Participate in the Sovereignty Project

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THIS is What Sovereignty Looks Like

An International Sovereignty Project

We invite schools, artists, design students, communicators and those with a point of view about Indigenous sovereignty to participate in our “THIS is What Sovereignty Looks Like.” Project.

We have designed these posters which we hope will travel around the world - and we invite you to print and post them.

 

Sovereignty poster A   Sovereignty poster B   Sovereignty poster C

 

Our hope is that our posters will make their way around the world; that you, your school, your organization, your family, your community will display the poster proudly and in as many places as you like – reminding the world that Sovereign peoples do exist, do continue to self-determine and continue to fight colonization and imperialism with the strongest tool possible: sovereignty.

In turn, we invite you to create your vision of what 'THIS is What Sovereignty Looks Like" and share them with us.

We will host many, many of the designs, drawings, photographs, records, representations and design of your vision of what sovereignty looks like on our website.  We invite you to submit your understanding of what Sovereignty looks like to our website for the generation of discussion, dialogue and imagery of Sovereignty and Indigenous peoples around the world.

For more details or to participate, please contact us at:

General Inquiry Contact:

Lubicon Lake Nation
(780) 629-3945 Office
(780) 618-3794 Cell
(780) 629-3939 Fax
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Please include full contact information with your project. We will need to contact you to confirm your information and the right to post your project.

How Can You Take Action

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The Lubicon Lake Nation is currently facing an aggressive campaign to undermine the authority of our traditional government. The Government of Canada is refusing to recognize and acknowledge the Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation, opting instead to develop a process external to our territory and exclusive of our traditional government. This process silences our people and amplifies the voices and agendas which reflect and resonate with Canada’s goals for the Nation, disregarding the people, process and understandings of the core of the Lubicon Lake Nation.

You can support the Lubicon in the recognition of our territoriality, authority and self-determination in a number of ways.

  1. Make your voice heard. Contact the Government of Canada directly and let them know that you support the Lubicon people and the mandate they have provided their rightful government. You can do so by directing a letter to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. For ease of use, a letter is provided here (link) to let the Government of Canada know that you do not support their current actions in developing a strategy outside of the Nation and which does not confer with or acknowledge the Lubicon Lake Nation Government. We encourage you to contact National and Regional Aboriginal and Northern Development officials directly in order to make your position known. You can do so by directing your call, email or correspondence to:

Minister, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
EXECUTIVE OFFICES
10 Wellington Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H4
Canada
Telephone : 819-997-0002
Fax : 819-953-4941
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Mr. George Arcand Jr. - Regional Director General
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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630 Canada Place, 9700 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4G2
Telephone: 780-495-2835
Fax: 780-495-4354

 

  1. Join our mailing list. If you do so, you will receive email updates on current events and concerns facing the Lubicon Lake Nation. You can do so with one simple click (link) of your mouse.
  2. Sign our Online Petition. (link) In doing so, you join a legion of other people who are letting the Government of Canada know you support the Lubicon Lake Nation, their customs and traditional governance.
  3. Participate in Our International Sovereignty Project. “THIS is What Sovereignty Looks Like” allows participants to design, draw, photograph, record, and represent through design, technology and artistry their vision of sovereignty. See our vision and additional information here (link). You are also welcome to print our poster and post it as many places as you like!
  4. Contact us at the coordinates below.

    Thank you for your time and support. We are always grateful to the activists, organizations and citizens around the world who take the time to make their support known and voices heard in unity with the Lubicon Lake Nation.

Lubicon Lake Nation
(780) 629-3945 Office
(780) 618-3794 Cell
(780) 629-3939 Fax

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Make Your Voice Heard

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We hope that you will make your concerns known and voice heard to the Government of Canada.  In order to facilitate that process, we provide the following letter generator so that you may contact AANDC Minister Duncan and Regional Director General Arcand directly by email.

If you prefer, we also provide the letter in hard copy below so that you may review for your own drafting, cut, paste or edit in accordance with your own ideas. Thank you, in advance, for your support of the Lubicon Lake Nation.

 

Letter Generator

 

Minister
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
EXECUTIVE OFFICES
10 Wellington Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H4
Canada
Telephone : 819-997-0002
Fax : 819-953-4941
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August 12, 2012

 

Dear Minister Duncan:

I am writing this letter as a citizen who is concerned with your possible infringement of the inherent rights of the Lubicon Lake Nation. Most particularly, I am concerned with your intrusion into the nature and authority of the Lubicon through:

  1. Failing to observe and recognize the Lubicon Lake Nation’s inherent right to govern themselves on their territory in accordance with their customs, traditions and laws;
  2. Failing to acknowledge the rightful government of the Lubicon Lake Nation; and
  3. Failing to sit with Chief Ominayak and the leadership of the Lubicon Lake Nation in Lubicon traditional territory in order to address their territoriality, rights, claim and jurisdiction.

Further, I note that you have for three years publicly stated that the resolution of the leadership of the Lubicon Lake Nation was an internal issue upon which you would not intrude. Additionally, you stated that you would not have dialogue with either Bernard Ominayak or Steve Noskey until the Nation resolved an issue you /your staff characterized as a leadership issue. That issue has been resolved. It may not have resulted in a decision that you prefer or in a manner which is reflective of your system. That is the nature of custom and traditional governance: they are custom to the Indigenous Nation and traditionally utilized in the context of the Nation’s custom and traditions. Your refusal to honour your statements and those of your staff and your refusal to meet with Chief Ominayak and the Nation in the traditional territory of the Lubicon Lake Nation have the potential to dishonor Canada and to breach international, national and Lubicon law. As a concerned citizen, I request that you honour those statements, Canada and the law and meet with Chief Ominayak and the government of the Lubicon Lake Nation in their territory.

Finally, it has come to my attention that you have initiated a process which sidesteps Lubicon Lake Nation traditional governance and authority and devised a process taking place outside of the Nation and without regard to or the approval or participation of the Lubicon Lake Nation. Ostensibly addressing a host of “outstanding Lubicon issues”, this process, I understand, is based upon the Government of Canada’s goals and agenda and has the potential to silence many Lubicon Lake Nation people while privileging those who have access to transportation, do not live in the traditional territory, have access to Government of Canada information, and / or who may have agendas consistent with the Government of Canada and not of the Nation and its traditional government. Certainly there are outstanding concerns in many communities. The real issue is ensuring that the community is driving the identification of the issues and the solutions of the same in their own territory, in their own voices and with their rightful representatives representing the interests of the Nation.

In order to address this concern, I request that you immediately:

  1. Begin discussion with Chief Ominayak and the traditional government of the Lubicon Lake Nation;
  2. Acknowledge the customs, traditions and laws of the Lubicon Lake Nation; and
  3. Make a public commitment to honouring your government’s obligations to the people of the Lubicon Lake Nation, the content of which are to be addressed through the authority they have placed in the protection of Chief Ominayak and the Lubicon Lake Nation.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely, 

 

Cc:

Mr. George Arcand Jr. - Regional Director General
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Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
630 Canada Place, 9700 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4G2
Telephone: 780-495-2835
Fax: 780-495-4354

 

An International Sovereignty Project

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THIS is What Sovereignty Looks Like.

An International Sovereignty Project

We invite schools, artists, design students, communicators and those with a point of view about Indigenous sovereignty to participate in our “THIS is What Sovereignty Looks Like.” Project. Our hope is that our poster (link) will make its way around the world; that you, your school, your organization, your family, your community will display the poster proudly and in as many places as you like – reminding the world that sovereign peoples do exist, do continue to self-determine and continue to fight colonization and imperialism with the strongest tool possible: sovereignty.

In turn, we will host many, many of the designs, drawings, photographs, records, representations and design of your vision of what sovereignty looks like on our website.

For more details or to participate, please contact us at:
Lubicon Lake Nation
(780) 629-3945 Office
(780) 618-3794 Cell
(780) 629-3939 Fax
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join our Mailing List

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Welcome to the website for the Lubicon Lake Nation

We are the Lubicon Lake Nation: a sovereign and self-determining peoples. The Lubicon Lake Nation is a distinct Indigenous Nation with a well-defined traditional Territory in what is now known as north-central Alberta, Canada (see Map). We are Cree peoples, Neheyiwak, and were and have been hunting, fishing and trapping on our Traditional Territory long before the creation of Canada. We continue to occupy and protect our Traditional Territory today. We have never surrendered or ceded our land to a foreign government. Our Nation maintains jurisdiction over, authority for, and autonomy of our Traditional Territory, Nation and peoples.