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Indigenous Politics

  • The Wet’suwet’en, Aboriginal Title, and the Rule of Law: An Explainer

    The RCMP’s enforcement of the Coastal GasLink injunction against the Wet’suwet’en has ignited a national debate about the law and the rights of Indigenous people. Unfortunately, misconceptions and conflicting information threaten to derail this important conversation. Below, we attempt to provide clear, straightforward answers to address some of these fundamental misunderstandings.

  • The Council of the Haida Nation Stands in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

    As a sovereign nation, the Wet’suwet’en have the right to live in balance with their lands and waters. The Haida Nation calls upon the Canadian Government to uphold its commitment to Indigenous peoples, reconciliation, and UNDRIP by meaningfully recognizing and respecting Wet’suwet’en authority to make decisions on projects that impact the wellbeing of their people and way of life.

  • Defend Unceded Wet’suwet’en Territory Against the RCMP and the BC NDP

    Courage Coalition condemns the silence of the corporate media in the face of suppression. There must be freedom for journalists to provide the public with timely reports on RCMP activities. The decisions of the NDP-led BC government and the federal Liberals violate Canada’s constitution, break the spirit and letter of UNDRIP, and violate Wet’suwet’en law, which is still in effect on their traditional territories.

  • Greenpeace statement on arrests of Wet’suwet’en land defenders and solidarity protesters

    “Over the past five days, we’ve seen people from all walks of life take to the streets, blockade ports, occupy government buildings and even interrupt rail service across the country in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people, who are being forced to put their lives on the line in an effort to protect their territory and their rights.”

  • All eyes on Wet’suwet’en: International call for week of solidarity

    Unceded and sovereign Wet’suwet’en land is under attack. On December 31, 2019, BC Supreme Court Justice Marguerite Church granted an injunction against members of the Wet’suwet’en nation who have been stewarding and protecting our traditional territories from the destruction of multiple pipelines.

  • Is reconciliation a peaceful process?

    On the international stage, Canada portrays itself as peaceful state; however, the reality is quite different for our Original Peoples that remain in a colonial grip. Words have a history. Words from the past have the ability to colonize the present. Words shape and create reality. “Reconciliation” is a concept that requires an investigation, given Canada’s ongoing genocidal colonial past and present.

  • Trudeau called on to stop land fraud as Kanehsatake hunger strike ends

    In a press release, the Kanien’kehá:ka of Kanehsatà:ke renewed their call for justice, inviting Trudeau to meet and negotiate an end to the land dispute, which has been going on for 302 years too long. Canadian Dimension stands with the Kanien’kéha:ka (Mohawk) of Kanehsatà:ke and proudly publishes their full press release.

  • Where the parties stand on Indigenous issues

    This year’s federal election campaign has seen a significant drop in priority for Indigenous issues, especially in terms of the federal leaders’ debate and their campaign commentary. This stands in stark contrast to the 2015 election campaign, which saw Liberal leader Justin Trudeau centre his campaign on rebuilding Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples.

  • All Eyes on Kanehsatake: What You Need to Know about the Hunger Strike to Stop Colonial Land Fraud

    Trudeau was elected, in part, on a platform of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Though apologies and financial compensation are important steps in the right direction, meaningful reconciliation in Canada also requires the return of stolen land. Canadians, and the world, must pay close attention to the situation in Kanehsatà:ke to ensure that 2019 ends with negotiated peace and justice and not more conflict and bloodshed.

  • Kanesatake resident begins hunger strike to protest ongoing colonial land fraud

    Earlier this summer, Sean Carleton sat down with Ellen Gabriel to talk about the recent developments Kanehsatà:ke. Canadian Dimension stands with the Kanien’kéha:ka (Mohawk) of Kanehsatà:ke and proudly publishes their full press release about the hunger strike to protest ongoing colonial land fraud.

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