Australia: Sydney streets blocked by protest against Aboriginal community closures

Protesters in Sydney, Australia, block streets in business district. Photo by Peter Boyle.

Protesters in Sydney, Australia, block streets in business district. Photo by Peter Boyle.

About 600 people joined the march against the WA government’s plans for the future of the state’s 247 remote Aboriginal communities

by Calla Wahlquist, The Guardian, June 28, 2015

A protest against the closure of remote Aboriginal communities blocked streets in central Sydney on Sunday, as about 600 people marched against the Western Australian government’s plans to wind back support for communities it deems aren’t viable.

The protest began at Town Hall at 1pm on Sunday and moved toward The Block in Redfern, closing George, Lee, Regent and Lawson Streets on the way.

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200 people riot in Pikangikum; police vehicles and headquarters damaged

Pikangkium police SUV with smashed windows. Facebook photo by Pikangkikum Chief Paddy Peters

Pikangkium police SUV with smashed windows. Facebook photo by Pikangkikum Chief Paddy Peters

By tbnewswatch.com, June 29, 2015

PIKANGIKUM FIRST NATION, Ont. – Three police vehicles and the remote reserve’s police building were damaged during a violent protest following an officer’s altercation with a community member.

About 200 members of Pikangikum First Nation demonstrated outside the community’s police headquarters on Saturday.

OPP Sgt. Peter Leon confirmed the incident began when a Pikangikum Police officer used a stun gun on an individual who was interfering with an investigation.

“Later that day a group of community members who were upset with the actions of this officer began what was a peaceful protest out front of the Pikangikum police service building,” he said.

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West Coast Premier of video “The Native and the Refugee: Reservations, Sovereignty, and Autonomy”

Palestine Indigenous solidarity 1VIMAF and ALL NATIONS Festival invite you to the westcoast premiere of videos from Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny’s documentary project The Native and the Refugee, connecting struggles taking place on Indian reservations in the United States and those in Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East. This event will focus on the native dimension of the project, watching and discussing the current situations on Indigenous Territories across Turtle Island, including here in Coast Salish Territory.
The event will start at 6pm with an informal outdoor bbq (vegan/meat) by donation and at 7pm the event will go inside with introductory remarks by Artist Jayce Salloum. The screening will be followed with a discussion with the filmmakers.

DATE: June 30, 2015, 6PM-9PM
LOCATION: VIVO, 2625 Kaslo Street, Coast Salish Territory (near Renfrew Skytrain Station). VIVO is not an accessible venue, with 7 steps between the front door and screening level. Read the rest of this entry

Unis’tot’en: Meet the land defenders on their land

Unistoten 6th annual camp logoby Victoria Forest Action Network

Don’t miss out! Sign up now to be part of the Caravan to the Summer Action Camp in Unis’tot’en territory, Northern BC July 6 to 14. This indigenous blockade is part of a growing alliance of people against pipelines. Volunteers are needed now and all year round!

Summer weather brings mosquitoes and pipeline crews to the north. The crews are trying to enter Unis’tot’en territory by helicopter and through back roads, but they can’t escape the eyes of the camp guardians. Read the rest of this entry

Fighting the grief

John Fox Jr at the Black Devil MMA club in Toronto, Ontario.

John Fox Jr at the Black Devil MMA club in Toronto, Ontario.

by Barb Nahwegahbow, Anishinabek News, June 26, 2015

TORONTO –Twenty-five hours a week, John Fox Jr. is training at the Black Devil gym across from Honest Ed’s in Toronto. The 20-year-old citizen of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter. MMA is a full-contact sport that combines different fighting styles, including karate, boxing, kickboxing and wrestling. It requires enormous discipline and focus, “but this is what I love,” said Fox. “This is what I’m passionate about.”

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Statement by Leonard Peltier, Oglala Commemoration

Leonard Peltier, Native American Prisoner of War  in the USA, currently held in a Florida prison.

Leonard Peltier, Native American Prisoner of War in the USA, currently held in a Florida prison.

26 June 2015

Greetings to you, my relatives and friends.

This is the first time that my dear sister Roselyn will not be there for me, but I know she is there in spirit as she has gone on her journey. I have seen pictures of the gathering over the years and can still see her sitting there under the trees with our relatives… I will always miss her and be grateful to her for all she did for me and for our people.

This year I am most concerned with our children and the taking of their own lives. This is very sad to me, as it is to you, and I know there are many reasons for them to feel such despair and hopelessness. But I can only ask and encourage all of us to double our efforts to show them love and support, and let them know that we will always look after them and protect them. That includes asking big brothers and sisters to look after the younger ones. They are our future and have to be protected and to learn to be the protectors. This is not something we can live with, we need to all work to change this. Read the rest of this entry

Hunting the Rock with Steve Sitting Bear

Steve Sitting Bear's son learns to use a bow at a young age. Photo courtesy Steve Sitting Bear.

Steve Sitting Bear’s son learns to use a bow at a young age. Photo courtesy Steve Sitting Bear.

by Chelsey Luger, Indian Country Today, June 24, 2015

“Hunting is the most basic, yet most important survival skill we must possess. It’ll be the most primitive of hunters who will survive and carry on our species when the resources are gone and western culture collapses. It is our duty as humans beings to carry on these skills. Steve Sitting Bear, founder of Hunting the Rock”

Hunting has been central to Native cultures and people since the beginning of time. There’s no question that the act of providing and preparing food for one’s family and community is an integral aspect of traditional culture and community wellness. But these days, some of these skills have been forgotten or lost.  In some places, hunting has turned into more of a sport about bragging rights than a means to provide. But on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, a program called “Hunting the Rock” is helping kids on the rez relearn and remember a more respectful approach to these ways.

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Aboriginal inmates less likely to get early release from prison

Prison cells‘Releasing someone at the end of their sentence does not make a safe community,’ John Howard spokeswoman says

By Kate Kyle, CBC News, June 25, 2015

Aboriginal prisoners are overrepresented in Canada’s federal prisons and waiting longer for parole, according to new numbers from the Public Safety Ministry, which is responsible for corrections.

Federal offenders are first eligible for parole after serving one-third of their sentences, but their release isn’t guaranteed. Read the rest of this entry

Federal offenders find redemption at B.C.’s Aghelh Nebun Camp

Aghelh Nebun Camp.

Aghelh Nebun Camp.

Aghelh Nebun Camp incorporates traditional First Nation cultural practices

By Daybreak North, CBC News, June 25, 2015

A wilderness camp east of Prince George, B.C., is offering incarcerated men on conditional release a way to connect with their spiritual, cultural and emotional side as they serve out their sentences.

Aghelh Nebun Camp allows up to 19 men to live there under supervision of Correctional Service Canada. The program incorporates traditional First Nation culture, and allows residents to take part in talking circles and drum groups as well as everyday work and recreational activities. Read the rest of this entry

Hawaii: Giant telescope work crews turn back; 11 arrested

One of eleven people arrested today blockading construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

One of eleven people arrested today blockading construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

West Hawaii Today, June 24, 2015

Workers trying to make their way up Mauna Kea to restart construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope were forced to turn back after protesters blocked the road to the summit with a trail of large rocks.

Starting early this morning, five trucks being escorted by police were stopped repeatedly by more than 300 protesters who set up about two dozen “lines of defense” across the Mauna Kea access road near the Visitor Information Station, which is located at the 9,200-feet elevation.

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