The Council of Canadians fully supports Romeo Saganash's private members bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
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The Council of Canadians petition against Trump's visit to Canada.
US Donald Trump's planned visit to the United Kingdom later this year is sparking a mass mobilization against his racist and misogynist views.
Our ally UK-based ally Global Justice Now director Nick Dearden has posted, "The Stop Trump Coalition has already put Trump off coming to London twice, and we look forward to making it third time also unlucky. If he does come, make no mistake, there will be massive demonstrations and protests to show exactly how we feel about this US President, and give voice to those who he has attacked and demeaned.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's special envoy on NAFTA talked up the 'free trade' deal in Washington yesterday.
The Canadian Press reports, "Former prime minister Brian Mulroney offered a spirited defence of NAFTA in Washington on Tuesday [to the US Senate committee on foreign relations]. Mulroney was warmly greeted by the majority of US senators on the committee, who were largely united in their belief that while NAFTA needs to be modernized, the deal itself had been a boon to their country and North America."
Furthermore, 36 Republican Senators have now written US president Donald Trump asking that he "keep NAFTA in place, but modernize it" because that would serve to "expand energy exports to maximize domestic energy production" and along with other measures (including his corporate tax cuts) "fuel historic growth".
The Council of Canadians has supported Indigenous-led efforts calling for the removal of a statue of Edward Cornwallis from a downtown park in Halifax.
The Chronicle Herald explains Cornwallis was "a soldier who infamously issued a bounty on the scalps of Mi'kmaqs".
This past weekend we tweeted our support of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs call for the immediate removal of the statue.
The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter helped block the Kinder Morgan terminal yesterday in opposition to the 890,000 barrel per day Trans Mountain pipeline.
Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline may have just been dealt a decisive blow by the BC government.
The Globe and Mail reports, "British Columbia's NDP government is moving to block Kinder Morgan Inc.'s planned pipeline expansion with new oil-spill regulations that would prohibit companies from expanding shipments of diluted bitumen from the oil sands through the province until it can review oil-spill response capabilities."
Steve Verheul, Canada's chief NAFTA negotiator, during the 6th round of talks in Montreal.
Mainstream media reports are suggesting we should feel cautiously optimistic about the 6th round of NAFTA talks that concluded in Montreal today.
The Globe and Mail reports, "Canadian negotiators spent all last week presenting new ideas." The Canadian Press notes, "Countries [are] seeking a pathway to solutions for the difficult problems" and that there is now "a glimmer of hope that the continental trade pact may yet be saved." And the Toronto Star has reported, "Canada has made a bold offer to accept a controversial U.S. demand at the NAFTA talks about how to resolve commercial trade disputes."
New ideas? Pathway to solutions? Glimmer of hope? Bold offer?
The Indigenous Liberation Walk will take place between February 16 and March 1 in South Africa. About a dozen Indigenous people will walk a 1,000 kilometre route between Victoria West and Cape Town over a 14 day period.
This year will be the sixth walk for the Khoe, Nama and San people. Khoisan refers to the Khoi (or more specifically Khoikhoi, formerly known as Hottentots) and the San (or Bushmen) of Southern Africa.
Myiingan Kwe, a member of the Beausoleil First Nation in Ontario, writes, "Asking all First Nations people, water walkers, Site 41 family members and all supporters of Indigenous Rights to say a prayer on February 18 for the Khoisan people of South Africa who will walking with the Site 41 water in their annual liberation walk for human rights, in the midst of the impending Cape Town Water Crisis."
The Council of Canadians Montreal chapter and allies rallied on Saturday January 27 outside the Hôtel Bonaventure in Montreal, the venue for the 6th round of NAFTA talks. Photo by Mike Le Couteur, Global News.
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is expected to arrive in Montreal tomorrow (Sunday January 28) and to comment on Monday (January 29) on the Trudeau government's counter-proposals that have emerged during this 6th round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Key areas that are reportedly being discussed this round include:
The Māori led a protest march of thousands of people opposed to the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in New Zealand in February 2016.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's so-called 'Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership' (CPTPP) - to be signed on March 8 in Chile - is a violation of Indigenous rights.
US President Donald Trump is unwilling to visit the United Kingdom unless British prime minister Theresa May can guarantee there will not be protests against him.
The International Business Times reports, "Trump is refusing to visit the UK unless May can ensure that he is not met with protests. Advisers who had been listening to the phone call are reported to have been 'astonished' at the demands."
Newsweek adds, "While visiting the White House a year ago, May invited Trump for an official state visit. But Trump has yet to cross the pond to a country where he is wildly unpopular. In the days after May issued her invitation, protests erupted in the UK, and more than 1.8 million people signed a petition to stop Trump’s visit, partially in response to the travel ban he placed on several Muslim-majority countries."