UOI OFFICES (NIPISSING FN), Jan. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Grand Council Chief
Patrick Madahbee has praised the demonstration of solidarity shown by
Anishinabek Nation citizens during Wednesday's National Day of Action.
"I heard the news coming in all day," said Grand Council Chief
Madahbee. "The Windsor-Detroit Ambassador Bridge being shut down in
the southwest, railways being blocked in the southeast, highway routes
being slowed near Lake Nipigon in our Northern Superior Region as well
as public education campaigns in the Lake Huron area. The unified
action by our people is the result of years of frustration and we're
not going away.
"I've listened to the people at our rallies and they have shown
tremendous resolve. They will keep up the fight, as long as it takes.
When all is said and done, this government can't say we didn't try
every diplomatic avenue possible before our citizens stood up and made
their own statements.
"If Canadians get frustrated with traffic jams and temporary blockades
we must remember there's a woman on Victoria Island in Ottawa whose
life is on the line because of the stubbornness of the Prime Minister."
Speaking on behalf of the citizens of 39 member Anishinabek Nation
communities, the Grand Council Chief said First Nations and other
Canadians are fed up with unilateral legislation being imposed on them
by the Harper government.
"Our demonstrators are hearing a lot of support from many motorists
passing their checkpoints. If their prime minister respected our
constitutional rights we would not have to inconvenience them. Traffic
slow-downs and railway blockades are a sign of things to come if this
government continues to be deaf to democracy."
In 2010 the Harper government made Canada a signatory to the United
Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
Indigenous people have the right to participate in decision-making in
matters which would affect their rights...[Canada] shall consult and
cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned in order
to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting and
implementing legislative measures that may affect them. - UNDRIP
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member
communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people.
The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in
Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires,
which existed long before European contact.
SOURCE: Anishinabek Nation
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