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August 22, 2011

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Please Support the Denesuline Soverignty!

Before Sept. 9, 1876, our country was free from every type of foreign institutions and influences such as political, religion, education, and so forth. Then one unforgettable day, our most southerly Denesuline, regional group was introduced into a piece of paper that they were deceived to sign. This article that the non-natives wrote, said that they "surrendered their title to their land." It was a day of great discomfort and skepticism because they knew and felt that this particular document held unseen powers. They respected it, however, they did not agree to it. Instead, they gave a list of demands in an orally manner and the rights for the rights for their people to live upon the land if they will imply to our laws. The commissioners agreed, then, he nominated a "chief" through a certain ritual, and, enforced it upon our spokesperson. Then the commissioner got him to sign the document that he presented. Since then nothing remained the same throughout our entire homeland.

In the mid 1930's mining activities began on the north shore of the Great Slave Lake. Then many others appeared everywhere else during the 1940's and beyond. Then towards the mid twentieth century, shortly after the Second World War, our entire nation of the people were told to move out of our ancient hunting territories so that our children can receive an education, plus, the people received many other necessities provided by the Government of Canada. By 1967, near the banks of the Athabasca River, the Great Canadian Oil Sands, an oil sand mining company was producing 30,000 of barrels of oil a day from the bitumen of the great oil sand deposits that our country possessed. Three decades later our entire country was mined by many major industries with the assistance of the provincial and federal government permits and approval. Today they are extracting gold, oil, uranium and diamonds at a tremendous quantity and making trillions of dollars at the cost of our lives, traditions, customs and culture.

Finally, at this result, many parts of our land have been destroyed and our natural lifestyle, dramatically disrupted. Downstream from the giant oil mine, the water is terribly polluted causing tremendous problems to the vegetation, animals and the atmosphere. Above all, many people in Fort Chipewyan are getting all sorts of rare cancers, including in the area of the uranium mining where many of our people are employed. As for the diamond mines, it is creating an immense decline to our caribou herd. Nevertheless, several activists and environmentalists are using radical methods to create world attention of what the mining industry is doing to the environment. There is also several First Nation chiefs threatening the oil company with a court actions. At the end, however, it is only us the "Denesuline" a nation of people, who can truly do something about it, but first we need to restore our ancient "Denesuline Traditional Government." This can only occur once we decide among ourselves as a nation of people to expatriate every other political institution throughout our vast homeland. Then as a free nation of people we may hopefully repair the damage has been done to the land, our people and culture.

from a reader in Halifax

Not Canadian news, but certainly underreported...
We never hear anything about this big, on-going protest by thousands of villagers and supporters in South Korea that are trying to stop the U.S. from turning their peaceful island and village into a military base. These people desperately need outside attention and support.

There is lots more info on facebook and on the Global Network for Peace in Space website and email list. I don't do a good job of keeping up with this, but I certainly think they deserve support - and media attention.

non-profit act

This idea was emailed to me from a reader

The federal government is implementing a new Not for Profit Corporations Act this fall, and I think that it could seriously compromise many of the NGO's currently federally registered in Canada. For example, the new regulations will give members rights to, as individuals, go to court to close down an entire NGO, rather than supporting internal democratic processes to address concerns. NGO's will have to change their membership rules in order to make sure this sort of thing cannot happen. Or, they will want to close and re-register under provincial legislation that does not have this loop-hole.

Unfortunately, most NGO's don't even know about the changing federal legislation, so are probably unprepared for this. I participated in a webinar hosted by the Canadian Environmental Network this afternoon, and there was a lawyer named Steven, from, who could tell you more about these serious concerns.

For FiR

A few interesting things happening in the Canadian Co-op world:

An idea put forward by the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM), which adopted a resolution at its Annual General Meeting in June, urges that the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), which represents the co-operative movement around the world, be nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The resolution points out that economic and social factors create an environment conducive to peace, that co-operatives play an important role in the social and economic development of communities around the world, and that co-operatives promote the democratic model.


According to the Nobel Peace Prize website, institutions and associations are eligible to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as individuals. This month, the Nobel Committee will be asking for nominations from such "qualified nominators" as politicians, university professors and previous Nobel Prize laureates.  Nominations must be submitted by February and the winner is selected in October.




Just Us! coffee, produced by a worker co-op in Wolfville, NS, has

been voted Co-op Atlantic's "Eat Atlantic Food Product of the Year".


More than 7,000 residents of Atlantic Canada voted in the competition, where they were asked to select their favourite local food product.


The competition was part of the Eat Atlantic Challenge, an annual event encouraging people to eat only food from Atlantic Canada for one day. Some 2,000 people signed up to participate in the September 2 challenge.


Just Us! coffee is produced by Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-operative, which was established in 1995 to promote Fair Trade.




"Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives is a creative and exciting educational game about the growing co-op movement," TESL said on the Co-opoly website.  "In order to survive as individuals and to strive for the success of their co-operative, players make tough choices while putting their teamwork abilities to the test. This is a game of skill and solidarity, where everyone wins - or everybody loses."


TESL has launched a campaign to raise money to produce the game and is hoping to launch it by November 1.  For more information, go to

The fight against 'lawful access' legislation

The conservatives are including Lawful Access legislation in their omnibus crime bill. Kate Milberry gives a solid rundown over on her blog: Groundswell against Lawful Access gathering. Would be interesting to do some coverage ourselves. Info from Kate's piece:

I wrote about the problems of lawful access in its last incarnation under the Conservatives. Very little has changed in the upcoming legislation. Our letter highlights various troubling aspects of the lawful access bills, including:

  • The ease by which Canadians’ Internet service providers, social networks, and even their handsets and cars will be turned into tools to spy on their activities further to production and preservation orders in former Bill C‐51 – a form of spying that is bound to have serious chilling effects on online activity and communications, implicating fundamental rights and freedoms;
  • The minimal and inadequate amount of external oversight in place to ensure that the powers allotted in these bills are not abused;
  • Clause 16 of former Bill C‐52, which will allow law enforcement to force identification of anonymous online Internet users, even where there is no reason to suspect the information will be useful to any investigation and without adequate court oversight; and
  • The manner in which former Bill C‐52 paves the way to categorical secrecy orders that will further obscure how the sweeping powers granted in it are used and that are reminiscent of elements of the USA PATRIOT Act that were found unconstitutional.



Im interested in policies implemented post-riot: France, Montreal-Nord, and now the UK.

You can speculate about what is going to happen in the UK, but we have a good idea what happened in France and Mtl-Nord. Look for "Banlieues Espoirs". Sarkozy promised a Marshall Plan for the ghetto but did he come through? My sense is the development stuff was dropped, but there is police presence there. ...What about Mtl-Nord?


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