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Idle No More Toronto Round Dance (Dec 21 Toronto, Ontario Canada)

  • Yonge and Dundas Square Yonge st & Dundas St Toronto, Ontario (map)

Its Round Dance Time! Calling all Hand Drummers to join us to sing & drum. On December 21, 2017 Join Idle No More Toronto & Idle No More Ontario for Round Dance at Yonge & Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. 
Its 5 years ago on December 21, 2012 since Idle No More marched and rallied on Parliament Hill, Ottawa and rallied all across this Nation to bring awareness to Indigenous issues and water and land protection.

-Carrie Lester to do Opening
-Tori Cress Idle No More Ontario
-Indigenous Youth

There will be a rally at INAC, 25 St. Clair Avenue East at 12 noon and then a March leaving at 1:00 pm from there to downtown Yonge & Dundas Square for the Round Dance at 2:00 pm.

Information from Ground Zero INAC:
Event Link: #NOMIC:

Our vision is to hold a Forum and March on December 20 & 21, to open up space and a platform for the youth of the Northern Indigenous communities who have expressed interest in joining us and sharing their stories and vision in their own words and how we may all contribute in a meaningful way moving forward to bring about change.

On December 19, 2017 Potluck Feast and Gathering (details in the works)
On December 20, 2017 there will be an informal forum (location TBA) where we will hear from the youth as they share with us and engage in meaningful conversation on how we can and will do better in our relations as Treaty partner as we work towards reconciling our relations.
When: December 21, 2017
Where: 25 St. Clair Ave E
Time: Gathering at 12noon
March begins at 1pm
Round dance at 2pm
we will March (route yet TBA) together to a Round Dance Ceremony (hosted by INM~Toronto and Ontario) 
*** so bring your drums, shakers and signs

"Since July 20, 2017, members of the Grassroots Indigenous Movement of Tkaronto have been holding Vigil and space at #GroundZeroINAC outside of the Ontario Regional Offices of newly named DISC (Department of Indigenous Services Canada), formally known as INAC (Indigenous Northern Affairs Canada) in an effort to raise awareness about the Indigenous Youth suicide crisis and to assist in amplifying the voices of First Nations, Metis and Inuit children, youth, families and Nation on a whole, that have consistently found themselves in crisis mode and having to issue state of emergency after state of emergency due to living in third world conditions in a first world setting as a result of colonization, resource extraction, inaction by the governing Canadian state and its agents, coupled with the inequality and disparity they have faced in comparison to the non-indigenous population.

The suicide epidemic affecting First Nations communities has been a national crisis for decades to the point where in 1990 Pikangikum become the number one suicide capital of the world. The suicide epidemic attracted international headlines after three communities were moved to declare a state of emergency in response to a series of deaths.

Till this day there has been little to no action in terms of short term immediate solutions that are easily obtainable and sustainable. There has been report after report, inquiry after inquiry, recommendation after recommendation made, to which have yet to be implemented in an effort to reduce the number of suicides, missing and murder, child apprehensions, incarceration rates, rapes, boiling water advisories, food insecurities, inadequate housing and shelters, coupled with the lack of funding and services that is administered in comparison to the non-indigenous population.

The time for talk is over and we are demanding action now! 

There is no more room nor time to delay the full implementation of the following: (but not limited to as there still so much work to do)

• Jordan's Principle (Adopted in 2007... still yet to be implemented) 
* Recommendation number 3 of the TRC 94 Calls to Action for Reconciliation

Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle intended to resolve jurisdictional disputes within, and between, provincial/territorial and federal governments concerning payment for services to First Nations children when the service is available to all other children."

We insist the current Liberal Government Implement and adopt in all its policy the United Nations Declaration on The Rights of Indigenous People, Bill C-262.

See you then.