Joint Open Letter to Vancouver Pride Society

Posted by admin on May 17th, 2017

This letter was first presented at a meeting to Vancouver Pride Society in February 2017 and is now being released publicly on May 11, 2017.

Open Letter to the Vancouver Pride Society,

We write this letter as LGBTQIA2+ organizations and individuals and anti-racist community groups with majority queer and trans membership based on unceded Indigenous Coast Salish territories.

We write to support Black Lives Matter-Vancouver in their calls for the Vancouver Pride Society to remove any and all presence of uniformed police officers (VPD and RCMP) from marching as an institution in the Vancouver Pride Parade in 2017 and onward.

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Secwepemc Elder and Warrior Wolverine Passes On

Posted by admin on Mar 26th, 2016

By Ts’Peten Defence Committee, March 22, 2016

https://warriorpublications.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/secwepemc-elder-and-warrior-wolverine-passes-on

Today, Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 our Secwepemc War Hero and Elder Wolverine William Jones Ignace passed on to the Spirit World at his home in Secwepemc Territory. Wolverine earned his Battle Honours at Ts’Peten, Gustafsen Lake Siege in 1995, were he and other Warriors successfully survived a military attack launched by the Canadian government, in defence of his unsurrendered Secwepemc Lands. He leaves with us a great legacy of Indigenous Resistance, Struggle and Victory. He is widely respected and loved, not only by his family, community and Secwepemc Nation, but throughout the World as well. Wolverine lit the fires of Freedom in the hearts and spirits of countless Peoples fighting for Indigenous Lives, Lands and Rights. Wolverine will be greatly missed by Indigenous Warriors on the frontlines from Alaska to South America.

Wolverine sincerely expressed a deep will for the Peoples to continue the important and crucial work in fighting for our unceded Secwepemc Territory, including the demand for a National Inquiry into the siege at Gustafsen Lake. As well as, to carry on his Nourish the Nation Garden, to feed the frontlines.

To send your condolences to Wolverine’s family call (250) 679-3671 or by email: kanahusmanuel@gmail.com

Wolverines family is accepting monetary donations via e-transfer to: jrdickbilly@gmail.com

Memorial for Secwepemc Elder and Warrior Wolverine William Jones Ignace will be held Tuesday, March 29th in the Simon Baker Room at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre.

https://www.facebook.com/events/209452176084647/?active_tab=highlights

This is is a child friendly event and there will be food.

We will also be doing a collection for his family.

 

Site C protest campers in court Today: Lawyer hired by defendants a veteran of Burnaby Mountain pipeline injunctions

Posted by admin on Feb 22nd, 2016

by Jonny Wakefield

http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/regional-news/site-c/site-c-protest-campers-in-court-monday-1.2177915

Members of a protest camp who have blocked Site C dam construction for 50 days will have a hearing on an injunction to remove them Feb. 22.

It’s the first time BC Hydro and Rocky Mountain Fort campers have been in court since the camp was established Dec. 31.

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39 Refugees, Including 5 Children, Drown At Sea

Posted by admin on Feb 4th, 2016

It comes just days after 26 other refugees drowned trying to make the same journey from Turkey to Greece.

Ema O’Connor BuzzFeed News Reporter

http://www.buzzfeed.com/emaoconnor/hundreds-refugees-drown-at-ses-in-2016#.gpNW00pA3k

At least 39 migrants from the Middle East, including at least five children, drowned Saturday trying to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, Turkish coastguard officials said. More than 60 others were rescued from the seas.

Officials told the local Andalou news agency that they expected the death toll to rise as they continued to search the capsized boat and nearby shores.

The boat was headed for Lesbos, a Greek island close to Turkey’s coastline.

Pictures from the scene showed the bodies of children and adults lying motionless on the rocky Turkish coastline, as officials worked to load them into bags.

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Aegean Sea refugee crossings rise 35 fold year-on-year in January – watchdog

Posted by admin on Feb 3rd, 2016

by Damien Gayle

More than 52,000 crossed in January, says IOM, as Merkel defends open-door policy and says most refugees will eventually return home

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/30/refugee-arrivals-greece-exceed-52000-january

More than 52,000 refugees and migrants crossed the eastern Mediterranean to reach Europe in the first four weeks of January, more than 35 times as many as attempted the crossing in the same period last year.

The daily average number of people making the crossing is nearly equivalent to the total number for the whole month of January as recently as two years ago, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

More than 250 people have died attempting to make the crossing this month, including at least 39 who drowned in the Aegean Sea on Saturday morning after their boat capsized between Turkey and Greece.

Turkish coastguards rescued 75 others from the sea near the resort of Ayvacik on Saturday, according to the Anadolou news agency. They had been trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.
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