Take Action on Indigenous Rights in Canada!
On June 28, Water Protectors, other Indigenous activists, and settler allies set up a tepee on Canada’s Parliament Hill in Ottawa as a symbol of “reoccupation” of Indigenous lands. Their aim was to resist the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday for their failure to recognize the genocidal history of the country and the ongoing violence against Indigenous peoples. The tepee remained on the hill until Canada Day on July 1.
One of the activists’ key requests for allies is to extend support past Canada Day into the everyday. Candace Day Neveau is one of the organizers of the event. She also spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he visited the tepee on Friday, June 30. In our short interview with her, she urges Canadians to visit the Idle No More website to stay informed and involved.
“We are here today in ceremony to educate the settler population here in Canada, on Turtle Island. We want to bring awareness that celebration of [Canada Day] impacts Indigenous people, which is a story that is being ignored.”
Taking action is crucial at a time when the Canadian government continues to pass laws enabling destruction and occupation of Indigenous lands. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould recently revealed they have spent more than $700 thousand fighting a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling that exposed systemic discrimination against First Nations children.
Take action now by clicking on one of the links in the sidebar.
Find an Idle No More Event near you.
Sign the petition to the Canadian government to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Take the challenge to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.