Thursday, December 20, 2012

INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY ACTION PLANNED AT CANADIAN CONSULATE IN PHOENIX


TONATIERRA
Press Advisory
Contact: Tupac Enrique Acosta (602) 466-8367
For immediate release

IDLE NO MORE

CONTINENTAL INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY ACTION PLANNED AT CANADIAN CONSULATE IN PHOENIX 
Wednesday January 9, 2013
 

Phoenix, AZ – A fast forming coalition of Indigenous activists and concerned community members will stage a ceremonial solidarity action this week in solidarity with the surging international movement ignited by Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence and the Idle No More Movement.   Chief Spence has been fasting since December 11, 2012 in an effort to 

She is demanding a meeting between Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston and First Nations leaders.  She wants treaty rights of the Indigenous Nations to be respected.

The solidarity action in Phoenix will take place:
Friday December 21, 2012
 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Canadian Consulate
2415 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ
Today, more than a thousand people shutdown a portion of Hwy. 401 near London, Ontario.  Busloads of people are expected to arrive in Ottawa from different parts of the country with the rally beginning at noon.



While thousands are expected to converge on Ottawa on Friday as the Idle No More movement turns into a national day of action, the protest at the Canadian Consulate in Phoenix will be take up the systemic violations of Free, Prior and Informed Consent under the North American Free Trade Agreement which the three governments of Canada-US-Mexico operate under in collusion to the detriment, and illegal exploitation and expropriation of the Natural Resources and Labor of the Nations and Pueblos of Indigenous Peoples of the region.  A core issue across the entire hemisphere is the acknowledgement, respect, and protection of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as articulated in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted by the General Assembly on September 13, 2007.  The UN Declaration specifically addresses the Indigenous Peoples as “Peoples, equal to all other peoples…”


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