Nick Whalen, the Liberal Party MP for St. John’s East thinks Muskrat Falls should be flooded and that the inuit/innu and other indigenous people should just eat less fish and deal with the after effects of it.

Mercury bioaccumulation isn’t just something that you can monitor and it’ll magically get better. It stays in the ecosystem for decades. This flooding will destroy many indigenous peoples ways of lives for decades at the minimum.

I mean just look at Grassy Narrows First Nation. More than 40 years later they are still suffering from Mercury Poisoning. The mercury levels in that time have not gotten better. They’re still unacceptably high.

How long should indigenous people in Labrador have to wait until they can eat fish and game again? 40 years? 80 years? 100 years?


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Indigenous leaders give Liberals a failing grade for first year
“He hasn’t fulfilled a single promise that he made to First Nations,” says Pamela Palmater, an associate professor and chair of Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.

It was going to be a new era in the long saga of Canada’s First Nations.

Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government campaigned on a long to-do list for Indigenous voters and they cast ballots in unprecedented numbers.

One year later, some say those promises rang empty and the new Liberal government has failed them.

“He hasn’t fulfilled a single promise that he made to First Nations,” says Pamela Palmater, an associate professor and chair of Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.

“Harper was the ultimate arch-villain of First Nations and Prime Minister Trudeau came in and he was all about the photo-ops and shaking hands and attending chiefs assemblies and sending his ministers out to meet with chiefs across the country. And that’s great, the symbolic part, but that’s all we have.”

So far, Indigenous Canadians are no better off under the Liberal government, she tells Yahoo Canada News.

The inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is less than was promised and, despite claims to the contrary, the actual annual funding announced in the federal budget is within the two per cent cap, she says.

An extra $50 million a year for four years toward post-secondary education has not materialized, either, Palmater says.

Nor is there any plan of funding committed to implementing the 94 recommendations that emerged from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, she adds.

“You can’t do that in a year, but he’s got no plan or budget in place and he didn’t even mention that in his budget,” she says.

The Liberals promised to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, but now say that is not legally feasible, Palmater says.

And the federal government has yet to abide by a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling in January that found the federal government discriminates against Indigenous children by under-funding child and family services on reserves.

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from Dallas Goldtooth’s Facebook page:

#NoDAPL update: [4pm cst, Oct 23rd]Our Water Protectors have set up a road blockade on Hwy 1806 just north of where the Dakota Access pipeline is proposed to cross the road.There is also a camp-initiated blockade south of Main Oceti Sakowin camp on hwy 1806. And a blockade on county road 134 to stop police access coming from the west.This is to protect a new established frontline camp thats on the pipeline easement, just east of hwy 1806.Meanwhile, DAPL is still trying to dig, heading towards this new frontline camp. This is real.We are done with being reactionary. We are asserting our rights as Indigenous peoples! This remains a non-violent direct action committed to peaceful civil disobedience. #NoDAPL”

For Indigenous Peoples Day, we’re pleased to share this art work by Jonathan Labillois titled “Still Dancing,” which originally appeared in Volume, 9 Issue 2 of Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. This issue featured a special section on Indigenous Girlhood

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Hundreds of Native American protesters temporarily stopped construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Nearly 400 protesters gathered to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.8-billion system that, if completed, would stretch across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois — rivaling the length of the rejected Keystone XL Pipeline. So far, 16 members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have been arrested, including the tribe’s leader, David Archambault II.

On Wednesday, Archambault contacted the White House and met with North Dakota senators to try to get construction halted on the 1,172-mile behemoth. While the pipeline doesn’t cut through any federally reserved indigenous land, it will hurt the tribes in numerous ways.

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Indigenous sci-fi film shot in Alberta to screen across Canada
The Northlander explores Metis themes in a post-apocalyptic world.

The Northlander, which was filmed in Drumheller and Writing-on-Stone provincial park, opens Wednesday night at Landmark Cinemas 16 Country Hills.

The movie is set in a far future without technology or society, where humans are struggling to survive because of a lack of food and water.

For those unaware, this is in reference to the events that led up to the Dakota War aka The Dakota Conflict in 1862, where ‘Andrew Myrick, an Anglo trader, said “Let them eat grass, or their own dung” when the Dakota complained of late annuity payments and starvation.’ Many of Americans are unaware that this war happened at all, or the years of abuse Natives went through because Indian agents did things like withhold rations to force Natives to assimilate, or simply withed items that were supposed to go to Natives so they could get rich. (Things that were promised in the treaties to begin with)  They would also do other horrible things like make soup with rotting meat leftovers, getting many Natives sick. I read when they began deciding to butcher the animals in order to make soups for communities (to make sure there was more to take for themselves) when they threw out portions of meats not used such as entrails, if Natives went to take from those piles of materials that were simply being thrown out, wasted, they would shoot the Natives. Lets not forget the other deliberate campaigns of genocide such as settlers wiping out buffalo until the point of extinction simply to make sure Natives starved and attempt to destroy traditional ways. There was also the Dakota 38, the largest execution in US history, where even after that occured thousands of Dakota people, (including elders, women and children) were transferred on ships, forced to walk to prison camps like Fort Snelling, where over a period of 5 years many died due to the terrible conditions. Others were forced to read and write english just to keep in contact with their relatives and “convert” so not to be executed. 
I bring this up not to sulk about the genocide Natives have always faced, or to put our trauma up for consumption. I blog this as a reminder, that despite these horrible atrocities in history (and many others) , Oceti Sakowin people have been able to overcome and now the People are fighting to protect Mother Earth so that future generations can survive. This is not history repeating itself, this is the system of settler colonialism that Natives have been resisting and will continue to resist. In the past Oceti people were known to fight back after so many attempts to brutalize, starve and exterminate us. The only difference now in our response is that water protectors of Sacred Stone have been 100% peaceful, so as not to give settlers fuel to demonize us and do things in a good way, to unify all people. Many are willing to give up their lives to protect water. Greedy oil companies think they will command Natives to shut up, be quiet and drink oil without question. Looks like they have gotten a rude awakening.


Linda Burney made history on Wednesday by becoming the first aboriginal woman to become a member of Australia’s Parliament.

Burney — a member of the of Wiradjuri people — was sworn in by her fellow tribeswomen while wearing a kangaroo skin cloak to become an MP for the House of Representatives.

Burney, a Labor Party MP representing New South Wales of Barton in Sydney, gave a powerful speech about her journey as a woman indigenous to Australia. (Watch)

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'Is That Not Genocide?' Pipeline Co. Bulldozing Burial Sites Prompts Emergency Motion
In a last ditch attempt to protect burial and prayer sites, North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux late Sunday filed for a temporary restraining order to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which they say has already caused "irreparable harm" to the sacred plots.


“Finally, she posed the question: "If we allow an oil company to dig through and destroy our histories, our ancestors, our hearts and souls as a people, is that not genocide?”