5/20/2013 Forgotten People, Navajo Nation Stands in Solidarity with Idle No More – BC
Forgotten People on the Navajo Nation stands in solidarity with Idle No More – BC in their struggle to urge the government of Canada to repeal all legislation which violates Treaties and Indigenous sovereignty.
“We will support indigenous communities in coordinated non-violent direct actions”
Forgotten People supports Idle No More – BC in recognition of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – the right to free, prior and informed consent – with respect to resource development on their traditional territories.
On the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Forgotten People is active within the Navajo Nation courts to hold the Navajo Nation accountable to the people, the UN Commission on Human Rights and federal court to oppose Peabody Western Coal Company’s relocation of traditional people and destruction of historic, sacred, cultural sites and sacred land and water.
We will support indigenous communities in coordinated non-violent direct actions to protect inherent indigenous rights and sovereignty on their traditional territories and full respect for treaty obligations where these exist.
“we affirm the need to establish strong alliances and grassroots movements”
We recognize that colonization was based on systemic violence against the people, traditional knowledge, culture and languages of indigenous nations. We note that the legacies of this history continue to impact the Indigenous population and that many current policies perpetuate this history rather than promote healing and reconciliation.
We recognize the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – the right to free, prior and informed consent – with respect to resource development on their traditional territories.
We recognize Indigenous Peoples right to act with inherent, lawful, and sovereign authority over their lands, waters, and air; including solemn declarations such as the Save the Fraser Declaration and the Protect the Sacred Treaty.
More then ever we affirm the need to establish strong alliances and grassroots movements among all those living in this land who seek a sustainable future – thinking about the future seven generations to come and what we leave behind for them.
Idle No More, by asserting these rights, stands in defense of all of us. Irresponsible resource development threatens the survival of Mother Earth and all its inhabitants through pollution of land, water and air and creating catastrophic climate crises. We stand with Indigenous peoples in the face of this corporate assault abetted and supported by certain political forces.
As Indigenous Nations extend their hands to renew and reinvigorate the intent of the treaties and the commitment of their ancestors – to live in peace and friendship – we will respond with open arms and open hearts.
Bonnie Whitesinger, President
Mary Lane, Vice President
Lucy Knorr, Sec’y/Treasurer
On behalf of Forgotten People