W2MEDIA.CA | Listen to today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm: Focus on Idle No More with voices of Steven Kakinoosit, Pamela Palmater, Priscilla Settee and Sheelah McLean. Plus update on peace negotiations and land rights in Colombia.
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- Voice of Steven Kakinoosit of the Native Education Centre – one of the student organizers of Friday’s March and Rally at City Hall. Audio courtesy – the Georgia Straight’s Stephen Hui.
- Interview with Pamela Palmater from August 20, 2012 on Harper Conservatives agenda to privatize Indigenous lands.
- Interview with Sheelah McLean and Priscilla Settee. Sheelah is One of the 4 founders of Idle No More and an ally. She has Masters in Anti-Racist Anti-Oppressive Education and teaches social and ecological justice cohort at the University of Saskatchewan.
Priscilla is a member of the Cumberland House Cree First Nations from northern Saskatchewan, is a Professor of Native Studies at University of Saskatchewan and a leading indigenous rights advocate locally and internationally. Interview by Don Kossick
- Daily news headlines
- In the wake of last Friday’s meeting by 21 chiefs with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa, more Idle No More protests were held over the weekend across the country.
Many of Saturday’s protests took place at shopping malls or along major highways. Locally, over 100 people rallied at the Surrey Central Mall for speeches and round dancing.
Spokespersons say that protests will continue, since the Prime Minister has not agreed to rescind Bill C-45 and other federal legislation. These bills removed environmental protections for most bodies of water in Canada, and made it much easier to lease reserve lands to private corporate interests.
- Warning that these changes violate treaty rights, grassroots organizers are calling for an Idle No More World Day of Action on Jan. 28, when Canadian MPs return to the House of Commons.
Even before then, some chiefs and activists are calling for stronger protests on this Wednesday, such as blockades of rail lines and border crossings.
- Meanwhile some prominent Canadians are returning their Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals as an act of solidarity with indigenous peoples.
Writer and activist Naomi Klein, singer Sarah Slean and Maude Barlow, chair of the Council of Canadians, say they will return their awards, which marked the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the Throne.
- According to The Economist magazine, Canada may have the most overvalued housing in the world.
The news magazine used a price-to-rents ratio to determine that Canada suffers from a “whopping 78% overvaluation.” Next highest on the list is Hong Kong, at 69%. The lowest is Japan, whose market is undervalued by 37%. America’s is undervalued by 7%. A drop in housing costs may be in store for Canadians, says the Economist.
- RT News reports that the Israeli election campaign heated up over the weekend, as ex-premier Ehud Olmert accused current PM Benjamin Netanyahu of wasting $3 billion on a war with Iran that never took place. “They scared the world for a year and in the end didn’t do anything,” Olmert said in an interview with Israeli broadcaster Channel 2 News. The former leader also pointed out that the money was spent on “security delirium”.
- A series of military options are being considered by Britain as tension mounts over the Falkland Islands, a report by the Sunday Telegraph claims. Extra troops, warships and Typhoon combat aircraft could be dispatched ahead of the March 11 referendum on the island’s future, the newspaper claims, citing military sources.
- Tens of thousands of Malaysians protested this weekend against their government, says RT News.
The demonstrators called for the defeat of ruling coalition in general elections, which are due by mid-year.
According to police, 80,000 people marched through Kuala Lumpur to the legendary Stadium Merdeka, where the governing alliance declared independence from Britain in 1957, reported The Malaysian Insider.
Demands included better electoral and environmental laws, an improved education system, abolition of student loans and fair royalty payments to oil-producing states.
- Media Mornings Latin America Report update from Colombia on land rights and peace negotitations.
- Announcement: Today, Monday January 14th @ 5:00 pm Victory Square, Cambie & Hastings Street Enbridge Joint Review Panel comes to Vancouver and… WE SAY NO! No Consent? No Pipelines! No Tar Sands! No Climate Crimes!
- Music today included: https://www.youtube.com/embed/VEc3ZYqj5Fw 3:52 Dreezus Red Winter
- Idle No More: Songs for Life Vol. 1
- Chris Derksen