Minneapolis, Minn. – Idle No More and OccupyMN will gather in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq Nation at noon on Monday, October 21, 2013 in Minneapolis. The groups call on all people of conscience to join them in a peaceful demonstration of solidarity with the Elsipogtog’s Mi’kmaq warriors.
The groups will meet at the People’s Plaza, 300 S. 6th St., Minneapolis and will march to the Canadian Consulate General, 701 4th Ave S.
Recently, the RCMP confronted the Mi’kmaq anti-fracking blockade with snipers, dogs and camouflaged tactical officers. Numerous reports on social and mainstream media have emerged suggested heavy handed tactics, resulting in injury to at least one peaceful elder, in response to a blockade of unarmed people.
“We, the Mi’kmaq Treaty beneficiary with the support of the Mi’kmaq women of Mi’kmaki’k stand united for the protection of our water as a Nation within our homeland which we hold legal title. Water is sacred, without water no life can exist. As Mi’kmaq, we have the responsibility of stewardship and this stewardship is reflected in the treaty relationship, which is based upon our covenant with Creator. To this end we have inherited the duty to defend all that is sacred.” said Elizabeth Marshall in a recent news release from Elsipogtog, near New Brunswick.
Suzane Patles, an Ilnu woman and member of the Mi’kmaq Warrior issued a call for physical support and solidarity on Oct 12, and can be seen on YouTube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um_G-iNeXkI#t=24].
Download press release: Mi_kmaq solidarity-Edit-OK-1 (.pdf)
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