Ontario appeals landmark Native Treaty rights legal ruling in battle over clearcut logging in Grassy Narrows
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(Toronto) – Today the Government of Ontario begins proceedings in the Ontario Court of Appeal seeking to overturn a major legal victory for Grassy Narrows Indigenous Nation in their decade long battle for Treaty rights and against clearcut logging on their territory - a practice known to raise mercury levels in fish above safe levels. On August 16, 2011 Ontario Superior Court Justice Saunderson found that the Government of Ontario does not have the power to unilaterally take away the rights promised in Treaty 3 by authorizing industry including logging and mining. That judgment came after 11 years of legal process in Keewatin v. MNR.
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Indigenous and human rights organizations stand in solidarity with Chief Theresa Spence in her appeal for full respect for Aboriginal and Treaty rights by the government of Canada. There is an urgent need for Canada to demonstrate genuine respect and long-term commitment, initiated by a meeting between First Nations’ leadership, the Prime Minister and the Governor General.
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Toronto, ON – KI community member, Mark T. Anderson will walk from Queens Park to Parliament Hill starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday to say no to continued treaty violations by the federal government. Anderson, who will be joined by members of the KI leadership and youth, has reactivated his walking team to pick up from his 2100 km walk to Queen’s Park in 2006 to say no to mining.
"The Crown pledged to honor the commitments they made at treaty time, ‘for as long as the sun shines, the waters flow, and the grass grows,’ says Anderson. "God's creation was used to entice our people to sign on to treaty #9 at KI, now Canada, through the actions of the Harper government, wants to continue to violate the treaty commitments through Bill C-45, which will negatively impact our peoples, lands, waters, and environment."
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Thank you for making this year a great success! None of Earthroots' work would have been possible without the help of our dedicated supporters and volunteers.
Give to Earthroots today and receive a tax credit for this year! Whatever you can afford to contribute will make a difference.
Donate through the secure services of CanadaHelps by Monday, December 31st, and receive an electronic tax receipt for 2012. If you miss this deadline, please consider starting the New Year off right by donating to the protection of Ontario's wilderness, wildlife and watersheds in January.
Together with our partners, Earthroots made some significant achievements this year.
Here a few highlights from our list of accomplishments in 2012!
Earthroots' campaign was essential in stopping the removal of 'forest reserve' status from Wolf Lake, the largest ancient red pine forest in the world.
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Kenora, ON - Today, Grassy Narrows Blockaders are peacefully picketing a massive logging operation on the Caution Lake Road, 30 km north of the trans-Canada highway off Highway 671 near Kenora. The action falls on the 10 year anniversary of Grassy Narrows' Slant Lake blockade, now the longest running Indigenous logging blockade in Canadian history. The industrial logging operation supplies Weyerhaeuser's Trus Joist mill in Kenora. Weyerhaeuser is the only multi-national logging company in the region that refuses to commit to respecting Grassy Narrows' right to say 'no' to logging. Grassy Narrows has called for a boycott of Weyerhaeuser products.
“When the forest is destroyed our people suffer. We are hoping the people of Ontario will hear our concern for protecting the forest,” said blockader Judy Da Silva, “because we all depend on the forest for clean air, fresh water, and a stable climate.”
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Threat of logging looms as Ontario approves dozens of new clearcuts in logging plan
Toronto, ON - Today, Grassy Narrows Blockaders and their supporters are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of what is now the longest running Indigenous logging blockade in Canada. Supporters in Toronto will light a sacred fire at the provincial legislature at 2 p.m., one of 25 coordinated events happening in cities across North America to celebrate this major milestone in the fight for Indigenous land rights and environmental justice. Grassy Narrows blockaders are holding a pipe ceremony in a new long house built at the Slant Lake blockade site where grassroots youth, mothers, and land users have denied passage to logging trucks seeking access to community's territory for the past decade.
“Grassy Narrows is leading the way towards respect for Indigenous land rights and defending the forests that provide clean air, fresh water, and a more stable climate for all of us,” said Leah Henderson of Earth Justice Action, a Toronto based group that supports Indigenous land defence. “People across the continent are inspired by what the Grassy Narrows blockade has accomplished, and we join with them as they protect their forests, their health, and their culture.”
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Amber Ellis was the recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Friends of Temagami.
Amber became involved in the effort to protect the Temagami region during the blockade in 1989. It was a pivotal point in the evolution of Temagami advocacy.
It was at this time Amber started working for the Temagami Wilderness Society (TWS), designing posters and helping to organize rallies at Queen’s Park.
It was evident at the onset, that Amber possessed those qualities of a “quiet” leader and organizer. For years after the TWS downsized and morphed into Earthroots, Amber was the “background” anchor of the organization and continues to serve Earthroots as its Executive Director.
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The Globe and Mail
The company behind a mega quarry slated for prime Southern Ontario farmland has decided to abandon its proposal, which faced staunch opposition from many local farmers, environmentalists and high-profile Toronto chefs.
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Take action to protect Wolf Lake, the world's largest ancient red pine forest! Sign the new Avaaz petition today.
Want to learn about our Wolf Lake campaign?
- Watch Rob Nelson's video here and learn what's at stake.
- Hear a message from Dr. Jane Goodall about protecting Wolf Lake.
- Read our report, 10 Reasons to Protect Wolf Lake Forever.
- For more information visit the Save Wolf Lake coalition website.
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