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Activist Communique: Support KI First Nation. Protect the KI Homeland

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Activist Communiqué: Support KI First Nation. Protect the KI Homeland

1. Support KI First Nation; Kanaawayandan D'aaki! Protect the KI Homeland
Tuesday Nov. 22nd. 7:00 p.m. Ryerson Student Centre (55 Gould St.) room: SCC 115

2. Mapping Colonial Practices of Stealing Six Nations Land
Tueday November 22 4:30-6:30 p.m. - York Research Tower 519

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Support KI First Nation; Kanaawayandan D'aaki! Protect the KI Homeland

Tuesday Nov. 22nd. 7:00 p.m.
Ryerson Student Centre (55 Gould St.) room: SCC 115

Featuring: KI Chief Donny Morris, KI Spokesperson John Cutfeet, Judy Rebick.

In 2008 Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Chief Donny Morris went to jail for refusing to allow mining exploration his community feared would contaminate their water supply. The remote First Nation community succeeded in fighting off mining exploration by Platinex, but now a gold exploration company has staked claims directly on top of sacred KI burials. Ontario continues to violate KI's right to say "no" to mining exploration on their Homeland.

KI First Nation has governed and cared for the Homeland, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Aaki, that is at the core of their culture since time before memory. This vast area of boreal lakes, rivers, forests, and wetlands provides KI's pristine water supply, the lake trout the community rely upon, and their sacred landscape. KI has a vision for the future of their lands and environment that benefits both KI and all life.

Join us in this rare opportunity to hear directly from KI leaders about their struggle to control and care for their Homeland.

Kanaawayandan d'aaki!

More info here: http://www.KILands.org

Sponsored by: Canadian Federation of Students, Council of Canadians, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Earthroots.

Endorsed by: Amnesty, CUPE, Greenpeace, Mining Watch Canada, No One Is Illegal - Toronto, Ontario Federation of Labour, Wildlands League.

Part of Indigenous Sovereignty Week.
http://www.defendersoftheland.org/toronto

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Backgrounder: Support KI First Nation; Kanaawayandan D'aaki! Protect KI Homeland

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation has launched a new website to advocate for their lands and environment issues. Please visit and take action at:

www.KILands.org

Please sign an email petition at: http://kilands.org/tell-mcguinty-to-respect-ki-sacred-landscape/
More ideas: http://kilands.org/take-action/

In 2008 KI Chief Donny Morris went to jail for refusing to allow mining exploration his community feared would contaminate their water supply. The remote First Nation community succeeded in fighting off mining exploration by Platinex, but now a gold exploration company has staked claims directly on top of sacred KI burials. Ontario continues to violate KI's right to say ‘no' to mining exploration on their Homeland.

KI First Nation has governed and cared for the Homeland, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Aaki, that is at the core of their culture since time before memory. This vast area of boreal lakes, rivers, forests, and wetlands provides KI's pristine water supply, the lake trout the community rely upon, and their sacred landscape. KI has a vision for the future of their lands and environment that benefits both KI and all life.

Ontario must respect KI's leadership by:

1. Respecting KI's Right to Say No;
2. Recognizing and respecting KI's Water Declaration which excludes all industry from the Big Trout Lake and Fawn River watersheds;
3. Respecting KI's Indigenous laws. Kanaawayandan d'aaki!

Please take action to support KI at KILands.org. Please forward to your email lists, post on Facebook and Twitter, and get your organization to endorse and promote this action to their members.

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Mapping Colonial Practices of Stealing Six Nations Land
Tueday November 22 4:30-6:30
York Research Tower 519

Join us for a presentation on the historical and contemporary practices of colonization of the Haldimand Tract. Leading Six Nations land rights Researcher, Phil Monture, will map out tactics through which people of Six Nations have been dispossessed of their land.

Monture will also highlight the the colonial and racist processes of stealing the part of the land we
now recognize as York University. Presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion, and an introduction to the work of CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group.

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