|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2013
TORONTO, Ontario – October 2 – Idle No More Toronto is calling on all communities from the GTA to attend the Idle No More National Day of Action: Our Right to Say No event.
On Monday October 7, 2013 communities across Canada will be gathering to celebrate unity in action, and the right to say no to the Canadian government changes to Treaty and Constitutional rights without free, prior and informed consent. This event is open to all allies, media and people wishing to learn more and show solidarity for Indigenous communities and their right to say no to legislated abuse and genocide.
Toronto Idle No More will meet promptly at 5pm at the South East entrance to Trinity Bellwoods Park, for a potluck picnic, and then at 6:15pm, there will be a Parade down Dundas to Bay Street to 55 Dundas Street West, Room 1076 for a discussion and talk entitled “Renaming the Nation to Nation Relationship” with Dr. Pamela Palmater, documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin and youth artist Josh Kendrick, along with other speakers, music and spoken word performances, and a screening of Alanis Obomsawin’s The People of the Kattawapiskat River (Captioning available).
Stephen Harper defiantly ignores the Canadian Constitution, Treaties, International Human Rights laws, scientists whom he has muzzled, and arguably, the tenets of democracy. Indigenous people are leading the way for all Canadians who recognize that Stephen Harper’s flawed economic plans are not only unconstitutional, but unsustainable and geared to benefit corporations rather than communities and citizens.
The list of Indigenous communities and people from across Canada who are actively engaged in non-violent, direct-action and resistance is monumental, and too many to name them all. From the East Coast Elsipogtog First Nation resisting SWN Resources seismic testing to frack on their sacred land, to the Athabasca Chipewyan case against the Alberta Tar Sands to the Mathias Colomb Cree defending against a multi-million dollar lawsuit from Hudbay Minerals to the Tahltan Elders defending the Sacred Headwaters from the Fortune Minerals coal mining plan to Hupacasath First Nation leading the way to stop the Canada-China FIPPA, the list goes on and on.
The time is now to stand in solidarity with Indigenous people across Canada, to protect the freedom and democracy that most Canadians identify with – yet for the original peoples of this land, has most often been a myth.