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#HighSeasTreaty was finalized in March after more than a decade of negotiations, creating a #blueprint for #protecting #ocean #biodiversity & fair, #sustainable use of #MarineResources in #InternationalWaters.
#GovernmentOfCanada celebrated the treaty along with Canada’s efforts to secure agreement. But it hasn’t yet signed on.
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#Aboriginal #Indigenous #Decolonise #SovereigntyNeverCeded #Treaty #FuckRacism #FuckWhiteness #FuckColonisation #AbolishPolice #AbolishPrisons #Abolition #CommunityNotCops #PleaseHelp #PleaseShare #SettlerSaturday #SettlerSunday
Considering the government has just signed a deal promising visas to people from Tuvalu who are climate crisis refugees, it'll be interesting to see how these Torres Strait Island peoples are treated under coloniser law
I wonder if I can get away with quoting a tweet in my essay about the media coverage of Kumanjayi Walker's murder.. 🤔
First Nations in B.C. seek salmon return to Columbia Basin in new treaty with U.S
“Following a viewing of footage of the night, the court heard that there was evidence that no incident had taken place, and the cops had forcibly removed Wighton because he was looking ‘violent’…
“After reviewing fabricated police evidence and hearing that the allegations brought by senior cops were a load of shit, the court dismissed all charges against the pair.”
Happy world vegan day y'all!
How will you celebrate this joyous occasion?
My top 5 activities:
1️⃣ sign a vegan pledge (if you haven't already)
2️⃣ try a cool new vegan recipe (inspo: www.veganuary.com/recipes & www.loveveg.com)
3️⃣ sign the plant-based treaty to change politics (https://plantbasedtreaty.org/)
4️⃣ eat tasty vegan snacks (lots of them)
5️⃣ cuddle a cute animal (with their consent) / plan trip to a sanctuary
#vegan #WorldVeganDay #ForTheAnimals #Veggie #PlantBased #Treaty #Sanctuary
@anyaso @jamesjefferies In this week's outing - an update on our #triplestore fire < it is now extinguished, some progress on replacing parliamentary search, more #generalelection planning news, Lords committee correspondence finally finds its way to our #treaty website, we dip a toe back into #legislativeConsentMotions, port some bots to #Bluesky, get final sign off on our #regnalYear citation generator, publish a much improved spreadsheet on the subject of #hybridbills ...
@KilKerrin Keating didn’t propose a question.
“…[H]e said he had long told Indigenous leaders he did not believe constitutional reform was the best route to recognition…
“…he said “the route to recognition has to be straight through the front door: with a document acknowledging prior occupation, including recognition and atonement for dispossession. A treaty is the best way to do this, notwithstanding it has to be two hundred years late.”
“They were fighting the wrong fight, they should have been fighting about the rightness of their pride as the first people of the country … They should have been fighting for the treaty, the actual issue at hand, not the legal avenues by which they might provide advice.”
Settler Reply Guys spending more time arguing about how it's not fair they're expected to do something about the referendum results.
Settlers using "we haven't been told by Aboriginal people what to do yet" as though their racism and white supremacist colonialism is our problem to fix.
Settlers pulling out the "you people" phrase in the replies.
I see you.
"it's so tiring being a coloniser I'm going to just be quiet until Aboriginal people do the work wah wah wah" 🙄🙄🙄
Shut up and start a fucking email writing campaign to state premiers and federal politicians demanding moves forward to Treaty.
You fucking cowards.
Settlers are really trying to explain to me how they're "tired" after the referendum and that's why they're not able to email politicians demanding Treaty.
Exhausted? Try living under colonisation.
It's fucking tiring being a coloniser, eh?
By reneging on their previous support for truth-telling, the Queensland #LNP are also showing they don't really respect the voters they claim to be acting on behalf of.
Qld LNP have decided that when voters said "No" to Voice, what they really meant was no to Voice+Truth+Treaty.
(Imagine the bemusement at LNP HQ if #QldLabor had responded to the resounding 'Yes' in the 2018 postal survey on #MarriageEquality by saying "what voters have really said here is that they think marriage has been too restrictive, so we're going to introduce legislation for #polycule marriages"...)
Constitutional legal theory typically embraces the argument that constitutional (rather than merely legislative) protections are necessary to prevent a vulnerable minority from having their rights and basic wellbeing undermined by the desires of the majority. This decision by Qld LNP is an excellent illustration of that very phenomenon (the preferences of the majority trumping the plight of the minority), and so a confirmation of why Indigenous peoples were asking for a constitutional Voice in the first place.
So, what lessons might be drawn from this development?
1. If voters say they don't want their government to listen to the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, then voters are probably also saying they don't want to hear the truth themselves.
2. Supporters of the Statement from the Heart who advocated for #Voice before #Truth or #Treaty often did so explicitly on the assumption that Treaty would be the hardest, and so it is better to start with the 'easier' ask of a #VoiceToParliament in order to build momentum. Yet in Queensland, the failure of this 'easier' step at a federal level now means the process of truth-telling (which had been moving forward and could have helped build lasting community consensus) has been thoroughly derailed.
3. Ironically, the Voice referendum was defeated via the noise created by the various 'voices to parliament' that have been long established for rich corporate colonisers (Murdoch press, Minerals Council, Macquarie Bank, etc.). So now that its been confirmed that these old voices remain supreme, #DavidCrisafulli is just tidying up leftover mess.
In May, the #Queensland Liberal-National opposition provided bipartisan support for legislation establishing a 3-4 year #TruthTelling process, as a necessary precursor to the (extremely belated) negotiation of a treaty or #treaties with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples. And they did so in response to the #UluruStatementFromTheHeart (that had called for #Voice, #Treaty and #Truth).
At the time, opposition leader #DavidCrisafulli had personally encouraged people in his state to "embrace this [truth-telling] wholeheartedly". On the day the legislation passed, he said: "I believe in truth-telling and to me that means telling it like it is. […] We cannot shy away from the real experiences of #Indigenous Australians throughout history. We must tell the truth about the real challenges they are facing today."
But now, five months later yet before any of the formal processes of truth-telling have begun, he's withdrawn #LNP support for the legislation, promising to tear it up should his party be voted into government at the next election.
He claims he is doing so because he *is* listening—to the voices of the 'No' voters, who outnumbered the 'Yes' voters at last Saturday's #referendum.
Queensland treaty appears doomed as Annastacia Palaszczuk makes it contingent on LNP support https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/oct/19/queensland-treaty-qld-premier-annastacia-palaszczuk-lnp-backflip-indigenous-first-nations-truth-telling Path to Treaty laws passed with bipartisan support five months ago would be ripped up by an LNP government, opposition leader says. #auspol #auslaw #queensland #treaty #IndigenousIP
"I love my birth country deeply but until we lose our colonial shackles, engage in Treaty-making with our First Peoples, commit to truth-telling about our history and embrace a post-colonial republic, I cannot be proud of my nation.”
I was thinking about Treaty today, and why it's important that it's the first step in everything, and not the last.
When you start with Treaty, there is recognition that you are meeting with an equal.
Having Treaty first firmly frames everything else as a recognition of our Sovereignty and our right to self determination.
Having Treaty in place recognises our place as equals to the crown, not subjects of it.
“[The] apology was celebrated worldwide, but not by all Coalition MPs. Some, including current leader Peter Dutton, displayed their contempt by conspicuously absenting themselves. Dutton, incidentally, had joined the Howard Government in late 2001 and supported all measures which destroyed Indigenous aspirations through its last six years.”
As my mum always reminded us ‘a leopard doesn’t change its spots’. Dutton will always be a lying racist turd.
Very good article from Sean Kelly in the SMH on a racist Australia
‘Perhaps the most telling moment of the entire campaign came early, when Peter Dutton said the Coalition would hold a referendum on recognition alone: “We went to the last election and a number of elections before that with that as our policy and that will be our policy going into the next election as well.”
‘A policy that has been on the books for years but never delivered: is there a greater symbol of the hollowness at the heart of the supposed goodwill of Australians towards Indigenous people? We want to help, we say, just tell us how! Oh, that’s not a good option. No, not that either. Your people are dying, you say? Let’s wait a while.
‘…Or as novelist Melissa Lucashenko, of Goorie and European heritage, said, “white Australia doesn’t want to give blackfellas anything, even when it’s nothing”.’
"See, defeat- that’s when we stop having joy, stop having hope. That’s when we stop loving and caring for ourselves and this land of ours. That’s when we stop being strong and being proud of who we are and we all know that would never happen.
“We could never lose. We haven’t lost a thing. We all knew what the outcome was going to be. We all know the reality that we live in. It’s just now more apparent. We ain’t licking our wounds today, we’re sharpening our spears. See the colour of our skin? That’s our pride and joy and they can never change the river of our souls.
“Our people are the most caring, welcoming, loving, generous, strong and resilient people and in the darkness, we hold the light. We always have. We’re the oldest culture on earth and we have survived the white man’s world. We did not give up this land and the planting of the union jack never changed our lore at all."
If one more settler tells me that the referendum results happened because of some reason other than anti-Indigeneity I'm going to fucking snap I swear.
Stop with your gaslighting bullshit.
Because a lot of you are new to this conversation, here are some tips about grammar.
- Cap the first letters of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island, and Indigenous.
- Always type out "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island", don't use ATSI.
- Don't use phrasing like "you people" or "those people" to refer to us.
- If you're talking about a specific Aboriginal group, use the name instead of just "Aboriginal people", because our cultures are not monolithic.
You might see this as just grammar, but it's about respect.
This is going to be unpopular.
I keep seeing people say they're shocked how anti-Indigenous Australia is, and when I go look at their profiles they all have "leftist" written.
You all need to understand what this means for how your leftism is tied in to white supremacy.
If you're shocked to find out that a colonised country is racist, you haven't been listening.
If your leftist selves haven't been listening to Indigenous people on this Stolen Land, you're leaning into white supremacy.
So far I'm seeing a lot of white and non-Indigenous people be shocked that Australia is racist, seeing them talk about how now they know where the most racist parts are they'll go elsewhere on holidays, and tone police Indigenous people for telling colonisers to fuck off.
Y'all are proving that you're the problem tbh..
In the same way that the whole process of the marriage plebiscite drove up the suicide rate of queer people (especially queer youth) this process will be found to have driven up the ALREADY SKY FUCKING HIGH suicide rate of Aboriginal people (especially our young people).
Fuck colonisers. Fuck settlers.
I better see all your "vote yes" energy matched with effort given to calls for Land Back and Treaty and Reparations.
#Hamas has never been a part of the #PLO, in large measure because it is unwilling to accept the PLO’s #treaty agreements w/ #Israel. The most notable among these is the #OsloAccords, which included recognition of Israel by #Palestinians but no Israeli recognition of a Palestinian state or a Palestinian right to #statehood.
If you're surprised, you're not paying attention.
*I'm referring to the mainstream No vote, not the Blak Sovereign No vote
From the Guardian:
The Blak sovereign no campaign, it should be noted, is separate to the main no camp.. The progressive no case, as it is called, is based in concerns about sovereignty, taking part in a white person’s process, the lack of power the voice holds and the desire to progress truth telling and treaty ahead of the voice.
"The people had been taught to despise themselves because they were left with barren land and dry rivers. But they were wrong. It was the white people who had nothing; it was the white people who were suffering as thieves do, never able to forget that their pride was wrapped in something stolen, something that had never been, and never could be, theirs."
-Leslie Marmon Silko
"For a colonized people, the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land that will bring them bread, and above all, dignity."
- Frantz Fanon
"Who planted terrorism in our area? Some came and took our land, forced us to live in camps. I think this is terrorism. Using means to resist this terrorism and stop its effects - this is called struggle."
- Leila Khaled
Dan Neumann October 6, 2023
"Tribal members and supporters will rally outside the Maine State House in Augusta on Indigenous People’s Day for #Wabanaki self-determination and transparency around Maine’s #treaty obligations toward tribal nations.
"The rally, organized by the #WabanakiAlliance, a coalition that includes representatives from hundreds of organizations and businesses that support #Wabanaki inherent sovereignty, will start at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 9 outside the capitol and conclude at 11:30 a.m.
"Participants will be able to make signs and learn more about the 'Yes on 6' campaign ahead of the rally.
"#Question6 on the November ballot asks whether voters support requiring 'that all of the provisions of the Maine Constitution be included in the official printed copies' distributed by the state.
"The tribes are supporting the ballot measure because, since 1876, printed copies of Maine’s Constitution have omitted three sections of the original document, including one pertaining to Maine’s treaty obligations toward the tribes.
"Monday’s Indigenous People’s Day marks a crossroads for the tribes and their allies, after legislation recognizing Wabanaki sovereignty was vetoed by Gov. Janet Mills last summer.
"The law would have amended the jurisdictional arrangement between the tribes and the state that Indigenous leaders have long criticized for leaving the #WabanakiNations with less authority over natural resources, gaming, taxation, criminal justice and economic development on their lands than 570 other federally recognized tribes.
"Celebration at Redbank in South Portland
"Also on Monday, the #SouthPortlandMaine #HumanRights Commission will be hosting an Indigenous People’s Day celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Redbank Community Center, located at 95 MacArthur Circle West in South Portland.
"The Cape Elizabeth Rotary will also be serving pancakes and maple syrup sourced from #PassamaquoddyMaple, a company that is '100% tribally owned, with a mission to provide a high-end, small batch, product that will not only sustain our tribal land, but also create jobs for our people.'
"South Portland’s Indigenous People’s Day event is free, family friendly, and open to the public.
"The #AbbeMuseum in #BarHarbor is holding a week long series of events through Oct. 9 called “#Indigenous2023 – Celebrating Our Sovereignty“, including #storytelling, a #concert and free museum admission.
"University of Maine, #Farmington [#UMF] is holding events from Oct. 16-19 including a food tasting, storytelling, a film showing and a panel discussion on how to be an ally."
The Voice to Parliament debate has been co-opted into a racism litmus test by mainstream media - No for "racist", Yes for "not racist". However, First Nations activists have been protesting and expressing their concerns on the covert, systemic racism of the Yes campaign; from the parallels to other well-meaning but harmful assimilation tactics throughout Australia's colonial history to the white guilt, saviourism and paternalism of prescribing a powerless Voice as the best/only choice for Indigneous people.
#VoiceToParliament #Voice_to_Parliament #Referendum #Australia #Australian #Aussie #Sovereignty #Treaty #HumanRights #Human_Rights #Politics #Political #Culture #Racism #AusPol #Aus_Pol #AustralianPolitics #Australian_Politics #BlakSovereignMovement #Blak_Sovereign_Movement #BlackPeoplesUnion #Black_Peoples_Union #ScandalsWhichNeedToBeHandled #SovereigntyNeverCeded #Sovereignty_Never_Ceded #TreatyBeforeVoice #Treaty_Before_Voice #SovereignNo #ProgressiveNo #Voice23 #Voice2023 #TheVoice2023 #Video #YouTube #YouTuber #YT #ContentCreator #Content_Creator
Alexandria Herr for Floodlight
Thu 10 Feb 2022
"Last summer  Sabine von Mering, a professor of German at Brandeis University, drove more than 1,500 miles from Boston to Minneapolis to protest against the replacement of the Line 3 #OilPipeline that stretches from #Canada’s #TarSands down to Minnesota.
"Along with another protester, she locked herself to a semi-truck in the middle of a roadway, according to a filed court brief, as a means of #peaceful #resistance. But when she was arrested, she was charged with a serious crime: felony theft, which carries up to five years in prison.
"'It’s very scary that they criminalize us like that, and to face jail time,' said Von Mering, 54, of her June arrest. 'But what can I do? I feel responsible to my kids and #FutureGenerations.'
"The felony charges come as more than a dozen states have passed laws to criminalize #FossilFuel protests, and as the federal government has ramped up its own tactics for surveilling and penalizing protesters.
"Von Mering is one of nearly 900 protesters who were arrested in Minnesota for protesting against the pipeline’s construction, with the vast majority of arrests taking place during the summer of 2021, and one of dozens facing felony charges. Construction on the Line 3 pipeline was finalized in October 2021 and carries 760,000 barrels of oil per day across northern Minnesota. But its construction for years has stoked fierce protests and legal challenges, led by #Indigenous activists in northern Minnesota who worried about potential impacts of oil spills and the pipeline’s threat to #treaty rights to gather wild rice. While most of the arrests have led to misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor charges for crimes including 'disturbing the peace' and 'trespassing', felony charges like Von Mering’s mean protesters are facing years of jail time.
"Legal advocates say that in Minnesota the elevated charges are a novel tactic to challenge protest actions against pipeline construction. They see them as furthering evidence of close ties between Minnesota’s government and the #FossilFuelIndustry. It follows reporting by the Guardian that the Canadian pipeline company #Enbridge, which is building Line 3, reimbursed Minnesota’s #police department $2.4m for time spent arresting protesters and on equipment including ballistic helmets. Experts say the reimbursement strategy for arrests is a new technique in both Minnesota and across the US, and there’s concern it can be replicated.
"'I do a lot of representation for people in political protests and I’ve never seen anything like that,' said Jordan Kushner, a defense attorney representing clients charged in relation to Line 3 protests.
"Two of Kushner’s clients were charged with felony 'aiding attempted suicide' charges for crawling inside a pipe. The charge is for someone who 'intentionally advises, encourages, or assists another who attempts but fails to take the other’s own life', according to Minnesota law and carries up to a seven-year sentence. Authorities alleged that the protesters were endangering their lives by remaining inside the pipeline."
it's not intersectional if it doesn't include black people
it's not radical if its inaccessible to the poor
it's not liberation if we left someone behind
- Grace Alexander
@anyaso This time out: we've finished redrawing our #proceduremaps in #visio, added committee correspondence to our #treaty tracker, done more in the way of #generalElection planning, finished up research on why a Member may leave the Commons, added yet more #peerages to the Beamish database, refactored yet another Facts and Figures publication, equipped our beloved egg timer with session dates back to 1801, headed north to #wutheringBytes
and held a reunion. Wow.
I've just arranged for an MRI of my shoulder because it's still not ok after two rounds of cortisone injection and physio, and both xrays and ultrasounds didn't really show much to explain the pain and decreased range of movement.
My doctor was telling me that it can't be bulk billed even though I'm on an Aboriginal health plan -
I'm not sure why the government wouldn't let bulk billing scans on plans..?
Aww, they probably don't expect us to live long enough to need scans eh?
Heyla are you trying to get me in trouble?? 😆😆
Please #boost the shit out of this. We all need to have this under our belts before we even contemplate #voting #no. I realise that many old people and #conservatives will argue, but this hasn't been touched by #NewsCorpse.
From the BPU's (Black Peoples' Union) Facebook page:
Join us this Wednesday night, 6:30pm aest for a public class followed by a discussion.
This class will be on:
Sovereignty - what it actually means from both a colonial and a First Nations perspective, how it originated, and what challenges it faces today.
Treaty - what does Treaty mean, the many different forms Treaty can take, how they would be established, and the pro's and con's to each.
This is a free class and discussion open to members of the public to attend and have ask questions.
Zoom link can be found on our story and in the linktree:
“We're not here to tear the place apart. We're here to rebuild and maybe do better.”
Charter work aims to make AFN a voice for all First Nations
On Tuesday, the first day of the AFN’s three-day annual general assembly in Halifax, members of the Chiefs’ Committee on Charter Renewal presented information on the work undertaken to modernize rules for how the organization is structured and how it will function.
The respect for aboriginal rights and indigenous equality is strong in these parts.
What better way to celebrate such vital aspects of modern Australia than to display such magnificent art within the heartland of the city’s botanic and recreation areas?
The eyes of these children are filled with hope, happiness and compassion.
I have a strong sense the voice of a nation is making lasting strides, for the better.
#victorian #melbourne #narrm #Australia #muralart #murals #mural #mastoart #art #aesthetichedonist #makesmehappy
#repect #treaty #treatynow #indigenous #indigenousvoice #aboriginal #sacred #ulurustatementfromtheheart #voiceofparliament #voteyes
"Nations have reached a historic agreement to protect the world's #oceans following 10 years of negotiations.
The #HighSeasTreaty aims to place 30% of the seas into #ProtectedAreas by 2030, to safeguard and recuperate #marine #nature."
@georgetakei Joe Biden wants the US to be a signatory to a #WHO treaty that would give the WHO control of pandemic response in the event of a pandemic in all member countries. He is trying to get this enacted without Senate approval.
#who #wha #pandemic #authoritarian #joebiden #treaty #01202025 #marionette
Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization doesn’t want Premier Heather Stefanson to speak for Manitoba First Nations next week on health care reform at the First Ministers meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Daniels was joined by chiefs Cornell McLean (Lake Manitoba), Kurvis Anderson (Pinaymootang), Glenn Hudson (Peguis), and Rod Traverse (Kinonjeoshtegon) to demand a seat for the Feb. 7 meeting.
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