marginalizes Indigenous land-based spirituality in the United States.

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.

TISN: Accompanying the Struggle at Enbridge Line 3 in Minnesota, Anishinaabe Land

We quickly learned the extent of imminent environmental danger brought by the pipeline, above and beyond fueling the climate emergency. Enbridge plans to drill under twenty-two rivers and cross many miles of wetlands; the predictable leaks will threaten hunting, gathering, and wild rice cultivation upon which tribes rely for subsistence. Already, the company has desecrated sacred sites, and the man camps have threatened Indigenous women. Resistance is being met with a systematic corporate counter-insurgency, where Enbridge provides funds to local police to protect its interests, offers buy-outs to Indigenous Nations for waiving their rights, and wages a disinformation campaign to win the approval of Minnesota citizens.

TISN: One way prayer works when Oak Flat is under fire

There are many ways sacred land can be under fire.  For many years Chich’il Bildagoteel, sacred land also known as Oak Flat, has been threatened with destruction by being hollowed out and collapsed by a copper mine.  This season the threat of fire has also been literal.  During the first week of June 2021, the “telegraph fire” raged up Apache Leap and crested the ridge to the west of Oak Flat.  Firefighters told Wendsler Nosie that the firestorm was so fierce that they expected it to wipe Oak Flat out. The fire quickly raged down the slope towards an area where creation lines up in an ancient pictograph and marches across red stone, all living beings, including humans, headed somewhere together.  

Prayers for Peacemakers 30 June 2021 Turtle Island Solidarity Network

Over the past two weeks, more than 200 Anishinaabe and other accompanying Water Protectors were arrested simply for being on their own land. Multinational Corporations and the occupying nation-states of Canada and the US continue to inflict violence upon native lands, waterways, and bodies, including in so-called Northern Minnesota at the Line 3 pipeline.
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