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Les sables bitumineux arrivent au Québec! The Tar Sands Come to Quebec!

Les sables bitumineux arrivent au Québec: Un forum communautaire pour construire la résistance et proposer des alternatives aux oléoducs

Samedi, le 19 janvier à l’Université Concordia (bâtiment Hall)  

Joignez-vous à nous pour une journée d’ateliers, de présentations et d’élaboration d’une stratégie collective pour empêcher les compagnies pétrolières qui sont parmi les plus riches du monde de faire passer le pétrole sale des sables bitumineux d’Alberta par le Québec. Apprenez de la lutte que mènent depuis des années les activistes de première ligne des communautés autochtones et des communautés en région du Québec contre ces projets destructeurs.

Si les projets de oléoducs vont de l’avant, le Trailbraker d’Enbridge et le Eastern de TransCanada transporteront des centaines de milliers de barils de pétrole par jour, en provenance des sables bitumineux. Ils mettront en péril la santé, l’eau, l’environnement et les terres des Québécois et participeront massivement aux changements climatiques.

Ces entreprises – qui suivent un modèle économique plaçant les profits à court terme et la croissance infinie au dessus de tout – sont à l’origine de la crise du climat et du fossé grandissant des inégalités de richesse et de pouvoir.

Ce modèle économique ne cherche pas seulement à commercialiser l’éducation, privatiser la santé, réduire les impôts des plus riches, et entraver les droits des travailleurs tout en diminuant leurs salaires. Il tente également de transformer la vallée du St Laurent en une zone d’expérimentation industrielle de gaz de schiste, le nord du Québec en une zone sacrifiée à l’exploitation minière et forestière, le golfe du St Laurent en une station de pompage de pétrole et il cherche à faire de cette province un tremplin pour l’export du pétrole des sables bitumineux d’Alberta.

Nous menons une campagne contre les sables bitumineux pour montrer qu’un autre modèle de développement est possible, un modèle qui prend en compte à la fois la justice climatique et la justice économique. Ce dont nous avons besoin dans nos villes c’est d’un meilleur transport collectif, de logements abordables et de circuits alimentaires locaux, et non pas de pipelines des sables bitumineux. Nous avons besoin de réduire les émissions de carbone et le fossé des inégalités. Et nous avons besoin de limiter le pouvoir des grandes entreprises et des banques qui tirent profit de la privatisation du bien commun et de la pollution de notre planète.

The Tar Sands Come to Quebec: A community forum to build resistance and alternatives to tar sands pipelines

Saturday, January 19th at Concordia University (Hall Building)

Join us for a day of workshops, a panel, and collective strategizing to stop some of the world’s richest oil companies from transporting dirty Alberta tar sands oil through Quebec. Hear from front-line activists from Indigenous communities and rural Quebec who have been fighting these destructive projects for years.

If they go forward, Enbridge’s Trailbreaker and TransCanada’s Eastern pipeline will carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of tar sands oil daily. They will threaten the health, water, environment and lands of the people in Quebec and massively contribute to climate change.

These corporations — driven by an economic model that values short-term profit and perpetual growth above all else — are the root cause of the climate crisis and the crisis of austerity and neoliberalism.

This economic model is trying not only to commercialize education, privatize health-care and undermine worker’s rights and wages, but to turn the St Lawrence valley into an industrial shale gas experiment, the north of Quebec into a mining and forestry sacrifice zone, the gulf of St Lawrence into an oil pumping site, and to make this province into an export-launch pad for the Alberta tar sands.We are campaigning against dirty tar sands to ensure another model of development is possible, one that simultaneously addresses climate and economic justice. We need free mass public transit and local food systems running through our cities, not tar sands pipelines; to reduce carbon emissions as well as the gaps of inequality; and to restrain the power of corporations and banks that profit off the privatization of the commons and the pollution of our planet.

Our Generation’s Quiet Awakening must be Green and Red

En françaishttp://bit.ly/Ji1EFz

Photo Cred: Josh Lopez

Photo Cred: Josh Lopez

The creative, courageous and inspiring Quebec student movement will today weave its way through Montreal’s Earth Day rally, mixing red and green, merging demands for a freeze on tuition with respect for the earth and those most impacted by climate change. Let the meeting not remain accidental, but deepen and flourish.

Our country has always been divided by solitudes of nation, religion, and language, but no two solitudes are as important to overcome today as this: the fight against an unjust economy and the fight against climate change.

It has never been more urgent to make the connection. The old mentality may have told us to fight our battles separately: Let environmentalists deal with the environment; let workers and students deal with the economy. But a new mentality tells us this is the same fight, because the crises of the climate and the economy have the same root: putting profits before people and the planet.

This must be our generation’s quiet awakening.

If students squarely in the red is a warning our economic model is failing them, then climate change is a terrifying expression—the ultimate red alert—that the economy is failing the earth. This economic model that celebrates greed above all else is not just making education inaccessible, but it will make our planet uninhabitable.

It says to us: each person for himself; make the students shoulder the burden; and let people stricken the world-over by climate change-induced droughts, storms, flooding and crop-failures suffer their fate.

The neoliberal economic model that commercializes education is also the model that will turn the St Lawrence valley into an industrial shale gas experiment. That will turn the north of Quebec into a mining and forestry sacrifice zone. That will turn the gulf of St Lawrence into an oil pumping site. And that will turn the province into an eastward launching pad of the Alberta tar sands, a carbon bomb.

Science tells us that this model of business as usual—of perpetual growth and greed, of constant expansion and extraction—is spilling so much carbon into the atmosphere that it will ensure cataclysmic climate change. It insists we find alternatives.

The real solutions to the climate crisis will come in creating an economy that serves everyone and our ecology: closing deepening inequalities; funding a strong public sphere that includes mass public transit and free education; creating good, green jobs that decrease our dependence on fossil fuels; and restraining the reckless power of corporations and banks that profit off the privatization of our schools and the pollution of the planet.

We need to end the reign of oil in Ottawa, and its influence in Quebec city. The federal government now hands-out $1.4 billion a year to the world’s richest and most polluting oil companies, when such a hand-out to students could begin a system of free education in Quebec and across Canada.

Climate change adds great urgency to all these demands for social, economic and ecological justice. Because we must reduce our carbons emissions rapidly, time is short. Climate change must thus be a spark to remake our economy on a very tight deadline.

The values of our budding social movements— solidarity over individualism, reciprocity over hierarchy, cooperation over competition— should orient our vision for a clean energy economy. This movement will be stronger when it is united. When it finds solutions simultaneously to the crises of the economy and ecology. When it is green as well as red.

During POWERSHIFT 2012 this October 26 to 29, thousands of youth from across the country will converge in Ottawa to force these issues onto the national agenda, to fight for a clean energy future that is socially and economically just. If the spirit and power of Quebec’s spring blossoms, and spreads across Canada, we can achieve it.

License to Spill! Passez à l’action contre l’extraction

A 25-foot Dragon and “Human Oil Spill” to Warn Montrealers of Dangers of Pipelines, Extraction
Time: 12:00, April 20, 2011
Location: McGill College at Sherbrooke

 

[English Below]

Partout autour du monde, des communautés sont menacées par des industries d’extraction qui empoisonnent nos familles, tuent nos proches au travail, et détruisent les écosystèmes que nous chérissons. Le déversement de pétrole de BP n’est malheureusement qu’un chaînon d’une chaîne de catastrophes sans fin, nées d’un système économique qui se maintien en consommant sans cesse les ressources de la Terre.

Au Canada, les… sables bitumineux sont en croissance exponentielle. Dans le nord de l’Alberta, cette énorme marée noire continue de s’étendre lentement, avec ses bassins de décantation toxiques qui laissent chaque jour s’échapper des millions de litres d’eau contaminée dans la rivière Athabasca, empoisonnant les communautés en aval. Ceci vient de pair avec un système distribution : des oléoducs qui traversent le continent, y compris ici même à Montréal. La réalité, c’est que les oléoducs coulent et les sables bitumineux tuent.

Pour un climat stable, de l’air et de l’eau propre, il faut arrêter l’extraction des combustibles fossiles et des autres «ressources». De l’exploitation des sables bitumineux de l’Alberta, au gaz de schistes du Québec, jusqu’à la Côte du Golfe, les gens se battent contre les industries extractives qui ont déclaré la guerre à notre planète. À l’occasion du 1er anniversaire de la marée noire de BP, Justice Climatique Montréal se joindra à d’autres à travers le monde pour une journée d’action directe contre l’extraction.

L’extraction est l’action de prendre sans rien redonner.

Donc, le jour du 1er anniversaire du déversement de pétrole dans le Golfe, nous descendrons dans la rue, (littéralement) s’étaler dans Montréal pour réaffirmer notre vie sur cette terre et en solidarité avec toutes les personnes dont la vie est mise en péril par les industries d’extraction.

Venez nous rejoindre à midi, au coin des rues McGill College et Sherbrooke, pour vous joindre à la mêlée, tandis que le centre-ville de Montréal verra prendre vie le premier déversement de pétrole humain qui exposera la réalité que les foreurs de schiste, les colporteurs pétroliers et les marketeurs miniers créent autour du globe à chaque jour! Amenez un-e ami-e et un flare pour le spectaculaire!

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Communities around the world are under attack from extractive industries that poison our families, kill our loved ones on the job, and destroy the ecosystems we cherish. The BP oil spill was unfortunately just one of an endless string of disasters born of an economic system that must endlessly consume the Earth’s resources.

In Canada, as the tar sands are growing at an exponential rate. In a corner of Northern Alberta, the largest oil spill in slow motion continues to grow as toxic tailings ponds leaking millions of liters of contaminated water into the Athabasca River each and every day, poisoning downstream communities. This is coupled with a pipeline delivery system that will span the continent, including here in Montreal. The reality is that pipelines spill and the tar sands kill.

For a stable climate, clean air and water, we must stop the extraction of fossil fuels and other “resources.” From the tar sands of Alberta, to the Shale Gas plays of Quebec, all the way to the Gulf Coast, people are fighting back against the extractive industries that have declared war on our planet. Climate Justice Montreal will join others across the world for a day of direct action against extraction on the 1 year anniversary of the BP oil spill.

Extraction is the act of taking without giving anything back.

So, on the 1 year anniversary of the Gulf Spill we are going to take it to the streets, (literally) spilling through Montreal to reaffirm our life on this earth and stand in solidarity with all of those in danger of destruction under the extraction industry.

Join us at noon at McGill College and Sherbrooke to join the fray, as Montreal’s first human powered oil spill transforms downtown into the reality that the shale shillers, petroleum peddlers and mining marketeers are creating around the globe! Bring a friend and a flair for the dramatic. We’ll supply the pipelines and giant puppets, all we need is your people power.

QUAND L’EAU FLAMBE/BURNING WATER – A New Publication from CJM/La Nouvelle Publication de JCM!

 

Climate Justice is proud to announce the launch of our newest publication Burning Water. The booklet introduces the issues around shale gas extraction in Quebec, and what we can do about it!

Nous avons fier d’annoncer le lancement de notre nouvelle publication Quand L’eau Flambe. La brochure présente les questions autour de l’extraction de gaz de schistes au Québec, et ce que nous pouvons faire à ce sujet!

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Climate Justice Banner Drop and Occupation of Parliament: “If They Won’t Take Action on Climate Justice, We Will!”

At 11:00 a.m. this morning organizers with Climate Justice Ottawa dropped a banner in the rotunda of the Canadian Parliament reading “If They Won’t Take Action on Climate Justice, We Will!”.  The youth also began a sit-in “Peoples Assembly” calling for Canadian politicans to begin open and sincere consultations with communities across the country. They delivered 5 demands to parliament

1. Lead, follow, or get out of the way
At the upcoming UN Climate Summit in Cancun, Canada should be the first nation from the global north to adopt the emissions reductions and temperature rise limitation targets of 300ppm and 1 degree celsius, presented by the largest gathering in history of directly impacted communities at the April 2010 World People’s Summit on Climate Change and Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  The first step to achieving this and repaying our climate debt is accepting the Cochabamba Declaration text presented at the UN Summit.

2. Shut Down the Tar Sands
Tar sands developments are on course to destroy a section of the boreal forest the size of England, and are Canada’s fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. The direct pollution from tar sands developments is poisoning the Athabasca River watershed and surrounding lands, and is a health catastrophe for impacted communities who are experiencing high rates of cancer and a loss of traditional food sources.  Therefore, we call for an immediate moratorium on present and future tar sands expansion projects, a phase out of existing projects, and to hold corporations responsible for environmental destruction while facilitating a just transition for workers out of destructive industries.

3. No more Tax Breaks or Subsidies for Oil Companies
Oil companies received more than $2.8 billion dollars in government tax breaks and subsidies in 2008. These subsidies lower the cost of oil and promote the use of dirty fossil fuels when we should be transitioning to clean forms of energy.  Therefore, we call for an immediate end to government financing of environmentally and socially destructive industries.

4. Invest in Community Solutions
Community-based renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydro need to be developed in a way that does not damage natural ecosystems, meaning energy production must be controlled by communities and not corporations. Current subsidies and systems of agriculture decrease healthy food choices, contribute to  ecological destruction, and hurt small scale farmers, while a shift towards community-controlled diversified agriculture leads to healthier people and ecosystems.  There are more efficient ways of transporting people and products than building mass highways;  Canada needs to invest in solutions that re-imagine how we move around within and between cities through the localization of production, bicycle infrastructure, and accessible public transit. Ultimately, federal

5. Reject False Solutions
Canada currently relies heavily on technofixes, such as promoting biofuel projects where the amazon rainforest is slashed and burned to grow corn to put in our cars and investing over $3 billion in expensive and unproven carbon capture and storage technology.  Furthermore, solutions such as carbon trading and offsets turn our atmosphere into a commodity to be bought and sold, allowing corporate lobbying to export responsibility for reductions to elsewhere and perpetuating inequality. Instead of wasting billions on band-aid solutions that ignore the root of the problem, Canada needs to take action at changing unequal and unsustainable systems of production, consumption, and distribution….

Beyond PPM: Voices from the Frontlines – Call for Artists

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Hey all!

 

Climate Justice Montreal is working on a new publication, the first edition of Beyond PPM, an ongoing project that aims to amplify the voices of frontline communities fighting destructive projects, present critical analysis and arguments, and make the links between climate justice and other social movements.

 

We need your help!

 

We are looking for amazing artists who can lend us their skills to beautify this project, from the covers to illustrations to accompany stories, we need your pens, brushes, photos, and other skills!

 

Unfortunately we don’t have any money for this gig, but your art will be seen by hundreds of people around the globe!

 

If you are interested in helping out send an email to holditdownproductions@gmail.com

 

Solidarity,

Climate Justice MTL

10 INDIGENOUS STRUGGLES: Canadian climate and environmental activists should support

10 INDIGENOUS STRUGGLES
Canadian climate and environmental activists should support

A RECLAIM COLUMBUS DAY STATEMENT by CLIMATE JUSTICE MONTREAL

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In 2009, Indigenous communities throughout the world called for a global mobilization “In Defence of Mother Earth” on October 12, 2010, reclaiming “Columbus Day” and transforming colonial holidays into days of action in solidarity with Indigenous peoples.
Responding to this call and the demand for a day of action for ‘system change, not climate change’ issued by the global movements gathered in Copenhagen last year, Climate Justice Action has organized a day of direct action for climate justice.

With increasing droughts, floods, natural disasters and the hottest summer on record behind us, ever more Canadians are realizing the present and future peril of climate change. But our political and economic system has locked us into dependency on infinite economic growth. It produces elites whose vision is pathologically short-sighted, rarely extending beyond the next financial quarter or electoral term.So rather than scale back, as we know we must, Canadian elites are presiding over a final stage of colonial resource pillage – a frantic grab for the dirtiest and hardest-to-extract fossil fuels and minerals in ever-harder-to-reach geographic zones. 

These new mines, oil wells, pipelines, swathes of clear-cuts and hydro-dams are almost always on or near unceded and treatied Indigenous territories. These sites of extraction have thus become sites of  resistance – because living and depending on these lands, Indigenous peoples are their first and fiercest defenders. And in the face of resource depletion, biodiversity loss, and climate chaos, their struggles are taking on vital importance.

Indigenous communities are resisting because their resistance protects and embodies alternatives – for sane resource management in Haida Gwaii, for conservation of watersheds in Gwich’in, for sustainable forestry in Barriere Lake, for imagining different relationships to the land from coast to coast to coast. Where polluting and carbon-emitting projects have been halted or delayed, minimized or regulated, we can usually thank Indigenous peoples. During these struggles, they have won a unique set of tools – Supreme Court precedents, constitutional rights, and international legal instruments – that establish a framework for self-determination and land restitution in Canada.

If these political victories are implemented on the ground, this could mean the reshaping of our geography. We need to encourage and welcome it. After all, who else is proposing to set up multi-generational institutions of responsible land stewardship? Certainly not our corporations. Who else is conceiving of human and environmental welfare in terms of the next seven generations? Not our politicians. What this means is that supporting Indigenous struggles will not just pay off Canada’s enormous moral and legal debt: it is also our best hope to save entire territories from endless and senseless extraction and destruction.

Where should we look for the courage and tenacity to save our burning and broken planet? Not in parliament, business chambers, or universities. You’ll find it on the blockades in Grassy Narrows, where they watch-over the longest-running blockades against clear-cut logging in Canadian history; on the lakes of Big Trout Lake, where they daringly maneuver boats to prevent company planes from landing to prospect for minerals; and on the international campaign trail with Fort Chipewyan, as they shame Canada for the poisoning of their people.

These ten Indigenous struggles, which could easily be twenty or thirty others, are challenging the status quo of fossil-fuel addiction and resource pillage in this country. Standing up to governments and corporations, struggling for their mountains, waters and climate, Indigenous communities deserve the support of everyone who cares about the health of our planet. As these communities battle to regain control over their lands, they struggle for us all.

::: 10 Indigenous Struggles that Canadian climate and environmental activists should support :::

Lubicon Lake (Alberta): The First Nation in northern Alberta has seen their traditional lands overrun by massive oil and gas exploitation which has destroyed their traditional lands and way of life. To protect their fragile boreal forest homeland from even greater depredation, the Lubicon have fought back to defend their land and lives by patiently building a global network of organizations and individuals to support their legal battles, boycotts, lobbying, negotiations with the Canadian government and – when all else failed – blockades. Despite 20 years of condemnation by United Nations human rights bodies, the right of the Lubicon people to maintain their culture and rebuild their society is still not respected by the federal and provincial governments and industry. They have been subject to economic sabotage and draconian internal interference. And even more destructive forms of development – including oil sands extraction – are planned for the future. www.lubicon.org/

Grassy Narrows (Ontario): Mercury contamination of their river system in the 1960s by a paper mill upstream devastated their economy, plunging the community into extreme poverty from which it has never fully recovered. After  decades of petitions, letter writing, speaking tours, environmental assessment requests, and protests failed to halt the destructive clearcut logging of their traditional territory, grassroots women and youth put their bodies on the line and blocked logging trucks passing by their community. The blockades are  the longest running in Canadian history, now in their 8th year. 3 major logging corporations have bowed to pressure and committed not to log against the wishes of the community, and logging has been suspended on Grassy Narrows territory as of July 2008. But under pressure from corporate lumber giant Weyerhaeuser, the province appears ready once again to give the green-light to logging in the fall of 2010.  The community is determined to prevent this. www.freegrassy.org

Pimicikamak (Manitoba):  Five hundred kilometres north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Pimicikimak Cree have been struggling against the consequences of hydro-electric damming on their lands. The dams have turned pristine rivers into power corridors, ancient lakes into holding tanks and a sacred homeland into an industrial complex. Manitoba Hydro company promised clean and green development when they and two levels of government signed a 1970s agreements with Manitoba indigenous communities. Pimicikamak is now fighting to force Manitoba Hydro to live up to its treaty commitments and to restore their lands and waters. The community is teaching us that hydro development, far from being a panacea for climate change,  harms lands and Indigenous peoples, and also destroys the boreal forest, the world’s largest terrestrial carbon reservoir, causing the release of global-warming methane gas. www.pimicikamak.com/

Wet’suwet’en (British Columbia): Located near the town of Smithers in central interior British Columbia the Wet’suwet’en First Nation is currently engaged in a struggle to stop several oil and gas pipeline from being built across their traditional territory. Grassroots community organizers have taken a stance against not only the pipelines, but the entire tar sands giga-project, working in solidarity with other frontline communities and solidarity activists against “refineries, terminals, tanker traffic, and the systemic scope that is Carbon Marketing, Offsetting, and REDDS.” http://on.fb.me/bekx2K

Gwich’in (Northwest Territories): The Gwich’in, whose traditional territory overlaps with the Peel Watershed Region – a 68,000 square kilometer stretch of land near the Northeastern edge of the Yukon – are fighting mining corporations and the provincial government for total protection of their traditional territories. Mining companies currently hold over 8,400 mining permits in the watershed, five tributaries that make up North America’s largest network of mountain rivers. The Peel Watershed Planning Commission has called for 80 per cent protection that maintains grandfathered leases, but local communities are working for the full protection of their lands. http://www.thebigwild.org/act/peel

Baker Lake (Nunavut): Baker Lake, a mostly Inuit community in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut, has a long history of struggles against uranium mining and exploration.  In the late 1970s,  legal action was taken against the Canadian Government and a variety of uranium exploration companies.  In the late 1980s and early 1990s, they successfully fought against a proposal to mine uranium from the Kiggavik ore body, located on the post-calving grounds of caribou herds.  But the Aveva mining company still wants this ore, and ignoring community concerns about impacts on caribou, health and nuclear weapons development, have launched an aggressive public relations campaign. Feeling their views are not represented by the Inuit Organizations, Inuit from Baker Lake and elsewhere in Nunavut have formed Nunavummiut Makitagunarningit (Nunavummiut can rise up).

Barriere Lake (Quebec): The Algonquins of Barriere Lake continue to hunt, fish, trap, and harvest on more than 15,000 square kilometers of territory north of Ottawa in north-western Quebec, which they have sought to protect from clear-cut logging through a landmark conservation agreement. The 1991 Trilateral agreement undermines the Canadian government’s Comprehensive Claims policy, which forces First Nations to extinguish their unceded title to the land in exchange for paltry sums of lands and money. For this reason, the federal and provincial governments and multinational industry have conspired to avoid implementing the agreement, instead criminalizing the community and attempting to abolish their traditional governance system. The community attributes the strength of their Algonquin language, their culture, and their protection of the land to the endurance of this own governance system, the Mitchikanibikok Anishinabe Onakinakewin. www.barrierelakesolidarity.org

Innu (Quebec/Labrador): The Innu have for years been struggling against the exploitation of minerals, hydro-power, animals, and timber on their lands, and military low-level flying exercises and bomb testing. Today, some Innu communities are facing proposed plans to build the Lower Churchill Hydro Project, which would mean the construction of two hydroelectric dams on their territory, causing vast environmental devastation. The project is slated to flood 12% of the Lower Churchill Valley,  increase mercury levels in the water, and destroy some of the most diverse wildlife habitat in Labrador – home to black bear and caribou, among other animals. Since the traditional Innu way of life is based on  hunting and fishing, this project, if not stopped, will also affect the ability of the Innu to live their lives freely and choose their own ways of living.  http://www.indigenoussolidaritymontreal.net/struggles/fep

Tsilhqot’in (British Columbia): The Tsilhqot’in people have a long history of fierce resistance and independence. In 2007, they set an important precedent in the British Columbia court by proving their aboriginal title and rights to 2,000 square kilometres of their lands, potential supplanting provincial jurisdiction over land-use planning, but the federal and provincial have ensnared them in legal appeals. Today, they are confronting a proposal for an enormous open-pit gold-copper mine on their land. The mine would turn a lake that is sacred to the Tsilhqot’in and that holds 90,000 unique rainbow trout into a tailings dump, replacing it with an artificial lake. Some community members have pledged their life to stop it. http://teztanbiny.ca/

Bear River (Nova Scotia): The First Nation has their own vision for a food and livelihood fishery, based on a long historical relationship to the natural world that is premised on respect and self-sufficiency to avoid hunger and sickness for all people.  This relationship is known in the Mi’kmaq language as “Netukulimk”.   But the commodification and privatization of the commercial fishery sector continues unabated, leaving no room for community sustainable practice and knowledge. It has become clear to Bear River that these fishing agreements serve only to integrate First Nations into a commodification process, watering down their treaty rights. Bear River has chosen not to sign any fishing agreements with the federal government, continuing instead to pursue its vision of a small scale food and livelihood fishery by aligning themselves with other local non-Indigenous fishermen who have also been impacted by privatization and commodification, and by continuing to learn and practice “netukulimk”. http://www.defendersoftheland.org/bear_river

Defenders of the Land (National): This network of First Nations in land struggle working with urbanized Indigenous people and non-Native supporters in defense of Indigenous lands and rights was founded at a historic meeting in Winnipeg from November 12-14, 2008. Defenders is the only organization of its kind in the territory known as Canada – Indigenous-led, free of government or corporate funding, and dedicated to building a fundamental movement for Indigenous self-determination and rights. They have called for a second annual Indigenous Sovereignty Week, a series of educational events and action that took place last year in two dozen cities, towns and communities, between November 21-27, 2010. www.defendersoftheland.org

– Climate Justice Montreal is a collective of organizers and concerned people dedicated to building community resistance to the root causes of climate change –
We are part of the working committee to establish a Climate Justice Co-op. Find out more at http://climateactionmontreal.wordpress.com/www.climatejusticecoop.org

Le Camp Climatique prend la ville! – Climate Camp Takes the City!

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Dimanche. 12 septembre. 2010

Le Camp Climatique prend la ville!

Location: Top Secret

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Pour te rendre au Camp…


EN VÉLO

Rencontre de la masse critique @ 11 :30 a.m.

Carré Dominion

(Coin Peel et René Lévesque)

EN MÉTRO

Rendez-vous à la station de métro Sherbrooke à 11:30 a.m.

Cherche du vert…

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Fraîchement débarqués du camp climatique extraordinaire de cet été, nous mettons le cap sur la métropole pour une journée! Nous allons nous installer dans le coeur de Montréal afin de se réunir pour une journée d’ateliers, de discussions, de partage de connaissance, et pour affronter les vraies causes des changements climatiques.

Pourquoi est-ce que le Camp Climatique s’en vient en ville?

En septembre, le Congrès Mondial de l’Énergie aura lieu à Montréal. C’est une conférence de cinq jours, où des représentants des industries les plus polluantes et irresponsables vont se rencontrer les uns les autres avec des lobbyistes et représentants gouvernementaux, pour déterminer comment carburer NOTRE futur.

Derrière portes closes, des détenteurs d’intérêts partants des sables bitumineux jusqu’aux champs pétrolifères de l’Arabie Saoudite, des centrales nucléaires aux gaz de schiste et en passant par toutes les institutions financières et détenteurs de pouvoir gouvernementaux, seront assis ensemble pour maintenir la progression du statu quo. Il s’agit d’un rassemblement de « l ‘énergie » des mêmes forces politiques et financières, qui alimentent le chaos climatique et nous poussent vers des points de basculement catastrophique environnementaux, qui perpétuent guerres, pauvreté et inégalités sociales dans le processus.

Alors, qu’es-ce qu’on fait? On se rassemble pour  devenir le changement qu’il faut voir dans le monde.

En bref, nous sommes là pour reprendre le pouvoir. Viens faire un tour!

Organize par Climate Justice Montreal: www.climateactionmontreal.wordpress.com

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Sunday. September 12. 2010
Climate Camp Takes the City!

Location: Top Secret

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COMING TO CAMP:

BY BIKE:
Meet up for a critical mass bike bloc @ 11:30 am
Square Dominion
(Corner Peel and René Lévesque)

BY METRO
Meet at Sherbrooke Station at 11:30 am
Look for green for further instructions

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Fresh off this summer’s amazing Climate Camp, we’re headed back to the big city for a day! We will set up in the heart of Montreal to come together for a day of workshops, skill-shares, discussions and to challenge the root causes of climate change.

Why is Climate Camp coming to the big city?

This September, the World Energy Congress is setting up shop in Montreal, a five day conference where representatives of the worlds largest, dirtiest extractive industries meet with lobbyists, government officials and each other to determine how to power OUR future.

Behind closed doors interests from the tar sands to the oil fields of Saudi Arabia, from nuclear power plants to shale gas and all the financial and government power brokers in between, are sitting down together to keep business as usual moving. This is a coming together of the energy, political and financial forces that are fueling climate chaos, pushing us towards catastrophic tipping points, and perpetuating wars, poverty and social inequality in the process.

So what are we doing about it? Coming together and becoming the change we need to see in the world.

In short, we are here to Reclaim Power. Join in.

Organized by Climate Justice Montreal: www.climateactionmontreal.wordpress.com

Countdown to Climate Camp Quebec

Le Camp d’Action Climatique approche à grand pas et on est tous excités à l’idée de descendre à Dunham pour le montage.

Le site web à été updaté avec les outils de programmation, de covoiturage et une liste grandissante d’ateliers, de présentations, de projections et d’autres évènements super qui auront lieux au campement! Jettez un oeil là-dessus!

On rapelles que le Camp d’Action Climatique aura lieu du 7 au 23 août.Vous pouvez passer nous voir à nimporte quel moment, que ce soit pour quelques jours ou une après-midi. Les installations seront en place pour vous acceuillir, de la bouffe gratuite sera préparée, des ateliers seront présentés et un mouvement de masse sera continuellement en construction! Les jours de convergence (18-22 août) auront une programmation débordante (voir le site pour un  aperçu), alors venez voir ça et joignez-vous à nous !

À ce moment-ci on à aussi besoin de gens qui puissent faire de la traduction simultanée, de gens intéressés à faire du gardiennage d’enfant et de musiciens pour animer les soirée! Si vous connaissez des gens qui sont intéressé à partager leur talent musical, mettez les en contact avec nous à travers climateactionmtl@gmail.com.

SVP Prennez un moment pour joindre le groupe de facebook inviter vos amis et poster le Camp d’Action Climatique sur votre mur afin de passer le mot!
Merci!!

L’Équipe d’organisation du Camp d’Action Climatique

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Climate Camp is fast approaching and we are all excited to get down to Dunham and get set up. The website has been updated with programming and ride-share tools and a constantly growing list of workshops, trainings, film screenings and other awesome events that are going down at the camp, check it out at http://www.uncampement.net!

In case you didn’t know yet, the camp runs from August 7-23, but that doesn’t mean you need to come for the whole thing, if you can make it for a few days, or just an afternoon please come down! The camp infrastructure will be in place for that entire time, churning out free food, hosting workshops and building a mass movement. The convergence days (August 18-22) will be near overflowing with programming (some of which you can already check out online), so come down and check it out!

Right now we are also in need of simultaneous translators, people interested in volunteering for childcare, and musicians to make the evening events and parties amazing. If you know anyone who may want to share their musical talents, get them in touch with us at climateactionmtl@gmail.com.

Please take a second to join up and invite your friends on facebook and post the Climate Camp event to your wall in order to keep spreading the word.

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