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article imageAboriginal protesters in Toronto: Racism is legislated Special

By Andrew Moran     Jun 25, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - With only two days before leaders from the G20 arrive in Ontario, hundreds of First Nations and activists took to the streets of Toronto to show their dissatisfaction with the Canadian government's policies towards the Aboriginal people.
In May, Amnesty International released a report about the global state of human rights and provided an assessment as to how governments around the world are handling the issue. The United States, Sri Lankan, Chinese and many G20 governments were negatively included in the report.
In it, the Canadian federal government was deeply criticized for not protecting and respecting the indigenous rights of the First Nations people. It also highlighted that Canada did not seek the permission of the Lubicon Cree to develop oil and gas in northern Alberta.
Amnesty further claims that the government is not tackling the issue of violence against Aboriginal women, while also denying that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous people applies to Canada.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
“As world leaders and media descend on Canada, and as the Harper government mounts a PR campaign to deflect criticism of its policies on Indigenous peoples, Indigenous leaders from across Canada will be telling the world the truth about Canada's record on Aboriginal rights,” said Community Mobilize in an email sent to this reporter on behalf of the Defenders of the Land.
The Toronto demonstration and march
On Thursdays, hundreds of people, ranging from First Nations officials to activists to supporters, protested at Queen’s Park in front of the Ontario Legislature in Toronto and marched towards the United States Consulate, Nathan Phillips Square and other parts of the downtown core.
The demonstrators marched with signs reading “Canada: Sign the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People,” “Truth and Reconciliation Commission: White Wash!” “More than 50,000 Native children did not survive residential schools” and “Immigration officers violated my human rights.” The chants of “G20 has got to go” were also shouted as the group marched from Queen’s Park.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
Several people delivered speeches to the large crowd to discuss “Indigenous and treaty rights, including land expropriation and destruction of traditional economies and life ways, language destruction and interference in self-government.”
Some of the keynote speakers included Patrick Madahbee, Grand Chief of the Anishinabek Nation, the President of the Toronto Council Fire, Darlene Ritchie, Arthur Manuel of the Defenders of the Land, Jean-Maurice Matchewan, the Chief of Algonquins of Barriere Lake, Ben Powless of the Indigenous Environmental Network and many others.
Standing up for First Nations rights
The word "shame" could be heard when the speakers addressed their concerns over the government’s actions and policies towards the Aboriginal people and the land, which, as one person stated, would not be wasted and used for profit.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
“We have the duty as Aboriginal People to be the defender because she [the Earth] is under attack, you know, by Canada, by the United States, the governments,” said Lionel Lipine (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation). “We’re not going to allow the system to break and destroy mother Earth anymore. As long as I live, I’m going to fight to the very end. I’ll fight with all the people here with me now until the very end. So solidarity is here, lets take on Canada. Shame on Canada.”
Other speakers, such as Ritchie, touched upon the Canadian justice system and stated that “racism is legislated. Discrimination is legislated. It’s systematic. How do you lose 584 missing women? You make a direct attack against women and children; the most vulnerable.”.
“I’m tired of this sh** and I can’t take it anymore,” stated another speaker, while expressing his true feelings about the treatment of the First Nations.
The G20 summit begins tomorrow in downtown Toronto. The G8 summit is taking place in Huntsville, Ontario.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
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