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The Native Women’s Association of Canada has documented over 582 occurrences of missing or murdered Aboriginal women and girls. There are more cases that have not been documented. This epidemic of violence is continuing to claim more lives and irreparably harm more families every month.

You can download a petition calling for the Federal government to hold an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls; this is time-sensitive as it needs to be returned by October 18, 2013

 



The Touchstones of Hope is a set of principles to guide a reconciliation process for those involved in Indigenous child welfare activities. The movement fosters relationship building. Opportunities that provide a space and place to have respectful and truthful conversations about child welfare are provided in order to create a new reality for Indigenous children. This includes concrete next steps for moving forward together so that all Indigenous children are healthy and living with dignity and respect.

To learn more and sign up please visit: http://www.fncaringsociety.com/projects/CAB-touchstones


Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle to resolving jurisdictional disputes within and between federal and provincial/territorial governments within Canada. It applies to all government services available to children, youth and their families. Examples of services covered by Jordan’s Principle include but are not limited to: education, health, child welfare, childcare, recreation, and culture and language services.

To learn more and sign-up please visit: http://www.jordansprinciple.ca


Be a witness!
On February 27, 2007, the Assembly of First Nations [AFN], a political organization representing all First Nations in Canada, and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada [FNCFCS], a national non-profit organization providing services to First Nations child welfare organizations, took the historic step of holding Canada accountable before the Canadian Human Rights Commission for its current treatment of First Nations children. The complaint alleges that the Government of Canada had a longstanding pattern of providing less government funding for child welfare services to First Nations children on reserves than is provided to non-Aboriginal children. People of all ages and organizations can help ensure First Nations children receive equitable child welfare services on reserve by signing up to be a witness!

To learn more and sign-up please visit: http://www.fncaringsociety.com/fnwitness


On June 11, 2012 thousands of people across Canada stood with First Nations children for the same opportunity to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and proud of their cultures. Our Dreams Matter Too is an annual walk and letter writing event calling for culturally based equity for First Nations children. June 11 saw more than 50 Our Dreams Matter Too walks coast-to-coast! Get involved and encourage children, youth, families, schools and organizations in your area to write letters to your MP and the Prime Minister supporting culturally based equity for First Nations children and organize a walk to a mail box in your community!

Click here for the information sheet or visit: http://www.fncaringsociety.com/our-dreams-matter-too/


According to a government statistic, young Indigenous women in Canada are five times more likely than other women of the same age to die as the result of violence. The Native Women’s Association of Canada has documented more than 580 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, most within the last three decades. Because of gaps in police and government reporting, the actual numbers may be much higher.

The Canadian government has condemned the violence and promised to take action. But efforts to date have fallen far short of the comprehensive, coordinated response needed to address such serious and pervasive human rights violations.

Please visit: http://www.amnesty.ca/iwriteforjustice/take_action.php?actionid=741&type=Internal to learn more and write a message to Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling on the Canadian government to take action to end the violence


There is something you can do about the Alberta Tar Sands – we can let our government and industry officials know that we are aware of what is happening and what we want done about it by sending an electronic letter.

To learn more please visit: http://tarsandswatch.org/

Shannen Koostachin of Attawapiskat First Nation had a dream – safe and comfy schools and culturally based education for First Nations children and youth. She worked tirelessly to try to convince the federal government to give First Nations children a proper education before tragically passing away at the age of 15 years old in 2010. Now it is our turn to carry her dream forward.

To learn more and sign-up please visit: http://www.fncaringsociety.com/shannensdream

Have a Heart – Get Involved – Spread the Word: The Have a Heart campaign invites individuals to support culturally based equity for First Nations children living on reserve. On February 14, Valentine’s Day, show your love, unity and compassion by engaging in respectful activities that support equity for First Nations children so that each and every child in Canada is treated fairly and can grow up happy. Take action! Together we can ensure that First Nations children and youth have a brighter future!

To learn more and support Have a Heart please visit: http://www.fncaringsociety.com/have-a-heart/

Write a letter in support of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake

Urge the Federal Government to respect the traditional leadership selection process of the Barriere Lake Community and end its attempt to impose Section 74 Indian Act band elections.

To write your letter please visit: www.barrierelakesolidarity.org/2007/10/blog-post.html

 

Support Grassy Narrows First Nation

Wood from Grassy Narrows’ territory ends up in retail outlets in stores across North America. 70% goes to the United States. A unique way of life, a precious ecosystem and a community’s future is logged, converted, shipped and sold as paper and wood products in retail outlets in your city.

Find out more how you can help to protect the way of life and the ecosystem of the Grassy Narrows First Nation.

 

Circulate and sign the Kairos petition to demand that Canada implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a landmark achievement by the world’s 370 million Indigenous people. It was passed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007 and endorsed by Canada on November 12, 2010. The UN Declaration is an expression of the fundamental rights of Indigenous peoples around the world. It sets out the principles of partnership and mutual respect that should guide the relationship between states and Indigenous peoples. It provides ways to measure and assess the way states are respecting and implementing the rights of Indigenous peoples. It is now time for Canada to implement what it has endorsed! Download, sign, and send your petition back to Kairos, Canada.

Don’t Sell Our Hot Springs


Take Action: E-mail your MP!

The federal government plans to privatize the federally owned Canadian Rockies Hot Springs including the Banff Upper Hot Springs, Miette Hot Springs and Radium Hot Springs. Write to your MP telling them to put the funding and management in place to keep the springs in the public domain for community members, future tourists and future public sector workers.

Sign the petition created by Council Fire and AHCN, Support our Residential School Survivors!

Did you know that 15 Healing Centres and Projects across Canada that provide fundamental services to Residential School Survivors will have to close their doors in December this year since funding for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation was not renewed? Please Support our Survivors by signing this online petition now!

Our goal is to collect 50.000 signatures to petition Stephen Harper to continue funding initiatives that support survivors and their families.

To add your name, simply click the link below and follow the instructions on the right “Sign this Petition”:

http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/stephen-harper-prime-minister-of-canada-continued-support-for-the-healing-of-residential-school-survivors

Actions pour la justice sociale

n. f. Gestes qu’on peut poser pour contribuer au changement

Les Pierres de touche d’un avenir meilleur sont un ensemble de principes qui guident un processus de réconciliation pour ceux qui sont impliqués dans les activités de protection des enfants autochtones. Le mouvement favorise l’établissement des relations. Afin de créer une nouvelle réalité pour les enfants autochtones, les Pierres de touche offrent des occasions d’échanger dans le respect et l’ouverture d’esprit à propos du bien-être des enfants. Les discussions portent notamment sur les prochaines étapes concrètes pour aller de l’avant ensemble afin que tous les enfants autochtones soient en bonne santé et puissent vivre dans la dignité et le respect.

Pour en savoir davantage et vous inscrire, veuillez visiter : http://www.fncaringsociety.com/projects/CAB-touchstones

Le Principe de Jordan affirme qu’on doit mettre en priorité les intérêts de l’enfant lorsqu’il s’agit de résoudre des disputes juridiques entre les gouvernements fédéraux, provinciaux et territoriaux au Canada. Ce principe s’applique à tous les services gouvernementaux qui sont offerts aux enfants, aux jeunes et à leurs familles. Par exemple, les services suivants doivent respecter le principe de Jordan : les services d’éducation, la santé, le bien-être des enfants, la garde d’enfants, les loisirs, la culture et la langue.

Pour en savoir plus et vous inscrire, veuillez visiter: http://www.jordansprinciple.ca

Soyez un témoin!

Le 27 février 2007, l’Assemblée des Premières Nations [APN], une organisation politique qui représente toutes les Premières Nations au Canada, ainsi que la Société de soutien à l’enfance et à la famille des Premières Nations du Canada [SSEFPN], un organisme national sans but lucratif qui offre des services de protection aux jeunes des Premières Nations, ont pris la décision historique de demander au Canada de rendre des comptes en portant plainte devant la Commission canadienne des droits de la personne au sujet du traitement actuel des enfants des Premières Nations.

La plainte prétend que, depuis longtemps, le gouvernement canadien agit avec discrimination à l’égard des élèves des Premières Nations par le sous-financement des services de protection aux enfants autochtones dans les réserves comparé au financement des services de protection des enfants hors des réserves. Toute personne, peu importe l’âge ou l’organisme, peut contribuer à ce que les enfants des Premières Nations reçoivent des services de protection équitables dans les réserves en devenant un témoin.
Pour en savoir plus et vous inscrire, veuillez visiter le site: http://www.fncaringsociety.com/fnwitness

Le 11 juin 2012, des milliers de personnes à travers le Canada ont démontré leur soutien à l’idée que les enfants des Premières Nations puissent grandir en toute sécurité à la maison, avoir une bonne éducation, être en bonne santé et être fiers de leur culture. « Nos rêves comptent aussi » est un rassemblement annuel appelant à l’équité des cultures pour les enfants des Premières Nations. Le 11 juin dernier, plus de 50 marches ont eu lieu à travers le Canada. Impliquez-vous et encouragez les enfants, les jeunes, les familles, les écoles et les organismes de votre région à écrire des lettres à votre député et au Premier ministre pour appuyer l’équité parmi les cultures des enfants des Premières Nations. Organisez une marche dans l’intention de poster vos lettres dans la boîte aux lettres de votre communauté!

Cliquez ici pour la fiche d’information ou visitez: http://www.fncaringsociety.com/our-dreams-matter-too

Selon une statistique du gouvernement, les jeunes femmes autochtones au Canada sont cinq fois plus susceptibles que les autres femmes du même âge de mourir des conséquences de la violence. L’Association des femmes autochtones du Canada a recensé plus de 580 cas de femmes autochtones portées disparues et assassinées au Canada, la plupart au cours des trois dernières décennies. En raison des lacunes des rapports de la police et du gouvernement, les chiffres pourraient en vérité être beaucoup plus élevés.
Le gouvernement canadien a condamné la violence et a promis de prendre des mesures de prévention. Toutefois, les efforts doivent être considérablement plus cohérents et coordonnés pour remédier ces graves violations des droits humains.
Veuillez visiter http://www.amnesty.ca/iwriteforjustice/take_action.php?actionid=741&type=Internal pour en savoir plus et pour envoyer un message au Premier ministre Stephen Harper exigeant que le gouvernement canadien prenne des mesures pour mettre fin à la violence.

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