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VIDEO: Earth Peoples Co-Founder Arthur Manuel and Russell Diabo – ” Idle no More”

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Video featuring EarthPeoples Co-founder Arthur Manuel and Russell Diabo.

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Russel Diabo - Idle no More

Russel Diabo - Idle no More

Earth Peoples Idle no More Letter to the Ambassadors of Canada to the United Nations, OAS, European Union

Friday, February 1st, 2013

By  Earth Peoples

TO: Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations

Ambassador Guillermo E. Rishchynski
One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza
885 Second Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10017

TO: Permanent Mission of Canada to the Organization of American States
Ambassador Allan Culham
501 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

TO: Mission of Canada to the European Union
H. David Plunkett
Avenue de Tervuren 2
1040 Brussels

Dear Ambassador Rishchynski, Culham and Plunkett,

As part of the “Idle no more movement”, we are very concerned about Canada’s most recent discriminatory activities against Indigenous Peoples and in general Canada’s human rights violation records and alarming environmental policies that are saddening many of us around the world, as well as our Earth Peoples partners that are indigenous, and the original people from the land that you represent to the UN, OAS and EU.

You know that October 18th 2012 the so called Bill C-45 was introduced by the Harper Government and received royal assent on Dec. 14th as the “Jobs and Growth Act, 2012.” Among its 400 pages it includes changes which severely threaten Indigenous Peoples and the environment:

 Regarding the “Indian Act”: modifications enabling the leasing of reserve lands, thus allowing easier opening of indigenous treaty lands and territories.
 Regarding the “Navigation Protection Act”: Major pipeline and power line corporations are no longer obliged to prove that navigable affected waterways are not being damaged. These amendments remove protection for 99.9 per cent of lakes and rivers in Canada.
 Regarding the “Environmental Assessment Act”: Environmental assessment processes have been severely reduced in their meaning and applicability.

These are just 3 points of many others that are alarming our partners and the people of the world that do care about human rights and the rights of Mother Earth.

The result: A paradise for transnational corporations and their devastating resources exploitation without restrictions – Severe discrimination of Indigenous Peoples/First Nations, their treaty rights and Aboriginal Title as well as terrible effects on the environment and indigenous territory.

The grassroot movement “Idle no more” was formed in reaction to Bill C-45. But this bill is just the tip of the iceberg: “Idle no more” is rather a reaction to an inhumane disrespectful policy which significantly worsened since the Harper government took over.

Thus, the “Idle no more” movement must be seen in the following context of Canada’s environmental and human rights violations:
 Tarsand Industry: Disastrous devastations and intoxications of vast regions for the sake of oil exploitation which are highly disruptive for all life. Canada’s restless lobbying attempts to fight against the EU – Fuel Quality Directive, manipulating the EU to accept this dirty energy is just one of many recent examples.
 Planning and extension of the Keystone Pipeline and Enbridge Northern Gate Pipelines through Indigenous Peoples territory without their free prior informed consent, providing the risk of severe pollution due to i.e. oil spills.
 Canada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol, violating its own obligatory commitments for the sake of about 30% more Greenhouse Gas emissions (compared to 1990) due to its disastrous resource exploitation such as specifically the tar sand industry. Since the inaugural of the Harper government, emissions have risen dramatically making Canada the 3rd biggest per capita emission polluter of the world.
 Canada’s tireless opposition at the Rio +20 negotiations concerning “Water as a Human Right”.
 The introduction of Bill 78 (May 19th, 2012), limiting the right to protest, in response to students’ demonstrations in the province of Quebec.
 On June 1st, 2012 the United Nations Committee Against Torture issued a report accusing Canada of “complicity” in torture cases.
 On May 16th, 2012 Oivier DeSchutter, UN Special Rapporteur on Food emphasized the significance of “access to land” in order to have food, promoted the Aboriginal Title and the right to self-determination of Indigenous Peoples. Thus he expressed his concerns about Canada’s federal government policies that have disrupted and even devastated the traditional practices of Indigenous People by removing controls over land and natural resources.
 In late February 2012, the UN Committee on Racial Discrimination (CERD) expressed its concerns about Canada’s policy regarding Indigenous Peoples, mentioning disproportionally high incarceration numbers, conflicts over land specifically in regards to treaty rights, Aboriginal Title and extractive industries. Furthermore, it also reflected on violence against women and their disappearance.
 On June 8th 2012, based on these examples, UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Navanethem Pillay, included Canada on a list of some of the world’s worst human rights violators.

Therefore, the “Working Circle Indians of North America” reminds Canada to comply to its commitment to respect human rights as a nation which was heavily involved in the elaboration of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Canada also has to respect treaties, which have been signed with First Nations on a nation to nation basis. Furthermore, Canada finally endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the right to self-determination and free, prior informed consent.

Thus we call on Canada to end its policy of discrimination against Indigenous Peoples and, for the sake of all life, to stop its disastrous exploitation of the environment.

In solidarity with the original four founders of “Idle no more”, Jessica Gordon, Sheelah Mclean, Sylvia McAdams, Nina Wilson and Chief Theresa Spence we demand:


Earth Peoples