First Nations

First Nations declare health emergency


TORONTO — First Nations leaders from northern Ontario declared a public-health emergency on Thursday related to what they called a dire shortage of basic medical supplies and an epidemic of suicides among young people.

I cannot believe it! We have to put a stop to this injustice. Let’s all DO SOMETHING.

Contact David Zimmer, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, our Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne (directly from this link) or send our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau a letter with your thoughts. Share this information with people who may not have access to this kind of news.

If you want to speak up, but do not have the words or are not sure where to begin, use this letter I sent as a reference.

David Zimmer
Email: dzimmer.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Address:
Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
Suite 400
160 Bloor Street East
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2E6
Tel: 416-325-5110

Kathleen Wynne
https://correspondence.premier.gov.on.ca/en/feedback/default.aspx

Justin Trudeau
Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca
Address:(No postage required!)
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6
Tel: 1 613 995-0253

Source: First Nations declare health emergency – TimminsToday.com

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TOMORROW: Orange Shirt Day -Honoring Residential School Survivors


Don’t forget to wear an orange shirt tomorrow!

(or anything orange)

Source: Orange Shirt Day -Honoring Residential School Survivors

Your Voice, Your Vote – Political Debate

Did I just hear Doug Mason (Green Party) suggest anarchism for  First Nations’ communities in their management and access to clean water on reserves?

‘Our goal is to allow communities to resume responsibility of their own economy & services to the community’

A Message To Canadians

For generations, people living on this land have been silenced.

Bill C-51 is a new form of censorship. It is a violation of human rights resulting from political dominance – but this is not a new thing.

Indigenous people have been physically and mentally hurt since white people got here. They were enslaved, murdered, purposefully infected with small pox blankets and forced out of their homelands.

Years of genocide. Secrecy. Lies in our history books.
Absolute disrespect for the hospitality and knowledge offered to us by the people who lived here first.

Is this a Canada you are proud of?

I am so happy -and privileged- to live on this land.
We have it incredibly good in Canada BUT, it isn’t good enough.

We need to value the land and the peoples who were here before any of us came to colonize, brutalize and economize. When I say this, I am including the water, sky, soil, plants and animals.

I value the belief systems of Indigenous peoples and do not understand how this ignorance is still happening. I want to learn how to honor and learn the ways instead of ignoring and disrespecting their values. I want to be an ally because I know if anyone can help the stupid white people out of the mess we’ve gotten into, it is the people who were here first.

HEY! Step back and breathe air. Hear the crows calling?


I am not proud of the way Canada is run.

Why are we extracting resources with no consideration for the life and land we are impacting?

Why do we care more about dollar$ than community?
How can I live happily knowing my life is run by rich white men who have no consideration for the immeasurable daily struggles people face?

Why are women being silenced everyday by enforced sexual stereotyping, abductions, misogyny? We are healers, warriors and the bringers of LIFE. How are 2000+ (‘unofficial’) deaths of women being ignored?!?

What can WE do to change this?



– BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE –
Think freely, dangerously, critically about everything you experience.

We need the people we hurt to teach us how to love our land again.  As “Canadians”, we have forgotten.  I can only hope we are forgiven.

We are all indigenous when you consider that we are born on this earth -OF the earth- WE ARE THE EARTH… so why do we dehumanize our sisters and brothers?

I’m asking for help.
Understand one another. Appreciate what you have.  Why take more than you need? Consider all aspects of life on this earth when making decisions. This isn’t about you.

Consider my thoughts because I am speaking from the heart.

Right now I am spending a weekend in Ottawa attending Truth and Reconciliation meetings about residential schooling that happened as recently as 18 years ago. It is hard for me to hear what has happened to people like you and me.

I acknowledge that I am on un-surrendered land and I thank you, sisters and brothers for all this land has offered -and will continue to offer- to me.

~ ♥ Sammantha J. M.  (Arisetotrash)