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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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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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Vans Removes ‘Drunken Indian’ T-Shirt From Shelves After Canadian Petition

‘The water table is dropping all over the world’: NASA warns we’re on the path to global drought

The Indigenous People’s Liberation Party-Kanada

On May Day 2015 in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario the Indigenous People’s Liberation Party-Kanada (IPLP-K) was announced. Flanked by representatives of the Indigenous People’s Liberation Party-USA (IPLP-USA) and the African People’s Socialist Party-USA (APSP-USA), this announcement was made following several months of consolidation work between comrades from Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Northern Ontario and British Colombia.

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Dissenting Tribal Voices Locked Out of Klamath Land Transfer Discussion

Klamath_RiverDespite Years of Inaction and Major Revisions, Klamath Tribes Chairman Refuses to Revisit Water Agreement

Chiloquin, Ore — Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry released a letter to Klamath Tribes members June 3rd stating that, despite substantial changes to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA), the General Council who is the governing body of the Klamath Tribes, would not be given any opportunity to revisit or revise its position. The KBRA was approved with only approximately 20% participation from voting tribal members, and support for the agreement has declined significantly since the last vote in 2014. The loss of the Mazama Forest, outlined in the original KBRA, has been seen as an opportunity to revisit the tribe’s involvement in the KBRA. Read the rest of this entry

Aboriginal Affairs spending shortfall amounts to $1B, internal document says

Graphic: APTN

Graphic: APTN

5-year federal analysis of ‘lapsed’ spending lists top underspending departments

By Dean Beeby, CBC News, June 5, 2015

The department that delivers programs for Canada’s indigenous people has held back more than $1 billion in promised spending for social services over the last five years.

That significant level of so-called lapsed spending — money promised but never spent — places Aboriginal Affairs among the largest “serial” offenders, that is, key departments that regularly spend less than budgeted in big dollar amounts year after year. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. First Nations lose social funding

On-reserve social assistance programs — distributed through B.C.’s First Nations Social Development Society — will no longer have federal funding by the end of September, and the group still doesn’t know why.

Society president Jamie Hill said for the nearly 15 years, the group has provided support for Band Social Development Workers for all 203 First Nation bands in B.C. “as the only support service for on-reserve income assistance policy clarification, support, training and the adjudication of Person with Disability in B.C.” Read the rest of this entry


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