By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:
The Idle No More movement for Indigenous rights and sovereignty is scheduled to spearhead the commemoration of Mother Earth Day in Ottawa.
Activists are expected to confront the Harper government’s agenda against Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. In an earlier press release, Idle No More explained this insidious agenda:
to weaken all collective rights and environmental protections, in order to turn Canada into an extraction state that gives corporations unchecked power to destroy our communities and environment for profit. Harper is trying to extinguish Indigenous Peoples’ Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty rights to their territories, because these rights are the best and last protection for all Canadians.
Chief Theresa Spence, Mushkegowuk People of Attawapiskat First Nation and the International Indian Treaty Council file urgent “Action Request” with U.N. human rights body
By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 25, 2013:
Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence hasn’t given up her fight against Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s draconian omnibus Bills C-45 and C-38. On Jan. 24, she ended a 44-day hunger strike in here Ottawa protesting the Conservatives’ inhuman treatment of Canada’s First Nations.
Now she’s banding together with the Mushkegowuk People of Attawapiskat First Nation and the International Indian Treaty Council in a request for consideration under the “Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedures” of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).
Canada’s third largest freshwater lake in serious trouble
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 4, 2013:
Recent NASA satellite photo of the toxic green algae on Lake Winnipeg
A report by a Germany-based international environmental foundation is reminding Canadians of the consequences of neglecting the responsibility to protect the environment. On World Wetland Day, Feb. 2, the Global Nature Fund (GNF) declared Lake Winnipeg the “Threatened Lake of the Year 2013“.
The foundation chooses the most threatened lake in the world annually.
“That this huge Canadian lake is faced with problems similar to those of lakes in more densely populated countries is hard to believe,” the foundation said on its website.
Past winners of the infamous award include Africa’s Lake Victoria, the Dead Sea in the Middle East and Lake Titicaca in South America.