Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Featured, Press Release

No War, No Warming – Build an Economy for People and Planet

No War, No Warming – Build an Economy for People and Planet

No War, No Warming – Build an Economy for People and Planet Despite the ban on Protest in Paris, we will be there to raise our voices against war, racism and pollution profiteering. We stand in solidarity with the countless victims of recent violence in Paris, Beirut, and Mali, as well as their families and loved ones. The It Takes Roots to Weather the Storm delegation of over 100 frontline leaders from climate impacted communities across the US and Canada, including the Arctic, united under the slogan: No War, No Warming – Build an Economy for People and Planet. We stand against the criminalization of the defenders of Mother Earth and the illegitimate criminalization of protest, in particular during the COP21. Civil society, popular movements, indigenous movements and society in general have the right to raise their voices in dissent, especially when our futures are being negotiated. The voices of Indigenous peoples, youth, women and frontline communities need to provide guidance in these negotiations, now more than ever. Climate...

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Featured, Press Release

Indigenous Environmental Network Responds to TransCanada Request for State Dept to “Suspend” KXL Application

Indigenous Environmental Network Responds to TransCanada Request for State Dept to “Suspend” KXL Application

For Immediate Release: Nov. 3rd, 2015 Contact: Dallas Goldtooth, KXL Campaign Organizer, Indigenous Environmental Network, 708-515-6158, ienpipeline@igc.org Indigenous Environmental Network Responds to TransCanada Request for State Dept to “Suspend” KXL Application Yesterday, TransCanada corporation requested that the State Department pause its review of its tar sands Keystone XL pipeline, citing the uncertain status of the route in Nebraska. The following statement is given by Indigenous Environmental Network Executive Director, Tom Goldtooth: “We see this as a last ditch effort for the TransCanada corporation to avoid a rejection of its presidential permit application and is a clear stall strategy that hopes for a supportive President from the 2016 elections. This dirty tar sands pipeline has met immense organized resistance from the Dene and Cree First Nations and the Métis community at its source, through the traditional lands and territories of the Oceti Sakowin, also known as the Great Sioux Nation, and from the Ponca people of the southern Great Plains. The mobilization of Tribal nations and the Native grassroots and...

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in Featured, Press Release

Idle No More ~ Shell Pulls Out of the Arctic

Idle No More ~ Shell Pulls Out of the Arctic

Press Statement: For Immediate Release September 30, 2015 Contact: Sweetwater Nannauck (206) 245-5621 SEATTLE, WA – We celebrate the victory of Royal Dutch Shell pulling out of the Arctic! Not only has it been a bad business decision for Shell from the very beginning but the cost of drilling impact on the environment, the traditional way of life of the indigenous people in the Arctic, the irreparable contribution to climate change and rising sea levels cannot be quantified nor justified by profit margins. In May and June 2015 Natives and non-natives in Seattle stood in unprecedented unified action honoring the indigenous stewards of the Arctic and Salish Sea. We sought spiritual guidance to bring a peaceful resolution to protect the Arctic. Thousands of people joined the ‘Save the Arctic’ movement together we can proudly tell our grandchildren we did our part, we helped make a difference for them and future generations! The Arctic has sustained sacred life for millennia. Idle No More Washington was honored to stand with front-line...

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Featured, Press Release

HEILTSUK NATION ISSUES STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR UNIST’OT’EN CAMP

HEILTSUK NATION ISSUES STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR UNIST’OT’EN CAMP

September 2, 2015 (Bella Bella, BC) Heiltsuk Nation uplifts the leadership at Unist’ot’en Camp for holding strong to defend their lands in the face of multiple pipeline proposals that lack consent of traditional owners. “We will advance farthest as Indigenous peoples when we not only speak of our rights and title, but also assert them” said Heiltsuk Hereditary Chief Harvey Humchitt. “Our ancestors guarded our lands and waters in a sacred relationship of mutual dependence, and it is our responsibility to continue this relationship today.” “The immense pressures our people face from extractive industries weigh heavy on our way of life and sense of balance with our homelands,” said Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett. “We have a responsibility to stand tall in the face of these threats. Heiltsuk know this pressure well from our opposition to Enbridge Northern Gateway, and we uplift our relatives at the Unist’ot’en Camp for their strength and dignity in doing their important work.” Heiltsuk note that a long history of attempts to uproot Indigenous peoples...

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