PressTV: Natives protests flare up across Canada

Activists in Canada protest against the governmentActivists in Canada protest against the government’s violations of the rights of the aboriginals. (file photo)

Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:32AM GMT

The Canadian government’s failure to meet the demands of the First Nations has triggered more protests across the country, with some protesters disrupting Canada-US trade at a key bridge crossing.

On Wednesday, hundreds of demonstrators, many carrying flags and signs calling on the federal government to listen to aboriginal concerns, blocked one of the two access roads to the Ambassador Bridge, which is the major trade crossing from southern Ontario to the United States.

Several other protest rallies were also held or planned in cities nationwide, blocking rail and roadways, including the TransCanada Highway, as well as targeting oil sands mining in Western Canada.

Indigenous communities in Canada, also known as the First Nations, say they are frustrated with Ottawa’s failure to address the social and economic grievances facing many of Canada’s 1.2 million aborigines.

Canadian aboriginals are also angry at government’s Bill C-45, which seeks to change the rules about aboriginal land.

The protests intensified after Theresa Spence, the Chief of Attawapiskat First Nation in Northern Ontario, went on a hunger strike on December 11, 2012 over the violation of the rights of the Canadian natives.

Many of Canada’s natives live in poor conditions with unsafe drinking water, inadequate housing, addiction, and high suicide rates.

In a report released on December 19, 2012, Amnesty International called on Canada to address human rights abuses in the country, particularly with respect to the rights of indigenous peoples.

Activists in Canada protest against the governmentActivists in Canada protest against the government’s violations of the rights of the aboriginals. (file photo)

Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:32AM GMT

The Canadian government’s failure to meet the demands of the First Nations has triggered more protests across the country, with some protesters disrupting Canada-US trade at a key bridge crossing.

On Wednesday, hundreds of demonstrators, many carrying flags and signs calling on the federal government to listen to aboriginal concerns, blocked one of the two access roads to the Ambassador Bridge, which is the major trade crossing from southern Ontario to the United States.

Several other protest rallies were also held or planned in cities nationwide, blocking rail and roadways, including the TransCanada Highway, as well as targeting oil sands mining in Western Canada.

Indigenous communities in Canada, also known as the First Nations, say they are frustrated with Ottawa’s failure to address the social and economic grievances facing many of Canada’s 1.2 million aborigines.

Canadian aboriginals are also angry at government’s Bill C-45, which seeks to change the rules about aboriginal land.

The protests intensified after Theresa Spence, the Chief of Attawapiskat First Nation in Northern Ontario, went on a hunger strike on December 11, 2012 over the violation of the rights of the Canadian natives.

Many of Canada’s natives live in poor conditions with unsafe drinking water, inadequate housing, addiction, and high suicide rates.

In a report released on December 19, 2012, Amnesty International called on Canada to address human rights abuses in the country, particularly with respect to the rights of indigenous peoples.

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3 Responses to PressTV: Natives protests flare up across Canada

  1. hellen says:

    as an aborginal living in ontario.canada.i feel that nothing has changed and will end in confict.it has happened before.hellen

  2. I love it we are doing it all over the world so nice to see. we need one in every town in all over the world.

  3. ohnwentsya says:

    Reblogged this on 2012 Spirit In Action and commented:
    Much as the protesters for environment, human rights and “A Better World IS Possible” (ie veterns of the Battle for Seattle and company) worked together with the “3rd world nations” to make the Cancun accords of WTO a victory for the South, so too do I see the IdleNoMore, Earth First, Rainforest Alliance and many others across the world protests, solidarity and direct actions coming together very nicely with the higher level financial and diplomatic actions by BRICS and others to effectively derail the Earth Raping Cabal train.
    This is great strategy even if it is coming together organically with long planned actions by BRICS nations and “leaderless’ horizontalist movements in many nations;-)

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