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- Aboriginal Defence League
- By Meegwetch, Brave Star, 6 March 1995. Demonstrating on
Parliament Hill in Ottawa against the Liberal Government's
broken promises to the native people of Canada. The issue
of taxation became the
lightening rod for the broader
issues. The issues are that of respect and protection of our
rights as contractually agreed to by the colonizers. The
purpose of the Aboriginal Defence League.
- Letter of Thoughts on Indian Country
- By John Walter, 9 August 1995. A student writes: Had the
treaties with the Crown been respected, the infrastructures
(housing, water, schools, health services, roads, etc) would
be adequate in every First Nation community today. The First
Nations are still holding up their side of the bargain, but
subjects of the Crown are still permitted to occupy parts of
our lands & build their cities & businesses, their
families & their lives. . .. And, compared to their
original home, they can do so in peace, freedom and a huge,
rich, clean environment.
- Spirit of rebellion sweeps Canada's First
- By Allen Harris, 13 October 1995. In Canada, the native people
are known as the First Nations, but under the present
economic and social system there, they are the last and
among the poorest. It is no surprise that this year has seen
an upsurge in revolutionary actions taken across that country.
This is a continuation of the trend that came to international
attention in 1990 with the armed confrontation between Mohawk
warriors and the police in the town of Oka, Quebec.
- First Nations protest celebration of genocide
- By Mahtowin, Workers World, 10 July
1997. As Canada celebrated the 500th anniversary of the
discovery of Newfoundland and Labrador, Native protesters
came out to demand justice and to commemorate the genocide of
- Natives win on land rights: Top court rules that
oral history gives bands constitutional claim in absence of
- By Robert Matas, Erin Anderssen, Sean Fine,
The Globe and Mail, 12 December 1997. Vancouver and
Ottawa and TorontoNative people have a constitutional
right to own their ancestral lands and to use them almost
entirely as they wish, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled.
This ruling is explosive in parts of Atlantic Canada and
most of British Columbia.
- N'Daakiimmiinan, Waagoonen Kaynaagiishkaamang;
Our Land, our Future
- A statement by Pikangikum First Nation, to the First Nations
gathering, Toronto, September 2002. As First Nation people
facing threats to our very survival, we have come together
from various parts of Canada. We have to support each other.
Social crisis: suicide, drugs, alchohol, hunger. Our problem
is not that we are poo, but one of fairness. We need a just
and fair relationship with the government of Canadad with
the Minister of Indian Affairsa Minister who wants to
'develop' our lands.