Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Featured

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 7th, Proclaim!  by: Andrea Landry & Angela Bercier

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 7th, Proclaim! by: Andrea Landry & Angela Bercier

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 7th, Proclaim! Indigenous Peoples Voice Realities of the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation Andrea Landry & Angela Bercier October 7th marks the 250th year in which the Royal Proclamation was signed across Indigenous territories. This document legally mandated the country of Canada to honor Indigenous land rights. Indigenous peoples on the unceded and unsurrended territory of the Algoniquin peoples are standing in solidarity to proclaim Indigenous sovereignty over the Royal Proclamation of 1763. The gathering will take place at the Museum of Civilization from 11am-1pm. Across the nation, Indigenous people are collectively practicing Indigenous solidarity by ensuring that the colonial country of Canada protects and promotes the true intent of the Royal Proclamation of 1763. Not only was it the initial starting point in establishing a respectful relationship between Indigenous peoples and settlers when Canada was first developing, it also promoted the protection of Indigenous inherent rights to land, water, and traditional livelihoods. The Royal Proclamation of 1763 further states “And we do further...

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Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Featured, News

Indigenous Knowledge is Sacred- Sharing Truths with the Sami Peoples, By Andrea Landry

Indigenous Knowledge is Sacred- Sharing Truths with the Sami Peoples, By Andrea Landry

Stepping on the lands of the Sami peoples – the cold air gripping the mountains, the hills abundant with green growth, and the richness of traditional livelihoods being real and true, orchestrated a feeling of strength and pride of these peoples. The amount of traditional knowledge invested within the Sami people is enough to carry conversations into the early morning hours on reindeer herding, yoiking, and the history of peoples, much like our own on Turtle Island. Yet what truly binds us together as Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island, and the Sami people, is our strength we honor from the earth and our strength from the traditional territories we live on. Arriving in Norway for the International Indigenous festival, Riddu Riddu, and for the Youth Program called “What’s Up North,” came with a sense of unknowing. The expectations carried soon dissolved after setting foot on the grounds. Holding close to me the tools of knowledge based on the Indigenous Rights movement which began in Canada, my sacred medicines, alongside...

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Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Featured, News

IdleNoMore is Maori, We are INM  -Andrea Landry

IdleNoMore is Maori, We are INM -Andrea Landry

Brothers and Sisters Around the World – Idle No More Teach Ins in New Zealand Andrea Landry Stepping into a country with a distinctly diverse history from one’s own, different Indigenous knowledge, and a separate oral tradition can seem quite daunting. Yet, one thing remains certain; ceremony dissolves those fears of judgement, those uncertainties of incorrectly following traditional protocol, and the ideologies of self-doubt. Because the reality is, things will unfold the way Creator wants it to. Being in New Zealand, on Maori territory, to discuss the Idle No More movement and the assimilative legislation that has affected Indigenous peoples in Canada was nerve-wracking to say the least. Yet, seeing the solidarity, support, and knowledge of the movement within New Zealand provided a sense of how integral this movement is to Indigenous peoples globally. This movement has formulated a connection that grasps ceremonial roots and redefines the Indigenization of colonial tactics on the global stage. The settings with the teach-ins which occurred in New Zealand had the familial atmosphere...

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Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Featured, News

Indigenous Identity -A United Nations Youth Update by Andrea Landry

Indigenous Identity -A United Nations Youth Update by Andrea Landry

Indigenous Identity-It Is In Our Daily Lives Andrea Landry Can an Indigenous youth be identified through the colour of one’s skin? Through the languages that slip off of their tongue in ceremony? Through the fact that they live in a village in a rural setting surrounded by rainforest and culture? Or is it through governmental legislation that defines ones Indigenous “identity?” A number on a status card will not lead me to accept the near extinction of my mother tongue, nor will the small amount of land that my people cannot practice their full traditional livelihood on. My identity comes from the roots of the trees, the stories that I hear of my ancestors, and the visions I gain of the future generations. My identity is embedded within my veins, and circulates in the streams that surround my community. My identity is simple; it’s in my daily life. The United Nations recently held an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Indigenous Youth through the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of...

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Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Featured, News, Press Release

CHIEF SPENCE TO END HUNGER STRIKE by Andrea Landry

CHIEF SPENCE TO END HUNGER STRIKE by Andrea Landry

The announcement came from a variety of sources; yet the real source brought it to reality- the message was simple: Chief Spence has officially announced that she will be ending her fast on the morning of January 24th, 2013. During the morning hours, she will be doing ceremony to ensure that the Creator’s wishes are kept integral to the cause. This is simply a time for others to stand up. Through ceremony, Ray Robinson and Chief Spence, alongside their helpers – the Etherington brothers- and others, have truly showed us how to keep our fight peaceful. They may be done withtheir fasting,but the Creator knows there is a lot more work to be completed. They are the grounders of ceremony in this movement. Honour them and remember that although their fasting is done, the prophecy is in full force. Live that prophecy, breathe that prophecy, and do ceremony for that prophecy. We are living, breathing prophecy and we are living, breathing treaties. Stand proud and keep up the fight-...

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