PressTV: Canada ignores rights of aboriginals: First Nations grand chief

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo (file photo)Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo (file photo)

Fri Jan 4, 2013 11:19AM GMT

The grand chief of the First Nations in Canada has called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to meet with the community’s leaders over their rights concerns.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo made the request on Thursday, saying that the natives across the country have been voicing “concern and frustration with a broken system that does not address long-standing disparities between First Nations and the rest of Canada, and address priorities in ways that will provide for long-term solutions and sustainability.”

“There is no excuse for inaction,” Atleo stated, extending an “urgent invitation” to Harper to have a meeting with him and other chiefs on January 24.

Atleo further pointed to the rising anger among the natives after Ottawa made some changes to environmental and other laws last month.

The natives argue that the changes will have negative influence on their fishing and hunting rights among other issues concerning their rights.

First Nations activists have so far staged dozens of protests and blocked railways on several occasions in an attempt to demand better rights for the natives.

Meanwhile, a First Nations activist who is currently on hunger strike has called for “country-wide economic disturbances” in case Harper does not pay attention to the concerns of the natives.

On December 21, 2012, the natives held demonstrations in Ottawa and several other cities to call for the protection of their rights.

First Nations leaders denounced the policies of the Canadian government vis-a-vis the natives as oppressive.

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5 Responses to PressTV: Canada ignores rights of aboriginals: First Nations grand chief

  1. Doreen Agostino says:

    Decolonize Open Letter to AFN Shawn Atleo, Chiefs, Clan Mothers, Elders, Clans and all Nations.

    We come to you to awaken you to the truth, even if you refuse to see it, hear it, or acknowledge it and to warn you to beware and be wise. As Creator beings, we are each accountable not only for ourselves through our actions, but for our families and all of humanity, the Earth and all life. The time to react is now before it is too late.

    Beware Agenda 21 and ICLEI to undo political recognition of unalienable rights

  2. Doreen Agostino says:

    Summons issued to Sean Atleo, Grand Chief, Assembly of First Nations, Subpoenaed defendant: Issued by the Office of the Clerk of Court, Human Rights Trial Division, ICLCJ, Brussels, and through the Offices of the Court in Rome, London, Dublin, New York and Toronto. Signed and sealed, 17 September 2012.

  3. james says:

    are the first nations peoples willing to let the quebec government take the province out of canada without a fight?

  4. tony lane says:

    is it not the time to stop talking and throw man harper out now,simply because you cannot do deals with these creatures they break the laws intentionally and continue to do so deliberatly,the people must now take control and form their own government,so forget the the queen she has no rights to rule divine or otherwise,she is nothing more than a 24 carat reptillian bitch.

  5. ohnwentsya says:

    Reblogged this on 2012 Spirit In Action and commented:
    It is so heartening to see so many articles on this on PressTV! Thank you again to Jean for sharing them here! I hope that people will read the linked stories about racism and start to create some change in that area as well-I have repeatedly been shocked by how the so called “multicultural paradise” of Canada hides so much blatant horrible racism. I grew up thinking Canadians were smarter, cooler, more peaceful and decent-they had such a better music tv channel when I was a kid!;-) but then I heard from Native friends in Canada and had my illusions firmly shattered. I guess in many ways we do still have a long way to go-but human emotions and worldviews can shift so quickly if conditions are right! I have also met a lot of really good hearted Canadian people of all races, who are not at all stuck in that, who live in love and spread it to all they encounter. I guess that is part of the whole lightworkers bring ourselves up and then share it with those around us, the light spreads one by one, a conversation here, a kind action seen there…..

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