Weekly News Roundup (Sept 16 – Sept 21): News you may have missed this week

Here’s our Weekly News Round up for September 16 to 21st!

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This week Premiere Doug Ford rescinded his plans to develop the Greenbelt, a protected area of greenspace consisting of sensitive ecosystems such as wetlands, rivers and lakes. “It was a mistake to open the Greenbelt. As a first step to earn back your trust, I’ll be reversing the changes we made and won’t make any changes to the Greenbelt in the future,” says Ford. 

Next week, September 27th, 5 Indigenous communities – collectively known as the Land Defense Alliance (LDA) – from Northern Ontario will be seeking an audience with Doug Ford to halt mining activity on their traditional homelands. “You want to open up our Homelands to mining, but you won’t meet with us. You won’t even look us in the eye,” stated the Chiefs in an open letter to Premier Ford.

Two of the First Nations in the LDA are also a part of the RAVEN supported, groundbreaking legal challenge – The Breathing Lands –  that sees a coalition of ten Nations in Ontario aiming to restore Indigenous governance in Treaty 9 territory.   Because of many of the overlapping objectives of the Breathing Lands campaign and the LDA, RAVEN will be showing up in solidarity alongside the LDA in whatever ways we can.

Doug Ford has reversed his decisions around opening up the Greenbelt saying that trust needs to be earned back by the Ontario community. We hope that he heeds his own advice and shows up to the discussion table on Sept 26 to hear the voices of Indigenous Nations demanding respect for their rights and protection of their homelands from mining incursions.

Register to attend here, follow @grassy.narrows.solidarity for updates, and stay tuned to our socials next week for updates on the ground!

Nothern Ontario Business: Northwest chiefs urge Ford to just say ‘no’ to mining

Read more on this story from Northern Ontario Business here

Global News: ‘It was a mistake’: Doug Ford says government will reverse Greenbelt land swap decision

Read more on this story from Global News here

Indiginews: Regulatory hearings begin as TMX seeks to dig open trench through sacred Secwépemc site

Read more on this story from Indiginews here

City News: New TIFF documentary shines a light on boil water advisories across Indigenous communities

Read more on this story from City News here

The Narwhal: Restoring the flow: Tsleil-Waututh’s race to save salmon habitat in drought stricken southwest B.C.

Read more on this story from the Narwhal here

The Narwhal: What is the Trans Mountain pipeline — and why should I care?

Read more on this story by The Narwhal here

Indiginews: In photos: Dozens rally at B.C. Legislature to demand ‘Winnipeg’ landfill search

Read more on this story by Indiginews here

CBC: Assembly of First Nations endorses fight against Ontario Métis self-government bill

Read more on this story by CBC here

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