Former head of the Assembly of First Nations heads new Shqwi qwai for Indigenous Dialogue
CBC News, Oct 30, 2014
Former Assembly of First Nations national chief Shawn Atleo has been named to head B.C.’s first Shqwi qwal for Indigenous Dialogue.
The announcement was made by B.C. Premier Christy Clark on Thursday at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, where the new office will be based.
Shqwi qwal means speaker in the Hulquminum language, and as its head Atleo will be expected to facilitate dialogue between B.C.’s First Nations, government and industry.
“The Shqwi qwal will develop and support dialogue sessions on education and other topics that will help foster understanding and partnerships between indigenous peoples and the broader public, private, and corporate sectors,” said a statement released by the premier’s office. Read the rest of this entry
Mexico: Joint Declaration from National Indigenous Congress and EZLN on Ayotzinapa and for Liberation of Yaqui leaders
by National Indigenous Congress and EZLN, Oct 29, 2014
Joint Declaration from the National Indigenous Congress and the EZLN on the crime in Ayotzinapa and for the liberation of the Yaqui leaders
(Note: this text was read by CNI members in one of the mobilizations held in Mexico on October 22, 2014, and not by EZLN representatives, as some of the paid press reported.)
Mexico, October 22, 2014
To the students of the Normal Rural[i] Isidro Burgos, in Ayotiznapa, Guerrero
To the Yaqui Tribe
To the National and International Sixth
To the peoples of the world
“Because those of us below hurt with rage and rebellion, not with resignation and conformity.” —EZLN, October 19, 2014
From our peoples in struggle, from within our resistance and rebellion, we send our words as a reflection of this part of the country that we have constitute and call the National Indigenous Congress. We are gathered by the pain and the rage that call to us because it is a pain and rage that we share. Read the rest of this entry
Black Mesa Indigenous Support, October 28, 2014
Hopi Rangers arrested two individuals and impounded 120 sheep this morning at the homesite of Tom and Etta Begay in Red Willow Springs. Heavily armed rangers guarded and blocked nearby dirt road entrances as well.
“The Hopi Rangers came for our homestead early this morning. They tried to arrest my Aunt Etta who is almost 70 years old and my dad Bahe. They had barricades set up at the top of the hill with two police units, when we tried to get around the barricade they chased us for two miles, trying to hit us with their trucks, and they drew their guns at us. When we got to the house they brought four more units and tried to block us in by the north hogan. They grabbed us out of our vehicles. A male officer was grabbing me around my waist. I told them they were violating our rights and violating our elders. They were trying to arrest Etta who didn’t even know what they were saying [she doesn’t speak English]. She wasn’t doing anything. They arrested my younger brother Lance and me. Because we were a threat to them for voicing our rights and defending our family. It took three officers to detain me and another three to detain my brother. We didn’t go down without a fight. We were let go after six hours of detainment. I told them they are threatening our family who is all alone and elderly and they come out with guns and threaten and scare them. Who would have defended our family if we didn’t come? We didn’t come with guns and knives; we are not violent, we just came to protect our family. Who knows what they would have done if we weren’t there. We said, we are not scared. We are protecting our elders, if you are going to take us to jail for that, do it. They took 120 sheep from our homestead.”–Milayia Yoe, arrestee. Read the rest of this entry
Jim Snyder, Financial Post/Bloomberg News, October 27, 2014
Falling oil prices have energized opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
U.S. benchmark crude has tumbled 10% this month, closing at $81.01 a barrel in New York trading last week, and further declines are forecast. At $75, a government analysis said producers may be discouraged from developing Canada’s oil sands without pipelines like Keystone.
“It changes the narrative quite a bit,” Anthony Swift, an international lawyer at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, said of the tumble in crude prices. Read the rest of this entry
Public safety minister says it’s time to stop ‘under-reacting to the great threats against us’
By Susana Mas, Chris Hall, CBC News, Oct 27, 2014
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney has tabled a bill in the House of Commons today to expand the powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Canada’s spy agency.
Bill C-44, dubbed the protection of Canada from terrorists act, was expected to be introduced last week before a gunman launched an attack in the capital.
“This bill is bringing clarity into the CSIS Act while protecting individual rights,” Blaney told reporters in Ottawa after he tabled the bill on Monday.
The proposed legislation amends the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act, as well as the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act and makes a consequential amendment to the Access to Information Act. Read the rest of this entry
Articles and videos on Kurdish women warriors fighting for liberation and against Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq. The Kurds are a indigenous tribal people whose territory is currently occupied and divided by four nation-states (Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran). They number approximately 30 million. While fighting against oppression and colonization from the states occupying their land, the Kurdish people are currently in the forefront of resisting the expansion of Islamic State mercenaries in northern Iraq and Syria, including the Kurdish city of Kobane located in north Syria along the border with Turkey. Read the rest of this entry