the dumps, which include shallow unlined trenches for medical waste and above-ground sheds for nuclear waste, are being called “temporary” but will be in place for a minimum of 300 years. in return, they are promising $11 million in a charity trust for infrastructure, and a $1 million scholarship fund.
granted i am not very good at math and am definitely not one of those scientists that does nuclear waste risk assessments or whatever….but seems more than a little fishy that they expect an Aboriginal community to host toxic waste that will pretty much undoubtedly fuck up their water, air, land, and bodies for 10 generations, when they’re willing to pay them an amount that won’t even provide for 1 generation. [source]
Australian indigenous people make up 3% of the total population, but almost 30% of the prison population.
This is the highest indigenous imprisonment rate in the world.
They are being imprisoned faster than South Africans during Apartheid were.
In response to our recent discussion about racism in Australia, baristar sent me this post and my jaw literally just hit the floor.
Wow. Absolutely heart-wrenching.
“Better than those other racist white countries” my ass.
We, the original peoples of Turtle Island hereby assert our sovereignty as Nations, entrusted to us by the Creator,
As First Nations peoples, we are guided by principles of peace, harmony and respect; we are also bestowed with the responsibility by the Creator to defend our territories, including traditional and Treatylands,
We have maintained these principles despite the imposition of illegal government legislation and policies against our citizens,
In solidarity, we categorically reject the assimilation and termination policies used by the government of Canada against our nations and our citizens and,
We support the participation of all First Nations peoples in decision-making processes that impact our inherent and treaty rights,
We unconditionally reject any Canadian or provincial legislation, policies, or processes that impact our lands, air, waters and resources which have not obtained our free, prior, and informed consent,
In order to ensure economic stability and protection of our environment, development projects or anyother initiatives that may impact our Nations requires our full and inclusive participation and our free, prior and informed consent,
To protect the integrity of our treaty and inherent rights, we hereby put the Government of Canada on notice that any further imposition of legislation and/or policies will be met with appropriate measures,
We formally call upon our citizens – our men, youth, women, elders, warriors and all other allies – to unify and support one another during this time of attacks on our governments and nations,
The First Nation Chiefs in Assembly, from this day forward, declare unity and resolve to forcefully defend our lands, territories, peoples and jurisdiction.