Official Statement From #OccupyINAC Winnipeg | RED POWER MEDIA
Official Statement From #OccupyINAC Winnipeg
Friday April 15, 2016
INAC Office, Winnipeg
Written by consensus from the collective
In the spirit of peace, love and solidarity with our relatives at
#OccupyINAC Toronto, we have been peacefully gathering since yesterday
morning at the Manitoba regional office of Indigenous and Northern
Affairs Canada, a department which derives its mandate from the racist
colonial legislation called, The Indian Act.
We acknowledge the recent states of emergency declared in our
communities in response to crises of suicide, including Attawapiskat
Ininew Territory and Pimicikamak Ininew Territory, and have resolved to
take action in support of our suffering relatives.
These crises are not new and do not exist in isolation. Suicide has
long plagued our communities due to centuries of colonization and its
effects: crushing poverty, substandard housing, imprisonment, child
apprehension, and lack of access to health care, nutrition and clean
water. The resulting destruction of identity, lack of self worth and
cognitive imperialism are the roots of suicide in our people.
This issue is inseparable from the epidemic of Missing and Murdered
Indigenous Women; the legacy of residential schools; the 11,000 and
counting children in care in Manitoba; and the theft, pollution, and
exploitation of the land, water, and air. The violence perpetrated
against nature reflects the violence perpetrated against our women, our
men, and our youth..
These conditions have existed in our territories for centuries and
the so-called government of Canada administers and benefits from it.
These are acts of war, oppression, and treason against our ancient
treaties. Immediate response is called for.
We are asserting our authority and sovereignty in this land and in
recognition of the ancient treaties, we call upon the so-called
Government of Canada, the so-called Chiefs and Councils, and all the
representatives of the Queen, to honour the obligations of the following
ancient treaties: the Wampum Belt, the Peacepipe, and the Canes of
Authority. We command the Crown to honour the oath and sacred
responsibilities derived from these ancient treaties. We will continue
to work with our traditional communities and value our sacred
responsibilities, therefore we command the Crown and agents of the Crown
to not interfere with our sacred laws, way of life, and ancient tribal
governance systems. Our ancestors speak through our voices for the
children and those yet to come.
The youth of Attawapiskat and Pimicikamak, and across our territories have commanded:
Youth centres; Parenting centres; Traditional teachings; ceremonies;
knowledge of their chants, their songs and their skills for surviving on
the land; better education; an end to the plague of drugs and alcohol;
recycling systems; dry land; sports activities; shelters; recreation
facilities; libraries; cinemas; mental health response and treatment; to
represent themselves on Youth Councils; and to meet with Justin
Furthermore, we command:
1) The abolition of the Indian Act, the reserve system and the
numbered Treaties, which are systematic violations of the sovereignty of
our people — the sovereignty we have always retained and always lived,
but which has never been honoured by the colonial state, from the
beginning of their invasion under the lie of terra nullius.
2) An end to the denial of adequate healthcare, housing and education
in our communities, and undenied access to our own unpolluted
traditional foods and clean water.
3) For the so-called Chiefs and Councils and everyone in our
communities to restore the culture and spirituality we have lost: to
allow and encourage our traditions, ceremonies, teachings, songs,
languages, and ways of knowing.
4) For the people of the colonial state to respect these lands and
water, starting wtih the discontinuation of the destruction and
pollution caused by the colonial corporations which exploit and deplete
the resources of Mother Earth that we all need to survive.
5) An end to the Two-Spirit discrimination causing much of the
suicidal crisis our youth are facing, which exists in our communities as
a result of colonial ideology and cognitive imperialism, in addition to
the damage of everything previously mentioned.
We will continue to assert our sovereign right to occupy this space
until the Crown, so-called Government of Canada, and so-called Chief and
Council, acknowledge this statement and the commands within.
For all the support we have received we say, Chi Miigwetch. We extend
our Chi Miigwetch to the Creator, Gichi-Manitou, and all our relations,
With peace, love and solidarity,
— #OccupyINAC Winnipeg
The decendants of our ancestors
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