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TORONTO RALLY IN SUPPORT OF ALGONQUINS OF BARRIERE LAKE
FRIDAY 21 November 2008
20 QUEEN STREET WEST (QUEEN AND YONGE)
QUEBEC OFFICE IN TORONTO
On Wednesday, 17 November, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake setup four blockades on Highway 117. The governments of Quebec and Canada refused to negotiate, sending in Riot Police to attack the peaceful protestors. This time, they targeted the organizers. The community spokesperson and Acting Chief were arrested along with three others.
The Algonquins of Barriere Lake have been fighting for the control of their land and resources for centuries. In 1991, the community signed co-management agreements with Quebec and Canada. Both governments have reneged on their promises refusing to honor the agreements.
Tired of having their agreements ignored, 100 children, women and men, community members and supporters peacefully blockaded Highway 117 on October 6. They were attacked by the Quebec Riot Police, tear gassed, pepper sprayed, beaten and pushed around. 9 people were arrested. See: http://blip.tv/file/1391794
THIS CANNOT BE TOLERATED.
On Friday at 12noon, protesters will gather outside the HQ of the Quebec government in Ontario demanding the immediate release of the political prisoners and that all charges are dropped. We also demand that Quebec and Canada honor the signed agreements and negotiate with the community. Supporters who took part in the 17 November action will be present.
For more information: http://barrierelakesolidarity.blogspot.com/
For details on what you can do further:
Barriere Lake’s Specific Demands:
1. That the Government of Canada agree to respect the outcome of a new leadership re-selection process, with outside observers, recognize the resulting Customary Chief and Council, and cease all interference in the internal governance of Barriere Lake.
2. That the Government of Canada agree to the immediate incorporation of an Algonquin language and culture program into the primary school curriculum.
3. That the Government of Canada honour signed agreements with Barriere Lake, including the Trilateral, the Memorandum of Mutual Intent, and the Special Provisions, all of which it has illegally terminated.
4. That the Government of Canada revoke Third Party Management, which was imposed unjustly on Barriere Lake.
5. That the Province of Quebec honour signed agreements with Barriere Lake, including the 1991 Trilateral and 1998 Bilateral agreements, and adopt for implementation the Lincoln-Ciaccia joint recommendations, including $1.5 million in resource-revenue sharing.
6. That the Government of Canada and the Province of Quebec initiate a judicial inquiry into the Quebec Regional Office of the Department of Indian Affairs’ treatment of Barriere Lake and other First Nations who may request to be included.
7. The Government of Quebec, in consultation with First Nations, conduct a review of the recommendations of the Ontario Ipperwash Commission for guidance towards improving Quebec-First Nation relations and improving the policing procedures of the SQ when policing First Nation communities.
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