“You have the power to launch us into the next wave of the climate justice movement — which is to say, you have the power of returning some hope to this world.

We need you to imagine more escalations that bring thousands of young people to hold the lines against new pipelines, new exports, and so on. We need you to listen to the front lines, and take your lead from them — and at the same time know that your energy can be contagious, your dreams can set a new standard, and that we will follow you.

And we need you to bring the huge force that is the environmental movement into the fights for immigrant rights, people of color, LGBTQs, workers, educators, and more. Your generation is teaching us that the only planet worth saving is one that is covered in justice. We need you to imagine a movement that sings in solidarity, for an entire generation fighting oppression.”

This is an invitation to change everything.

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

To change everything, we need everyone on board.
Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Join us.

People’s Climate March

“Let us understand that what happened at the residential schools was the use of education for cultural genocide—and what that really means is that we’ve got to offer aboriginal Canadians, without any shadow of a doubt, the best education system that is possible to have.”
— Paul Martin, April 2013

The thinking about aboriginal education in Canada needs to move away from asking, “How can they succeed in our system?” to asking, “‘How can we build from something that they have and build upon their notions of success, on their notions of self-determination, the things they wish to keep in their communities that are still viable, and important ways for transmitting knowledge, values and projecting that into the future?”

First Nations education needs fresh ideas, leaders say

The First Nations Education Act does not address the real challenges faced by on-reserve schools, and yet the Harper government is ramming it through. Indigenous activists march, politicians lie—and meanwhile thousands of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit learners struggle, drop out, or commit suicide.

They are not failing. We are failing them.

Photo by Bruce Dean

No one knows this land better than the First Nation communities in northeast Alberta. In recent years, many of these communities have watched as the rapid expansion of tar sands development has threatened their land, their health, and their way of life.

“We identify with our land. When they destroy our land they will destroy our people.”
Eriel Deranger, member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

Tar sands mining has already damaged nearly 300 square miles of sensitive land in Alberta and more than 1,150 square miles is expected to be strip-mined within the next 50 years. Despite promises by the oil industry to restore the landscape, less than one square mile has been reclaimed so far.

Extracting bitumen from the tar sands is much more complicated—and more destructive—than drilling for conventional oil.

It’s something that’s plagued me horribly—the impotence that we all feel towards war and America’s ability to wage war and the common citizen’s ability to stop it. I think we had power in those days. There was a place for sincerity, and sincerity had an impact. I think that time has passed. That window of opportunity for an individual has passed. I don’t think that we, anymore, have the ability to have that kind of impact. I think the next level is going to be making art the forum.

Jan Rose Kasmir, 2010

“Democracy has to be protected, defended by every generation. No battle ever stays won. Every generation must learn over again how to preserve democracy and make it in our nations.”
— Premier Tommy Douglas, 28 December 1960

The integrity of Canada’s democracy is at risk. The Harper government is seeking to ram through an election reform bill that will make it more difficult for Canadians to vote, cover up the election fraud of 2011 and silence the Chief Electoral Officer of Elections Canada.

Bill C-23, the “Fair” Elections Act is one of the most destructive things the Harper government has ever tried to do. It is far more serious than proroguing Parliament at whim, curbing the rights of MPs, or centralizing power in the Prime Minister’s Office. It’s even more serious than muzzling scientists, statisticians and others who disagree with the government.

That’s because the Act is an attack on the most fundamental right of all citizens in a democracy—the right to cast a ballot in an election that is fair and free from corruption and dirty tricks.

‘Unfair Elections Act’ looks more and more like a cover-up

Find out more at saveyourvote.ca.

The time has come for Canada to decide if we want a future where First Nations rights and title are honoured, agreements with other countries to protect the climate are honoured, and our laws are not written by powerful oil companies. Or not.
Honour the Treaties
Photos by Zac Embree The time has come for Canada to decide if we want a future where First Nations rights and title are honoured, agreements with other countries to protect the climate are honoured, and our laws are not written by powerful oil companies. Or not.
Honour the Treaties
Photos by Zac Embree The time has come for Canada to decide if we want a future where First Nations rights and title are honoured, agreements with other countries to protect the climate are honoured, and our laws are not written by powerful oil companies. Or not.
Honour the Treaties
Photos by Zac Embree The time has come for Canada to decide if we want a future where First Nations rights and title are honoured, agreements with other countries to protect the climate are honoured, and our laws are not written by powerful oil companies. Or not.
Honour the Treaties
Photos by Zac Embree The time has come for Canada to decide if we want a future where First Nations rights and title are honoured, agreements with other countries to protect the climate are honoured, and our laws are not written by powerful oil companies. Or not.
Honour the Treaties
Photos by Zac Embree

The time has come for Canada to decide if we want a future where First Nations rights and title are honoured, agreements with other countries to protect the climate are honoured, and our laws are not written by powerful oil companies. Or not.

Honour the Treaties

Photos by Zac Embree

“Aboriginal levels of incarceration are worse per capita for the black population than during apartheid South Africa. This is a living and breathing example of codified bigotry. So we look away. We don’t want to know.”
Australia’s indigenous incarceration rates are a national shame

While you remember the life of Nelson Mandela, keep in mind that his vision for a world of justice and equality is still unattained in many parts of the world. Racial inequality and marginalization did not end in 1994. The fight for justice is not over.